Posted on February 1, 2016 by CEB
The 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
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Posted on January 13, 2016 by Bonnie Maly, Esq.
Since 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
Filed under: Business Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments, Real Property Law | Tagged: land use regulation, marijuana regulation, medical marijuana | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 6, 2016 by Kate Sheppard
We 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
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Posted on December 21, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Did 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
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Posted on December 18, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Were 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
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Posted on December 16, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The 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
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Posted on December 14, 2015 by Robert Denham, Esq
Probate 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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