Monday, March 18, 2019
GUEST COLUMNS

Friday, March 15, 2019

Proposed law may actually impede lactation accommodations for working mothers and promote litigation.
The United States Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in Iancu v. NantKwest to determine whether a patent applicant, win or lose, must pay the salaries of the United States Patent and Trademark Office's ("USPTO") in-house attorneys in district court actions challenging the rejection of patent claims by USPTO patent examiners.
The initial stage in the first of the test cases arguing Monsanto's signature weedkiller causes cancer wrapped up on Tuesday with an attorney for the plaintiff again violating the judge's orders, this time by telling the jury to consider whether multiple factors contributed to the plaintiff's illness.
Dozens of people accused of having bought their children's way into elite colleges and universities.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

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.
The Cadiz Water Project has received numerous validations of its plans, including CEQA approval

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The financial system had nearly collapsed. The deepest recession in decades was devouring over 700,000 jobs a month. Roughly $13 trillion in stock market wealth, slowly rebuilt since the dot-com bust, had again been incinerated.
Efforts to shift direction and build more transit-oriented development are moving slowly

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

TCJA offers tools and provisions for both commercial real estate and residential real estate investors.
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.

Monday, March 11, 2019

For several years leading up to 2018, the stock market was abnormally calm. Stocks had some ups and downs, but generally continued to march higher without much disruption.
A California federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration's proposed reinstatement of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census is illegal, further complicating a fraught issue by concurring with a New York judge on one claim while adding another.
Security excuses for gathering data increase our risk. They pile up and leach into unexpected places.

Thursday, March 7, 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

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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.
Recreation and commerce flourish in daylight and are hampered by evening darkness

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Fewer than 10% of independent contractors prefer traditional work environments to freelancing
Fewer than 10% of independent contractors prefer traditional work environments to freelancing

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

For decades, employers have used timekeeping practices that involve rounding, for example, rounding the employees' "punch time" up or down to the nearest tenth or quarter hour.
The Bay Area should have added a million housing units since 2000, but only 380,000 units were built.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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.
California backs 'safe harbor' federal legislation for banks accommodating the cannabis industry

Monday, February 25, 2019

After one of the longest bull markets in history, stocks experienced some major ups and downs toward the end of 2018.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Yesterday's marijuana is as different from today's as near-beer and a martini.
The early hearing may indicate where the court leans, but opponents of the move say their victory at the district court will be upheld.
Yesterday's marijuana is as different from today's as near-beer and a martini.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

SF Ordinance requiring health warning labels on sugary drink ads runs afoul of 1st Amendment
Two banks announced the industry's biggest merger in a decade on Thursday, signaling bank executives' growing confidence that the regulatory constraints imposed after the 2008 financial crisis have begun to loosen.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Andrew Yang was born in Schenectady, New York, to immigrant parents from Taiwan. Yang, now 44, studied economics and political science at Brown, got a law degree at Columbia and ultimately became a successful entrepreneur, with a focus on job creation. In the American dream sweepstakes, he was a pretty big winner. But along the way, he came to see that for every winner, there were thousands upon thousands of losers.
Californians make up only 12 percent of the U.S. population, but 25 percent of the nation's homeless.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Advertisers and marketers once struggled to predict sales of such leisure products movies and books.
axing the wealthiest Americans at a higher rate may be good politics, since most voters won't be affected.

Monday, February 4, 2019

The state of California wants to see 1.5 million Zero Emission Vehicles on California's streets by 2025
Technology has inspired new ways for investors to manage their finances -- often with added convenience and efficiency.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

U.S. continues to allow Internet Service Providers to self-regulate with minimal external controls.
U.S. continues to allow Internet Service Providers to self-regulate with minimal external controls.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Employers require at least some employees to travel for business purposes. When hourly employees travel as part of the job, several employment law issues require attention.
The state government has caused trouble by stomping on private acts of kindness, like food sharing.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The number of applicants to nursing schools in California far exceeds the number of available slots
The Ford Motor Co. is ditching its legacy sedans, doubling down on trucks and trying to steer its stock price out of a long skid.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

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.
Operating costs for the valley's tech startups as much as four times higher than in emerging tech hubs.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

If you stand to inherit a property, such as a family home or vacation condo, the gift presents a critical financial decision: whether to sell, rent or keep the home. And oftentimes, this decision is handled while dealing with the loss of a loved one.
The GND Plan recognizes that tackling climate change is going to be disruptive, hurting some people.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Employers enter into agreements with employees to settle threatened claims or litigation, and to resolve any potential claims, such as at the time of a layoff or discharge.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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

Monday, January 14, 2019

A prominent economic story of the past year has been the growing tide of trade disputes across the globe.
OZ's offer preferential tax treatment when investing in economically distressed communities.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

After he was sworn in as state attorney general Monday, Xavier Becerra took shots at his most frequent opponent in court: the Trump administration.
The potential fallout from an insincere apology can make the fallout from a crisis far worse.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The inauguration traditionally reflects the personal and governing style of the governor being sworn in.
A year ago, in the wake of President Donald Trump's tax cut, euphoric investors pushed the Dow Jones industrial average past 25,000, a record.

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Trademark Trial and Appeals Board recently issued an interesting decision regarding standing to oppose the registration of trademark applications. United Trademark Holdings, Inc. filed for registration of the mark RAPUNZEL for use in conjunction with dolls and toy figures.
The tea leaves suggest that the days of fiscal wine and roses for California government are over

Friday, January 4, 2019

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.
Lawmaker says people driven to homelessness because of housing crisis, among other on challenges

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Law students and professors have gone to Tijuana to advise asylum seekers on their options.
1,800 businesses moved out or 'disinvested' from California, according to the most recent data

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

This fall, the California legislature responded to the #MeToo movement in a significant way.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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

Friday, December 28, 2018

Welcoming a child is an incredibly exciting time in your life.

Thursday, December 27, 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.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Employers and the public understandably focus on workplace harassment claims arising from co-workers' or supervisors' conduct. However, an employer also may incur liability for unlawful workplace harassment perpetrated by an outsider, such as a customer or vendor.

Monday, December 24, 2018

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

Friday, December 21, 2018

Non-statutory, or obviousness-type, double patenting ("ODP") is a judicially created doctrine that prohibits an inventor from effectively extending the monopoly on a patented invention by applying for a later patent with claims that are not "patentably distinct" from the claims in the earlier patent. The core principle behind the doctrine is that "an inventor must fully disclose [the] invention and promise to permit free use of it at the end of [the] patent term." See Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. v. Breckenridge Pharmaceutical ("Breckenridge").
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.

Wednesday, December 19, 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.
No gas-fueled cars, no 'gig' jobs, no fur products and other questionable legislation

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Retired 1st District Court of Appeal Justice William A. Newsom III died Wednesday. He was 84.
Immigration leads to a wider variety of better products for the American consumer.

Monday, December 17, 2018

You've worked hard to accumulate your wealth and now want to share the fruits of your labor with your grandchildren.
Ruling allowing a much-needed pension reform would save California from fiscal disaster.

Thursday, December 13, 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.
Facing NIMBY opposition Elon Musk, abandoned plans his for a hyperloop transportation system

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

What if President Trump's gut turns out to have been right and the Federal Reserve's interest rate increases are holding back the United States economy?
For many the holidays mean not only shopping and family time but also scanning job advertisements

Friday, December 7, 2018

Every year about this time, I search the PTO database for any new patents on inventions related to Christmas. This year turned up several.
Focus on environmental, social, and governance investing costs potential returns

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Stocks rose on Wall Street Monday after President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China reached a truce in the countries' trade war.
It's near impossible to fix our own stuckness because we all operate in our own blind spots

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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

Friday, November 30, 2018

In University of Massachusetts Medical School et al v. L'Oreal SA et al, 1-17-cv-00868 (DED 2018-11-13, Order) (Sherry R. Fallon), the magistrate judge recommended granting a foreign parent company defendant's motion to dismiss plaintiffs' patent infringement action for lack of personal jurisdiction where its American subsidiary introduced the alleged accused products into the stream of commerce and the foreign defendant's corporate structure is not sufficient to establish personal jurisdiction because "mere ownership of a subsidiary does not justify the imposition of liability on the parent."
While still early in the regulatory process, Opportunity Zones are a boon for real estate investors.

Wednesday, November 28, 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."
Devastation caused by forest wild fires increasing, nowhere more so than in California.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

As 2018 winds down, it's time to think about if and how you may be able to reduce the taxes owed on your next tax return.
Nonprofits should send fundraising communications on a day when they can be the star of the show.

Monday, November 26, 2018

The San Diego Padres recently took control of the Amarillo minor league baseball organization. The organization will serve at the Padres' Double A affiliate.
Climate scientist refutes Gov. Brown's claim of link between warming and recent wildfires

Monday, November 19, 2018

Retirement brings the end of a chapter in your career and the start of a new lifestyle. This unique transition can bring a myriad of emotions, most commonly ones of excitement and apprehension.
Without risk, there can be no innovation. The world of innovation is murky and uncertain. You must give people your permission to fail. Otherwise, they won't even try.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The attorney for a Black Lives Matter activist announced a plea deal hours ahead of a hearing on her motion to force the entire San Joaquin County district attorney's office to recuse itself from the case.
Aggressive NIMBY outlook and excessive regulation responsible for unaffordable housing.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The World Trade Organization is the referee for 164 member nations, each with their own political and economic agendas. Lately, those agendas have gotten more complicated, especially with President Donald Trump's tariff blitz. The modern global economy requires a delicate balance in which countries collaborate on trade while simultaneously competing against one another. This competition often requires a referee to make sure everyone's following the rules.
Federal regulations are the source of banking limitations on cannabis-related commerce.

Thursday, October 11, 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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

his article is Part 2 of a two-part series providing an overview of laws affecting San Francisco employers.

Tuesday, October 9, 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.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Each year, employers offer an open enrollment period — a window of time to select your benefits package for the coming year.
UC Berkeley has signed master lease agreements at privately developed housing projects.

Friday, October 5, 2018

In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has considered a number of intellectual property and related cases, but many issues remain unresolved. Therefore, it is important to look both at the cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as those the Court chooses to let stand without further review.
The state Supreme Court wrongly takes away free choice of how individuals practice their occupation.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Rabbi Gavriel Price has thousands of years of Jewish religious law to draw on when he is on the job, determining whether a new food item can get a kosher certification from his organization, the Orthodox Union.
Debtors who file for bankruptcy protection are protected by the imposition of an automatic stay.
Seeing makeshift homes on sidewalks and freeway off ramps is not unusual in most parts of California. Tents can now be found on sidewalks where just a block away, two-bedroom homes easily sell for more than $1 million.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Community Choice Aggregators are taking California cities and counties storm.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Survey analysts on both sides defended their methodology studying pay-for-play's impact on consumer demand Monday in the potentially landscape-altering NCAA antitrust trial where student-athletes are fighting for a larger stake in the multi-billion dollar industry.
California's Tom Steyer is financing renewable fuels legislation across the country.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

This article is Part 1 of a two-part series providing an overview of laws affecting San Francisco employers.
Partnerships and LLCs face dramatic changes in how audits are conducted.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Let's face it -- summer can be expensive between vacations, home improvements

Wednesday, September 19, 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

For small business owners, managing the bottom line of their company is often a top priority.
Lisa Brennan-Jobs' memoir recounts life with (and without) father Steve Jobs.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Galderma Laboratories, LP et al v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC et al, 1-16-cv-00207 (DED August 31, 2018, Order) (Stark, USDJ), Judge Stark of the District of Delaware recently found that a plaintiff was collaterally estopped from pursuing claims for patent infringement of two drug patents under a doctrine of equivalents theory based on a finding of no literal infringement in a prior case even though a doctrine of equivalents theory was not asserted in that case.
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.
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.

Tuesday, September 11, 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.
Caltrans runs afoul of state law that prohibits use of taxpayer funds for campaign activities or advocacy

Monday, September 10, 2018

There's no question that Social Security is a cornerstone of retirement income for many Americans.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

What policies the rest of the country needs to reject to avoid falling into the California trap.
What policies the rest of the country needs to reject to avoid falling into the California trap.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Procter & Gamble, the international consumer packaged goods conglomerate, recently filed a slew of trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, seeking to register WTF, LOL, FML, and NBD for use in conjunction with certain consumer goods.
Women are making progress in executive and senior level management, but still lag behind men.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

President Donald J. Trump has nominated Phoenix-based Magistrate Judge Bridget Shelton Bade to an Arizona seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ending a two-year deadlock between the state's senators and the White House in negotiations to find a suitable nominee.
When it comes to employment, a felony conviction is more damaging than imprisonment.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Some employers historically have set a new employee's wages
Helping public housing residents to overcome their dependence on the government.

Tuesday, August 28, 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 are gaining better understanding of borrowers of the future

Monday, August 27, 2018

Labor Day is a testament to America's high esteem for hard work.
The road to retirement is full of twists and turns that can make even the most financially secure person wonder if they saved enough for their next chapter. If you feel similar emotions

Friday, August 24, 2018

Often, it's just the case of another business with the same name having registered that account first.

Thursday, August 23, 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.
Permissionless innovation fomented by competitive free markets best guarantees consumer welfare.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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.
New warning signs must be posted on buildings, or property owners could face lawsuits or penalties

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

What does a beer company do to hedge against slowing growth in its main business?
Wages grew 3.5 percent when adjusted for compositional change in the workforce

Friday, August 17, 2018

First of three guidances describe the transition tax on controlled foreign corporations.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

California law protects employers from lawsuits based on negative employment references given without malice. Therefore, employers lawfully may communicate with other employers about their current or former employees' performance, reasons for separation, and more.
Opportunity to embed AI and machine learning into a company's internal operational processes.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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.
High-Speed Rail remains necessary to the Golden State's transportation future.

Monday, August 13, 2018

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

Friday, August 10, 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

Thursday, August 9, 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.
Nine years into this recovery, annual economic growth has been rather tepid at an average of 2.2%.

Wednesday, August 8, 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.
Balancing consumer privacy protection and development of innovative technologies

Monday, August 6, 2018

Friday, August 3, 2018

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

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Twitter sets the record straight on so-called 'shadow banning.'
Twitter sets the record straight on so-called 'shadow banning.'

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

You wouldn't think that you could win a Nobel Prize for showing that humans tend to make irrational decisions. But that's what Richard Thaler did in 2017. Stephen Dubner recently spoke to Thaler about how institutions and firms are now practicing what he has been preaching, often to quite substantial success.
Supreme Court's Janus decision portends seismic change in Golden State's politics

Monday, July 30, 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.

Friday, July 27, 2018

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

Thursday, July 26, 2018

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.
Those seeking help from addiction shouldn't have to worry about false advertising

Wednesday, July 25, 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.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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

Monday, July 23, 2018

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

Friday, July 20, 2018

Conor McGregor's presence in the business world is just as polarizing as his presence in the sports and entertainment world.
Twitter aims to be the social media platform that serves healthy public conversation

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

More than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery by age 80

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

We all struggle with the difficulty of separating mentally from our work

Monday, July 16, 2018

Foundations of the patent system have been eroded, much to the detriment of small businesses in tech

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

FCC applies old regulations to new industries like cloud computing

Monday, July 9, 2018

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

Friday, July 6, 2018

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

Thursday, July 5, 2018

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Tuesday, July 3, 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?

Monday, July 2, 2018

While neutrality doesn't mean that we don't have values, it must mean that we are not partisan.

Friday, June 29, 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.
Artificial intelligence a power tool we're just beginning to understand.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Despite booming economy, labor force participation remains stubbornly low

Monday, June 25, 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

Friday, June 22, 2018

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.

Thursday, June 21, 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.
The long-term health of the nation's economy is tied to the real interest rate.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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.
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.

Monday, June 18, 2018

An employment dispute between minor league baseball players and the sport's national governing body unfolded before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday, as a three-judge panel wrestled with choice of law issues presented in a class action for alleged wage violations.

Friday, June 15, 2018

On April 24, 2018, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in SAS Institute, Inc. v. Iancu, which held that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB") arm of the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") must issue a final written decision addressing each and every patent claim challenged in an Inter Partes Review ("IPR") petition if review is granted

Thursday, June 14, 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.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A proposed $500,000 cut to the agency failed to make it into Gov. Jerry Brown's final budget.
As the legal field tries to keep pace with medical advancements, complicated and interesting cases arise.
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

Friday, June 8, 2018

Can Joel Embiid block the Buffalo Bills' attempt to register "Respect the Process"? And better yet, if he can, will he?
Gig economy a magnet for many unemployed and underemployed millennials.

Thursday, June 7, 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.
The nation's highest gasoline taxes force California drivers to pay sky-high pump prices.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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

Tuesday, June 5, 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.

Monday, June 4, 2018

There are steps you can take to feel more financially confident regardless of your age and current health status.
More than 200 identified faults in California are considered very dangerous.

Friday, June 1, 2018

FDA citizen petition abuse is an instrumental anti-competitive tool that pharmaceutical companies use to delay market entry of generic drugs, an empirical study demonstrates.
Union official time constitutes a direct government subsidy to federal employee unions.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

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

Wednesday, May 30, 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.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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

Thursday, May 24, 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.
Controversial 5-4 majority decision was authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Trump administration is working on an agreement with China so the country can purchase more US goods and shrink the trade gap.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

California's new rooftop solar mandate will add approximately $12,000 to the cost of a new home.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Freelance professionals have unique opportunities and challenges when it comes to creating a viable path to financial security.
When the California Supreme Court ruled that many independent contractors must be reclassified as employees, it may have unintentionally paved a path toward greater safety on the state's roads and highways.
U.S. and China endeavor to strike a grand bargain to avert a trade war

Friday, May 18, 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.
How do songwriters survive in the digital age? 'Quite precariously.'

Thursday, May 17, 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.
Study finds toxic contaminants in 20 out of 20 samples at "licensed" marijuana dispensaries.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions requested friend-of-the-court briefs in March relating to an asylum case on whether suffering from "private criminal activity" made someone part of a particular social group that is eligible for asylum in the U.S.
A new guidebook for communications professionals when a fast moving crisis hits.
The Phillippine Supreme Court has voted to remove the Chief Justice of the court in what some are calling a "black day for justice."

Monday, May 14, 2018

Gov. Brown allowed to designate up to 25 percent of low-income census tracts as 'Opportunity Zones.'
For many investors, cash helps protect a portion of income against market volatility and provides the ability to generate a competitive return.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Ninth Circuit finds monkeys cannot sue for copyright infringement
Lower immigration and birth rates have caused a decline in California's population growth.
Companies see value in career education for their middle-skill workers

Thursday, May 10, 2018

California's economy has climbed in global rankings to 5th place behind only the United States as whole, China, Japan and Germany.
The new reality in California is that cannabis interests have become a formidable lobbying force.
Here's one to check off your bucket list of ponderables: If you engage in an intentional act that results in an unintended accident, is it an really an accident?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

While using independent contractors gives companies an edge, California's high court said it was an unfair competitive advantage.
Protecting the integrity of the pharmaceutical supply chain

Tuesday, May 8, 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.
Space weather has the potential to disrupt such technologies as GPS, telecommunications and aviation

Monday, May 7, 2018

For an increasing number of investors, investing is not just about selecting opportunities that do well in their portfolio. It's about owning investments that also make a positive social impact.
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.
The death of far-reaching—even revolutionary—legislation to facilitate housing development crystallized a conflict that's been simmering in California for decades: Who controls land use?
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.

Friday, May 4, 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.
Western societies apparent are unable to assimilate and integrate rapidly newcomers

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Voters often make snap judgments based on ideological predispositions and unpredictable events that unfold during campaigns, what those in politics call "x-factors."
Social media platforms need to be better stewards of information they disseminate to the public

Wednesday, May 2, 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.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

California labor laws generally discourage overtime work by requiring employers to pay a premium for extra work hours.
A recent decision will likely instigate a sea change regarding how family law trials and motions are litigated.
Work centers have evolved into de facto labor organizations. They should comply with the laws that regulate unions

Monday, April 30, 2018

Consider taking steps to prepare for potential changes in the investment environment that could be caused, in part, by inflation

Friday, April 27, 2018

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.
America has a deficit of 7.3 million homes. Half of that total is in California
The Supreme Court left intact a system created by Congress in 2011 that has been used by potential patent infringers to challenge and invalidate thousands of patents.

Thursday, April 26, 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 boasts 13 Women's Business Centers throughout the state

Wednesday, April 25, 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 lieutenant governor has few, if any, substantive duties other than take over if a governor dies or resigns.
The Internet has been disrupted by advances in networking technology and applications

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Political oddsmakers have pegged Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy and the No. 3 GOP leader, whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, as the two contenders for speaker of the House of Representatives.
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 reach $6 trillion by 2021, nearly 10 percent of the global economy.

Monday, April 23, 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 Supreme Court has not approved of any such standard. Even in the 9th Circuit, the award must be "completely irrational."
The U.S. has been the indisputable world leader in disruptive innovations in the internet age.

Friday, April 20, 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.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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

Wednesday, April 18, 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.
President Donald Trump's Republican administration in Washington and California's Democratic politicians in Sacramento are clearly looking for opportunities to do battle in the media and in the courts.
The California Supreme Court does review unpublished opinions, but rarely
When evaluating the act's impact on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and pass-through entity provision changes must also be evaluated in the context of even more complex international ones that could affect a transaction.
In 2017, Customs and Border Patrol recorded the lowest level of illegal cross-border migration on record.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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.
California is experiencing what educators call an "achievement gap."
The Supreme Court should grant certiorari in this case to correct the 9th Circuit's misapplication of the market participation doctrine and affirm that states and local governments may not substitute their judgment on labor policy for that of Congress.
Americans who are financially abused lose an average of $140,500 of their life savings

Monday, April 16, 2018

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

Friday, April 13, 2018

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Were a citizenship question to depress the census count in California and other states with high immigrant populations, it could also depress their clout in Congress.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that stores selling coffee must post cancer warning labels
Were a citizenship question to depress the census count in California and other states with high immigrant populations, it could also depress their clout in Congress.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

There are a variety of ways grandparents can help their grandchildren financially in the pursuit of a college degree.
Racially explicit government policy in the mid-twentieth century separated the races in every metropolitan area

Friday, April 6, 2018

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

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sacramento is no stranger to protest marches and other forms of political expression. However, the city has never experienced anything as emotionally powerful as the almost daily marches and rallies to condemn the city police shooting death of 22-year-old Stephon Clark.
A ballot measure in San Francisco would require the city to fund and run a program to provide tenants facing eviction with full-scope representation by an attorney regardless of income or means.
MLB claims new 'protective' netting will have minimal effect on fan experience

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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.
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.
I have read with interest, and a sense of bemusement, headlines about the 9th Circuit's decision in much-watched copyright infringement case.
As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders compelled payment of agency fees, labor unions prepare for the outcome.

Monday, April 2, 2018

A majority of American households prefer financial stability to higher income

Friday, March 30, 2018

More than 24 million mostly-rural households lack broadband access most Americans take for granted
Over the past few years, voters in hundreds of California cities and other local governments were asked to pass tax increases, and indications are that another big batch of local tax measures will be on this year's ballots.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Donors to campaign groups don't always get what they want.
As part of Women's History Month, a week aside to consider The Status of Black Women

Wednesday, March 28, 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.
High-speed train system linking the northern and southern regions of the state looks like a solution in search of a problem, rather than a vital transportation system.

Friday, March 23, 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?

Thursday, March 22, 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.

Wednesday, March 21, 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.

Tuesday, March 20, 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.

Monday, March 19, 2018

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

Friday, March 16, 2018

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas finds defendants have not committed acts of infringement sufficient to establish venue.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas finds defendants have not committed acts of infringement sufficient to establish venue.
At the June election, four public defenders hope to unseat four judges simply because they were appointed by a Republican governor.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he is suing the state to overturn three laws aimed at helping millions of undocumented immigrants avoid deportation.
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.

Wednesday, March 14, 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.

Tuesday, March 13, 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.

Monday, March 12, 2018

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

Friday, March 9, 2018

The on-sale bar can be raised as a defense in patent infringement litigation.
The lesson of AB 1687 is that politicians shouldn't be star-struck by Hollywood and they shouldn't erode constitutional rights regardless of the supposed worthiness of their motives.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

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

Wednesday, March 7, 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.
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.
For now, unless I have reason not to do so, all incumbent judges have my vote.

Tuesday, March 6, 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

Vapor intrusion can be an issue at industrial properties, suburban strip malls and residential developments.
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.

Thursday, March 1, 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.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Homelessness increased 13 percent in 2016 and 14 percent in 2017, posing a threat to the state's economic prosperity, mayors warn
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.
A recent federal court ruling and a case recently argued before the California Supreme Court are the most recent installments in the ongoing effort to reconcile employee classification with the gig economy.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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.
Blockchain will help democratize the benefits of digitizing data and allow the entire food system to get smarter together

Monday, February 26, 2018

With market performance where it is, it may make sense to review your portfolio and determine if changes are appropriate.
It looks like Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa will be the June primary election's top two vote-getters and will face each other in November for the governorship.
Recently, the Polish government has come under fire for proposing legislation that would criminalize equating the Poles' complicity with Nazis' crimes.

Friday, February 23, 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.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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.
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.
The 'small business economy' has yet to fully receovered from the Great Recession

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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.
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.

Tuesday, February 20, 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.

Friday, February 16, 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.
Suing oil companies for causing climate change has become a popular exercise in California's coastal communities. However, winning in court is another matter, and by just filing the actions, California governments may be risking their ability to borrow money at low rates.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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.
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.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Some common issues employers may encounter during and after a natural disaster, including paying employees, handling leave requests, and managing safety concerns.
Declaring that it was "time for a reality check," Assemblyman Jim Patterson asked for an emergency audit of the project in December.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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.
Bipartisan legislation awaits the president's signature

Monday, February 12, 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.
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.

Friday, February 9, 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.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

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.
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.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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.
Enactment of new employment laws require California employers to make significant changes in their hiring practices and workplace policies.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Let me just start by saying I grew up in a military family. I am a military brat.
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.

Monday, February 5, 2018

It may make sense to use both active and passive investments to effectively build and manage a diversified portfolio.
A Riverside case involves the right of people with developmental disabilities to marry as well as the right not to be pressured into marriage through undue influence.
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.'

Friday, February 2, 2018

These companies are at the forefront of America's economic growth.
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.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Los Angeles and San Francisco are suddenly in the throes of turmoil as they search for new leaders.
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?

Wednesday, January 31, 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

Tuesday, January 30, 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.

Monday, January 29, 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.

Friday, January 26, 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.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

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.
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

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

With passage of an infrasture bill, growth in the construction industry could reach unprecedented levels.
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.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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.
Everybody agrees society is in a bad way, but what exactly is the main cause? It could be the failure of liberal democracy.
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.
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.
Everybody agrees society is in a bad way, but what exactly is the main cause? It could be the failure of liberal democracy.
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.
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.

Monday, January 22, 2018

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.
A look at two major figures in the California Legislature can teach a lesson about human behavior.

Friday, January 19, 2018

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.
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.

Thursday, January 18, 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.

Wednesday, January 17, 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.
On Wednesday, Brown proposed the 16th and final budget of his record-long gubernatorial career. It totals $190.3 billion, but according to staff, would spend roughly the same percentage of Californians' personal income as it did 43 years ago, a bit less than 8 percent.

Tuesday, January 16, 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.

Friday, January 12, 2018

State legislators are floating some creative schemes to blunt the impact of the new federal tax law on California taxpayers.
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.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

State legislators are floating some creative schemes to blunt the impact of the new federal tax law on California taxpayers.
Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-California, was appointed to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 10, 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.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Trademarks deemed vulgar are still protected by the First Amendment. | Intellectual Property Perspectives | By Josh Escovedo

Monday, January 8, 2018

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

Friday, January 5, 2018

Part 2 of a two-part series providing an overview of new California employment laws.
Policies that appear to aid the less-fortunate often decrease prosperity by pushing up the cost of living

Thursday, January 4, 2018

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.
The fate of Nicola Hanna, the new interim U.S. Attorney for the Central District, and California's other new federal prosecutor remains unclear because the Trump administration has not officially nominated them.
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.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

There are 700,000 DACA recipients, 200,000 of which are in California alone
There are nearly 700,000 individuals with DACA in the United States, approximately 220,000 of whom live in California.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

There are nearly 700,000 individuals with DACA in the United States, approximately 220,000 of whom live in California.
Saving for retirement should be a top financial priority. It's worth it to commit to saving today.
The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have become vital economic powerhouses.

Friday, December 29, 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.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

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.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Investors have increasingly turned to international stocks and bonds to diversify their portfolio over the long term. There are considerations to keep in mind.
Legislature wants a review of judicial discipline records

Friday, December 22, 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.
Our country has faced some tough times. I don't have to tell you about that. And for too long, year after year, more and more Americans gave up hope.

Thursday, December 21, 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.

Wednesday, December 20, 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.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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.
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.

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.

Friday, December 15, 2017

I wanted to understand the phenomenon for myself. So in 2013, I bought a single bitcoin.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

These important considerations make how fuel economy is regulated relevant to every auto dealer in America and their customers.

Tuesday, December 12, 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?

Monday, December 11, 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.

Friday, December 8, 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.

Thursday, December 7, 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.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Although the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California officially backs Governor Jerry Brown's WaterFix project, its largest member agency, the San Diego County Water Authority, is highly critical, so continued backing in Southern California is not certain.

Monday, December 4, 2017

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

Friday, December 1, 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.

Thursday, November 30, 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.
Mac Taylor, the Legislature's top adviser on the state budget, delivered some superficially good news this month to his bosses. With no economic downturn on the horizon, he said in his annual survey of the state's fiscal situation, there should be no problem writing a balanced 2018-19 budget next year.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Court rules that "Zootopia" and "Looney" are not substantially related and dismissed copyright lawsuit.
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.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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

Friday, November 24, 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.

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

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

If you're a retiree who is tempted to travel in the off-season, think through the costs and logistics first.
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.

Friday, November 17, 2017

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

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.

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.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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.

Monday, November 13, 2017

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.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Waymo, the autonomous car company from Google's parent company Alphabet, has started testing a fleet of self-driving vehicles without any backup drivers on public roads.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Once employers offer vacation or PTO, their policies and procedures must comply with California wage-hour law.
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

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.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Several small, cash-strapped California school districts are using a loophole in state law to boost their revenue by overseeing a raft of far-flung charter schools, according to a recent report published by the state auditor.
The multibillion-dollar package of improvements to highways, streets and other transportation facilities enacted by the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown this year may do little, if anything, to relieve traffic jams.
Several common mistakes made by financially accomplished people — along with a few tips to counteract them.

Friday, November 3, 2017

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.
California authorities are confronting the opioid crisis with public education campaigns and local community coalitions.

Thursday, November 2, 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.
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.
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.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Eric Garcetti won't be running for governor next year. He may be exploring a presidential run.
An appellate court has affirmed a trial judge's decision that a company's arbitration agreement is unconscionable and unenforceable, and that an employee cannot be compelled to arbitrate her wrongful termination and retaliation claims.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The central bank also left itself plenty of room to reverse course if necessary

Monday, October 30, 2017

Financial considerations to keep in mind if retirement includes earning an income.
Access to medical care may be a dominant campaign issue.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 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.

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

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.

Monday, October 23, 2017

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

Friday, October 20, 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.

Thursday, October 19, 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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Consider creating a financial emergency plan for unwelcome weather events.

Friday, October 13, 2017

State and federal laws require employers to take appropriate steps to prevent and correct discrimination and harassment.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dianne Feinstein announced on Twitter Monday morning that she'll seek another U.S. Senate term next year.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Virtually every major developed and emerging economy is growing simultaneously, the first time this has happened in 10 years. Since the 2008 crisis, central banks have accumulated more than $14 trillion in assets. What happens when the central banks all start to sell?

Tuesday, October 10, 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.

Monday, October 9, 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.

Friday, October 6, 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

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.

Tuesday, October 3, 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.

Monday, October 2, 2017

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

Friday, September 29, 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.

Tuesday, September 26, 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.

Monday, September 25, 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.

Friday, September 22, 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.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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

Wednesday, September 20, 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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trademark dispute between multinational conglomerate and restaurant could get interesting.

Monday, September 18, 2017

there are steps you can take to help ensure your child with special needs has sufficient financial resources along with a dedicated support system.
Several bills, including one giving collective bargaining to Judicial Council workers, have won legislative approval.

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

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.

Friday, September 8, 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.

Thursday, September 7, 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.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Alphabet Inc.-owned Google was forced to give the federal government access to emails stored on overseas servers after a small team from the U.S. attorney's office in the Central District convinced a magistrate judge that their search warrant fell within the limits of the Stored Communications Act.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

Some of the most common misconceptions or myths about patents.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The defendant says he should pay no more than $300,000, the Securities and Exchange Commission says no less than $26 million.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

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

Tuesday, August 22, 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.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has asked the California Supreme Court to decide whether an employee's time spent waiting for a security check constitutes "hours worked" even if the employee has clocked out.
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

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

Friday, August 18, 2017

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"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

Monday, August 14, 2017

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

Friday, August 11, 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.
A federal appellate panel grappled Tuesday with a case that could establish an unprecedented right that all children are entitled to counsel in removal proceedings before immigration courts.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 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.
What FDR didn't know is that he had appointed a former Klansman who owed his political career to the power of the invisible empire. Rumors flew, but Black lied and denied them all. It wasn't until after he was confirmed that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a copy of Black's letter of resignation from the Klan. Oops.
I was at a dinner party at a friend's palatial mansion. There on the wall of the living room was Van Gogh's "Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers." I said to him, "You must have paid a fortune to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam." He replied with the nonchalance of the well-to-do, "It's a fake.

Tuesday, August 8, 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.
Why is the ACLU even involved in the defamation case against John Oliver, brought after his talk show "Last Week Tonight" did a segment about the coal industry.
The extension of the cap-and-trade program is a major milestone for the state's greenhouse gas reduction program. However, it leaves some important issues unanswered.

Monday, August 7, 2017

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

Friday, August 4, 2017

Oftentimes, solo attorneys are faced with a difficult task of practicing law, managing a business, while continually promoting and marketing your practice.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Five plaintiffs that use medical cannabis to treat their ailments, recently filed suit to remove marijuana from its Schedule I status under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Repeated Discovery Failures and Abusive Litigation Tactics Warrant Terminating Sanctions, Treble Damages, Attorney Fees and Permanent Injunction Against Defendant In Patent Litigation Case.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Deciding when to collect Social Security benefits takes some thought.

Friday, July 28, 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.

Thursday, July 27, 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.

Wednesday, July 26, 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.
All law firms should be acutely aware by now of the risks posed by hackers. There have been numerous highly publicized hacking incidents in recent years, including one recent incident where a "ransomware" attack forced a major international law firm to shut down its network — losing access to materials and, for many lawyers at that firm, the temporary inability to serve clients effectively — to try to minimize the potential harm.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Staff had suggested destroying more than 2,300 fingerprint cards the agency had never sent to law enforcement.

Wednesday, July 19, 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.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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

Monday, July 17, 2017

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Online video stars opt for Facebook over YouTube. Although YouTube pays more, stars are finding that their content spreads faster on Facebook.
Herbert Hoover once said: "Next to religion, baseball has had a greater impact on our American way of life than any other American Institution." By James Attridge

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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

Monday, July 10, 2017

Consider your options when making charitable contributions.

Friday, July 7, 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.

Thursday, July 6, 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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

No matter what type of law you practice, you'll come across all sorts of clients — the good the bad and the ugly. The trick is to keep the bad from getting ugly, and keep the ugly from getting to you. By Hamid Yazdan Panah
Jill's lawyer finally fleshed out why the insurance company was not considering the surgery: His client had posted pictures of herself which appeared to be her on a trampoline a week before she mentioned her injury. By Mark Simowitz

Monday, July 3, 2017

Friday, June 30, 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."

Thursday, June 29, 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.

Wednesday, June 28, 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.

Tuesday, June 27, 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.

Monday, June 26, 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.

Friday, June 23, 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.

Thursday, June 22, 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.

Wednesday, June 21, 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.

Tuesday, June 20, 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.

Monday, June 19, 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.

Friday, June 16, 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.

Tuesday, June 13, 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.
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
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
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.

Monday, June 12, 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.

Friday, May 19, 2017

As a result of a recent Federal Circuit ruling, there may be implications concerning prefiling commercial activity that practitioners, inventors and litigants should be aware of. By Abhijit Adisesh

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Actually, the once was such a circuit; let's take a look back to understand its place in history. By Benjamin G. Shatz
Actually, the once was such a circuit; let's take a look back to understand its place in history. By Benjamin G. Shatz
As a longtime observer of China, a year or perhaps even 100 days ago I would have characterized China as a country that is the world's second largest economy, but by no means the world leader in other spheres.By Anna M. Han

Friday, May 12, 2017

Given the amendment is rarely enforced, the order seems more of an effort by Trump to convince his base that he is getting things done. Also, the Ford Foundation provides guidance on mission-related investments. By Erin Bradrick

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Attorney General Xavier Becerra has appointed 14 members of his executive team, a group that draws heavily on the former congressman's 24 years in Washington, D.C.

Friday, May 5, 2017

When state Legislatures can ignore initiative statutes by "redefining" the meaning of words, we no longer live under a government of laws, but the raw will of men. By John C. Eastman

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Drama on "Dancing with the Stars" can't hold a candle to the Arbitration Two-Step recently set into motion by the California Supreme Court. By Steven B. Katz

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In her new book "Blaming Mothers," law professor Linda Fentiman explores how pregnant women are stripped of their right to make end-of-life decisions.
Beyond the obvious answer — CARB can keep auctioning emissions — the 3rd District's recent decision has several important implications. By Dave Owen

Monday, April 17, 2017

Relegating the proactive functions of the organized bar to a voluntary bar association might endanger the State Bar's most important priority — protecting the public. By Mark Tuft

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

One of the most contentious areas of litigation between California employees and employers involves what's listed on the employee's pay stub or wage statement. By John C. Kloosterman and Courtney M. Osborn

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A recent decision is likely to be one of the last times the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reviews a district court decision involving patent derivation. By Vikram Iyengar

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

While most agree that our future will be filled with autonomous vehicles, the road to get there will be complicated and thorny. By Jonathan Michaels
You should understand why standard terms are purportedly "market standard" before engaging in the transaction. By Scott Wornow

Friday, March 24, 2017

In what has sent shockwaves through the employment law community, the California appellate court reversed the trial court's decision in a meal and rest break case. By Adriana Cara
Too often those who seek to build a professional reputation forget about the passion that drove them to become an attorney in the first place. By Hamid Panah
In the past, Fast Track Settlement has been available for complex audits — handled by the IRS's Large Business & International Unit which deals with large companies and high net worth individuals. By Robert W. Wood and Scott B. Weese

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Twenty years post-Buss, there are some breaching insurers still arguing they do not owe as damages the fees and costs their insureds incurred to defend non-covered claims. By Dominic Nesbitt
We are in the midst of arguably the greatest wealth transfer in the history of our country. While this is certainly an opportunity for lawyers, a dangerous weapon has emerged as a hazard to engaging in this lucrative field of law: financial elder abuse claims against lawyers. By Karen K. Stromeyer and Arthur J. Harris

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In Peña-Rodriguez the Sixth Amendment was found supple enough to offer relief where a juror's racial bias is so egregious and material. But why limit the holding to race? By Barbara Babcock
On March 15, five 9th Circuit judges dissented from an order denying en banc review in Washington v. Trump, the appellate decision that upheld a temporary restraining order on President Donald J. Trump's first travel ban. By Robert L. Bastian Jr.
In perhaps the final action of the 2016 presidential election, three individuals in Washington state were ordered this month to pay fines of $1,000 each for their actions as "faithless electors." By Charles S. Doskow
Smaller circuits minimize outlier decisions in both directions. Why do I say this? For a very simple reason: math. By Brian Fitzpatrick

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Why would you possibly want a nonoriginalist "living constitutionalist" conservative judge or justice who can bend the meaning of the text to make it evolve to conform to conservative political principles and ends? By Mike Rappaport

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