Workers' Comp Rate Increases... Haven't We Been Here Before

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The Sac Biz Journal has bad news for employers… workers’ compensation insurance rates could be going up.  Apparently, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Ratings Bureau recommended a 40% increase in workers’ comp insurance.  Now the 40% rate increase is not necessarily going to become effective as it is merely advisory recommendation only.  Nevertheless, we could see… Read more »

Contractors: Get Your Money Directly From The Owner Or Lender With A Stop Notice

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Almost all California contractors are aware of the availability of the California mechanic’s lien law, and how they can use these important procedures to obtain payment from a problem project.  However, many contractors are not aware of a similarly powerful procedure:  the stop notice.   This article will give a basic primer on how stop notices… Read more »

What Exactly Is A Layoff And What Does It Mean (Legally)?

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While the term “layoff” is routinely used when discussing the workplace, the exact concept of what it means is subject to some confusion.  Sometimes known by the term “downsizing”, a layoff is also frequently associated with the word “termination” in the minds of employees, as in modern times an employee who has been laid off… Read more »

Looking For A Business Loan?

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As many of you know it is next to impossible to obtain a loan from a bank for your business.  Put simply banks are not lending money right now.  However, there is one lending institution in the Sacramento area that is providing business loans, SAFE Credit Union.  SAFE Credit Union began lending to business beginning… Read more »

The Kings' Move: Is It Imminent... Or Is A Negotiation Ploy

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Being that I am going to the Kings’ game tonight (or should I say a “Warriors game” since I am a closet Warriors fan), I thought I would write about all things Sacramento Kings.  As you may know, the Kings have recently indicated that they may be moving to Anaheim, California as the Sacramento region… Read more »

Walking Out Might Come With Consequences…

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In Sacramento Superior Court, Mather Development Partners IV LP (“Mather”) recently filed a substantial lawsuit against Edfund, Inc., a California nonprofit benefit corporation, for an alleged breach of a ten year commercial lease agreement.  According to the Complaint, not only did Edfund enter into the lease agreement, Mather custom-built the building specifically for Edfund. Mather… Read more »

Charlie Sheen And The Morality Clause

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The Charlie Sheen situation is a classic train wreck.  Nobody can turn away and everyone is waiting for what Charlie Sheen is going to do next.  Well, we may as well pile on and rubberneck a little bit as well. While everyone is wondering what Sheen is thinking… I wonder what Warner Brothers was thinking… Read more »

The NFL And Classic Battles For Leverage In A Negotiation

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As a football fan and as a lawyer I am fascinated by the on-going labor negotiations in the NFL.  The negotiations have proved to be a classic case of each side fighting for leverage over the other side.  For example, the owners sought leverage by extending television agreements so that the payments from the broadcast… Read more »

Restrict This!…CC&Rs and What They Mean to a Homeowner

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Covenants, conditions, and restrictions are a common part of our every day lives.  CC&Rs exist in residential areas, commercial business complexes, and industrial centers, and they govern our use of property.  Some people view CC&Rs as important tools in maintaining community esthetics, privacy, and property values.  Others view CC&Rs as unconstitutional restrictions on our right… Read more »

Is Your Business Name Adequately Protected?

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In the business world, there are generally two contexts in which a company name is used: (1) as a formal “trade name” for purposes of banking, taxation, licensing, and related matters; and (2) as a “trademark” for purposes of marketing goods and/or services.  There is a common misconception that the successful filing of a fictitious… Read more »