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Article 9 of Uniform Commercial Code a cost-efficient tool for struggling businesses

Many struggling businesses need the protections offered by Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but Chapter 11 is not the right choice or even feasible for every business with heavy debt. Chapter 11 is highly procedural and costly in terms of money and time, and there may be better options for debtors and creditors alike.

What are an employer's notification requirements for layoffs in California?

In California, employers of any size have to comply with state and federal employment laws, and certain employers are subject to additional regulations and requirements.

California Fair Pay Act would offer equal pay protections for women

California lawmakers are currently considering a bill -- the Fair Pay Act -- that would significantly increase equal pay protections for women. Specifically, the bill would prohibit California employers from firing, retaliating or discriminating against employees who discuss or ask about pay at work, particularly if a woman asks about wages or salaries in order to seek equal pay.

Don Henley settles trademark dispute over use of his name

Trademark infringement occurs when someone uses a mark without permission, or when someone uses a mark that is similar enough to another to cause confusion as to the source of the goods or services being offered.

Report highlights need for debt relief among high net worth athletes

If you're a business owner or an individual with significant assets and you're burdened with heavy debt, then you may have a number of debt relief options, including Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Chapter 11 bankruptcy or out-of-court solutions. The reality is that businesses and individuals may go through numerous ups and downs in their financial lives, and if you're in a serious lull right now, then don't hesitate to explore every available option for returning to financial health and profitability. 

Don't sign off on a real estate deal without good legal counsel

Whether you're considering the sale or purchase of a commercial or residential property, there is much at stake in real estate transactions. To protect your interests, it is crucial to have a real estate law attorney cover your legal bases. A lawyer can negotiate the terms of the deal and document the transaction with a detailed contract.

Mid-sized California tech businesses expand to Oregon

In California's highly competitive tech industry, it can be difficult for smaller and mid-sized companies to compete with the likes of Google and Apple. Large companies that have dominated for years tend to absorb much of the local talent, while smaller startups in Silicon Valley struggle to get a leg up. Sometimes you have to get out of the Bay Area to expand your tech business footprint.

When negotiating in good faith doesn't work, you need skilled litigators

Most business owners, when they realize they have a dispute with another company, don't immediately say to themselves, "We need to take this to court; we need to litigate." For one thing, litigation can be a costly and time-consuming distraction from running a business. In many cases, with the right proactive legal planning, business owners can avoid the expense of going to court.

Survey predicts increased need for Chapter 11 restructuring in certain industries

Since the end of the Great Recession, the number of individuals and businesses filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy has declined significantly. However, a recent survey of 165 bankers, fund managers, lawyers and other restructuring professionals suggests that the United States may see an uptick in Chapter 11 filings in certain industries.

Restless shareholders seek more control in California banks' boardrooms

In February the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., regulator of banks and insurer of deposits, reported that revenue from lending and fees was growing at a much faster rate at community banks, whose core clients are often small businesses, than for the banking industry in general.

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