Wednesday, May 22, 2019
GUEST COLUMNS

Monday, May 20, 2019

Several cities and counties have banned fracking here in the Golden State
I was honored to speak to the graduating students at Arizona State University. It was an intimidating occasion. Anybody speaking to college students these days is aware of how hard it is to be a young adult today, with rising rates of depression, other mental health issues, even suicide. So while these talks are usually occasions to talk about professional life, my goal was to get them thinking about the future of their emotional lives, which is really going to be at the center of everything.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Earlier this year Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a so-called "data dividend" because, he said, "California's consumers should also be able to share in the wealth that is created from their data..." The governor provided almost no details then, and few to none since, but the idea seems to suffer from a lack of careful consideration.
In Apple Inc. v. Pepper et al., case number 17-204, the United States Supreme Court considered a case alleging Apple has monopolized the retail market for the sale of apps and has unlawfully used its monopolistic power to charge consumers higher-than competitive prices. As an early defense in the case, Apple asserted that the consumer plaintiffs could not sue Apple because they supposedly were not "direct purchasers"

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Gavin Newsom has spent the last four months telling Californians that he could -- and would -- cure some of California's most pressing social ailments.
Though well-meaning, increases in minimum wage portend deleterious consequences

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

More than 40,000 investors descended on Omaha for Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting. The most prominent face of capitalism — Warren Buffett, the avuncular founder of Berkshire appeared to distance himself from many of his peers, who have been apologizing for capitalism of late. "I'm a card-carrying capitalist," Mr. Buffett said.
Los Gatos company spends much more cash than it brings in, leading to consistent negative cash flow.

Monday, May 13, 2019

When it comes to solving the state's housing affordability crisis the Legislature seems at a loss.
When it comes to solving the state's housing affordability crisis the Legislature seems at a loss.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

A study of tiny home downsizers found that their ecological footprints were reduced by about 45%.
Employers must pay workers for "reporting time" when employees call in to determine if they will be expected to work, according to the California Court of Appeal's decision in Ward v. Tilly's, Inc.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

California motorists pay $1.17 per gallon more than the national average, according to AAA
The California Democratic Party and former chairman Eric Bauman have been named in another lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and retaliation.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Gary Cohn was born in 1960 in the suburbs of Cleveland. In college at American University he programmed computers and became obsessed with the financial markets.
The CPUC has previously defined safety performance metrics for utilities and the utilities responded

Friday, April 26, 2019

Whether or not the Impossible Burger venture succeeds on a large scale remains to be seen
Whether or not the Impossible Burger venture succeeds on a large scale remains to be seen

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

State legislature has made California's cost of living unaffordable for all too many residents
State legislature has made California's cost of living unaffordable for all too many residents

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

List of expenditures unavailable because financial data is scattered across 500 incompatible systems.
List of expenditures unavailable because financial data is scattered across 500 incompatible systems.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Developers invited to submit proposals to build affordable housing on 1,300 suitable sites in California
Developers invited to submit proposals to build affordable housing on 1,300 suitable sites in California

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

In the jargon of the Capitol, "trailer bills" are measures that accompany the annual state budget -- in theory making the changes of law necessary to implement the budget's fiscal policies.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Last year, Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, testified before Congress and apologized for his company's role in enabling "fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech." As Silicon Valley grapples with its version of becoming too big to fail, Zuckerberg and his industry peers might take lessons from Wall Street, whose leaders have some experience with government scrutiny.
California cities in SMSAs with lowest homeownership rates are most affected by affordability issues

Monday, April 15, 2019

Airlines respond differently to public concerns about fatal accidents involving Boeing 737 MAX 8

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Democratic legislators have already proposed $40 billion in new spending, much of that beyond what Gov. Newsom has proposed.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra has enjoyed a chummy relationship with Democrat-dominated Legislature in Sacramento over the past two-plus years. But friction has cropped up recently as he defends an annual budget of more than a billion dollars for the first time.

Monday, April 8, 2019

It is hard to choose the right communication channel because the issue is quite context dependent
There is an essential aspect of the creative process that everyone can relate to, even people who don't think of themselves as creative. And it's something that almost no one enjoys: failure.

Friday, April 5, 2019

California lawmakers propose inexplicable ban on safer alternatives to conventional cigarettes
California lawmakers propose inexplicable ban on safer alternatives to conventional cigarettes

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The value of the past lies in remembering how recently higher education was affordable, even cheap.
The value of the past lies in remembering how recently higher education was affordable, even cheap.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Even after two fatal crashes of the Boeing 737, CEO Dennis Muilenburg insisted the aircraft is safe
The two most recent times I saw my friend Makoto Fujimura, he put a Kintsugi bowl in my hands. These ceramic bowls were 300 to 400 years old. But what made them special was that somewhere along the way they had broken into shards and were glued back together with a 15th-century technique using Japanese lacquer and gold.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Only one new home community under construction here in the Golden State for every 45,000 residents.
Only one new home community under construction here in the Golden State for every 45,000 residents.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Second set of regs should deal with practical problems many potential investors are currently facing.
Second set of regs should deal with practical problems many potential investors are currently facing.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The information-technology industry has successfully lobbied against attempts to legislate or regulate it
The information-technology industry has successfully lobbied against attempts to legislate or regulate it

Monday, March 25, 2019

California needs fewer NIMBYs (not in my backyard), and more YIMBYs (yes in my backyard).
The average American consumes roughly 200 pounds of meat a year. According to Jayson Lusk, an agricultural economist at Purdue University, Americans eat more meat per capita than citizens of almost any other country in the world, making them "the king of meat eaters." How did the United States achieve such a status? And what — if anything — should be done about it?

Friday, March 22, 2019

All have one or more leading research universities and a large proportion of college-educated people
All have one or more leading research universities and a large proportion of college-educated people

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Voters thought higher pump prices would be used to repair the state's freeways and roads
Voters thought higher pump prices would be used to repair the state's freeways and roads

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Freddie Mac is leveraging data analytics to bring borrowers to the closing table sooner.
Freddie Mac is leveraging data analytics to bring borrowers to the closing table sooner.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Proposedmeasure would require all of California's state and local government agencies to use XBRL
Josef Stalin dreamed of creating a totalitarian society where every individual's behavior could be predicted and controlled but he was born a century too early. He lived before the technology that would have made being a dictator so much easier!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Frans and Caroline Swaalf, management consultants in the Netherlands, have been enamored of South Florida since they were graduate students at the University of Miami in the 1990s.
The profit margin of scientific journal publisher Elsevier nearly 40% while Apple is only 23%

Friday, March 15, 2019

A San Jose federal judge awarded data center design company BladeRoom Group Ltd $30 million in exemplary damages over a claim the company's intellectual property was stolen.
Governments are increasingly banning the use of plastic products, such as carryout bags, straws, utensils and microbeads.
The 2016 voter initiative to keep the death penalty required the state to maintain the ability to "perform any duty needed to enable it to execute the judgment."

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dozens of people accused of having bought their children's way into elite colleges and universities.
Dozens of people accused of having bought their children's way into elite colleges and universities.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Cadiz Water Project has received numerous validations of its plans, including CEQA approval
Two of the nation's largest telecommunications providers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in lawsuits claiming they improperly refused to carry programs produced by an African-American owned production studio because of racial discrimination.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Efforts to shift direction and build more transit-oriented development are moving slowly
Efforts to shift direction and build more transit-oriented development are moving slowly

Monday, March 11, 2019

Raghuram Rajan is a professor of finance at the University of Chicago. Rajan's book called "The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind." Its theme is the fragility of democracy — a fairly radical notion for an economist.
TCJA offers tools and provisions for both commercial real estate and residential real estate investors.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

This week, the Supreme Court resolved a split in the circuits regarding an issue in copyright law that affects copyright owners in California.
Taxpayers want to know if new rules incorporated in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act apply to them

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

An Oakland federal judge on Monday struck down San Francisco County's use of money bail for those suspected of crimes but not yet charged as a "significant deprivation of liberty."
California's housing demand will not be met by stealing the profit motive from housing suppliers

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Recreation and commerce flourish in daylight and are hampered by evening darkness
Everyone, it seems, has ideas about new tax strategies, some more realistic than others. Whatever your politics, there is a bipartisan acknowledgment that the tax system is broken. Whether you believe the system should be fixed to generate more revenue or employed as a tool to limit inequality, there is a justifiable sense the public doesn't trust the tax system to be fair.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Freddie Mac is focused on inclusion, defined as the intentional act of making people feel included
Freddie Mac is focused on inclusion, defined as the intentional act of making people feel included

Thursday, February 28, 2019

An option could be to charge electric cars a few extra cents per kilowatt 'pumped into the tank.'
Companies have a number of tools available to them to help protect their intellectual property, including trade secret and other proprietary information that give them a competitive advantage.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Bay Area should have added a million housing units since 2000, but only 380,000 units were built.
The Bay Area should have added a million housing units since 2000, but only 380,000 units were built.
Fewer than 10% of independent contractors prefer traditional work environments to freelancing

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Bay Area should have added a million housing units since 2000, but only 380,000 units were built.
The Bay Area should have added a million housing units since 2000, but only 380,000 units were built.

Monday, February 25, 2019

California backs 'safe harbor' federal legislation for banks accommodating the cannabis industry
It's natural enough to see elite athletes as finely tuned machines. They're usually bigger, faster and stronger than the rest of us, and their movements can have a grace that appears nearly effortless. But if you talk to enough athletes and coaches, you discover that the mind, not the body, is where most of their energy is going.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Ripping off the band-aid yourself by revealing the crisis can put you in control of the news cycle
Ripping off the band-aid yourself by revealing the crisis can put you in control of the news cycle

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

On October 11, 2018, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a memorandum relaxing the rules on post-accident drug testing and drug testing as part of a safety incentive program.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

SF Ordinance requiring health warning labels on sugary drink ads runs afoul of 1st Amendment
SF Ordinance requiring health warning labels on sugary drink ads runs afoul of 1st Amendment

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The state Supreme Court denied anti-SLAPP motions by the city of Carson stemming from its unsuccessful attempt to lure a National Football League franchise.
Revelation that Virginia governor Ralph Northam once wore black face has fomented national outrage

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

2018 saw quite a few changes in labor and employment law. Most employers are asking 'what's next?'
2018 saw quite a few changes in labor and employment law. Most employers are asking 'what's next?'

Monday, February 4, 2019

Advertisers and marketers once struggled to predict sales of such leisure products movies and books.
Advertisers and marketers once struggled to predict sales of such leisure products movies and books.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Development and clarification of important Opportunity Zone regulations adversely affected.
Development and clarification of important Opportunity Zone regulations adversely affected.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The American Bar Association's policy-making body rejected a proposal to raise bar passage standards, though the legal education council will likely move forward with the change.
U.S. continues to allow Internet Service Providers to self-regulate with minimal external controls.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The state government has caused trouble by stomping on private acts of kindness, like food sharing.
The state government has caused trouble by stomping on private acts of kindness, like food sharing.

Monday, January 28, 2019

The number of applicants to nursing schools in California far exceeds the number of available slots

Friday, January 25, 2019

Through index funds, investing in the stock market became easy, at low cost while minimizing risk.
Through index funds, investing in the stock market became easy, at low cost while minimizing risk.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Residents are beset by conventions that annoy, antagonize, confound, enrage and inconvenience.
Residents are beset by conventions that annoy, antagonize, confound, enrage and inconvenience.
Residents are beset by conventions that annoy, antagonize, confound, enrage and inconvenience.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Operating costs for the Valley's tech startups as much as four times higher than in emerging tech hubs.
With nearly 53,000 federal inmates eligible for relief under the newly enacted First Step Act, the federal criminal justice law that eases mandatory minimums, a ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals may indicate the court's inclination to streamline the process, attorneys say.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown signed more than 1,000 new laws that go into effect this year.
Stocks came very close to entering a bear market on Christmas Eve, which was a very bad thing. Just about everybody said so.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Commission on Judicial Performance has launched formal proceedings against 2nd District Court of Appeal Justice Jeffrey W. Johnson, citing sexual assault and misconduct allegations dating back to 1999.
Assemblyman would require California businesses to offer electronic rather than paper receipts

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The demise of the iconic retailer is a sad for the company and those associated with it.

Monday, January 14, 2019

You probably want to be a good person. But you may also be completely self-absorbed. So you may be thinking, "There is no way I can be good if I'm also a narcissist. But how wrong you are!
OZ's offer preferential tax treatment when investing in economically distressed communities.

Friday, January 11, 2019

A prominent economic story of the past year has been the growing tide of trade disputes across the globe. The U.S is at the center of it -- most notably with China -- which means investors are often subject to daily headlines debating possible implications for global markets and the economy.
California already has several existing programs to subsidize students who attend community college.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The potential fallout from an insincere apology can make the fallout from a crisis far worse.
The potential fallout from an insincere apology can make the fallout from a crisis far worse.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The general public is much more educated about retaliation claims than they used to be.
After he was sworn in as state attorney general Monday, Xavier Becerra took shots at his most frequent opponent in court: the Trump administration.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Trader Joe's outsells all other grocery stores per square foot. It's ranked among the 100 best American companies to work for. And it doesn't advertise much. But, if Trader Joe's is really so good, should its philosophy be applied elsewhere?
The inauguration usually reflects both the personal and governing style of the governor being sworn in.

Monday, January 7, 2019

The tea leaves suggest that the days of fiscal wine and roses for California government are over
The tea leaves suggest that the days of fiscal wine and roses for California government are over

Friday, January 4, 2019

The Trademark Trial and Appeals Board recently issued an interesting decision regarding standing to oppose the registration of trademark applications.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

1,800 businesses moved out or 'disinvested' from California, according to the most recent data
A quick glance at television commercials or online pop-up ads shows that rewards programs are the name of the game for many credit cards.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Law students and professors have gone to Tijuana to advise asylum seekers on their options.

Monday, December 31, 2018

This fall, the California legislature responded to the #MeToo movement in a significant way. One bill, SB 1343, affects nearly every employer in California.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Actors gain notoriety for different reasons. For some it's due to a physical characteristic or an iconic character portrayal.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The open office design has been around for decades, in a variety of forms. If you're a cynic, you might think an open office is all about cramming the maximum number of employees into the minimum amount of real estate. But you could also imagine that an open office produces better interactions and more collaboration. Wouldn't it be nice to know if this were true?

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The blocking of a pardon for a twice-convicted felon was a rare stumble in the governor's race to grant clemencies as his last term comes to an end.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Give time, talent or treasures to the least of those in our communities
Give time, talent or treasures to the least of those in our communities

Friday, December 21, 2018

For many of us, the new year means a fresh start and the chance to set new goals. If your resolutions are money related, here are some ways to strengthen your financial foundation in 2019.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

ABC California hopes 2019 provides growth and prosperity in every industry and every region
ABC California hopes 2019 provides growth and prosperity in every industry and every region

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

No gas-fueled cars, no 'gig' jobs, no fur products and other questionable legislation
No gas-fueled cars, no 'gig' jobs, no fur products and other questionable legislation

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Just seven months before the scheduled release of a new technology system intended to simplify the repayment process for more than 35 million federal student loan borrowers, the Education Department is scrapping its plan and starting over.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Retired 1st District Court of Appeal Justice William A. Newsom III died Wednesday. He was 84.
Ruling allowing a much-needed pension reform would save California from fiscal disaster.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Facing NIMBY opposition Elon Musk, abandoned plans his for a hyperloop transportation system
The Ninth Circuit recently was called upon to decide awarding attorney's fees in a case where artists were suing for unpaid royalties under the California Resale Royalties Act ("CRRA"). The Ninth Circuit ordered that the Plaintiff-artists be required to pay attorney's fees to the defendants. This conclusion required a discussion of the doctrine of preemption and a determination that defendants could still be awarded attorney's fees under CRRA despite a finding that the bulk of Plaintiffs' claims under the CRRA were preempted by the 1976 Copyright Act.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Recently, officials in California announced that the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in the state's history, had been fully contained. The achievement was made possible through the hard work of firefighters on the ground, with some help from above: a swarm of tiny, orbiting satellites that represent the next phase of the space age.
There are many benefits to owning property in Opportunity Zones, including generous tax incentives.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

For many the holidays mean not only shopping and family time but also scanning job advertisements.
We're enjoying one of the best economies of our lifetime. Since 1975, the U.S. economy has tripled in size. The gains are finally being widely shared, even by the least skilled. And yet are we happy?

Monday, December 10, 2018

2018 has been another lackluster year for housing permits and much needed new home construction
2018 has been another lackluster year for housing permits and much needed new home construction

Friday, December 7, 2018

Focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing costs potential returns
Focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing costs potential returns

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

It's near impossible to fix our own stuckness because we all operate in our own blind spots
A Los Angeles political hopeful may continue his lawsuit against California's secretary of state for barring him from designating himself as a socialist on a recent ballot for a state Assembly seat, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.
A Los Angeles political hopeful may continue his lawsuit against California's secretary of state for barring him from designating himself as a socialist on a recent ballot for a state Assembly seat, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Young leaders bring passion, but that doesn't necessarily make up for a lack of wisdom
Young leaders bring passion, but that doesn't necessarily make up for a lack of wisdom

Monday, December 3, 2018

Outcome of court case could determine whether compelled commercial speech is Constitutional.
Many people think the American political system is "broken" — but what if that's not true? The authors of a recent Harvard Business School report say that the Republican and Democratic parties constitute a duopoly: a wildly successful industry that has colluded to kill off competition, stifle reform and drive the country apart.

Friday, November 30, 2018

While still early in the regulatory process, Opportunity Zones are a boon for real estate investors.
While still early in the regulatory process, Opportunity Zones are a boon for real estate investors.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The case consumers brought against Apple Inc. alleges the company holds a monopoly on apps and passes its costs to customers.
Devastation caused by forest wild fires increasing, nowhere more so than in California.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Days after President Donald Trump attacked the impartiality of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice asked the nation's highest court to review an injunction blocking the government from implementing a ban on transgender soldiers in the military, effectively seeking to skip the very court Trump brazenly called a "complete and total disaster."
Nonprofits should send fundraising communications on a day when they can be the star of the show.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Climate scientist refutes Gov. Brown's claim of link between warming and recent wildfires
Climate scientist refutes Gov. Brown's claim of link between warming and recent wildfires

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

We give our thanks, most of all, for the ideals of honor and faith we inherit from our forefathers
A federal judge questioned government lawyers Monday concerning the legality of a new Trump administration policy stopping asylum applications between border posts.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Corporate social responsibility is demonstrably beneficial to an organization's bottom line.
Corporate social responsibility is demonstrably beneficial to an organization's bottom line.

Monday, November 19, 2018

It is all well and good to expect innovation but not give people the time and space to do it.
It is all well and good to expect innovation but not give people the time and space to do it.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Freelancers and independent contractors are playing a crucial role in the nation's overall economy.
Freelancers and independent contractors are playing a crucial role in the nation's overall economy.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The fight over federal legislation curbing the power of Article III judges to grant habeas relief lives on in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, despite the fact that one of the law's biggest critics is dead.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Californians have the opportunity to take a big step toward addressing our housing crisis
Californians have the opportunity to take a big step toward addressing our housing crisis

Monday, October 29, 2018

According to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sexual harassment claims have increased by more than 50 percent in fiscal year 2018. Increased awareness following the #MeToo movement, along with courts' and agencies' lower standards for what constitutes harassment, reinforce the urgency with which employers must implement effective anti-harassment policies and processes.
There's no guarantee that replacements for Styrofoam will be more environmentally friendly.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Soft drink giant's courting anything connected with marijuana is an incredibly telling sign of the times.

Friday, October 19, 2018

A state audit found that UC is outsourcing to replace its lower wage career workforce.
A state audit found that UC is outsourcing to replace its lower wage career workforce.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Women entrepreneurs confident about the business environment and their own outlook for growth.
Women entrepreneurs confident about the business environment and their own outlook for growth.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Supreme Court struck down 25-year-old federal law that limited sports betting.
Supreme Court struck down 25-year-old federal law that limited sports betting.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Opportunity Zones aim to uplift low-income neighborhoods, while providing generous tax incentives.
Opportunity Zones aim to uplift low-income neighborhoods, while providing generous tax incentives.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Rapid response is not always prudent when issues arise necessitating crisis communication.
This article is Part 2 of a two-part series providing an overview of laws affecting San Francisco employers.

Monday, October 8, 2018

We've all heard the same story: Our economy would be more dynamic if only the government would get out of the way. But Mariana Mazzucato, a professor of the economics of innovation and public value at University College London, says we've got that story backward.
Fourth Industrial Revolution, like all good revolutions, is disrupting social and economic structures.

Friday, October 5, 2018

UC Berkeley has signed master lease agreements at privately developed housing projects.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The State Senate killed a bill that would have eased building regulations near frequent transit stops.
The State Senate killed a bill that would have eased building regulations near frequent transit stops.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Debtors who file for bankruptcy protection under Title 11 are protected an automatic stay.
Debtors who file for bankruptcy protection under Title 11 are protected an automatic stay.
Debtors who file for bankruptcy protection under Title 11 are protected an automatic stay.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Gavin Newsom is promising California voters he'll deliver universal coverage if elected governor.
Gavin Newsom is promising California voters he'll deliver universal coverage if elected governor.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A plaintiffs' lawyer told an Orange County Superior Court jury Monday that Buchalter APC should pay about $15 million to the heirs of the Alta-Dena Dairy fortune for a former attorney's work on an estate plan that "became a lawyer self-enriching scheme" protected by firm officials leery of scrutiny.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Partnerships and LLCs face dramatic changes in how audits are conducted.
Partnerships and LLCs face dramatic changes in how audits are conducted.

Monday, September 24, 2018

There are now more than 42 billion notes in circulation, with a value of more than $1.7 trillion.
The national anthems of the United States and Mexico were played over the stadium speakers as the flags of both countries fluttered in the hot summer wind. Fans chatted away in English and Spanish. It was time for the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos, the Owls of the Two Laredos, one of the oldest teams in Mexican baseball, to take the field here at Uni-Trade Stadium on the Texas side of the border. Except this was not an away game.

Friday, September 21, 2018

The U.S. is the largest coin manufacturer in the world. It has six locations, including the Bay Area.
The U.S. is the largest coin manufacturer in the world. It has six locations, including the Bay Area.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

High-cost housing California's biggest metropolitan areas accounts for the nation's worst poverty rate.
High-cost housing California's biggest metropolitan areas accounts for the nation's worst poverty rate.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Those who take climate change and efforts to stop it seriously can arguably be divided into two broad camps: environmentalists and techno-optimists. The former believe that technology, population growth and overconsumption have led us to the brink of a disaster that only a dramatic change in lifestyles can avert. Techno-optimists, meanwhile, tend to believe that technology is as much the answer to our climate problems as the cause and that, ultimately, we can innovate our way out of the crisis. Mary Robinson, a former president of Ireland (the first woman to hold the position) and United Nations high commissioner for human rights most surely falls into the first camp.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Lisa Brennan-Jobs' memoir recounts life with (and without) father Steve Jobs.
Lisa Brennan-Jobs' memoir recounts life with (and without) father Steve Jobs.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Lawmakers determined to root out sexual harassment in the Golden State.
Lawmakers determined to root out sexual harassment in the Golden State.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

NAFTA's trilateral composition is the heart, not a glitch of the original agreement.
NAFTA's trilateral composition is the heart, not a glitch of the original agreement.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Both of California's U.S. senators, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, both played starring roles in last week's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and both had personal political agendas.
Baby boomer reality of "you are lucky to have a paycheck" has vanished. For millenials, culture is king

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Caltrans runs afoul of state law that prohibits use of taxpayer funds for campaign activities or advocacy
Caltrans runs afoul of state law that prohibits use of taxpayer funds for campaign activities or advocacy

Monday, September 10, 2018

As you may have heard, Scandinavians are a pretty happy bunch. Defining human happiness is a tricky, inherently subjective task. But we can probably all agree that it has something to do with a combination of material well-being, physical and mental health, personal security and strong social ties.
Prop. 10 will yield unintended consequences deleterious to California's more than 3 million renters.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

An inter partes review (IPR) is one of the ways a party can challenge a patent in the Patent and Trademark Office.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Builders foresaw affordable housing crisis. Now crisis looms for workforce and middle-class housing
The most interesting statewide contest this year is for an office that's little known to the public but affects arguably the most important state responsibility, K-12 education.

Friday, August 31, 2018

It can be personally and financially rewarding to earn extra cash doing something you enjoy.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Women are making progress in executive and senior level management, but still lag behind men.
Women are making progress in executive and senior level management, but still lag behind men.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

By happenstance, the first political campaign I covered was also one of the strangest in California history because one candidate was dead.

Monday, August 27, 2018

The school shootings at Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook; the massacres at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and outside the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas; the terrorist attacks during the Boston Marathon. After each of these tragedies, someone has a thankless, brutally difficult job to do: determine how the available compensation money should be distributed to the victims and their families. That someone is usually Kenneth Feinberg, along with his small Washington law firm.
Mortgage professionals gaining better understanding of borrowers of the future

Friday, August 24, 2018

Labor Day is a testament to America's high esteem for hard work.
Labor Day is a testament to America's high esteem for hard work.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The long-running legal dispute between the Commission on Judicial Performance and the state auditor could be nearing its conclusion, thanks in part to a pair of bills now advancing through the Legislature.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

New warning signs must be posted on buildings, or property owners could face lawsuits or penalties
Lance Armstrong was once one of the most lionized athletes on the planet. Then, in 2012, it all fell apart. During a television interview with Oprah Winfrey he admitted to using erythropoietin, or EPO. Stephen Dubner recently chatted with Armstrong about that infamous interview and how the years since have changed him.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Wages grew 3.5 percent when adjusted for compositional change in the workforce
Wages grew 3.5 percent when adjusted for compositional change in the workforce

Friday, August 17, 2018

If you have concerns about the longevity of your savings, know there are steps you can take to help you feel more confident.
Now is the time for crisis threat assessment while more urgent business waits until after Labor Day.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018

High-Speed Rail remains necessary to the Golden State's transportation future.
Educating your adult children on the importance of saving for retirement may be a bit challenging in the short run if they're not receptive to the message, but it may do them a world of good if they accept your advice.

Friday, August 10, 2018

A meaningless vote that does nothing to reunite migrant children with their parents.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Is there room for a third party? If some independent mounted a presidential bid in 2020, would that person have a chance? Those are questions we won't be able to answer for a few years.
Non-homeowners face daunting challenges in the current housing market

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Legislature reconvened this week for the inevitably hectic final weeks of its annual session. The pressure cooker atmosphere that always envelops the final days is, history tells us, not conducive to thoughtful policymaking.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Balancing consumer privacy protection and development of innovative technologies
Balancing consumer privacy protection and development of innovative technologies

Monday, August 6, 2018

For decades, the district south of downtown and alongside San Francisco Bay here was known as either Rincon Hill, South Beach or South of Market. This spring, it was suddenly rebranded on Google Maps to a name few had heard: the East Cut. The peculiar moniker immediately spread digitally, from hotel sites to dating apps to Uber, which all use Google's map data.
Pictures of a 'Gone City.': Tech and the dark side of prosperity in the Bay Area

Friday, August 3, 2018

HHS says that many of the 711 migrant children remaining in custody are ineligible for reunification.
HHS says that many of the 711 migrant children remaining in custody are ineligible for reunification.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Conflicts continue over subpoenas and information obtained during the newsgathering process
Conflicts continue over subpoenas and information obtained during the newsgathering process

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Starting with 12 employees, Intel is now the world's second-largest maker of semiconductors
Starting with 12 employees, Intel is now the world's second-largest maker of semiconductors

Monday, July 30, 2018

Assembly Bill 2282 clarifies existing California law intended to prohibit the use of prior salary history in negotiations between employers and applicants for employment.
The settlement agreement between Stormy Daniels and President Trump is far from ordinary. It contains an assignment of copyright, which begs the question: Is there a video we should be looking at?

Friday, July 27, 2018

No matter your life stage or financial situation, it's important to have insurance in place to provide for your loved ones. Make it a priority to regularly review your coverage and ensure it covers the changing needs of your family.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Network of urban air vehicles will alleviate transportation congestion on the ground.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Those seeking help from addiction shouldn't have to worry about false advertising
The lawsuit has put $2 billion in funding on hold, and the state Legislature hopes to partially break the logjam with a November ballot initiative.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

New technologies key to reducing carbon emissions of fossil fuels
Dan Doctoroff, a successful investment banker in New York spearheaded a massive effort to bring the Olympics to the city in 2012.Though the bid failed, it helped catalyze dramatic development throughout New York as a result of extensive rezoning efforts.

Monday, July 23, 2018

It is premature to assess the ultimate impact of recent trade policy developments on the U.S. economy
It is premature to assess the ultimate impact of recent trade policy developments on the U.S. economy

Friday, July 20, 2018

Electricity and distribution will be highly integrated in the state's future electrical grid
Creating a well-crafted financial plan will help you achieve your goals.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Conor McGregor's presence in the business world is just as polarizing as his presence in the sports and entertainment world.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Golden State's cannabis industry awaits permanent regulations with both fear and trepidation

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Supermajorities have been more about partisan bragging rights and media speculation than real tools for legislative action.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

FCC applies old regulations to new industries like cloud computing
FCC applies old regulations to new industries like cloud computing

Friday, July 6, 2018

The issue arises as to whether a victim's U Visa application and/or status is subject to mandatory disclosure by a prosecutor under the landmark decisions of Brady v. Maryland and its progeny
Today's housing market is creating more and more hurdles for homebuyers.
U.S. in the midst of the third great inflection point since the dawn of manned flight

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Offshore wind benefits from potential demand, as 53% of the nation's population live in coastal areas

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

No summary was provided

Monday, July 2, 2018

Shortly after my previous employer suddenly laid me off. I was grateful to be employed again so quickly — but I quickly realized this new job wasn't for me. Given how I was treated at my last company, I didn't think I'd ever feel allegiance to an employer again. Is it acceptable to consider leaving so soon?
While neutrality doesn't mean that we don't have values, it must mean that we are not partisan.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Artificial intelligence a power tool we're just beginning to understand.
Artificial intelligence a power tool we're just beginning to understand.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Today's real estate industry relies heavily on the use of websites displaying photographs of properties for sale to entice buyers. Many of the photographs on these sites are taken by professional photographers who license the use of their photos and retain the copyrights to them. The Ninth Circuit was faced with the question of whether these photographers can maintain an action for copyright infringement against a company whose software apparently "scrubbed" metadata identifying the copyright holders of photographs on various real estate websites.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

With the World Cup taking place in their backyard, does Russia have any chance of winning the World Cup? Authors of the book Scorecasting found that home-field advantage is a real thing.
Despite booming economy, labor force participation remains stubbornly low

Monday, June 25, 2018

Project Labor Agreements choke off merit shop training programs
Project Labor Agreements choke off merit shop training programs

Friday, June 22, 2018

Couples who don't have children tend to have more financial flexibility to pursue their own goals throughout life and in retirement. But this flexibility doesn't mean they don't need to manage their future financial, health and legacy needs.
An estimated 9 in 10 employers currently use background checks in hiring

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The long-term health of the nation's economy is tied to the real interest rate.
While many animals are afforded various protections by the rule of law, photos taken by some do not have the risk of liability for copyright infringement.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Politicians are misusing trailer bills, meant to implement the state budget, to enact far-reaching policies that have virtually nothing to do with the budget, and without any of the traditional safeguards, such as waiting periods and public hearings.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The U.S. exports more than five times the goods to Western Hemisphere countries than to China.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Justices reason that allowing untimely class actions tantamount to infinite statute of limitations.
Pharmaceutical firms donate an enormous amount of their products. Pfizer, for example, donated $4.7 billion in medicines in 2017. And yet all that generosity doesn't seem to be helping its reputation. According to Gallup, only about a third of Americans hold a positive view of the pharma industry, which makes it nearly as unpopular as the federal government.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

In a nearly unanimous decision, the justices ruled Monday that tolling provisions that allow plaintiffs to bring individual lawsuits after relevant statutes of limitations periods pass if a previous attempt at class certification fails do not apply to subsequent tries at class-wide complaints.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ABC's response to the Roseanne crisis will be favorably written up in crisis communication textbooks.
Sunday is not my favorite hour to discuss home-improvement projects with a prospective contractor, but there I was, eagerly showing this one my basement. He seemed promising, spending almost two hours in my basement. All I had to do now was wait for his bid. I eagerly opened the email only to find a half-page proposal with scant information, just a vague bullet list with a dollar sum at the bottom. When I asked for more detail and references, I never heard from him again. My experience is not uncommon among homeowners looking to hire tradespeople.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Opportunity Zones provide incentives for developers to invest in economically distressed communities
How the JD-MD duo is the modern day Batman and Robin.
Opportunity Zones provide incentives for developers to invest in economically distressed communities

Friday, June 8, 2018

Recent changes in the tax landscape can have an impact on the way you give, and here are 4 outside of the box ways to donate.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The nation's highest gasoline taxes force California drivers to pay the nation's highest pump prices.
Can Joel Embiid block the Buffalo Bills' attempt to register "Respect the Process"? And better yet, if he can, will he?

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Many proposals on this week's ballot will raise local taxes directly, or indirectly through issuance of bonds that would require higher property taxes to repay.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Dynamex v Lee changes the way businesses evaluate their employee classifications.

Monday, June 4, 2018

These days, more and more businesses are giving back. Corporate social responsibility programs — in which companies donate to educational institutions, or help protect the environment, or strip child labor from their supply chains, or do any number of world-improving things — are all the rage in global C-suites. So why has CSR become so popular? It can't simply be that the world's business titans woke up one day and decided to make the world a better place.

Friday, June 1, 2018

There are steps you can take to feel more financially confident regardless of your age and current health status.
Renaissance in U.S. oil and gas production nothing short of remarkable.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Union official time constitutes a direct government subsidy to federal employee unions.
Union official time constitutes a direct government subsidy to federal employee unions.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

'Driving while black' has resurged n 2018 under the wider umbrella, "existing while Black" or 'EWB."
'Driving while black' has resurged n 2018 under the wider umbrella, "existing while Black" or 'EWB."

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The U.S. high court's recent sports betting ruling is sure to cause a flurry of activity in state legislatures across the country.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Consider the benefits of working another year or more before retirement.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Patent owners should consider whether the ITC is the appropriate forum for litigating their patent infringement claims.
Controversial 5-4 majority decision was authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Too often, political tactics are based on the cynical assumption that voters can be easily fooled and the current election season is, unfortunately, rife.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Trump administration is working on an agreement with China so the country can purchase more US goods and shrink the trade gap.
California's new rooftop solar mandate will add approximately $12,000 to the cost of a new home.

Monday, May 21, 2018

U.S. and China endeavor to strike a grand bargain to avert a trade war
U.S. and China endeavor to strike a grand bargain to avert a trade war

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Many patent owners feel that alleged infringers have an unfair advantage under the current system that applies different claim construction standards for different forums.
Study finds toxic contaminants in 20 out of 20 samples at "licensed" marijuana dispensaries.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown is strangely unwilling to even try to save the state budget from the existential threat posed by an insanely unbalanced tax system, even though he acknowledges the fiscal peril.
This month, Tesla released its 2018 first quarter financials, with horrid results. In the first three months of the year, Tesla managed to lose another $784 million.
Research indicates that many adults with autism are willing and able to work.
The insurance industry has found it challenging to insure cyber data. Cryptocurrencies present even more challenges.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A new guidebook for communications professionals when a fast moving crisis hits.
Atul Gawande is an extraordinarily busy man, even for a doctor. Not only is he a surgeon, but he's also a health policy professor at Harvard, an executive director at Ariadne Labs, and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Gawande recently found time to chat with Stephen Dubner about how we can improve health care and how he gets it all done each day.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Gov. Brown allowed to designate up to 25 percent of low-income census tracts as 'Opportunity Zones.'
The Phillippine Supreme Court has voted to remove the Chief Justice of the court in what some are calling a "black day for justice."

Friday, May 11, 2018

Companies see value in career education for their middle-skill workers
For many investors, cash helps protect a portion of income against market volatility and provides the ability to generate a competitive return.
The new reality in California is that cannabis interests have become a formidable lobbying force.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ninth Circuit finds monkeys cannot sue for copyright infringement
Legislature rejected a measure that would have reduced California's acute housing deficit

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

California's economy has climbed in global rankings to 5th place behind only the United States as whole, China, Japan and Germany.
Protecting the integrity of the pharmaceutical supply chain

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Comprehensive tax reform will require heavy political lifting.
Space weather has the potential to disrupt such technologies as GPS, telecommunications and aviation
While using independent contractors gives companies an edge, California's high court said it was an unfair competitive advantage.

Monday, May 7, 2018

In theory, millions of borrowers are eligible to have their debts forgiven after a decade of public-service work. In practice, the program has produced a litany of frustrations. But there is at least one person who has made the 120 qualifying payments and now has a zero balance as a result, thus joining a very small club of the forgiven.
Trump's administration, answering pleas of auto executives, wants to roll back more stringent fuel efficiency standards promulgated during the final days of the predecessor Obama administration – rules that, at the time, California, other like-minded states and the auto industry jointly supported.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Western societies apparent are unable to assimilate and integrate rapidly newcomers
Businesses across the world are bracing for the impact of the new European Union data-protection regulation, known as the GDPR, which comes into effect on May 25.
Plenty of problems arise in the course of audits. What if the IRS asks you questions you are afraid to answer?
When we begin to think about how to maintain a thriving legal practice that is being outpaced by artificial intelligence, automated on-line legal services, and lawyer "robots," the first question that hits us is, where do we even begin? Below we suggest a roadmap for addressing what is arguably the biggest challenge the legal industry has faced in its history.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Ren Ventures argues that Lucasfilm doesn't have common law trademark rights to SABACC card game because it failed to use the game in a trademark manner.
Social media platforms need to be better stewards of information they disseminate to the public

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Voters often make snap judgments based on ideological predispositions and unpredictable events that unfold during campaigns, what those in politics call "x-factors."

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

What is the one thing that sets humans apart from all other animals? Some say it's our innate curiosity; some say our language. Others say it's our culture. Our capacity for trade — our ability to create markets and respond rationally to supply and demand — would seem an obvious, and particularly strong, candidate for what make us human. And yet research suggests that economic activity isn't as uniquely human as we might imagine.
Work centers have evolved into de facto labor organizations. They should comply with the laws that regulate unions

Monday, April 30, 2018

A recent decision will likely instigate a sea change regarding how family law trials and motions are litigated.
Co-op option may enable specified service businesses to avoid the pass-through income limitations
California labor laws generally discourage overtime work by requiring employers to pay a premium for extra work hours.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Consider taking steps to prepare for potential changes in the investment environment that could be caused, in part, by inflation
America has a deficit of 7.3 million homes, half of that is in California

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The 107 Women's Business Centers have created a community of two million women entrepreneurs throughout the country.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Legislators failed to close a loophole that would have allowed various aides under them to unionize and more effectivley fight the various harassment scandals that plague the Capitol.
California politicians are concerned about a potential exodus of the taxpaying rich to other states, some of which have no state income taxes, such as neighboring Nevada, Texas and Florida.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

In light of the recent US-China trade dispute, various Chinese companies are facilitating alternate shipping routes through other countries in hopes of circumventing new tariffs.
The Internet has been disrupted by advances in networking technology and applications
California's public employee pension systems have immense gaps between what they have in assets and what they will need to meet their obligations to retirees.

Monday, April 23, 2018

The lieutenant governor has few, if any, substantive duties other than take over if a governor dies or resigns.
There's a mountain of evidence suggesting that the quality of our relationships has been in steady decline for decades. Over the past five years, loneliness, suicide rates and depression have abruptly gotten worse.
Cybercrime damage will reachit $6 trillion by 2021, nearly 10 percent of the global economy.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Women often face unique challenges when it comes to managing their finances. If you are a woman working to build your financial confidence today and tomorrow, understanding key challenges is the first step to overcoming them.
The U.S. has been the indisputable world leader in disruptive innovations in the internet age.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Ninth Circuit recently revisited the issue of the applicability of the safe harbor provision of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act ("DMCA").
The IRS received more than 94.1 million individual returns between Jan. 29 and March 30.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court previously ruled that federal law trumps state law on marijuana
The California Chamber of Commerce published its annual "job killer" list of bills it wanted to block. 24 bills made the list.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Last summer, Stephen Dubner had the opportunity to chat with arguably the most heavily scrutinized chief executive in the United States: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. Even before Americans and the world learned that data from an estimated 87 million Facebook users had been weaponized by political operatives, and before the 33-year-old CEO sat down for a two-day grilling session from an irate Congress, Zuckerberg was feeling the heat.
In 2017, Customs and Border Patrol recorded the lowest level of illegal cross-border migration on record.

Monday, April 16, 2018

California is experiencing what educators call an "achievement gap."
Market volatility does not always mean you need to make changes to your portfolio. There are things you can do to prevent fear from getting the best of you.
Americans who are financially abused lose an average of $140,500 of their life savings

Friday, April 13, 2018

It is likely the internal combustion engine will remain the dominant powertrain for the next several decades
Two new employment laws have expanded parental leave rights with the chance that the new regulations could expand compliance obligations.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A discussion of a few of the most common aspects of patent law that are misunderstood.
Building your business reputation isn't a guarantee you will survive a crisis. But it gives you a fighting chance

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

While the latest version of the High-Speed Rail Authority business plan appears to be more realistic about cost and construction schedules than its predecessors, it's still sorely deficient, as its official reviewers pointed out last week during a legislative hearing.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that stores selling coffee must post cancer warning labels
Dropbox had a strong market debut last week and has reassured investors with large holdings in other private start-ups.

Monday, April 9, 2018

More than a half million men, women and children in America suffered homelessness at some point last year

Friday, April 6, 2018

Dealers in California should think twice before assuming the Supreme Court's ruling in the final word. By Arthur Silbergeld. Page 4
Racially explicit government policy in the mid-twentieth century separated the races in every metropolitan area
On March 23, President Donald Trump signed a law that could undo the very protections for privacy and autonomy that American colonists fought for in the Revolutionary War.
Like many things, the issue will come down to negotiation power, leverage, fear of negative publicity and loss of potential revenue at the box office by the studios for failure to act equitably.
In the long run, only Congress and the president can resolve the underlying issue: the extent to which the United States will permit the entry of particular immigrants.
There are a variety of ways grandparents can help their grandchildren financially in the pursuit of a college degree.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Recently enacted Tax Cut and Jobs Act includes unexpected provision on carried interest
There are four types of intellectual property protection, and it is important to understand the distinctions between them to keep your business safe.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

This year is shaping up as a great year to die because of recent changes to estate tax rules. We're back to some good times for dying following the big federal tax reform passed December 2017.
The future is like a game: Moves made today affect the way future plays out

Monday, April 2, 2018

As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders compelled payment of agency fees, labor unions prepare for the outcome.
Californians have a constitutional right to hold and express beliefs that may be in the political minority, even if they are misguided, without that right being diluted or violated by state legislators.
SB 306, effective January 1, 2018, expanded the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement's authority to investigate wage law violations, without a worker-filed complaint. The federal government has stepped up immigration laws enforcement. Many inspections occur with little to no notice. Therefore, management should learn their rights and obligations.
I have read with interest, and a sense of bemusement, headlines about the 9th Circuit's decision in much-watched copyright infringement case.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lawsuit claims LegalZoom engages in the unauthorized practice of law when its non-attorneys instruct customers on how to register trademarks.
More than 24 million mostly-rural households lack the broadband access most Americans take for granted

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Instead of the cakewalk Senate's Democratic leaders assumed when persuading Sen. Dianne Feinstein to run again, they find she is taking heavy fire from the left wing of her own party.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The 9th Circuit in Hall v. Swift found the allegedly infringed phrases of the song in question to be "too brief, unoriginal and uncreative to warrant protection under the Copyright Act" and provided Hall and Butler leave to amend their complaint.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Dealing with California's housing crisis will require some very difficult political decision making, and whether it eases or grows worse will be a hallmark test for the next governor, whoever it might be.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Franchisors must be mindful of their business practices to avoid being held liable for labor law violations committed by franchisees and contractors, and to avoid assuming new collective bargaining obligations.
Earlier this month, the 9th affirmed dismissal of a securities class action against on the basis that the inference of scienter was not at least as compelling as the inference of an honest mistake by a mismanaged organization.
This week, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act grants state courts the jurisdiction to hear class action claims under the Securities Act of 1933.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Americans have spent much of the past decade wondering when the economy would recover from the crippling Great Recession. Now, they are considering another question: When, and how, will that recovery end?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Arizona officials saw opportunity when Uber and other companies began testing driverless cars a few years ago. On Sunday night, an autonomous car operated by Uber — and with an emergency backup driver behind the wheel — struck and killed a woman on a street in Tempe, Arizona. It was believed to be the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving technology.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dropbox, the online file storage company, is poised to hold one of the year's most highly awaited stock market debuts. But whether investors think the technology darling is more valuable as a publicly traded company or as a privately held start-up is debatable.

Monday, March 19, 2018

As of February 5, 2018, California Assembly Bill 403 imposes stiff consequences on members of the legislature or employees who interfere with an employee's right to make a protected disclosure.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Switching employers can have a substantial impact on your financial life. Four tips to help keep your finances on track through the transition.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas finds defendants have not committed acts of infringement sufficient to establish venue.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Republicans are exploiting the Democratic Party's abject lack of discipline and gaming California's top-two primary system to potentially block Democratic challengers from reaching the November ballot.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Google currently has multiple lawsuits filed against it by former employees alleging that the companies' diversity practices are both too disruptive and too ineffective.
Taxing motorists and spending the money on transportation improvements is the right thing to do. Claiming overblown economic benefits is the wrong thing to do.

Monday, March 12, 2018

The gender pay gap is a phenomenon prevalent all over the world and when adjusted for discriminatory factors, the reasons for its existence become less clear with some differences attributed to small but important variance in each gender's behavior.

Friday, March 9, 2018

So far, electing a new governor of California has resembled a game of musical chairs.
Capitalize on the benefits of having an ownership stake in your employer's firm while maintaining a well-diversified portfolio.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The on-sale bar can be raised as a defense in patent infringement litigation.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

California's commission process for redistricting isn't perfect, but it's one that other states should emulate.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

When Google agreed to buy Zagat for $151 million nearly seven years ago, the technology giant intended to bring the restaurant review empire into the digital age. Now ownership of Zagat will change again — into the hands of an upstart restaurant review company that has harnessed smartphone apps, an Instagram hashtag and a texting recommendation service as parts of its path to growth.

Monday, March 5, 2018

President Donald Trump has announced potential tariffs on all steel and aluminum imports from every country around the world. Various European countries responded on Friday with threats of retaliation and many countries argue that such tariffs would end up harming both all parties rather than just helping the United States.
The Delaware Supreme Court recently held that director compensation awards made pursuant to discretionary compensation plans are not to be afforded review under the deferential business judgment rule.

Friday, March 2, 2018

If you've experienced a life event this year, review your benefits and determine if you need to make new or different elections to ensure the desired insurance coverage for you and your family.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

If a patent only covers a component of a product that a defendant in a patent infringement case has sold, the plaintiff must apportion damages between the patented component and the whole product. The plaintiff is only entitled to a reasonable royalty on the patented component, not on the whole product.
Vapor intrusion can be an issue at industrial properties, suburban strip malls and residential developments.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The U.S. economy appears to be performing very well. It is in the best shape that it has been in since the crisis.
Never judge the true tenor of a political party by what happens at its convention. Last weekend's Democratic gabfest was a case in point.
Before announcing Tony Mendoza's resignation, Kevin de León told the Senate, "we will not tolerate harassment or sweep it under the rug." That pledge will be tested as both the Senate and the Assembly handle multiple complaints about how legislators have behaved.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

There are many situations in which employers are obligated to give their employees time off from work. The California Family Rights Act has expanded the class of employers to include small business, so it is always pertinent to check and see which forms of leave are protected before coming to a conclusion.
Homelessness increased 13 percent in 2016 and 14 percent in 2017, posing a threat to the state's economic prosperity, mayors warn

Monday, February 26, 2018

Blockchain will help democratize the benefits of digitizing data and allow the entire food system to get smarter together
In 1994, Indra Nooyi joined PepsiCo as a chief strategist; 12 years later, she was named its CEO. Today, she oversees 260,000 global employees and a snack empire that includes Frito-Lay chips, Tropicana juices, Quaker foods and of course lots of soda.

Friday, February 23, 2018

With market performance where it is, it may make sense to review your portfolio and determine if changes are appropriate.
As union membership has decreased because of attacks on working people, income inequality has risen

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Certain claims are not patentable under 35 U.S.C. §101. If claims are well-understood, routine, and conventional they might not be eligible for patent.
The Americans With Disabilities Act has created a cottage industry of unscrupulous attorneys trying to make a quick buck.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The 'small business economy' has yet to fully receovered from the Great Recession
Client agencies – cities, particularly – were already complaining that double-digit annual increases in CalPERS payments were driving some of them towards insolvency and the new policy, which will kick in next year, will raise those payments even more.
Many have criticized Proposition 57 as too vaguely drafted and too broad. Now, the CDCR must either rewrite the regulations or try to overturn a recent ruling by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

During over three decades of prosecuting legal malpractice claims, I have been asked over and over again for concrete ideas to help lawyers eliminate or at least reduce the risk of being sued by an unhappy client.
The complaint that Stone Brewing filed in District Court against MillerCoors epitomizes the fight between craft brewers and "Big Beer." It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Taxes are an ever-present danger, and it is clear that the IRS is on the hunt. The IRS is pursing tax enforcement with summonses, tracking software and training its criminal IRS agents.
History's ultimate "bar exam question" is the fact pattern in United States v. Libellants of the Schooner Amistad, the U.S. Supreme Court's first civil rights case.
Grateful Dead lyricist and internet activist John Perry Barlow passed away last week. So who will pick up where he left off?

Friday, February 16, 2018

The most sweeping tax reform legislation in decades was enacted into law at the end of 2017. If you pay federal income taxes, you are likely to see an impact this year.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thinking even the most offensive thought is still private. With any other expression, all bets are off.
Thinking even the most offensive thought is still private. With any other expression, all bets are off.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Proposition 50, a constitutional amendment that voters approved in the June, 2016, primary election, empowers legislative houses, by a two-thirds vote, to suspend without pay, members who either face criminal charges or are deemed to have breached the public trust.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

California's "bullet train," which has a deserved reputation for running late even before the first car has rolled along the tracks, is the most expensive public works project in state, and also in U.S. history, outside the federal interstate highway program.
Mudslides and an earthquake already have occurred in 2018. Along with the terrible losses, a natural disaster can significantly disrupt business operations, affecting employees and employers alike.
Renewal of Sacramento's expiring half-cent tax would cover perhaps half of the projected increase in annual pension costs, but crowd out other services the tax now finances. Were voters to double it to a full cent, virtually every new dollar it generated would be needed to pay increased CalPERS demands.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Bipartisan legislation awaits the president's signature
Should we go with an insider or an outsider? This is among the central questions that companies ask themselves when choosing a new chief executive.

Friday, February 9, 2018

While talking about the sensitive topic of your parents' long-term financial goals may seem uncomfortable, addressing it sooner rather than later can help eliminate challenges and uncertainty down the road.
Filing public nuisance suits against oil companies for making and distributing fossil fuels is not the right way to fashion intelligent environmental policy.
Agencies are increasingly finding small errors in the reports and assessing significant penalties — they consider these paperwork errors as grave as harmful emissions and an affront to the integrity of the regulatory program.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

When the evidence shows that an ISP fails to enforce the terms of its own policy in any meaningful fashion, that ISP has not "reasonably implemented" a repeat copyright infringer policy.
Misconduct complaints involving senior military leaders increased 13 percent from 2015 to 2017.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

It's hypocritical for the Legislature to exempt itself from the laws and procedures it imposes on others, as the firestorm over sexual harassment underscores. If would-be miscreants know that their behavior can be reported and revealed to the public, they'll be much less likely to do it.
The expansion is proceeding at a good pace, unemployment is low, and inflation is finally headed in the right direction again.
The expansion is proceeding at a good pace, unemployment is low, and inflation is finally headed in the right direction again.
One of California's most complex and unusual financial/political/legal conflicts was settled last week, but the deal left a couple of mysteries.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Enactment of new employment laws require California employers to make significant changes in their hiring practices and workplace policies.
A group of Silicon Valley technologists who were early employees at Facebook and Google, alarmed over the ill effects of social networks and smartphones, are banding together to challenge the companies they helped build.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Plaintiffs must show that the premises owner was aware of similar criminal activity at or near the location and this is often difficult to prove.
We've all had the feeling that our workplace would completely crumble in our absence. It's rarely true. So at least consider the possibility that the organization will muddle along happily without you.
Associates serve two masters: Their "bosses" at their firms, and the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Let me just start by saying I grew up in a military family. I am a military brat.

Friday, February 2, 2018

It may make sense to use both active and passive investments to effectively build and manage a diversified portfolio.
The water tunnel and high-speed rail projects that Jerry Brown has touted are plagued by problems.
President's first year in office has been 'a wasted opportunity in meeting the needs of the American people.'

Thursday, February 1, 2018

While not all software-based innovations are patent eligible, it is clear that some are. Therefore, it is imperative to take into account recent court decisions when drafting the specifications and claims for such inventions.
These companies are at the forefront of America's economic growth.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Governor Jerry Brown punctuated his State of the State address with lists of what he clearly regards as major accomplishments. Does his work qualify for a commendable legacy?
Los Angeles and San Francisco are suddenly in the throes of turmoil as they search for new leaders.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

the California Legislature just amended the California Family Rights Act so that small businesses will be subject to part of its provisions.
There is no guarantee the U.S. will stay on top as 5G rolls out

Monday, January 29, 2018

A recent case out of the Ninth Circuit, Oracle USA, Inc. v. Rimini Street, Inc. (July 13, 2017), illustrates some of the risks third party software vendors run concerning copyright issues.
Citizen or not, registered to vote or not, California schools are for Californians first.

Friday, January 26, 2018

If you expect to receive a refund on your 2017 tax return, will you save or spend it? While you may be tempted to indulge, consider using the money to solidify your long-term financial position.
The state's top political figures—U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in particular—received a harsh reminder this week that what plays in liberal California may be a liability elsewhere.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Children in California's K-12 public school system trail badly in educational accomplishment.
Giant tech firms like Google spend a lot of money on political lobbying and are attempting to shape the public policy debate through support of a wide variety of think tanks and nonprofit groups.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

These cases deal with the statutory interpretation of the Dodd-Frank Act and its whistleblower protections, the jurisdictional reach of state courts in certain securities class actions, and separation of powers issues related to the appointments clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Decision softens the blow of repeal of other miscellaneous itemized tax deductions
Attorney General Xavier Becerra is imploring the U.S. Supreme Court to validate laws in California and other states requiring public employees who are not union members to nevertheless pay "agency fees" to unions.
The SEC's recent Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation regarding Regulation G should bring an end to one popular claim that has proliferated in the post-Trulia world.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Effective January 1, 2018, employers are subject to new state law requirements related to federal officials' access to employees and documents. Employers must carefully walk the line between complying with federal immigration law, and state law prohibiting "too much" cooperation.
Collective bargaining for California's public employees may have been a questionable idea. But it's not going away and there's absolutely no reason why Capitol workers, except for a small cadre of senior staffers, should not have civil service status and unionization, if they wish.
With passage of an infrasture bill, growth in the construction industry could reach unprecedented levels.

Monday, January 22, 2018

While email is often used to send important information and documents, it is by no means a foolproof method of communication for attorneys.
Sheriff's Department and DA's office files are worthy of review and disclosure.
What can we expect to see as the marijuana industry continues to ramp up? An increase in impaired driving crashes, more teens and young adult addicts, more psychotic breaks and violence related to marijuana, and even more arrests.
In practice, Gov. Jerry Brown has not always adhered to the principle of "subsidiarity," but has been particularly stubborn about applying it to the state's six-million-student public education system, rejecting demands of education reformers for more state intervention on behalf of "high-needs" students.
Controversial political issues like immigration are often complex, presenting the public with a range of options from which to choose. Absent narrow exceptions, courts may not reject the product of the democratic process and substitute their own preferred policy.
Everybody agrees society is in a bad way, but what exactly is the main cause? It could be the failure of liberal democracy.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Feinstein tells new DHS secretary her agency impacts California 'in profound ways'
If you experience an unexpected change in your employment status, review your financial situation and create a plan to help you feel more in control.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

According to a 584-page report, released this month by the federal government, California committed gross negligence in the construction and maintenance of the nation's highest dam, Oroville.
The Federal Circuit just reversed itself in holding that patent owners can now appeal a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board finding that a challenger's petition for inter partes review (IPR) is timely.
Real estate development is a risky and expensive proposition in California

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown is concerned that the new federal tax overhaul encourages the few thousand Californians with the highest incomes, whose taxes allow Brown and other California politicians to spend tens of billions of dollars a year, to take their money elsewhere.
People confide to reporters, then profess astonishment when their comments become public

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The U.S. District Court issued an opinion in TCL Communications v. Ericsson and determined Ericsson did not offer to license its standard essential patents on reasonable terms, and instead become only the fourth U.S. Court to determine a royalty rate for essential patents.

Friday, January 12, 2018

A proposed ballot measure would remove commercial properties from the protection of Proposition 13
Purchasing a business comes with numerous financial considerations. There are steps to consider before signing on the dotted line.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act is the first major tax reform legislation approved by Congress in more than 30 years.
The Tax Cut and Jobs Act is the first major tax reform legislation approved by Congress in more than 30 years.
State legislators are floating some creative schemes to blunt the impact of the new federal tax law on California taxpayers.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

In a split decision, a federal appellate court partially overturned a $39.5 million ruling Wednesday for cybersecurity company Finjan Inc. in a patent infringement suit against Blue Coat Systems.
State legislators are floating some creative schemes to blunt the impact of the new federal tax law on California taxpayers.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

hen you buy tickets to a big concert, a professional sports event or a hot Broadway play — on a scale of 1 to 10 — how would you rate the ticket-buying experience? Think about everything from the price to the availability of tickets to the transparency of the whole transaction. The public has almost no chance to buy good tickets to the best events.
The Federal Reserve System has two goals, both set by Congress: maximum employment and price stability.

Monday, January 8, 2018

A number of California cities have designated parking lots where people sleep for for the night.
Trademarks deemed vulgar are still protected by the First Amendment. | Intellectual Property Perspectives | By Josh Escovedo

Friday, January 5, 2018

Ways to stay motivated to achieve financial goals.
2017 was the year Twitter commandeered politics.
The Democratic supermajority is in trouble in California. What will happen?

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Part 2 of a two-part series providing an overview of new California employment laws.
This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a decades-old law that made it difficult for unmarried men to pass citizenship to their children born abroad.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

For years, an "Equity Coalition" of civil rights and education reform groups has battled the state's education establishment – state schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson, the state Board of Education and the California Teachers Association, most notably – over how the "achievement gap" should be addressed.
There are 700,000 DACA recipients, 200,000 of which are in California alone
There are 700,000 DACA recipients, 200,000 of which are in California alone
A federal judge overseeing the ineffective counsel claim of a man convicted a decade ago of terrorism charges has denied a government motion to kick the defendant's lead attorney off the case.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Some studio lawyers insist that no third-party brands may be used under any circumstances without permission.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Saving for retirement should be a top financial priority. It's worth it to commit to saving today.
We don't know what initiative measures will make it to the ballot, but it's likely to be a potpourri of special interest gambits, ideological symbolism and serious governance proposals.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Home for the holidays after passing the eighth-largest tax cut in U.S. history, Republicans could be forgiven for reveling in the warm embrace of nostalgia. Ronald Reagan's first State of the Union address promised the biggest tax cut ever to "expand our national prosperity, enlarge national incomes and increase opportunities for all Americans". Republicans are proving notably more reluctant to acknowledge the true impact of the tax changes that Reagan wrought.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A sharply divided state Supreme Court affirmed an appellate court ruling that will allow a lawsuit to go forward potentially holding a pharmaceutical company liable for the side effects of a generic form of a drug it invented.
The wisest course would be to restrain spending in the next state budget and squirrel away as much money as possible. However, the Legislature is dominated by liberal Democrats who fervently believe that more spending is a godly virtue.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Several new laws taking effect in 2018 will affect how California employers do business.
As legal cannabis moves from campaign pitch to reality—amid lots of lobbying by industry groups along the way—some details of the plan have changed. Voters may not get what they expected.
Investment in solar energy improves U.S. industrial competitiveness, strengthens our nation's economy, and creates jobs.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Investment in solar energy improves U.S. industrial competitiveness, strengthens our nation's economy, and creates jobs.
Mountain View approved a master plan that will deliver almost 10,000 new homes, increasing the city's housing stock by 30,000.
Investors have increasingly turned to international stocks and bonds to diversify their portfolio over the long term. There are considerations to keep in mind.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

After selecting a strong trademark, there are many things a trademark owner can do to strengthen and protect a trademark but one of the essential things it must do is to force infringers to stop infringing.
A first-time chief executive, was barely a year into a turnaround effort at Marvell Semiconductor when he sold its board on a bold move: a $6 billion offer to purchase Cavium, another midsize maker of computer chips.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Making California the first state to guarantee health care for every resident has become a touchstone issue – and a divisive one – for the state's dominant Democrats. The state Assembly will take up – or possibly ignore – a universal health care bill that the Senate passed this year.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A first-time chief executive, was barely a year into a turnaround effort at Marvell Semiconductor when he sold its board on a bold move: a $6 billion offer to purchase Cavium, another midsize maker of computer chips.

Monday, December 18, 2017

The holidays can be a wonderful time for families and friends to gather together, sharing memories and gifts. This season can also provide the opportunity to instill the value of giving to others in your child.
While California's economy is largely driven by Silicon Valley's digital innovation, its state government in Sacramento, just 100 miles northeast, has abysmally failed to use that technology effectively.
California, which had led the nation in cracking down on crime in the 1980s and 1990s by locking up tens of thousands of felons, has dramatically reversed course in the last half-decade.

Friday, December 15, 2017

The holidays can be a wonderful time for families and friends to gather together, sharing memories and gifts. This season can also provide the opportunity to instill the value of giving to others in your child.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, two candidates for governor who run a close 1-2 in the polls, are exhibiting serious differences over education policy that next year's campaign may magnify.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, two candidates for governor who run a close 1-2 in the polls, are exhibiting serious differences over education policy that next year's campaign may magnify.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The state's school systems are failing to produce enough graduates prepared to succeed in college. We need enough college-educated workers to replace retiring members of the baby-boom generation and keep us competitive in a global economy, and we need those graduates to be truly educated, not just shuffled through a system with lowered standards.

Monday, December 11, 2017

How could these two men significantly change the dynamic among serious investors on the coasts to reorient their focus on cities, many of them suffering from the erosion of manufacturing, in the Rust Belt and elsewhere?

Friday, December 8, 2017

December is a great time to review your finances and get ready for a fresh start in the new year. Five key financial moves are worth reviewing before year end.
December is a great time to review your finances and get ready for a fresh start in the new year. Five key financial moves are worth reviewing before year end.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

There is no federal court jurisdiction for disputes involving patents where the claimant does not actually own the patents. The possibility that one might own a patent, if a contingent future event occurs, is not enough. This seems like an obvious rule, but it ended up before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
There is no federal court jurisdiction for disputes involving patents where the claimant does not actually own the patents. The possibility that one might own a patent, if a contingent future event occurs, is not enough. This seems like an obvious rule, but it ended up before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
A new report from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis hints that a recession may have started in California.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Politicians ensnared in the harassment scandal can affect the Legislature's delicate balance of power.
There is no federal court jurisdiction for disputes involving patents where the claimant does not actually own the patents. The possibility that one might own a patent, if a contingent future event occurs, is not enough. This seems like an obvious rule, but it ended up before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Today's bill is an important step in the right direction, but let's not fool ourselves -- it is a baby step.
It's time for my annual "gifts with meaning" guide, with suggestions for presents that won't just clog a chest of drawers.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Whether your children are getting ready for kindergarten or graduation, capitalizing on tax-saving opportunities can help make college a financial reality.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Although In Re Micron clarified waiver of venue under Rule 12(g)(2) and (h)(1)(A) in light of TC Heartland, there are still a number of issues that need to be worked out at the District Court level. And, it is likely there will be differing application across District Courts until more of these issues are worked out.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

With nothing politically to lose, Governor Jerry Brown has the freedom to do whatever he wants. He is asking the state Supreme Court to, in effect, make it easier for state and local governments to reduce benefits in public employee pensions.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Bowing to pressure from critical legislators, the State Bar finally agreed to divide its two incompatible roles of licensing (and policing) attorneys and acting as a trade association for the profession.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Employers must understand the legal parameters of obtaining and using criminal history.

Friday, November 24, 2017

If you experience an accident or injury, cost may be the least of your concerns initially. Yet, unexpected medical care has the potential to impact your financial situation in a big way. Before it does, take the time to prepare your strategy for dealing with surprise medical expenses.
If you experience an accident or injury, cost may be the least of your concerns initially. Yet, unexpected medical care has the potential to impact your financial situation in a big way. Before it does, take the time to prepare your strategy for dealing with surprise medical expenses.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Distorting the language of a repeal ballot measure should not be allowed. We need to prevent it.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Most people under 40 sense a social and moral void and understand that change has to come at the communal, emotional and moral level. People over 40 need to be informed.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Upcoming tax season will be complex. Planning early with an accountant will save money and spare headaches.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown was on message throughout his nearly two-week trip through Europe: Climate change is a serious threat, California is doing its part—and, especially, come to San Francisco next year for a climate conference that gets things accomplished.
If you're a retiree who is tempted to travel in the off-season, think through the costs and logistics first.
California's political and legal war over whether the state's six million K-12 students are being adequately educated pits the state's education establishment against a coalition of civil rights groups, education reformers and charter school advocates over the "achievement gap" that separates poor children, particularly Latinos and African-Americans, from more privileged white and Asian students.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Governor Jerry Brown is jetting around the world preaching the gospel of climate change, that everyone needs to reduce' emissions and change their lifestyles. Yet, he has a personal "carbon footprint" that's probably greater than 90 percent of Californians and 99 percent of the globe's population.
A Southern California personal injury attorney accused of misappropriating millions of dollars in client settlement money and fleeing to Costa Rica has accused the State Bar of failing to properly investigate other attorneys, who, he says, are the real criminals.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Those without celiac-like symptoms may want to think harder before causally adopting a gluten-free lifestyle. Doing so may damage your bank account and make your social life far more complicated, without doing your body much good.

Monday, November 13, 2017

A federal judge in San Francisco fined a mortgage financing service $7.9 million and permanently enjoined it from a wide array of misleading business practices Thursday.
Why has there been a decline in civic institution building? Political polarization has got to be a big culprit. The affluent have also been less entrepreneurial.

Friday, November 10, 2017

We can excoriate the offenders in the news, strip them of their careers, reduce them to confessional supplicants, but the dark side of sexual harassment still hovers over the workplace. Why?
If you wonder when, where, why or how to fulfill your retirement goals, you are not alone. Your dreams and financial situations are unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all retirement solution.
The overwhelming "fandemonium" within all areas of the entertainment industry raises the value of the name, image and likeness of celebrities.
The name as formally proposed became, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. There is much in the bill that is controversial.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The USPTO just issued a final rule for trial practice before the PTAB that explicitly protects communications between patent agents or foreign patent practitioners and their clients.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

There's no particular reason why rank-and-file legislative workers couldn't be civil servants, rather that serving, as they do now, as "at-will" employees who can be fired without warning by their political masters.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Once employers offer vacation or PTO, their policies and procedures must comply with California wage-hour law.
Legislative leaders need to clean up the mess they allowed to fester even as they professed fidelity to a progressive state's politically correct values.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Attorneys representing companies that are involved in the stock photography industry may want to revisit any applicable licensing agreements regarding stock photos to determine whether or not their client will have standing to pursue copyright infringement claims concerning the photos in their catalogues.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Several common mistakes made by financially accomplished people — along with a few tips to counteract them.
California authorities are confronting the opioid crisis with public education campaigns and local community coalitions.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Inevitably "top 10 legal movie" lists are compiled with favorites like "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Anatomy of a Murder" and "12 Angry Men" on nearly all of them.
It's no secret that the German economy is in great shape. Exports are through the roof. Another reason for the continuing resilience of the German economy is its highly collaborative labor unions.
The dramatic rise of the San Francisco Bay Area into a globally important cultural and economic powerhouse is a case study in regional cohesion. Sacramento's regional leaders say they want to emulate it. But they'll have to get their act together first.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Eric Garcetti won't be running for governor next year. He may be exploring a presidential run.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Shawn Lesser, a co-founder of Big Path Capital, an investment bank focused on impact investments, which seek social as well as financial returns, said interest in agriculture has surpassed that of clean energy and affordable housing.

Monday, October 30, 2017

With a California law in danger of being overturned after being enjoined in February, a lawyer with the state attorney general's office told a federal judge Thursday he had no additional comments to make in defense of the statute.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Financial considerations to keep in mind if retirement includes earning an income.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

New gun laws enhanced California's status of having the nation's tightest restrictions on the purchase and use of firearms. However, what politicians and voters wrought last year didn't really cut down on the number of guns.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Employers may be wary of their employees' social media posts, particularly when employees identify their employers in their profiles, or comment about their bosses or companies.

Monday, October 23, 2017

More than 140 women –California legislators, Capitol staffers, lobbyists and political consultants – signed an open letter denouncing "pervasive" sexual harassment and other forms of misconduct in state politics. "Each of us who signed this op-ed will no longer tolerate the perpetrators or enablers who do," the letter reads. Nor should we.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Some tips to guide support for disaster relief so that generosity helps rather than hinders relief efforts.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lawrence Yu, chief economist for NAR, keynotes at Santa Clara County event
Petty efforts to dictate personal behavior can occur only because one political party so completely dominates that its members believe they have license to legislate without restraint. But in Washington, executive maturity and restraint appear to be in short supply.
Allergan's Restasis patents invalidated by a Federal District Court even after transfer to Native American tribe and sovereign immunity claim.
Allergan's Restasis patents invalidated by a Federal District Court even after transfer to Native American tribe and sovereign immunity claim.
Lawrence Yu, chief economist for NAR, keynotes at Santa Clara County event

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Democrats have three dozen Senate seats up next year, will be financially stretched to defend the most vulnerable and have been counting on big bucks from California's wealthy liberals, particularly those in entertainment and high-tech, to meet fundraising goals. Kevin de León's bold – or cheeky – challenge to Feinstein guarantees that heavy money will be raised and spent in California next year. And it could get even more expensive if billionaire Tom Steyer also jumps into the Senate race.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is not letting go of his fight over what ballot language voters will see when they decide next year whether or not to keep a new gas tax.
Larry Summers served as U.S. Treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton, and as the director of the National Economic Council in the Obama administration. He has also served as the chief economist of the World Bank and as the president of Harvard, where he now teaches. More recently, Summers has emerged as a particularly virulent critic of the Trump administration.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Google May be a Verb, but Verb Use Alone Does Not Constitute Genericness

Friday, October 13, 2017

Consider creating a financial emergency plan for unwelcome weather events.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

After failing last year to prevent a new law requiring massive cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, the oil industry came back this year lobbying hard.
Dianne Feinstein announced on Twitter Monday morning that she'll seek another U.S. Senate term next year.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Virtually every major developed and emerging economy is growing simultaneously, the first time this has happened in 10 years

Monday, October 9, 2017

We expect trustees' sales to be handled efficiently and, of course, legally so that all parties to a non-judicial foreclosure are satisfied that each part of the process has been handled correctly. Divergent interests of all parties to such sales can result in some pretty unsavory activities.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Since health care priorities are likely to change over time, it might be beneficial to review and make alterations to how you structure your Medicare solution.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Supreme Court ruling clarified that personal jurisdiction alone does not convey venue for patent cases under the patent venue statute. But that clarification led to confusion as to how to interpret the venue statute itself. The Federal Circuit just addressed that confusion.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Members of Congress tore into Equifax on Tuesday, berating the company's former chief executive for a breach of its computer systems that potentially exposed the sensitive personal information of more than 145 million Americans.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Relevant research generally shows that linguistic diversity has a "negative impact" on economic growth. But whatever its inconvenience, the immense variety of human language is a beautiful thing in its own right.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Buying a property at the trustees' sale takes a bit of patience and acceptance. Sometimes the high bidder at a sale does everything right but doesn't get the chosen property even after the offer is made and accepted.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Stock market strategists and analysts are suggesting that we could see some market volatility in the months ahead.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Trade dress protection is broader in scope than trademark protection, both because it protects aspects of packaging and product design that cannot be registered for trademark protection and because evaluation of trade dress infringement claims requires the court to focus on the plaintiff's entire selling image, rather than the narrower single facet of trademark.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Overcoming the challenge of paying for higher education starts with a plan. Understanding the real costs of college tuition and fees helps you craft an effective strategy to reach your financial goal.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals made it very clear that during patent prosecution, the burden of proving patentability lies with the PTO examiner.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Public stock markets are fundamentally broken. Now, a series of entrepreneurs are emerging with some novel ways to fix the problem.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Stephen Dubner recently chatted with Urschel about how he managed to hold down an NFL career while secretly studying full time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and whether the NFL will survive the CTE controversy.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Trademark dispute between multinational conglomerate and restaurant could get interesting.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Index funds and exchange-traded funds are designed to match or track a stock market index, such as the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. They can be bought very cheaply. And in recent years, a lot of people have been buying them. And this is reshaping Wall Street.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Index funds and exchange-traded funds are designed to match or track a stock market index, such as the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. They can be bought very cheaply. And in recent years, a lot of people have been buying them. And this is reshaping Wall Street.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Court Denies Plaintiff's Motion to Disqualify its Former Counsel as Counsel for Defendant in a Patent Litigation Action After Plaintiff Delayed Filing its Disqualification Motion for Over A Year After Discovering the Conflict.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Lawmakers in the House took a major step Wednesday toward advancing the development of driverless cars, approving legislation that would put the vehicles onto public roads more quickly and curb states from slowing their spread.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

"Rogue travelers" — those who book on their own. They are used to searching for the best fares, staying in unusual places and collecting reward points. Yet companies want to control travel costs.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Americans need to reconnect with our ancient ideals and reconnect with the land.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Some of the most common misconceptions or myths about patents.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

There's a disconnect between California's trademark statutes and the laws governing legal cannabis use.
There's a disconnect between California's trademark statutes and the laws governing legal cannabis use.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The bad news: Roughly 70% of Americans are financially illiterate. The good news: All the important stuff about managing your money can fit on one index card.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Some good properties can become available when a homeowner becomes unable to meet a commitment on one or more loans secured by a property.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Checklist can help organize your finances following the death of a spouse.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A few of the most common aspects of patent law that are misunderstood.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

As state Supreme Court Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar's Aug. 31 retirement date approaches, efforts to lobby Gov. Jerry Brown on his next court pick are heating up. This time around, LGBT organizations might be out ahead of other interest groups.
"Reverse confusion" happens when a customer believing they were doing business with a defendant actually ends up doing business with the plaintiff. Ninth Circuit holds that "reverse confusion" need not be pled with specificity

Friday, August 11, 2017

Financial conversations between siblings become inevitable, as brothers and sisters manage their parents' money matters, including estate planning, healthcare, retirement income and wills.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Silicon Valley's politics have long skewed left, with a free-markets philosophy and a dash of libertarianism. But that goes only so far, with recent episodes putting the tech industry under the microscope for how it penalizes people for expressing dissenting opinions.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

California has far more electric cars and plug-in hybrids plying its roads than any other state -- about 300,000 so far. But they're still just a tiny fraction of auto sales.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Residential homeowners in California feel they have been singled out by creditors who are using unscrupulous loop-holes in laws to extract unwarranted expenses especially through foreclosures on onerous and burdensome loans. Some county offices are proactively finding ways to alleviate the financial problems of many who suffer when property values plummet.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Protect your business against risks. What you need to know about business insurance.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

An important step to include in your research of title and debt on your chosen foreclosure property is checking the grant deed.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Deciding when to collect Social Security benefits takes some thought.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Shared office space is no longer the province of just sole proprietors, startups and young professionals. Companies like WeWork have capitalized on the popularity of shared working areas, in which people and companies rent office space by the hour, day or month.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The fast-food chain is beginning a venture with the ride-sharing company this week that will allow Lyft passengers to request rides that incorporate a stop at a Taco Bell drive-thru between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. The companies will test the option, which will appear as "Taco Mode" in the Lyft app, during the next two weeks around a Newport Beach, California, location, with plans to expand the program nationally next year.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The lender might be well advised to take less than the amount due and to permit a "cash out" of the property rather than getting entangled with the complexities of the market at this time.

Friday, July 21, 2017

In the years leading up to retirement, prepare ahead of time to protect your assets and adjust as dictated by market and economic conditions.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The revised bill also gives the bar the explicit authority to re-fingerprint active lawyers so that it can receive arrest alerts about them, and it opens the door to the bar potentially passing on to attorneys the $9.3 million in estimated re-fingerprinting costs.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A growing number of federal, state, and local laws limit an employer's right to consider or even seek criminal history information from applicants and employees.

Monday, July 17, 2017

REO purchases make sense. Buyers can prepare for and avoid surprises.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Having a well-defined path can help you develop peace of mind as you think about retiring

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Social media creates challenges to constantly stay connected and this brings up copyright issues.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Online video stars opt for Facebook over YouTube. Although YouTube pays more, stars are finding that their content spreads faster on Facebook.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Ironically, the same governor who in 2016 supported giving the parole board this unfettered power by way of Prop. 57 was the one who in 1976 moved to limit the power of this secretive and unresponsive body. By Eric Siddall
There are certain things that come around every once-in-a-while that change life as we know it. And now there is Uber. By Jonathan Michaels

Friday, July 7, 2017

Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig walked into a bakery for a wedding cake. Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, then walked over. As soon as he understood that Dave and Charlie were the happy couple, Phillips told them that he would not sell them a wedding cake because he had religious objections to gay people getting married. By Amanda Goad
Consider your options when making charitable contributions.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Despite the fact that the disparagement clause prohibits registration of a trademark that "may disparage or falsely suggest a connection with persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt, or disrepute …" rock group is allowed to trademark name because of Free Speech Clause.
Senate Bill 632, currently before the California Assembly, will protect dying asbestos victims suffering mesothelioma from days and weeks of abusive and unnecessary cross-examination during their final days of life. By Laurel Halbany

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Foreclosure of a property through judicial action has certain unique characteristics. Borrowers and lenders are cautious.
The June 18 episode of "Last Week Tonight" covered a number of things Oliver found unusual, including the receipt of a cease and desist letter from Robert Murray and several coal companies. The group made good on its threat. By David J. Friedman and Kavon Adli

Monday, July 3, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

In CalPERS v. ANZ Securities, the U.S. Supreme Court continued its trend of paring back class actions and enforcing strict time limits on the filing of claims. By Anthony J. Dick, Christpher DiPompeo, Stephen D. Hibbard and Christopher Lovrien

Thursday, June 29, 2017

John Zimmer, the co-founder and president of Lyft is not happy about the chaos that is enveloping Uber. "There's nothing to celebrate in this situation, "But it does shine a light on the importance of values and ethics."

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Google fine $2.7 billion for unfairly favoring some of its own search services over those of rivals. The penalty, highlights the aggressive stance that European officials have taken in regulating many of the world's largest technology companies.
With its decision Monday to not hear a case challenging California's statutes restricting concealed carrying of firearms in public, the U.S. Supreme Court continued a seven-year streak of shying away from taking new Second Amendment cases.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

About 12 million people will get a lift in their credit scores next month as the national credit reporting agencies wipe from their records two major sources of negative information about borrowers: tax liens and civil judgments.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Proposition 13 has been around since 1978 and can't be circumvented. We need to develop ways to get additional tax income for the public services we seek.
The stigma surrounding substance abuse and depression often makes it difficult for those afflicted to ask for help or for those who observe these issues in others to take action. By J. Randolph Evans and Shari Klevens

Friday, June 23, 2017

Consider your long-term financial security and save for retirement. Saving a dollar a day could make a big difference. The most important part is getting started.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Supreme Court held that patent owners exhaust their rights when they sell the patented product, and it is irrelevant whether the post-sale limitations imposed by the patent owner are clearly stated.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Conglomerates used to marked and defined by their largesse, while the new conglomerates are capable of hiding in plain sight due to their innovative business practices.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Social media interactions in the workplace environment can be fraught with peril, and a companies' policy should be clear and multifacted enough to address issues that arise amongst both personnell and legal challenges.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The high bidder at the trustee's sale or the foreclosing mortgagee may not have immediate occupancy rights after a property is sold at the foreclosure sale.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Can your projected future income and assets withstand the cost of long-term care if the need arises? Learn about your options and make an informed decision.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 sets forth a carefully calibrated scheme for preparing to adjudicate, and then adjudicating, claims of patent infringement and facilitates patent litigation during the period preceding FDA approval so that the parties do not have to wait until commercial marketing to resolve their patent disputes.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Details are scant on Trump's proposed tax reform. But one proposed provision is worth serious reflection: The reduction of tax on flow-through entities to a 15 percent flat rate. By Megan Lisa Jones

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

After six years of laying a foundation, major banks are ready to introduce Zelle, a digital payments network that will allow people to send money instantly through participating banks' mobile apps.
In the year since its enactment, approximately 70 cases asserting Defend Trade Secrets Act claims have been filed in California federal courts. By Kurt A. Kappes, Karen Rosenthal, Sarah E. Barrows and Stephen E. Paffrath
A Santa Clara County judge has granted preliminary approval for a $7.5 million settlement in a securities class action against MobileIron, a mobile platform developer that shareholders sued in 2015 over alleged misstatements in its initial public offering documents a year earlier.

Monday, June 12, 2017

It may come as a surprise to most trademark aficionados that the Eagles have never registered Hotel California with the USPTO. This begs the question: Is federal registration an absolute necessity to enforcement? The entity in control of the rock band's business affairs filed a lawsuit in the Central District. It will be interesting to see how the case of Eagles Ltd. v. Hotel California Baja plays out.
Actor and comedian Jim Carrey is facing wrongful death lawsuits regarding his deceased girlfriend. The cases will require the court and jury to grapple with the rarely litigated Drug Dealer Liability Act. By Richard T. Collins
If one looks around the cast of characters in a law firm, or any organization, the parallels to Muppets can be surprisingly easy to draw. So which Muppet should you aspire to be? By Louie Castoria

Friday, June 9, 2017

This summer is a great time to reset your financial resolutions. . Focusing on your finances today may help you to secure a more comfortable financial future for you and your family tomorrow.

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