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Ground leases 101

Commercial ground leases are long term leases of land where the tenant pays for the property’s expenses (i.e., maintenance) and is permitted to build improvements. The leases typically range from fifty to ninety-nine years. The leased land is typic… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate Law

Fiduciary duties between partners: 101

Partners owe duties to one another called “fiduciary duties.” But, what are these fiduciary duties? And, what are the other partner’s rights if they’re violated. This blog answers those questions. A. What are fiduciary duties? A partnership i… Read More
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Best practices to protect your trade secrets when your employees with knowledge of them leave

Unfortunately, there are too examples in recent years of current employees misappropriating and existing employees leaving with the employer’s trade secrets. In May 2007, two former Coca Cola employees were sentenced to prison for conspiring to ste… Read More
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Categories: Employment Law

Best Practices to Protect Trade Secrets

Trade secrets are often touted as the lifeblood of a company. But, what are they? And, what are companies required to do to maintain their status as trade secrets? This blog explores those issues. As defined, a “trade secret” is “information, i… Read More
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Categories: Employment Law

Responding to a Cease and Desist Letter Alleging Trademark Infringement

If you are using a trademark to identify your goods or services, you likely put in time and effort into creating a trademark that you think will best identify and market your goods and services. Then, one day you receive a letter demanding that yo… Read More
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Someone Registered a Domain Name That Is the Same or Similar to My Trademark. What Do I Do?

Registering a domain name that is similar to your company’s name and/or the products you’re selling is essential for your business. Therefore, what happens when someone registers a domain name that is the same or similar to your trademark and,… Read More
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Significant Changes to California's Proposition 65 Warning Requirements that Businesses Need to Know

California’s Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide a “clear and reasonable” warning to individuals before exposing them to a chemical known to the State to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. A person may be subject to… Read More
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Categories: Proposition 65

Responding to a Proposition 65 Notice

If you live in California, you have likely seen a Proposition 65 notice. It may have been a label on a product, a warning on a shelf, or a warning on a business’s wall that states, “WARNING: this product contains a chemical known to the state… Read More
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Categories: Proposition 65

When Mrs. Doubtfire Won’t Leave

A California family is struggling to evict their now-fired live-in nanny—and tenancy laws are on her side. How to protect against a nightmare scenario in your own home. The houseguest from hell has been immortalized numerous times on film and telev… Read More
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Dogged Pursuit

A handicapped woman’s lawsuit may teach restaurant managers of a Denny’s in Campbell some expensive new tricks. Sitting with her two children at the Denny’s on Bascom Avenue in Campbell, Teresa Oliver knew something was up. Other customers were… Read More
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Categories: In the Media

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