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Year: 2014

“Patent Troll” Bill Fails to Pass in Congress
Posted in Firm News,Intellectual Property on November 24, 2014

On Wednesday, May 21, Congress rejected a bill that would have served to curb so called, “patent troll” lawsuits. “Patent troll” suits are usually brought by a company that patents a product with no intention of putting the product on the market. Rather, the company makes its money on the patent by enforcing its patent…

Group of Male LAPD Officers Accused of Sexual Harassment in Lawsuit against LAPD
Posted in Firm News,Sexual Harassment on November 12, 2014

In March 2014, Guadalupe Lopez, a female police officer and deputy with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, filed a lawsuit against the County of Los Angeles, alleging that she and other female members of the Sheriff’s Department suffered sexual harassment at the hands of a group of male officers who call themselves the “Banditos.” Lopez…

What are some of the Benefits of Registering a Trademark?
Posted in Firm News,Intellectual Property on October 9, 2014

There are a number of benefits to registering a trademark and these are generally different from those of registering a copyright. They include preventative protection from “copycats” as well as legal rights for the trademark owner that would not exist absent a trademark registration. Since a trademark is a visible symbol of your product or…

Are English-Only Workplace Rules Legal?
Posted in Discrimination,Firm News on October 1, 2014

In an ethnically diverse state such as California, many workplaces employ individuals who speak a language other than English. While employers in California are clearly prohibited from discriminating against employees on the basis of the employee’s race or national origin, the law is less clear when it comes to workplace rules regarding language. So, is…

Wage Theft Continues to be a Growing Problem in California
Posted in Employment Litigation,Firm News on September 14, 2014

With the growing number of businesses who do not report correct information regarding their employees and revenues, wage theft in California has become rampant. Wage theft is any type of deliberate underpayment to an employee by an employer of wages legally entitled to an employee. This can occur when employees are not paid for the…

Am I Eligible for Pregnancy Disability Leave in California?
Posted in Firm News,Pregnancy Discrimination on September 4, 2014

Pregnancy is a protected trait under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). This means that you have pregnant employee rights and an employer may not discriminate against you due to your pregnancy. You cannot be fired because of taking a leave from your job due to pregnancy. In addition, you may be entitled to certain benefits while…

I am being unfairly accused of inappropriate workplace misconduct. Could I get fired if I do not cooperate with my company’s investigation into the matter?
Posted in Firm News,Wrongful Termination on August 23, 2014

Here is a situation every employee dreads: you are wrongfully accused of workplace misconduct such as sexual harassment or discrimination by a subordinate at work and your boss tells you that your job is on the line if you don’t fully cooperate in the company’s investigation. You may feel betrayed, frustrated and unwilling to oblige…

Is There A Difference Between An Employee And An Independent Contractor?
Posted in Employment Litigation,Firm News on August 23, 2014

Employees And Independent Contractors Are Very Distinct And Different From Each Other In an effort to save money and the headaches ordinarily associated with employing someone, some employers treat their employees as independent contractors. Such business practices could expose a business to penalties, damages, and other liabilities. In evaluating whether a relationship is one of…

What Are The Implications Of An Anti-Fraternization Policy As Applied To Non-Supervising Coworkers?
Posted in Employment Litigation,Firm News on August 23, 2014

The Implications of an Anti-Fraternization Policies As Applied to Non-Supervising Coworkers Since the decision of the California Court of Appeals in Barbee v. Household Automotive Finance Corp., 113 Cal. App. 4th 525 (2003), employers have been assured that anti-fraternization policies which prohibit sexual and/or romantic relationships amongst supervisors and subordinates are enforceable. What has been…

Does A Website Name Constitute A Trademark?
Posted in Firm News,Intellectual Property on August 23, 2014

A domain name can qualify as a trademark when it is used in connection with a website that offers services to the public. A question that our Los Angeles intellectual property lawyers commonly address is whether a website name can be a trademark. A domain name can qualify as a trademark when it is used…