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  • December 2017

    Supreme Court to Treat Burwell Infection

    Westlaw Journal
    Shareholder Jason de Bretteville and associate Sheila S. Mojtehedi wrote an article for the Westlaw Journal (Delaware Corporate and Corporate Officers & Directors Liability) discussing the possible impact of Digital Realty Trust v. Somers, a recently argued U.S. Supreme Court appeal of a 9th Circuit decision that extended anti-retaliation protection to corporate insiders who blow the whistle internally but do not notify the government.
  • December 2017

    Client Alert - DLSE Changes Position on Rest Breaks

    Stradling shareholder Jeff Dinkin, chair of the employment law practice group, wants to inform you on the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement's new position on two important issues pertaining to rest breaks: employees cannot be required to stay on the work premises during rest periods and an employer cannot require that employees keep in radio communications during a rest period.
  • December 2017

    SEC Chair Issues Cautionary Statement About ICOs

    Stradling Startup Blog
    Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton issued a statement this week cautioning investors and market professionals about the use of initial coin offerings (ICOs) to raise capital. The statement, the latest communication from the SEC about the burgeoning ICO market, suggests there is no bright line test for determining whether a token sale runs afoul of federal securities laws and cases will continue to be evaluated on their specific circumstances.
  • December 2017

    The Role of Financial Advisors and Investment Bankers in Bankruptcy Sales

    Santa Monica-based Marianne Mortimer, a shareholder in Stradling's Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group, participated in a panel during the 29th Annual American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Conference held on November 30th – December 2nd in Palm Springs. The panel, “The Role of Financial Advisors and Investment Bankers in Bankruptcy Sales”, discussed the anatomy of the bankruptcy sales process and focused on optimizing value by drawing on the resource skills of attorneys, investment bankers, financial advisors and real estate advisors.
  • November 2017

    Walking the High-Wire: Defending Against Liability for an Unauthorized Wire Transfer in CA

    Orange County Business Journal
    Marc Schneider and Jason Anderson, both shareholders in Stradling's Litigation practice group, authored an article for the Orange County Business Journal entitled "Walking the High-Wire: Defending Against Liability for an Unauthorized Wire Transfer in California." The article goes into detail about the laws governing unauthorized wire transfers and the best practices to minimize the risk that a bank will be held liable for an unauthorized wire transfer.
  • November 2017

    Four Items Every Startup Should Consider When Engaging a Startup Lawyer

    Stradling Startup Blog
    A few of the exciting, yet unfortunate, realities of every startup are that the company does not know if it will succeed, the startup is typically built on an innovative but unproven idea or product that needs to be cultivated and ultimately brought to market, which can take years, and the founders usually bootstrap operations until receiving outside funding. With that comes the desire to keep costs low, minimize expenses and operate lean until funding is imminent, which often results in a startup not engaging an attorney for months or even years.
  • October 2017

    New California Law Will Prevent Employers From Asking Applicant's Salary History

    Stradling Startup Blog
    On Oct. 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 168, prohibiting California employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. The law, which takes effect in January 2018, is the latest effort from state law makers to combat pay discrimination through local legislation.
  • October 2017

    Report Finds Just 1 In 10 ICO Tokens In Use After Sale

    Stradling Startup Blog
    The market for initial coin offerings has been red-hot this year, as more startups look to raise capital by selling virtual tokens. But one report reveals few of the tokens remain in use after the fundraising.
  • October 2017

    What Should Be The Interest Rate On A Convertible Note (AKA Bridge Note)?

    Stradling Startup Blog
    Convertible notes are structured as loans that to the company that convert into equity at a later point in time. The note is similar to a promissory note for any other kind of loan, with similar terms including interest and a maturity date (note that these two terms are the key differentiators between convertible notes and SAFES).
  • October 2017

    Patent Venue After TC Heartland: Is Your Business Safe From the Long Arm of the Eastern District of Texas?

    Orange County Business Journal
    Steve Hanle, chair of Stradling's Intellectual Property practice group, co-authored an article with Ryan Lindsey, senior corporate counsel for IP and litigation at Edwards Lifesciences entitled, “Patent Venue After TC Heartland: Is Your Business Safe From the Long Arm of the Eastern District of Texas?”, published in the Orange County Business Journal. The article explains how although the TC Heartland case lessened the likelihood of being sued in the Eastern District of Texas and other districts where your company is not incorporated or headquartered, patent venue remains far from certain.