Uber Trends in the Law, the “Gig Economy,” Self-Driving Cars and More

Here is a terrific article on the brave new world of the “gig” economy and related legal issues, ranging from Uber drivers to self-driving cars. I was not familiar with the term “gig” economy and found a good summary of the concept here, along with a video link that discusses all sorts of legal issues. […]

A Constitutional Challenge to a Different Kind of Gun Control Legislation

A lawsuit was filed earlier this week which challenges the constitutionality of Cal. Penal Code § 26820, a California statute aimed at regulating the sale of guns. Tracy Rifle & Pistol LLC v. Harris (E.D. Cal. filed Nov. 10, 2014). The statute provides: No handgun or imitation handgun, or placard advertising the sale or other […]

Of Football and Business Litigation: Tweaking the Rules for a More Satisfying Contest

It’s a great time of the year, in large part because one of my favorite pastimes is watching football, usually with my teenage son, an avid fan as well as a high school football player. A few weeks ago, when a game was becoming a lopsided contest diminishing its entertainment value, I began to summarize […]

A Quick Summary of New Changes to California Law

Our friends at Legsilative Intent Service (a great resource for digging deep into the history of California legislation) have recently published their list of changes to California law coming in 2015.  These legislative changes are, to one degree or another, of interest to California businesses.  Here is a link. As one might expect, there is […]

Overstock Under Scrutiny: Does This Recent Decision Represent a New Wave of California Litigation for Sellers of Consumer Products and Services?

It is not often that a decision from a California trial court receives or deserves as much attention as the recent tentative decision issued by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Wynne Carvill in the State’s case against Overstock.com.  In People of the State of California v. Overstock.com (10-546833), issued January 3, 2014, Judge Carvill determined […]

Do You Collect Californian’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on Your Website?

Effective January 1, companies in California and around the world must be aware of new liabilities that relate to online privacy protections including practices relating to storing personally identfiable information.  If your company operates a website, it’s a good time to review the privacy disclosures that are posted. The new law is AB370, is an […]

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 […]