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It’s Official: L.A. Restaurants Can Only Provide Plastic Straws Upon Request

By |2019-10-17T08:09:20+00:00October 17th, 2019|Articles|

From now on, when you require a plastic straw at an L.A. restaurant, you must request it. LOS ANGELES – beginning on Tuesday, 1st October 2019, every L.A. restaurant is required to hold back plastic straws except when customers ask for them. “As a coastal community, we have a heightened responsibility to remove as much [...]

California Supreme Court Restricts the Kinds of Penalties Recoverable Under PAGA Actions

By |2019-10-17T15:55:32+00:00October 17th, 2019|Articles|

In ZB, N.A. v. Superior Court (Lawson) (Sept. 12th, 2019), the California Supreme Court held that complainants or petitioners cannot recover unpaid wages as enshrined in the Labor Code § 558 in the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) claim. This Supreme Court ruling considerably bars the total amount of penalties that complainants can [...]

Buying or Selling a Business? You’ll Need to Prepare a Stock or Asset Purchase Agreement

By |2018-07-18T20:55:45+00:00June 8th, 2018|Articles|

Introduction. Although there are many ways to structure the purchase or sale of a California business, one fundamental question with great implications will be whether the deal will be structured as a stock purchase or an asset purchase. Since the choice will have far reaching implications for both the buyer of a business and the [...]

Death By Driverless Car: The Road Ahead

By |2019-09-09T20:08:59+00:00July 11th, 2016|Articles|

 A Tesla Model S was traveling on a U.S. highway in autopilot mode when it caused a fatal collision. Tesla's Autopilot software controls the acceleration, steering and braking and allows drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel in certain circumstances. It is alleged that a tractor pulling a trailer drove across the highway [...]

Defend Trade Secrets Act: Necessary Revisions to Employment Contracts

By |2019-09-09T20:09:08+00:00June 11th, 2016|Articles|

  Companies deal with trade secrets and other confidential information all the time. Whether it is proprietary information regarding customers, pricing, sourcing, product design or manufacturing methods, this valuable intellectual property provides a competitive edge in the market by virtue of the fact that it is not generally known. If you use employment contracts or [...]

Overtime Eligibility Increase To Have Big Impact On Restaurants

By |2019-09-09T20:09:18+00:00May 15th, 2016|Articles|

  New federal overtime rules will be effective Dec. 1. Restaurateurs and other employers have until December to comply with a new federal overtime standard that will dramatically increase the number of workers who qualify for extra pay. The final rule, being published today, doubles the salary threshold for employees to be considered exempt, from [...]