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Saturday, May 08, 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021

Cryptocurrency is the future of money in a world where cash is becoming obsolete. But until the world catches up with the crypto craze, it doesn't make sense from a legal standpoint for any company to pay employees in crypto.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

In Hytera Communications Corp. Ltd. v. Motorola Solutions, Inc., the District Court denied defendant's motion for attorney fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285, determining plaintiff's litigation positions were not baseless even after a granting of summary judgment of noninfringement that "was not a close call."

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

British journalist James Bartholomew is widely credited with creating the phrase "virtue signaling" to describe positioning oneself on the popular side of an issue without actually doing anything about it.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

A year ago, as the U.S. economy shut down during the pandemic and millions lost their jobs, the Federal Reserve Board changed a banking rule to give people easier access to the money in their savings accounts.

Monday, May 3, 2021

There have been a lot of strange economic numbers over the past 14 months as the world has been whipsawed by the pandemic. But one particular line of the first-quarter GDP numbers released Thursday stands out even so.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Positivity rates. ICU capacity. Unemployment claims. Vaccine efficacy. Inflation. Over the past year, California's public officials and individual citizens alike have navigated the pandemic by relying on data.
To avoid potential OSHA and Cal/OSHA citations and fines, however, they should continue to comply with all applicable COVID-19 guidance, regulations, and orders.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

In 1948, the California Supreme Court became the first state in the nation to rule that such laws violate equal protection rights.
If you pay much attention to sneakers, you might know that the agreement between Nike and the Bryant Estate for Nike's line of Kobe sneakers recently expired.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

By the time this column is published, Northern California may be receiving some much-needed rain, and possibly some snow.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

If your decision depends on the financial aid offer, you can still ask for a review of your aid package, especially if your finances have changed.
AB 915 increases access to state procurement opportunities for small-, minority- and women-owned businesses.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Something strange is happening to the exhausted, type-A millennial workers of America. After a year spent hunched over their MacBooks, enduring back-to-back Zooms in between sourdough loaves and Peloton rides, they are flipping the carefully arranged chessboards of their lives and deciding to risk it all.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Nearly 200 local and national banks operate more than 6,500 branches in California. But lawmakers believe the state needs one more. A bill in Sacramento establishes a public bank with "a zero-fee, zero-penalty public option for basic financial services."
Doctors, lawyers and other highly-trained professionals often have their sights on lucrative salaries once they complete their courses of study – but many are also saddled with a less pleasant graduation gift: outstanding student loans.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

In the 9th Circuit (as well as the 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 11th Circuits), the test for determining whether the use of a third-party trademark in an expressive work.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Two years ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom described Pacific Gas & Electric and the events that led to the deadliest wildfire in state history saying, "It's about corporate greed meeting climate change. It's about decades of mismanagement."
We Americans are blessed with abundant — even overabundant — consumer goods and services and often take that fact for granted.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

With more people getting vaccinated and the CDC largely giving the green light to travel for those who have had all their shots, a real-deal vacation this summer may be a reality for millions of Americans.
Stop if you've heard this before: California is in the grip of a severe drought. Again.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Car shoppers may find that bargains are scarce this year. But better prices on trade-ins may help ease the pain. Last year's pandemic-induced production delays, combined with a continued shortage of computer chips and other automotive components, have tightened the supply of new models — especially popular sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Pfizer and BioNTech recently asked the Southern District of California to dismiss a patent infringement claim from Allele Biotechnology related to Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Earlier this month, camera crews once again gathered in the Sierra Nevada to watch a man plunge a pole through the snow. The pole was removed and, following a tense few moments, Californians learned we experienced another dry winter, and we are plunging further into drought.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

For once-in-a-hundred-year events such as the pandemic — with uncertainty over the solution to the crisis and even its duration — the act's scheme leaves little option for adoption of hazard pay without full agreement of the employer.
By any standard, California is experiencing one of its periodic droughts after two successive years of below-normal precipitation.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Last week, California's top legislative leaders unveiled a plan to spend more than half a billion dollars on efforts aimed at protecting the state from catastrophic wildfires.
Reliance on binding precedent may no longer be enough
Building investor trust while mitigating litigation risk

Monday, April 12, 2021

Most states are following the extended federal deadlines, and a few have adopted even more generous extensions. But the IRS has not postponed the deadline for making estimated tax payments for this year's first quarter.

Friday, April 9, 2021

While California's landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act promised comprehensive protection of the state's groundwater, significant gaps remain in its coverage.
Saving for retirement is never easy, but women in particular can face unique challenges.