Archives for 2013

New Study on Social Media, Its Risks and Rewards

My partner, Melissa Krasnow, contributed to the new white paper on social media published by our friends at Grant Thornton.  Melissa has established herself as a leading expert in the field of data privacy and I’ve previously posted about some of her recent work in this area.  I highly recommend this publication to anyone struggling […]

The Overlooked Characteristic of the Most Effective Business Litigators

Although it is slightly outside the main topics of this blog, below is an article that I recently wrote for the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers’ quarterly publication.  It is reprinted with permission. When lawyers and laypersons alike think about the qualities of outstanding litigators, certain words and images invariably […]

Liabilities Arising From Contract Negotiations

Yesterday evening, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel comprised of two distinguished in-house counsel, Zachary Zahrek and Teigue Thomas, discussing liabilities and litigation risks that arise from contractual negotiations.  Dorsey and the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel hosted the CLE in the press club room at Angels Stadium–which was […]

That Didn’t Take Long: California Organization First to File Lawsuit Against IRS on Audit Scandal

CNN is reporting that a California group leads the way in suing the IRS over the recent audit practices focusing on conservative groups: A Northern California tea party group filed the first lawsuit against the U.S. government stemming from the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups for more scrutiny as they applied for tax-exempt […]

Class Actions UP; Costs of Class Actions DOWN

Corporate Counsel has a good piece (subscription required) on the recent rise in class action lawsuits over the past two years but the curious reduction in the costs of defending class actions during that same period of time.  The focus of the article is a 2013 Carlton Fields Class Action survey.  The key quote includes […]

Barriers to Consumer Choice and Market Entry Hurt the Economy and Consumers

Once in a great while at this blog, I write about other state legislatures doing something a bit crazy.  This is such a post and posits this question:  Why should any resident in any state be prohibited from buying a car directly from the manufacturer in another state?  I can think of no compelling reason […]

Governors Continue to Court Business to Move Out of California

The Orange County register has an interesting article today about a different type of political campaign–governors’ campaigns targeted at California businesses (particularly in my home base of Orange County), wooing them to their states.  And these governors have plenty to talk about with respect to their states’ comparatively business friendly environment.  Here is a key […]

California–the Appropriate Forum for Residents of Maine?

In reviewing the new case filings yesterday, I saw a case that caught my eye.  The lawsuit was filed by the Cartwright Firm in San Francisco against Hyundai Motor America.  The case is an Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”) class action relating to allegedly inaccurate advertisements regarding fuel efficiency numbers in violation of EPA regulations.  The usual […]