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Intellectual Property, Government, Administrative/Regulatory

Although cannabis remains a Schedule I drug under federal law, the U.S. Patent Office is issuing utility patents and plant pat...


Labor/Employment, California Supreme Court, Government

If we continue to "kick the can down the road," we do so at our own peril: Budgets could be slashed, services curtailed and ta...



Judges and Judiciary

Brief encounter

Nov. 6, 2017

On an unacceptable phenomenon and a brief encounter in the air.


Civil Litigation

Know and understand the Southern California deposition stipulation to project experience and protect your clients. By Davi...



Securities, Corporate, Administrative/Regulatory

Shortly after the major Equifax hack, the SEC and Department of Justice opened insider trading investigations based on allegat...


Labor/Employment, Corporate

A recent Delaware Court of Chancery decision serves as a good reminder regarding best practices and current laws when Californ...



Criminal, Constitutional Law, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court

Some things cannot be unseen. Last term, the U.S. Supreme Court held that judges could -- and, indeed, must -- open their eyes...


Transportation, Administrative/Regulatory, Corporate

Last week, Nissan added its name to a long list of automotive manufacturers who have been ensnared in public controversy over ...



Government, Securities, Administrative/Regulatory

On Sept. 29, the SEC issued its first civil complaint against two companies and their founder for violating anti-fraud and re...


Labor/Employment, Corporate, U.S. Supreme Court, Civil Litigation

As Justice Breyer intimated, a Supreme Court decision allowing employer prohibitions on employee class actions would "overturn...



Law Practice, Corporate, Civil Litigation

Wouldn't it be nice to have everything one needs to know collected in one place? Enter "Business and Commercial Litigation in...


Transportation, Government, Administrative/Regulatory

A federal judge recently held that portions of the city of Newton, Massachusetts's ordinance attempting to regulate unmanned a...



Contracts, Civil Litigation, Corporate

Contracting parties might agree to a forum selection clause for any number of reasons: to ensure favorable legal precedent, to...


Labor/Employment, U.S. Supreme Court, Government, Constitutional Law

Time to overrule Abood

Oct. 2, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court described laws that empower unions to coerce funds from non-union members as an “extraordinary state en...



Criminal, Civil Rights

Crime and algorithms

Sep. 29, 2017

There is a cost to be paid for the myriad benefits society derives from the use of algorithms. An occasional “date from hell,”...


Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, U.S. Supreme Court

So here’s where we are in Masterpiece Cakeshop: The lineup of eight of the justices is pretty clear, 4-to-4.



Government, California Supreme Court, Administrative/Regulatory

A city manager’s personal cellphone buzzes in the early morning hours with notice of a string of urgent texts advising about t...


Administrative/Regulatory, Securities, Government, Corporate

Chairman Jay Clayton of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has reaffirmed that “[c]ybersecurity is an area that is vi...



Criminal, U.S. Supreme Court

The justices should take up U.S. v. Nosal to clarify the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act -- the statute was intended...


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

Over the summer, Oregon federal public defenders asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review Mohamud v. United States, a terrorism ...



A primer on how the attorney-client privilege functions in the realm of trust administration. By Benjamin D. Fox


Two recent amendments have important practical implications for private corporations and create a framework for significant ch...



Civil Litigation

When a class action litigant seeks to discover contact information for a third party--often with respect to potential class me...


At a recent business lunch, I was surprised to hear that many attendees (most of whom are practicing attorneys) pay their chil...



Tax, Civil Litigation, Government, California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal

Time will tell what a recent state high court decision means for local taxation. But it appears to make it easier to pass loca...


Intellectual Property, Corporate

Choosing the right name for your company from a branding perspective is important. Equally important, however, is avoiding a n...



Administrative/Regulatory, Transportation

While fully autonomous “level 5” vehicles are still some time out, scores of automakers are already introducing level 2 (parti...


Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation

For years, complex civil matters in Riverside County were somewhat randomly distributed to departments throughout the county.



Administrative/Regulatory, U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

The U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to set things right by granting certiorari in a case involving California’s commercial fis...


Administrative/Regulatory, Securities, Civil Litigation

According to Cornerstone Research, at midyear the number of filings against pharmaceutical companies already had eclipsed the ...