Top 10 Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition Developments

ThinkstockPhotos-497444296The following is a guest blog post by Tyler M. Paetkau, Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau, Redwood City, CA. Tyler represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor law, including counseling and litigation regarding trade secrets and unfair competition.

There were several noteworthy developments in 2015 in the area of trade secrets and unfair competition. This post focuses on developments affecting California employers. Due to the unsettled nature of some of the law, this update includes citations to some significant federal district court decisions in 2015, so that California employers can understand and plan for the trends at the trial court level. Here are the Top 10 key developments and lessons from 2015. 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

New Law Resolves Jurisdiction Issues for Conservators

elderly_92034396We live in a mobile society, and conservatees are no exception. For example, an elder may have multiple residences, living in an out-of-state vacation home part of the year or moving among family members in various states. Or the child of a conserved parent may move to a new state, taking the parent along. And when there’s conflict, a parent may be taken from California to another state to be conserved beyond the reach of other relatives. In these situations, jurisdictional problems can leave families and attorneys uncertain of where and how to proceed. Luckily, a new law aims to resolve these issues. Continue reading

New Year, New Laws for Litigators

464956543Did you keep up with the onslaught of legislative developments affecting litigation this year? Don’t worry, here’s a list of some key changes every California litigator needs to know. Continue reading

New Year, New Laws for Real Property Practitioners

464956543Were you able to keep track of the new legislative changes that may affect your real property practice? Don’t worry, we did and here are some key changes every California real property lawyer needs to know. Continue reading

New Year, New Laws for Employment Lawyers

464956543The California legislature has enacted several new laws that will affect every employer and employment lawyer in 2016. Here’s an overview of some of the key statutory changes you need to know about. Continue reading

New Way to Avoid Probate on Real Property

ThinkstockPhotos-477832872Probate avoidance is a primary consideration for estate planners and their clients. A revocable trust is usually the vehicle of choice for making nonprobate transfers, but alternatives have always existed for personal property such as cash in the bank, retirement plan benefits, and brokerage accounts. For real property, no such vehicle existed. Until January 1, 2016, that is. Continue reading

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