Senator Feinstein Calls for End to ADA Lawsuit Abuse

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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is calling on the leader of California’s senate to end what she calls “abusive lawsuits filed by private attorneys against small businesses” for minor violations of disabled access laws. Senator Feinstein, widely regarded as an influential politician, made this request in a letter to… Read more »

No More Karaoke?

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Many of you reading the headline will be eagerly hoping this is in fact the case, and the dreaded karaoke is gone.  Karaoke, or “empty orchestra” as translated in Japanese, has been fairly widely available in the United States since at least the 1990s. The Hollywood Reporter recently published a story on the fight between… Read more »

The Perils of Misclassifying Your Employees

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Are you misclassifying the people that work for you?  The improper characterization of employees as independent contractors is, and has been, a major issue in California.  The potential civil penalties, not to mention the tax implications, are costly.   Well, those penalties just got worse. Senate Bill 459 has added sections 226.8 and 2753 to the… Read more »

I Won a Judgment - Now What?

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One incredibly important issue in civil litigation that many lay-people do not properly understand is the importance of being able to collect from the other side.  To be honest, some lawyers do not adequately understand the complexities of how one actually goes about turning that piece of paper known as a “judgment” into real dollars… Read more »

Business Owners - Get it in Writing

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If you’ve ever had the pleasurable experience of spending significant time with an attorney, you realize they absolutely love documents.   Paper, whether it is an incriminating email introduced at trial, or a simple promissory note providing repayment terms, is a fixation for most lawyers.  The reasons for this are fairly simple; people’s memories not only… Read more »

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 »

New Employment Law Changes for 2012

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Last month, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law numerous new addendums and edits to the California Labor Code, effective beginning January 1, 2012 for any entities doing business in the state. We have provided below a brief summary of some of the key provisions of the new laws. Employers may wish to take note of… 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 »