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BASICS OF EMERGING COMPANIES—AVOIDING LEGAL MISTAKES WHEN FOUNDING A NEW BUSINESS

BASICS OF EMERGING COMPANIES—AVOIDING LEGAL MISTAKES WHEN FOUNDING A NEW BUSINESS

Posted: September 15, 2020 | News

When new companies seek legal guidance soon after a start-up gets off the ground, it’s usually because disputes have bubbled-up among founders. Some legal issues can be easily fixed, while others are more difficult and may lead to litigation. 

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BUSINESS STRATEGIES TO LIMIT LIABILITY FOR COVID-19  THROUGH USE OF WAIVERS

BUSINESS STRATEGIES TO LIMIT LIABILITY FOR COVID-19 THROUGH USE OF WAIVERS

Posted: September 9, 2020 | News

Once again, California’s Governor Gavin Newsome, is establishing re-opening rules. With employees returning to work and many companies now reopening their doors to customers, employers are looking for ways to limit liability related to potential COVID-19 cases contracted in the workplace.

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California Supreme Court Holds Act of Interference with At-Will Contract Must Be Wrongful

California Supreme Court Holds Act of Interference with At-Will Contract Must Be Wrongful

Posted: August 11, 2020 | News

One of the most litigated causes of action in California business litigation are those related to interference with contract or prospective economic relations.  California recognizes two different torts involving interference with economic relations (i) interference with performance of a contract and (ii) interference with prospective economic advantage.  Originally California courts treated these two torts as basically one and the same – the only difference being that interference with contractual relations required the existence of a binding contract.  In 1995, however, the Supreme Court held that a plaintiff suing on a claim for interference with a prospective contractual or economic relationship (one that has not yet ripened into an actual contract), had to plead and prove that the defendant's conduct was independently wrongful for reasons other than the act of interference.

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Business Interruption Insurance During COVID-19

Business Interruption Insurance During COVID-19

Posted: August 6, 2020 | News

COVID-19 has led to interruptions in sales, disrupted supply chains, sinking or disappearing revenues, and rising  expenses.  As a consequence, businesses have filed a flood of insurance claims against policies that offer coverage for business interruption.  Whether or not the claims are covered will depend on the terms of the insurance policy and the nature of the loss. While some insurance industry experts maintain that the outlook for coverage for COVID-19 related claims is not good, there are a number of legal arguments and policy provisions that can increase the likelihood of coverage.

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Employee Electronic Communications Monitoring: The Potential Risks

Employee Electronic Communications Monitoring: The Potential Risks

Posted: July 28, 2020 | News

The COVID-19 pandemic has induced most businesses to re-deploying their workforce to working remotely and in far-flung places across cities, states, the nation, and even the world. This has called for new tools to manage workforce performance and productivity, protect confidential business information, minimize liability for worker misconduct, and protect system security.  More frequently now, companies are utilizing employee monitoring software or related tools that monitor employee emails, voicemails, text messages, and other online activity.  There are pros and cons to this practice. The benefit is risk reduction and effective employee management. But the negative consequences are not always considered and can greatly increase a company’s legal risks, if not used in compliance with the law.

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