Posted on June 29, 2015 by CEB
The following is a guest blog post by Michael J. Thomas, a solo practitioner and founder of Creative Vision Legal, a Bay Area law firm offering legal services tailored to artists, musicians, and small business owners.
Finally, there’s been a case that substantively interprets California’s new LLC law, RULLCA. The case highlights a key remedial feature that distinguishes RULLCA from its predecessor, and clears up statutory ambiguities regarding the law’s effective date. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments | Tagged: California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, limited liability company, LLC, RULLCA | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 19, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The definition of “signed” in the UCC includes “any symbol,” as long as it’s “executed or adopted with present intention to adopt or accept a writing.” Com C §1201(b)(37). E-Sign extends this approach to electronic signatures. Do you know when an electronic signature is permitted and when it’s not? Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: contract enforceability, contracts, E-Sign, electronic signature, Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, signing a contract | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 12, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
In the past, most California superior courts routinely held trial-setting, pretrial, arbitration status, and status conferences. Delay reduction rules put a stop to this practice, consolidating all of these into a comprehensive conference that occurs in the first 180 days after the complaint is filed. Cal Rules of Ct 3.721. And woe to any attorney who comes to the conference unprepared! Take some of the stress out of preparing for your next case management conference by using these four steps. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Pretrial Matters, Young Lawyers | Tagged: case management conference, litigation, pretrial conference, status conference, trial | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 8, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
It’s common for customers or clients to want to stick with the person who has been handling their account even when that person moves to a different company. But this situation can create serious issues around trade secrets and unfair competition. So, whenever you hire someone from a competitor, give that new employee guidelines to follow—it will save everyone legal headaches. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: employee, employee guidelines, employer, hiring, trade secrets, unfair competition | 2 Comments »
Posted on June 3, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Public-private partnerships (P3s) are hot in an era of budget cutbacks and the need for alternative, innovative ways to repair and replace our aging public infrastructure. P3s can help bridge the infrastructure gap by using private capital to finance large infrastructure projects and leveraging funding payments over the useful life of the new facilities. P3 isn’t the solution for all public infrastructure needs, but it’s a growing and important tool for public agencies to utilize for appropriate projects. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments, Public Law | Tagged: construction financing, infrastructure financing, intrastructure projects, P3, project financing, public works financing, public-private partnerships | 1 Comment »
Posted on May 29, 2015 by Jean Magistrale, Esq.
You’ve been asked to serve on the board of a nonprofit organization. Congratulations—you can render a real service to the community! Attorneys do make great nonprofit directors, but before you sign on, here are four things you should know. Continue reading
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Posted on May 4, 2015 by CEB
This following is a guest blog post by George M. Moore, PhD, JD, a Scientist-in-Residence at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, where his course in Drones and Surveillance considers both the technical and legal aspects of drone use and its impact on privacy issues. Dr. Moore is a member of the California and Colorado state bars.
The crashing of a drone on the White House grounds among other recent incidents have shown that drones may pose direct threats to our security, but perhaps a greater long-term threat of drones is to our privacy. A collision between safety, security, privacy rights, and commercial utility is about to happen, and the legal community needs to be prepared to recognize and address the issues that will surely arise. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments | Tagged: constitutional protection, drones, privacy, surveillance | Leave a comment »