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Legal Implications of Heartbleed Vulnerability

Posted by Marisa Hildebrand | Apr 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

By D. Ken Brock – By now, most everyone has heard of the recent security vulnerability known as “Heartbleed”.  According to technology experts, however, this particular vulnerability has actually been present for about two years now with about two-thirds of the servers currently on the Internet....

Why Protect IP? An Economic Approach – Part 2

Posted by Marisa Hildebrand | Apr 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Daniel P. Custodio –  In Part 1 of this series, I discussed a qualitative assessment of various costs involved in pursuing patent protections, including government expenses and patent agent/attorney fees.  I also highlighted certain risks as well as potential strategic and tactical benefits t...

The Flexible Purpose corporation and the Business of Doing Good

Posted by Unknown | Feb 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

By D. Ken Brock – A couple years ago, California became the first state in the Union to allow for the formation of a new business entity, known as the Flexible Purpose Corporation (“FPC”).  Initially heralded by some legal experts as the next stage in corporate evolution, the FPC represents a ne...

Wise Employers Listen to Their Conscience

Posted by Unknown | Jan 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Rafael A. Icaza – An employers intuition will warn it not to make things difficult for employees who have to serve on a jury or have been the victims of crime.  Such fears are well placed.  Section 230 of the California Labor Code, for example, provides that employers “shall not discharge or...

Why Protect IP? An Economic Approach

Posted by Unknown | Dec 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Daniel P. Custodio – In my introductory blog, I talked about who “you” are; you are the CEO of a young startup. Creating and selling new products and developing your market are your primary objectives. There is a whirlwind of activity going on to achieve those objectives, from research to pro...

Rounding Up or Down Your Employees' Hours Can Get You Sued

Posted by Unknown | Dec 02, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Rafael A. Icaza – On November 22, 2013, Tesla Motors Inc. was sued by two workers (seeking class action status) for alleged violations of Californias wage-and-hour laws.  More specifically, Tesla was sued for the practice of rounding up its workers start times and rounding down their end ti...

Estate Settles 50 Year Dispute about 007

Posted by Unknown | Nov 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Rebecca A. Gardner – http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-mgm-and-danjaq-james-bond-20131115,0,731960.story#axzz2lbejcjR6 “Bond.  James Bond.”  The fight over these famous words –which have grossed nearly $2 billion in film – ended last week when the estate of film w...

What 'SUP?

Posted by Unknown | Nov 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

By D. Ken Brock – Now that Sacramentos real-estate market has finally been taken off life-support, zoning and land-use matters are once again becoming relevant. In California, land-use regulation has traditionally been governed at the local level though municipal ordinances.  While these ordin...

California's Higher Minimum Wage: At Best Counterproductive

Posted by Unknown | Oct 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Rafael A. Icaza – On September 23, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation raising the minimum wage from $8.00 to $10.00 by 2016.  This is bad news for the poor, the unemployed and businesses. In March 2013, the National Federation of Independent Business released a study wa...

Disability in the Labor Market

Posted by Unknown | Oct 07, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Rafael A. Icaza – This is the first in a series of blogs about disability in the labor market. In this first one I address the background and basic features of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In future blogs I will address in more detail issues raised by the ADA and similar laws, s...

Why Your College-Age Children Need an Estate Plan

Posted by Unknown | Oct 04, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Rebecca A. Gardner – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323981304579079473312130490.html Teenagers often think that they are invincible.  Indeed, even some of the forty-somethings and fifty-somethings that consult with me about their estate plans are convinced that death is a life...

The Clean Water Act Citizen Suit Shakedown

Posted by Unknown | Jun 04, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Blair W. Will – In my practice as a land-use and natural resources attorney I have been called upon to defend business clients sued by environmental groups in a Clean Water Act “citizen-suit”.  I do not object to legal actions directed at entities that are engaged in clear violations of envir...

Sacramento Railyards Project Off the Tracks?

Posted by Marisa Hildebrand | Apr 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Blair W. Will – Last Wednesday night the Sacramento Kings lost to the LA Clippers in what might prove to be the final Kings game played here in Sacramento.  Or not.  The drama regarding the Kings possible departure to Seattle remains the talk of Sactown.  Seattle is a much larger media marke...

The Importance of a Small Business Lawyer

Posted by Marisa Hildebrand | Dec 01, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Rodney R. Moy – Most small business owners I speak with are fueled by their entrepreneurial spirit.  I can see their excitement when discussing a new idea or enterprise, and how they genuinely want to get that idea into the marketplace to improve the lives of their customers.  Being born into...

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