Business Plan Basics

ThinkstockPhotos-493829717Every business should have a plan—from tech start-ups to law firms. The process of creating a document that details the thoughts and ideas of the owners or founders of the business allows for a realistic appraisal of the business’ chance of success before committing time and money to it. Continue reading

Can a City or County Make It a Crime to Cultivate or Use Medical Marijuana?

ThinkstockPhotos-183575355Since the legalization of medical marijuana in California 20 years ago, some cities and counties have found ways to keep it out. Are their land use powers still powerful enough to do it? Continue reading

Supreme Court Paves the Way for Organic Food Fraud Suits

ThinkstockPhotos-493451151The California Supreme Court just handed down a decision that’s been hailed by the Recorder as “boon for plaintiffs bar.” In Quesada v Herb Thyme Farms (PDF), the supreme court unanimously held that claims for fraud by intentionally labeling conventionally grown food as organic aren’t preempted by the federal Organic Foods Act—so it’s a green light for plaintiffs to sue under California’s consumer protection laws and reap the remedies found there. Continue reading

Should Your Firm Have a Chief Privacy Officer?

ThinkstockPhotos-480885099Following the trend in big business, a Pennsylvania law firm has just appointed its first Chief Privacy Officer (CPO). Should your firm consider having such a position? Continue reading

Rejected! Common Mistakes on Corporate Merger Filings

ThinkstockPhotos-183177563Our last blog post was about mistakes that are made on common types of corporate filings, resulting in having them kicked back by the Secretary of State. We continue that theme with mistakes that are made on corporate merger documents. Avoid these errors or risk rejection. Continue reading

Rejected! Mistakes with Common Corporate Filings

ThinkstockPhotos-183177563In addition to the embarrassment factor for counsel and the extra time and expense involved, a rejected corporate filing can throw a wrench into what would otherwise be an orderly sequence of events in a transaction. To avoid all of these problems, be mindful of the following reasons why common types of filings get rejected by the California Secretary of State.

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3 (Selfish) Reasons to Draft Fair Contracts

An attorney drafting an agreement has an obligation to represent the client zealously and to prepare a contract that maximizes the client’s legal and business advantages. But does this mean that an attorney may include provisions that are extremely onerous to the other side? Continue reading

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