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When it comes to understanding trade secrets and what they are, the clearest reference point is the fact that Coca-Cola keeps its soft drink recipe locked in a vault in its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Supposedly, no more than two people at any given time have access to the formula.

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Establishing a basic business partnership in California is not much of a formal process except when it comes to taxes. You can shake hands with another person, or group of persons, and agree to start selling widgets or something else, or provide services of some sort.

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Indemnity clauses can exist in many types of agreements or contracts. If you rent a car, the rental agency will put an indemnity clause in your rental agreement, holding you liable for any damages you cause to the vehicle. Indemnity clauses are common in partnership agreements so that the actions of one partner are shielded from the liability of the ...

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Suppose you have decided to open a business, and you examine the various business structures available in California. You can open a sole proprietorship, but you hesitate because you know that all debts and liabilities will then belong to you and you alone.

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Business owners and operators will typically purchase what is known as Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance to protect themselves from a variety of hazards and incidents that would otherwise expose them to out-of-pocket awards and judgments.

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Operating a business is not always a walk in the park. All kinds of challenges, setbacks, and disputes can arise. Competition can be fierce, and tactics deployed by competitors can border on the illegal. You can fight back, or even negotiate with others who are attempting to bring you down, but the question always looms: When is the right time ...

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Suppose you and your business have just filed a civil lawsuit against another individual or business for breach of contract—or for tortious interference or any other valid reason—and the attorney for the other party subpoenas you in for a deposition.

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California law defines contracts in the state as being either express or implied. Express contracts are “stated in words,” while implied contracts are “manifested by conduct.” An express contract can also be oral — not written — provided that no other California statute requires the contract to be in writing, as it does for home sales, for instance.

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