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Health Care & Hospital Law, Government, Administrative/Regulatory

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that the Senate would vote on health care legislation on Tuesday, it wa...


Government, California Supreme Court

Last week the Assembly and Senate judiciary committees approved amendments to a bill (Senate Bill 36, Jackson) that would make...



Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate

Targets are increasingly questioning how quickly a deal can get done and what private equity sponsors can do in terms of opera...


Judges and Judiciary, Government, Criminal, Civil Rights

Money bail has created a two-tiered system of justice where someone’s release is determined largely by their ability to pay ba...



Before recently issued Treasury regulations, it was unclear whether issuing equity to an employee of a disregarded entity and ...


Administrative/Regulatory, Government

Similar to other consumer product disclosure bills the California Legislature has considered in recent years, the bill require...



California Supreme Court, Administrative/Regulatory

Last week, the California Supreme Court ruled against two Encinitas homeowners who challenged the California Coastal Commissio...


Government, U.S. Supreme Court

90 days of Neil

Jul. 10, 2017

What have we learned about Justice Neil Gorsuch from his first 90 days on the bench? Hint: There are few surprises.



Law Office Management, Law Practice

Some of the most difficult ethical issues arise not out of an attorney’s own conduct, but rather out of instances where an att...


Transportation, Corporate

There are certain things that come around every once-in-a-while that change life as we know it. And now there is Uber. By Jona...



Constitutional Law, Civil Rights

Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig walked into a bakery for a wedding cake. Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, then wal...


Corporate, Intellectual Property

The reality is that for most employees at most companies, a sale of the company may mean a new car or a down payment on a new ...



Franchisors will need to adjust their methods when accounting for franchise fees either this year or next, depending on whethe...


Corporate, Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions

Once a company has determined an IPO is the right choice for them and have implemented the necessary steps to prepare for beco...



Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

The 9th Circuit recently held that "verb use [of a trademark] does not necessarily constitute generic use."


Constitutional Law, U.S. Supreme Court

The "disparagement clause" in Section 2 of the Lanham Act violates "bedrock" First Amendment principles and is therefore facia...



Construction, Probate, Real Estate

Since 1970, California law has granted California residents substantial protection for their assets from legal claims of credi...


Environmental & Energy, Administrative/Regulatory

The approximately 31 percent proposed cut from current spending levels is a staggering figure for any institution, public or p...



Constitutional Law, U.S. Supreme Court

Whereas the first two articles looked at the present and the past, respectively, this article looks to the future by asking ho...


U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law

If the U.S. Supreme Court defined privacy in terms of what protects our personhood, it would obviate an inquiry into the wheth...



Constitutional Law, U.S. Supreme Court

A long time ago, in a courtroom far far away, a disturbance in the Fourth Amendment first manifested itself. ...


After working hard to bring in a new client or matter, the prospect of losing the client or matter because of conflicts is dif...



Armed with a recent appellate decision, trial courts should readily sustain demurrers where such causes of action are nothing ...


Since 1979, a select group of hand-picked individuals from the State Bar's Special Master's List have been responsible for car...



Law Practice

If approved, new fee-sharing agreement rules will better protect clients by requiring that informed written consents be obtain...


Law Practice

Fresh on the heels of its prior opinion discussing confidentiality, the State Bar of California closed out 2016 with an ethics...



Environmental & Energy, Administrative/Regulatory, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Earlier last month, the 9th Circuit issued three opinions that together addressed whether counties in Hawaii are preempted fro...


Law Practice, State Bar & Bar Associations

MFAs are a great way for lawyers to resolve fee disputes and avoid malpractice claims and State Bar complaints.



Election Day 2016 added yet another tourist attraction to the already overpopulated Golden State: marijuana. For California la...


Judges and Judiciary

In the middle of several heavily contested political campaigns, it is easy to find barbs directed from one political candidate...