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18 09, 2017

Redefining a Sale for California Real Property Transfer Tax

By |2018-08-20T01:39:50+00:00September 18th, 2017|Land Use and Real Estate, News, The Advisor, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Redefining a Sale for California Real Property Transfer Tax

When real property changes hands, California imposes two separate taxes – the annual real property tax and a documentary transfer tax. The annual real property tax is reassessed to fair market value when a property changes ownership.  The transfer tax allows a county or city, or both, to charge a tax when real property is [...]

12 09, 2017

Matal v. Tam: Disparaging Trademarks, Like THE SLANTS, Can Be Registered Trademarks

By |2018-08-20T01:39:51+00:00September 12th, 2017|Intellectual Property, News, The Advisor|Comments Off on Matal v. Tam: Disparaging Trademarks, Like THE SLANTS, Can Be Registered Trademarks

This case revolves around whether a trademark can be registered before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) even though the mark is disparaging.  The Lanham Act prohibits the registration of many kinds of marks, but in this case, preventing the registration of disparaging marks directly challenges the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause. During [...]

13 02, 2017

With the New Year Comes California’s New Laws for Employers

By |2020-05-14T02:34:12+00:00February 13th, 2017|News, The Advisor|Comments Off on With the New Year Comes California’s New Laws for Employers

Every January, employers must become familiar with new employment laws that have been passed at the state and local level. Below is a brief summary of some of the most relevant, in my opinion. Should you have questions about any of these new requirements, please contact any member of our Labor and Employment Practice Group [...]

18 11, 2016

California Marijuana Legalization: A Goldilocks Moment for the Pot Business?

By |2020-05-14T02:34:57+00:00November 18th, 2016|News, The Advisor|Comments Off on California Marijuana Legalization: A Goldilocks Moment for the Pot Business?

November 2016 Twenty years ago, California voters were the first to decriminalize the use of medical marijuana. Tuesday, those voters approved Proposition 64, making California the largest single market for “legal” recreational marijuana use in the United States. With certification of that vote by the Secretary of State, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act will [...]

9 04, 2016

California to Gradually Increase Minimum Wage to $15 by 2022

By |2020-05-14T02:40:11+00:00April 9th, 2016|News|Comments Off on California to Gradually Increase Minimum Wage to $15 by 2022

By amending California Labor Code section 1182.12, Senate Bill 3 [1] will raise California's [2] hourly minimum wage from $10 to $10.50 on January 1, 2017, then to $11 the following year, and then by $1 annually until 2022, at which point the minimum wage will reach $15 per hour.  Businesses with 25 or fewer employees have [...]

5 11, 2015

Estate Planning for U.S. Non-Citizens and Residents

By |2020-05-14T02:06:25+00:00November 5th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Estate Planning for U.S. Non-Citizens and Residents

We live in a global society.  Given the ease of communication, transportation, and travel, it is now not uncommon for people to live in multiple places during their lifetimes, including multiple countries.  In fact, according to the 2010 census data, over 27% of California's residents are foreign born.  This gives rise to special considerations [...]

4 09, 2015

BFAS Proudly Sponsors Technology Management Program’s Distinguished Speaker Series Featuring Gale Wilson-Steele – Founder Of MEDSEEK

By |2020-05-14T02:37:53+00:00September 4th, 2015|News|Comments Off on BFAS Proudly Sponsors Technology Management Program’s Distinguished Speaker Series Featuring Gale Wilson-Steele – Founder Of MEDSEEK

Technology Management's Distinguished Speaker Series is one of the program's premier events. This quarterly series features leaders from academia or industry who have distinguished themselves as experts in their fields. Drawing from prominent academic researchers, experienced business professionals, and successful entrepreneurs, this series gives UC Santa Barbara's students, as well as the community, the rare [...]

31 08, 2015

BFAS Proudly Sponsors Technology Management Program’s Distinguished Speaker Series Featuring Simon Dixon – CEO Of IdeaEngineering, Inc.

By |2020-05-14T02:37:35+00:00August 31st, 2015|News|Comments Off on BFAS Proudly Sponsors Technology Management Program’s Distinguished Speaker Series Featuring Simon Dixon – CEO Of IdeaEngineering, Inc.

Technology Management's Distinguished Speaker Series is one of the program's premier events. This quarterly series features leaders from academia or industry who have distinguished themselves as experts in their fields. Drawing from prominent academic researchers, experienced business professionals, and successful entrepreneurs, this series gives UC Santa Barbara's students, as well as the community, the rare [...]

24 08, 2015

BFAS Proudly Sponsors Technology Management Program’s Distinguished Speaker Series Featuring Vicki Halsey – Vice President of The Ken Blanchard Companies

By |2020-05-14T02:37:16+00:00August 24th, 2015|News|Comments Off on BFAS Proudly Sponsors Technology Management Program’s Distinguished Speaker Series Featuring Vicki Halsey – Vice President of The Ken Blanchard Companies

Technology Management's Distinguished Speaker Series is one of the program's premier events. This quarterly series features leaders from academia or industry who have distinguished themselves as experts in their fields. Drawing from prominent academic researchers, experienced business professionals, and successful entrepreneurs, this series gives UC Santa Barbara's students, as well as the community, the rare [...]