Los Angeles Business Law Blog

What is a Trade Secret?

To remain competitive in the marketplace, businesses often need to provide something special to consumers and clients. This might include faster service, a better product or unique solutions.In any of these cases, the information or method that gives your company its edge may be classified as a trade secret.

Supreme Court Weighing Arguments Regarding Employee Class Actions

Fighting legal battles with employees and former employees can consume massive resources and put the future and success of a business in jeopardy. Because of this, California employers typically take steps to prevent disputes and avoid litigation when possible. One way to do this is to attempt to prohibit workers from filing class-action claims in an arbitration agreement.

What happens after a party breaches a contract?

If you own a business in Los Angeles, you know that maintaining successful relationships with customers, contractors, vendors and other partners is crucial. You should also know that oftentimes, these relationships and the deals that come with them are defined in writing with a contract.

Can a company lose a trademark?

As a business owner, you protect your most precious brands and assets through copyright and trademark. These legal safeguards are part of the success of some of the world's most well-known products and services. These products can become so well-known that their name could be used interchangeably with other products; for example, you might say Kleenex to mean tissue or Band-Aid to mean bandage. Now, one of the world's most popular events could suffer from the overuse of its name.

Types of Actionable Construction Defects in California

Residential building requirements are very strict in California. There are numerous laws, definitions and regulations in place to ensure dwellings are safe and free from defects. It is, therefore, no surprise that claims for construction defects are one of the most common disputes that arise in the construction industry.

Proposed ELD Delay Rejected by California House

In a recent post (read in full here), we discussed proposed Federal legislation that would affect California commercial transportation companies by extending the deadline to comply with an electronic logging device ("ELD") mandate.

Three Parties That Can Jeopardize Your Intellectual Property

Staying competitive in the marketplace typically requires business owners to be aggressive in the creation of new ideas, services, and products. However, unless business owners are just as aggressive when it comes to protecting these things, they could find themselves without the competitive edge they need to be successful.

Can I hire someone because he or she is attractive?

California employers have a lot to think about when it comes to hiring workers. They think about pay and benefits, and they want to be sure employees are capable of the job and are a good fit for the company. However, other factors may come into play during the hiring process, and they may have almost nothing to do with a person's work ethic.

In some cases, these factors cannot legally be used as a reason to hire or not hire someone; in other cases, they can. For instance, as discussed in this article, hiring a person because he or she is attractive falls into something of a legal gray area.

ELD mandate may be very costly for carriers

California trucking companies are wrestling with the impending "electronic logging device" mandate. On Dec. 18, 2017, compliance with the ELD mandate will be required for all truck driving companies, and for carriers with large fleets compliance will be prohibitively expensive.

The Federal Motor Carrier Motor Safety Administration ("FMCSA") issued this mandate in 2015. The devices are intended to electronically log the hours that the trucks are driven to prevent drivers from falsifying their logbooks. The FMCSA says that this will reduce accidents by keeping fatigued drivers off the road, and claims this will save the industry $1.6 billion per year in record-keeping costs.

Resolving Construction Defect Allegations

Members of the construction industry are held to a high-standard of care when working on a project. This is true whether they are constructing a new project or remodeling an old one. These standards may cause the general contractor, subcontractors, architects, engineers, suppliers and the developer to be the subject of a construction defect claim.

A construction defect lawsuit can carry severe damages, cause issues with the Contractors State License Board and your bonding company, and may even jeopardize your professional license. When faced with construction defect allegations, construction professionals need to take immediate action to protect themselves.

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