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Government, Administrative/Regulatory

As Los Angeles County's first cannabis management officer, it is my job to implement the cannabis regulatory policies of the L...


Real Estate

California is a leader in promoting alternative energy sources, including the use of solar power in connection with residences...



Constitutional Law, California Supreme Court, Labor/Employment

The California Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of California's "mandatory mediation and conciliation" p...


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

Cake goes to court

Dec. 6, 2017

As fires consumed the outskirts of the Los Angeles basin fueled by strong Santa Anas, religious fervor heated up Tuesday morni...



Corporate, Transportation

Last month, Bob Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors, issued a harsh criticism of Tesla, stating that its fixed costs ...


Judges and Judiciary, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, U.S. Supreme Court

In 1962, Dorothy and Lincoln Mulkey were living and working in Santa Ana in pursuit of the American Dream.



Judges and Judiciary

His extraordinary legal career and life in the service of others reflected the great courage with which he served as a United ...


Appellate Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Perfectly acceptable words can become detestable through overuse and misuse. "Incredibly" and "iconic" vie for first place on ...



Year in Review Column, U.S. Supreme Court, Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court made clear that venue in patent cases based on where a corporation "resides" is limi...


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

A federal lawsuit filed in the Southern District of California provided a key link in the evolutionary chain of school desegre...



Corporate, Labor/Employment

I have to join in the chorus of voices asking: How can this be? Who is to blame? What can we do?


Military Law, Government, Civil Rights, U.S. Supreme Court

In the early 1980s, I had the honor of representing a group of 11 Japanese-American World War II soldiers. Each soldier had co...



Employee stock options are a great perk, but they can be complicated. By Robert W. Wood


Government, Judges and Judiciary

Since the current focus in Washington is on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, it is easy to overlook t...



Civil Litigation, Judges and Judiciary, Civil Rights

Doss v. Bernal was filed in 1943. The plaintiffs alleged that permitting Mexicans to live in the neighborhood would cause them...


Administrative/Regulatory, Military Law, Government, Civil Rights

The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 raises serious due process issues and procedural barriers acut...



Native Americans, Family, Administrative/Regulatory

While the Indian Child Welfare Act has its detractors, numerous national child welfare organizations tout it as the "gold stan...


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...



Government, Labor/Employment, California Supreme Court

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...



Corporate, Labor/Employment

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


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



Administrative/Regulatory, Transportation, 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, U.S. Supreme Court, Civil Litigation, Corporate

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...



Administrative/Regulatory, Transportation, Government

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


Contracts, Corporate, Civil Litigation

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