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Oct 9 2020

California Family Rights Act Expansion Impacts All Employers with Five or More Employees

CFRA now applies to private employers with five or more employees; To qualify, employees only need to have worked for the employer for a year or more and 1,250 hours in the preceding 12 months. There is no longer a requirement that employees work at a location with 50 or more employees within 75 miles […]

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Sep 15 2020

Associate Moqi Liu Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Moqi joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Business and Corporate practice with a focus on incorporation and corporate governance, equity and debt financings, public and private securities issuances, and mergers and acquisitions. She advises management teams and boards of directors with regard to fiduciary duties, corporate governance, and securities law disclosure as well as compliance issues. In addition, […]

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Sep 10 2020

A New Bill Loosens Strictures for Some Musicians and Other Freelancers

“AB 2257 make numerous changes to AB 5, but retains two distinctive characteristics of AB 5. First, the exemptions provided by AB 2257, like nearly all of those in AB 5, provide an exemption from the more difficult “ABC Test” established under Dynamex, but still require the application of the traditional test of independent contractor […]

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Sep 9 2020

Yo, Trump, thanks! Berkeley artist’s ‘Yo Semite’ T-shirt sees sales spike — and copycats

“A word or short phrase cannot be copyrighted…The question then is, is there something original to her logo? There’s going to be a small amount of copyright protection. She’s got the two trees and the words written out in logs, and if someone were to copy that exactly, a court might find for her. But […]

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Aug 20 2020

Donahue Fitzgerald Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America© 2021 Edition

Dawn Newton, Franchise Law Kristin A. Pace, Tax Law Merrill J. Schwartz, Corporate Law Wilfrid F. Roberge, Jr., Trusts and Estates Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers in America© rankings are based solely on peer-review surveys in which […]

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Jul 24 2020

Donahue Fitzgerald Attorneys Named 2020 Super Lawyers

Daniel B. Newbold: Estate & Trust Litigation David A. Stein: Construction Litigation Elizabeth M. Engh: Estate & Probate Jonathan McNeil Wong: Immigration Kristin A. Pace: Estate Planning & Probate Mary M. Rudser: Estate Planning & Probate Practice areas represented include estate & trust litigation, construction litigation, estate planning & probate, and immigration. The Northern California […]

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Jul 16 2020

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Found Inadequate. SCCs Still Stand.

The Department of Commerce that administers the Privacy Shield issued a press release[2] in which they mentioned that the Department of Commerce will “continue to administer the Privacy Shield program, including processing submissions for self-certification and re-certification to the Privacy Shield Frameworks and maintaining the Privacy Shield List.” The Press release further stated that “[T]oday’s […]

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Jul 15 2020

What You Need to Know: Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020

UPDATE: Congress has extended the deadline for businesses to apply for loans under the PPP program to August 8, 2020.  While the deadline has been extended, some participating banks and other lenders are not accepting applicants.  Business clients who missed the earlier June 30 application deadline should act promptly to submit their applications by August […]

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Jul 1 2020

Why Music Matters In Our Professional Space During COVID-19

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, stress was already one of the well-established hazards of being a lawyer. Deadlines, changing laws, business pressures, and law school debt are just a few of the reasons that make the practice of law one of the most stressful professions. A 2016 study conducted by the ABA Commission on Lawyers […]

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May 21 2020

The Impact of Romag Fasteners Inc. v. Fossil Inc.: Willfulness Is Not Required For An Award Of Profits In Trademark Infringement

Summary of the Case The case involved Fossil, Inc., which sells handbags and small leather goods, and Romag Fasteners, Inc., which manufactures and sells magnetic snap fasteners that are used in wallets, handbags, and other leather goods. In 2002, Fossil entered into an agreement to use Romag’s fasteners in Fossil’s products. However, in 2010 Romag […]

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