Monthly Archives: May 2016

Dissolving a Partnership in California

  A partnership is just one of the many forms a California business can take. But what do you do when you and your partners decide to close up shop and dissolve the partnership? Read on for guidance about winding up a California general partnership. What is a Partnership? Under California’s version of the Uniform

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GMO Labeling is Catching On

In July of 2016, Vermont’s state-mandated GMO labeling law goes into effect, requiring food producers to disclose genetically modified ingredients on their labels. The U.S. Senate’s effort to preempt this law failed in March 2016. Now, a number of other food industry leaders have joined Campbell Soup in announcing their intent to voluntarily disclose any

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At-Will Employment and Offer Letters

Under California law, employment without a specified duration is presumed to be “at-will.” As an employer, it is important to emphasize to your employees the at-will nature of the employment relationship in written communications you have with them. Read on for a look at at-will employment and the importance of appropriate offer letters. What is

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Proposed Legislation Targets Food Waste in California

Savvy shoppers know to read the labels of the food they buy. One important aspect of these labels to many consumers is the product’s “expiration date.” This date can be expressed in a myriad of ways, including: Best Before; Best By; Sell By; Exp.; Enjoy by; Freshest by; Use by. Even careful shoppers cannot always

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Employee Stock Purchase Plans

An employee stock purchase plan offers employers one way to attract and retain quality employees by allowing employees to participate in the company’s future profitability. Unlike stock option plans, which are typically limited to high-ranking employees, an ESPP can be open to virtually all workers. Read on for more information about this relatively low-cost employee

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Damages for Patent Infringement: Apple v. Samsung

Apple and Samsung have been locked in a legal battle for years regarding Samsung’s alleged infringement of design elements from Apple’s iPhone. Now, a report from the ABA Journal says that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Samsung’s appeal to overturn a $399 million verdict against it for design infringement. According to the ABA Journal,

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California Law and Non-Compete Agreements

A non-compete agreement is a contract between two parties, most often an employee and employer, in which the employee agrees not to work for a business competitor, solicit current  customers, or otherwise use confidential information to compete with the employer for a specified period of time after her employment terminates. In most states, these agreements

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What is a Work for Hire?

As this blog has already discussed, as a general rule only a work’s author or creator (or those whose rights derive from the work’s creator, such as the creator’s heirs) can claim copyright protection in that work. But “works made for hire” constitute an exception to this basic principle.  As the U.S. Copyright Office explains,

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