People form corporations for many reasons, and probably chief among them is to take advantage of the corporation’s protection against personal liability for the debts and liabilities of the corporation related to the property owned or business operated by the corporation. While there are some limits on the protections that a corporation provides (e.g., criminal…

Questions often arise about the necessity of a business owner filing a fictitious business name statement (oftentimes interchangeably referred to as a “DBA” statement) when conducting business in the State of California. As with most subjects in California, the requirements relating to fictitious business names are codified by statute, in this case the California Business…

With the calendar turning to December today, I thought about how quickly 2017 has flown by and that it will be 2018 in just a few short weeks. In a state like California, that means a new wave of laws that have been enacted in the past year that will take effect come January 1st….

After I posted my last article on the benefits of forming single purpose entities to hold real property, a law school friend of mine with extensive title experience, Nate Jones at Land Services USA, provided an insightful comment on LinkedIn concerning closing requirements relating to entity documentation from a title company perspective. The topic is…

One frequent topic of conversation with existing and prospective clients relates to the formation of corporate entities, whether corporations, limited liability companies, or partnerships, for risk avoidance and liability purposes. A recent situation underscored the importance of this issue. Several months ago, R&O established several single purpose LLC entities for a client to hold and…

The trade secret litigation filed by Waymo against Uber has been fascinating on several levels, and the dispute only promises to get more interesting if trial proceeds as scheduled in October. I’ve included a link below where potential damages have been pegged by Waymo, as plaintiff in the pending trade secret misappropriation litigation, at $2.6B….

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