Trade secrets are valuable assets for any business. Running a successful business often means having trade secrets that they wish to protect from competitors. That is why businesses make every effort to prevent competitors and former employees from using trade secrets without their knowledge.
When to File a Protective Order in Business Litigation
A protective order in California can have two different meanings. It might refer to a restraining order to keep one individual away from another individual, and it also might refer to the process of discovery in civil litigation.
Understanding Alter Ego Liability
A corporate identity protects its shareholders and those operating the corporation from being personally liable for any debt obligations or other financial liabilities, provided that the business is operated as a corporation and follows all the legal requirements concerning proper operational behavior
Informal Discovery Conference May Mitigate Costs
Before any case goes to trial, there is a period for what is called “discovery.” Discovery is the phase when both sides collect and exchange information about the case, including relevant documents, witness statements, and more.
Can You Recover Attorney Fees in California Lawsuits?
If you file suit against someone for $100,000 and win, but your attorney’s fees total $45,000, can you get the losing party to cover those expenses? The answer in California, as in almost every jurisdiction, is no, but there are a few exceptions that may allow you to recover your attorney’s fees.
Why Employment Arbitration Clauses May Not Be Enforceable
Arbitration clauses are often slipped into employment agreements to provide employers with a means to avoid costly lawsuits filed by employees. The agreements force employees into mandatory arbitration when they have grievances at work.
“Direct Physical Loss” in Business Interruption Insurance
When the COVID-19 threat forced governments to order lockdowns, essentially crippling or halting altogether the operations of thousands of businesses in California and across the nation, owners turned to their commercial property insurance, or to their separate business interruption insurance, to see if they could recoup their losses from the pandemic.
Important Elements of Proving Business Fraud
If you operate a business, you may find yourself the victim of fraud by contractors or others with whom you do business. Conversely, you yourself may be accused of fraud for certain actions you undertook or failed to undertake. How do you know when actual fraud has taken place, and what are the legal remedies – or consequences – if it has?
Business Internet Defamation and Abuse
You’re operating a profitable business, and a consumer comes in and asks if you’ve seen the latest Facebook post about your business. The customer then informs you that the post claims your products are a ripoff from someone else’s patent, and wants to know if that is true.
Preparing for Business Litigation
The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to businesses in a variety of ways. Shutdowns, supply chain disruptions, and shifting consumer demands have wreaked havoc on the way businesses operate. Many have not survived, while others are facing monumental change.