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Facebook Bans “Like-Gated” Promotions

Earlier this month, Facebook announced a significant upcoming change to a section of its policies that will affect the way promotions may be administered on Facebook. Read More »

News 21 August 2014

Who Owns Ellen DeGeneres’ Now-Famous Academy Awards “Selfie”?

In 2012, law professor Justin Hughes published an article in the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology that raised serious questions about how courts have analyzed the Copyright Act’s originality requirement as it applies to photography. Read More »

News 11 March 2014

Legislative and Other Developments Affecting California Employers in 2014

This year has brought many significant changes that will impact all California employers. This annual report from Greenberg Glusker’s Employment Group summarizes some of the most important new federal and state legal developments that will affect California employers in the upcoming year. Read More »

News 04 December 2013

'Tis The Season To Be Sued

Holiday parties do improve employee morale, but are fraught with dangers. This article will provide you with suggestions for minimizing risks of liability. Read More »

News 12 November 2013

Buyer Beware – Hidden Dangers in Using Form Contracts in Real Estate Deals

Form contracts account for more than 80 percent of all agreements used to complete business transactions today. That percentage maybe even higher when it comes to commercial real estate transactions like the ones companies sign to acquire corporate headquarters or satellite offices. Read More »

News 18 September 2013

The Business Skills Trust: Helping Younger Generations To Take A Leadership Role In The Family Business

In high-net-worth estate planning, trusts are commonly used to transfer wealth from generation to generation. The rationale for using trusts is often tax savings, coupled with protection from creditors and claims of a divorcing spouse. Read More »

News 03 June 2013

Five Things Every Executive Should Consider When Faced with a Business Dispute

Like many lawyers of my generation, I was inspired by the passion, professionalism and speed television lawyers like Perry Mason brought to delivering justice for their clients. Later, as a young lawyer practicing in Los Angeles, I was bemused, rather than impressed, when cases on “L.A. Law” somehow got to trial – or at least had an important hearing – the same day it came into the office. Read More »

News 01 March 2013

Fiscal Cliff Deal Extends $5 Million Estate and Gift Tax Credit and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Exemption, but Increases Tax Rate to 40%

The "fiscal cliff" bill permanently extends the favorable gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax provisions that were in effect during 2011 and 2012, but increases the tax rate from 35% to 40%. Read More »

News 02 January 2013

Legislative and Other Developments Affecting California Employers in 2013

Most employers are already aware of this law, which was signed into law in 2011 but takes effect on January 1, 2013. This law states that whenever an employee’s pay includes commissions, there must be a written agreement that sets forth the method by which the commissions will be calculated and paid. The employee must be provided with a signed copy of the agreement, and the employer must obtain a signed receipt from the employee. Read More »

News 10 December 2012

When They Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse...

Property rights are part of the fabric of American law. They have been protected by the U.S. Constitution since adoption of the Bill of Rights. But the protection of property rights is not absolute. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution does not absolutely prohibit the taking of private property for public use – it only prohibits the taking of private property “without due process of law” or “without just compensation.” Read More »

News 01 November 2012

CONFERENCE MATERIALS - What's Eating You? Meal and Rest Breaks, Overtime and Other Wage and Hour Issues

What's Eating You? Meal and Rest Breaks, Overtime and Other Wage and Hour Issues Read More »

News 10 October 2012

Cows, Forests and Refrigerators

In January, California will begin to cap aggregate annual emissions of greenhouse gases, or GHGs, from the state's largest emitters under the state's new cap-and-trade regulations. If keeping GHG emissions at or below the cap becomes too costly or is otherwise unfeasible, regulated entities will have two choices: either buy GHG credits from other regulated entities, who can reduce their emissions below their allotted allowances, or buy offset credits from unregulated facilities, which voluntarily reduce their emissions in accordance with approved protocols. Read More »

News 05 October 2012

CONFERENCE MATERIALS - Unique Estate Planning Opportunities and Challenges for Actors and Athletes

Unique Estate Planning Opportunities and Challenges for Actors and Athletes Read More »

News 19 September 2012

The Supreme Court's Till Decision

It is hard to imagine that a bankruptcy of such modest circumstances would come to fundamentally impact large commercial real estate transactions a decade later, and yet it has. Read More »

News 03 September 2012

Good Timing Makes For Great Gifting

An increased gift tax credit, historically low interest rates and slow to recover asset values make now one of the best times to gift assets to your family members and other chosen beneficiaries. But it might end in four months. Read More »

News 01 September 2012

How to Pick a Worthy Charity

Clients frequently ask for recommendations for their charitable giving. In some cases, donors have a clear idea of the area of activity to support but do not know how to identify the most worthy charities. Other clients have identified one or more charities but are unsure as to whether those charities are deserving of their support. Read More »

News 21 August 2012

California Supreme Court Expands Available Policy Limits to Cover Environmental Claims

On August 9, 2012, the California Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated decision in State of California v. Continental Ins. Co. The California Supreme Court held that the “all sums” method of allocation applies in California and that an insured can horizontally stack all successively triggered policies in an environmental property damage case involving a single occurrence causing continuous and progressive contamination throughout multiple policy years. Read More »

News 13 August 2012

In the Court of Public Opinion: Top Tips for Managing It Successfully

Today’s ubiquitous social media and 24-hour news cycles create a constant court of public opinion for businesses and corporations. How a company manages the public’s verdict can lead to either derailment or opportunity. Read More »

News 03 August 2012

Making His Case

Stephen Smith is an ambitious guy. He turned that ambition into great successas an attorney at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP. But as he prepared for his new role as the law firm’s managing partner, he was concerned that the ambition everyone knew he had might come back to hurt him. Read More »

News 04 June 2012

Recent Amendments to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of the following protected characteristics, a perception that employees have such a protected characteristic (even if they do not) or are perceived to be associated with a person with such a protected characteristic (even if they are not): Read More »

News 24 May 2012

Catching a Break?

Imagine that your hourly employee “Jane” begins her shift at 11:00 a.m., has a meal period from noon to 12:30 p.m., and then works an additional 7 hours. As Jane’s employer, can you require that she take an early lunch before taking any rest period, and then work several hours without being provided a second meal period? Do you need to police her to make sure she takes her meal period? Read More »

News 24 May 2012

New Risks to Employers Who Misclassify Their Employees as Independent Contractors

Many employers improperly classify their workers as independent contractors when, in fact, they should be treated as employees. The following article first sets forth the general guidelines governing independent contractors under California law and then sets forth significant new risks associated with misclassification. Read More »

News 24 May 2012

Supreme Court Settles 8-Year Old Battle Over Employee Meal and Rest Breaks

The Court concluded that while "an employer must relieve the employee of all duty for the designated period," the employer "is not obligated to police meal breaks and ensure no work thereafter is performed." Read More »

News 12 April 2012

Copyright Termination and Loan-Out Corporations: Reconciling Practice and Policy

On January 1, 2013, the first generation of copyright transfers made under the 1976 Copyright Act will become eligible for statutory termination, enabling creators of copyrighted properties and their heirs to unwind their own transactions and reacquire potentially valuable rights to longsince transferred works. The implications for successful, enduring franchises created after 1978 could be dramatic. Read More »

News 02 April 2012

When Corporate Officers Are Personally Liable

Being an officer of a corporation can be the heady experience of a lifetime. On the upside is the opportunity to be a strategic thinker, a lauded visionary, the captain of a profitable venture and the recipient of com-pensation beyond one’s dreams. But there is a downside, and it can be equally dramatic. Read More »

News 01 April 2012

Tax Reporting Obligations Beyond Your Personal Income Tax Return

Gift tax returns, fiduciary income tax returns and foundation tax returns are just a few examples of returns you may be required to file by April 17, 2012. Read More »

News 30 March 2012

New Requirement For Arbitration Agreements

Recently, the Fourth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal further clarified the obligations on California employers with respect to the information that must be contained in arbitration agreements to make them enforceable. Read More »

News 05 March 2012

No SOPA For You

While the threat may have been overstated, there’s no question that piracy and file sharing are rampant and are severely eating away at profits. Read More »

News 28 February 2012

How to win a "bet-the-company" lawsuit

Smart Business Magazine spoke with Greenberg Glusker trial attorney Harvey Friedman about ensuring your company has the right litigation strategy when it’s all on the line. Read More »

News 01 January 2012

How to choose the right professionals when building your dream home

No matter how wonderful the home you build, no one will be happy if it results in family strife. But, armed with a bit of knowledge, you can build a home that serves you and your family and have fun in the process. Read More »

News 01 December 2011

Turning overseas legal disputes into smart business

The prospect of companies located in the US having to litigate overseas can be intimidating and daunting. Fears of the unknown, and of being “home towned,” are common, and understandable, initial reactions. Read More »

News 01 October 2011

Limiting your company's legal risk by negotiating form contracts

Carefully negotiate all contracts, especially those presented as the other party’s “form contract.” Read More »

News 01 October 2011

Greenberg Glusker Obtains $2M Verdict Against Regency Outdoor Advertising

Greenberg Glusker has secured a two million dollar verdict against Regency Outdoor Advertising on behalf of its clients, West Hollywood nightclub Whisky-A-Go-Go and Ace Outdoor Advertising. Read More »

News 08 September 2011

Why arbitration remains the better option

Smart Business Magazine interviews Stephen Smith as to why arbitration remains the better option in conflict resolution for reasons you may find surprising and perhaps counterintuitive. Read More »

News 01 September 2011

Trusts & estates attorney, Laura Zwicker, comments on Kardashian-Humphries Pre-nup

Laura Zwicker breaks down the Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphires Pre-nup for The Hollywood Reporter. Read More »

News 24 August 2011

How owners can prepare for the process of selling the business

Smart Business Magazine interviews corporate attorney Bruce D. Andelson about how the right advisors, accurate business value, and being prepared make the process of selling the business more successful and less painful. Read More »

News 01 August 2011

Greenberg Glusker's David Cranston interviewed about cleaning up environmental liabilities

David Cranston talks with Smart Business Magazine about resolving environmental liabilities with other people's money. Read More »

News 01 July 2011

Tips for estate planning and tax law compliance in a global economy

Greenberg Glusker's Laura Zwicker shares her tips for estate planning and tax law compliance in a global economy with Smart Business Magazine Read More »

News 01 June 2011

Greenberg Glusker Partners Norman Levine and Aaron Moss Represent Costco in the US Supreme Court

Greenberg Glusker Partners Norman Levine and Aaron Moss Represent Costco in the US Supreme Court Read More »

News 09 November 2010

Greenberg Glusker Wins Trial Surrounding California Solar Rights Act

Greenberg Glusker Wins Trial Surrounding California Solar Rights Act Read More »

News 17 November 2009

Greenberg Glusker Resolves Landmark "Lord of the Rings" Dispute

Greenberg Glusker Resolves Landmark "Lord of the Rings" Dispute Read More »

News 08 September 2009

After 50 Successful Years, Greenberg Glusker Team Plans for More

After 50 Successful Years, Greenberg Glusker Team Plans for More Read More »

News 24 April 2009

Tax Reporting on Foreign Entities or Activities

Tax Reporting on Foreign Entities or Activities Read More »

News 07 April 2009

Greenberg Glusker's 50th Anniversary Featured in Variety

Greenberg Glusker's 50th Anniversary Featured in Variety Read More »

News 03 April 2009

The Hollywood Reporter Features Greenberg Glusker

The Hollywood Reporter Features Greenberg Glusker Read More »

News 30 March 2009

Drafting Enforceable Settlement Agreements

Drafting Enforceable Settlement Agreements Read More »

News 01 December 2008

"Think Godzilla's Scary? Meet His Lawyers"

"Think Godzilla's Scary? Meet His Lawyers" Read More »

News 24 November 2008

Greenberg Glusker Attorney Rachel Wilkes Lauded For Pro Bono Asylum Victory

Greenberg Glusker Attorney Rachel Wilkes Lauded For Pro Bono Asylum Victory Read More »

News 22 August 2008

Employment Bulletin Regarding Meals & Rest Periods

Employment Bulletin Regarding Meals & Rest Periods Read More »

News 08 August 2008

Entertainment Disputes Require Efficient, Non-Glamourous Fixes

Entertainment Disputes Require Efficient, Non-Glamourous Fixes Read More »

News 27 May 2008

When Your Tenant Files Bankruptcy: Five Need-to-Know Rights for Commercial Landlords

When Your Tenant Files Bankruptcy: Five Need-to-Know Rights for Commercial Landlords Read More »

News 19 May 2008

Potential Pitfalls for Benevolent Landlords

Potential Pitfalls for Benevolent Landlords Read More »

News 01 September 2005

Nothing Standard About Standard Lease Forms

Nothing Standard About Standard Lease Forms Read More »

News 05 April 2005

Letters of Intent May be Binding

Most real estate transactions begin with a letter of intent (“an LOI”) which outlines the parties' general understanding of a proposed transaction. The parties to an LOI do not typically wish to create a legally binding document, but intend only to establish the framework to negotiate their formal agreement. For that reason, most LOIs expressly state that they do not create legally binding agreements, but simply set forth the basis for future negotiations. Read More »

News 03 May 2004

My Tenant Went AWOL - What Do I Do?

My Tenant Went AWOL - What Do I Do? Read More »

News 01 July 1998

A Landlords Secret Weapon Against Defaulting Tenants

A Landlords Secret Weapon Against Defaulting Tenants Read More »

California Supreme Court Holds All Contractual Jury Waivers Unenforceable

California Supreme Court Holds All Contractual Jury Waivers Unenforceable Read More »

A Win, And A Lesson: The Credibility of Expert Witnesses

A Win, And A Lesson: The Credibility of Expert Witnesses Read More »

Capitalizing on The $5 Million Credit Against Gift Tax in an Uncertain Environment

The window to take advantage of the $5 Million credit against gift tax may be shorter than expected. Consider these issues in determining whether to proceed with a gift. Read More »

Commissions Compliance Now Lessens End-of-Year Crunch

Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, all companies that pay commissions to employees providing services in California must have written contracts detailing how commissions are computed and paid. This potentially burdensome law was passed at the end of last year, and so far has received little attention. Read More »

Avoid Year-End Time Crunch by Drafting Commissions Agreements Now

Beginning January 1, 2013, all companies that pay commissions to employees providing services in California must have written contracts detailing how commissions are computed and paid. We urge employers to prepare now to comply with this law to avoid a time crunch at the end of the year. Read More »

Green Building Coming to a Property Near You

Last week, the California Energy Commission unanimously approved energy efficiency standards for commercial buildings and new homes. The new 2013 Building and Energy Efficiency Standards (Standards), which take effect on January 1, 2014, are projected to be 30 percent more efficient for nonresidential construction and 25 percent more efficient than previous standards for residential construction. Read More »

CA Attorney General Cracks Down on Mobile Apps for Privacy Policies

If your website collects personal information from California residents, you may already be aware that a California law, called The California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”), codified at California Business & Professions Code §§ 22575 – 22579, requires you to post a Privacy Policy on your site, detailing what personal information your site collects and what is being done with that personal information. Read More »

Are You In Compliance?

If your company’s website collects personal information from California residents, a California privacy protection law requires you to post a privacy policy on your site detailing what personal information your site collects and what is being done with that personal information. Read More »

California Imposes New Registration and Use Tax Requirements on Out-of-State Retailers

Effective September 15, 2012, a broader group of out-of-state retailers, including certain internet retailers, are required to register with the BOE and collect use tax from California customers. Read More »

News 01 January 0001

Unconstitutionality of Defense Of Marriage Act Has Broad Reaching Implications For Tax and Wealth Planning And Tax Compliance Of Same-Sex Married Couples

While the focus of news coverage is currently centered around the Court’s equal protection of heterosexual and same-sex couples, there are broad reaching tax and wealth planning implications of these rulings to consider. Read More »

News 01 January 0001

New Commercial Lease Requirement for Disability Access Inspection Disclosure

Commercial lease agreements executed on or after July 1st must include a provision disclosing whether the premises has been... Read More »

News 01 January 0001

New SEC Rules

New SEC rules are likely to significantly affect the way private securities offerings are conducted in the United States. Read More »

News 01 January 0001
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