Trademark and Patent "Trolls" Demand Their Price to Cross the Bridge

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Those of you savvy with the internet may be familiar with the term “trolls”.  It generally refers to individuals who post inflammatory or provocative messages online, often in an attempt to harass others.  The term “patent troll” refers to an individual or company who buys and then enforces patents against an alleged “infringer”, usually in… Read more »

Who Usually Wins At Trial

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One issue that may not be discussed in the litigation context as often as it should be is:  “who usually wins this kind of case… plaintiff or defendant?”  Of course, this question is, by its very nature, broad and ill-defined. It fails to take into account that every case stands on its own and the… Read more »

CalGreen vs. LEED

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Since its inception in 1998, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system, more commonly known as LEED, has been held as the highest echelon of green building standards in the United States. For meeting any of LEED’s stringent environmental requirements in construction, a project is awarded LEED points on a 100 point scale. These… Read more »

New Law Against Rental Restrictions in HOA communities

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If you live in a homeowner’s association you are probably familiar with rental restrictions, or at least the feeling that renters are a bad thing for neighborhoods.  For the last decade there has been an increase in amendments to the governing documents to include a restriction for renting the property.  Normally the restrictions prohibit an… Read more »

The Economic Toll On The Construction Industry

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In an economic downturn, the construction industry is often hit harder and longer than other industries with decreases in demand, funding, and development. When relatively large portions of our population are facing issues like foreclosure and bankruptcy, it can be difficult for investors and builders to justify the construction of new homes or businesses. Even… Read more »

The Ground Pot is Dispensed From is as Important as the Ground Pot is Grown On

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When most people think of the legalities of Medicinal Marijuana Dispensaries, they think of the conflicts between state and federal law, the legality of “prescriptions” held by the “patients,” or the profits being realized by these “not for profit” companies.  However, the threshold issue to owning and operating a pot dispensary is actually a question… Read more »

Rupert Murdoch and Phone-Hacking in California

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Certainly one of the biggest news items at the moment is the ongoing controversy regarding the “news-gathering” activities of those associated with the News of the World, a tabloid newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.  Employees working for News of the World have been accused of hacking into the phones of individuals with sensitive… Read more »

Animal Care v. People Care

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Most of us are familiar with the current controversy and rhetoric surrounding health care reform. Critics call it socialism, or the more euphemistic “Obamacare,” while supporters prefer to use terms like “humanitarianism” and “health care revolution.” Both sides are persuasive in their arguments, but there may soon be a real-life case study to bring into… Read more »