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13 10, 2017

Legal Alert: Avoiding a “Weinstein” Exposé

By |2019-10-01T15:53:40+00:00October 13th, 2017|Employment, Legal Alerts, News|Comments Off on Legal Alert: Avoiding a “Weinstein” Exposé

As The Weinstein Company will soon learn, it is a serious mistake to allow a culture of "anything goes" to exist in your workplace.  Whether the vice is sexual harassment, discrimination or retaliation, ignoring the problem will eventually result in litigation to set things right.  These matters need prompt attention, not a blind eye, if [...]

18 09, 2017

Redefining a Sale for California Real Property Transfer Tax

By |2018-08-20T01:39:50+00:00September 18th, 2017|Land Use and Real Estate, News, The Advisor, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Redefining a Sale for California Real Property Transfer Tax

When real property changes hands, California imposes two separate taxes – the annual real property tax and a documentary transfer tax. The annual real property tax is reassessed to fair market value when a property changes ownership.  The transfer tax allows a county or city, or both, to charge a tax when real property is [...]

12 09, 2017

Matal v. Tam: Disparaging Trademarks, Like THE SLANTS, Can Be Registered Trademarks

By |2018-08-20T01:39:51+00:00September 12th, 2017|Intellectual Property, News, The Advisor|Comments Off on Matal v. Tam: Disparaging Trademarks, Like THE SLANTS, Can Be Registered Trademarks

This case revolves around whether a trademark can be registered before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) even though the mark is disparaging.  The Lanham Act prohibits the registration of many kinds of marks, but in this case, preventing the registration of disparaging marks directly challenges the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause. During [...]