Price Gouging and Evictions in the Wake of Destructive Wildfires or Other Natural Disasters

By Ellen D. Gregory The past couple of years have brought deadly wildfires to populated areas of both Southern and Northern California, further exacerbating the already stressed rental market.  Most Californians are aware of the recent state-wide rent control bill signed into law on October 8, 2019. However, many are not aware of the separate … Continue reading Price Gouging and Evictions in the Wake of Destructive Wildfires or Other Natural Disasters

Intellectual Property Protection: Trademarks and Trade Dress

Your business is known by the brand you’ve created and, as you grow, protecting that brand becomes increasingly important. A well-done brand becomes synonymous with your reputation and you want to take steps to ensure that others don’t try to use your brand for their own purposes. While there are numerous steps you may use … Continue reading Intellectual Property Protection: Trademarks and Trade Dress

Summary of AB 1482 — Statewide “Rent Control” and “For Cause” Eviction Law

By Ellen Gregory You may have heard of it: the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, California now has rent control throughout the state. The law has two basic goals: (1) to control rent increases and (2) to reduce evictions that are not “for cause.” Although commonly referred to as “rent control,” the bill actually is … Continue reading Summary of AB 1482 — Statewide “Rent Control” and “For Cause” Eviction Law

Beware of Cashier’s Check Scams – my own recent experience

I recently received a fake cashier's check for $130,000. The check was supposed to pay the amounts due to a client under his severance agreement. It turned out the client, the entire client relationship and all the communications I received were fraudulent and part of an elaborate scam, presumably designed to get me to deposit … Continue reading Beware of Cashier’s Check Scams – my own recent experience