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David H. Schwartz

What Qualifies as Misappropriation of a Trade Secret?

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.

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David H. Schwartz

Challenging a Will You Think is Forged

In the aftermath of a loved one’s death, grieving family members have to cope with the loss and determine whether the will, the document where the decedent outlined final wishes, is valid. Disputes can arise when beneficiaries or heirs think their loved one’s will is forged or otherwise invalid.

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David H. Schwartz

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

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David H. Schwartz

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.

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David H. Schwartz

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.

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David H. Schwartz

“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.

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David H. Schwartz

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?

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