Articles/News

Mar 1 2019

Reporting Time Pay Obligations Expanded for California Businesses

Often times, businesses send employees home early if business is slow.   In those situations, where “an employee is required to report for work and does report, but is not put to work or is furnished less than half said employee’s usual or scheduled day’s work, the employee shall be paid for half the usual or […]

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Feb 1 2019

An Estate Planner’s Guide to Family Law Presumptions

I. Introduction As estate planners, we prepare carefully crafted estate plans for clients who typically have a clear view of their family dynamics and ultimate wishes. We aim to be thorough and to provide multiple contingency plans so our clients’ wishes are carried out upon their deaths. However, it cannot be ignored that, with the […]

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Jan 2 2019

Spotify Settles $1.6B IP Suit Brought By Tom Petty’s Publisher

Law360 (December 20, 2018, 5:05 PM EST) — Spotify Inc. and the music publisher representing Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks and other popular songwriters announced Thursday an end to a $1.6 billion copyright infringement dispute that accused Spotify of cheating artists out of millions of dollars in royalties. In a joint statement, Spotify and Wixen Music […]

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Nov 26 2018

New Court of Appeals Decision Calls Non-Solicitation Provisions Into Doubt

The Court of Appeals found that the anti-raiding provision, which prohibited former employees from “directly or indirectly” soliciting or inducing any AMN employee to leave AMN for a one year period was void.  The Court of Appeals also rejected arguments that information about the names, contact information and compensation packages of the recruited employees were […]

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Nov 15 2018

Impacts of the New Revenue Recognition Rule (ASC 606)

Current Rule:  ASC 952-605 New Rule:  ASC 606 Franchisors recognize initial franchise fees when (or shortly after) the franchisor has performed its material pre-opening and opening obligations to a new franchisee (typically, when the franchisee commences operations). Depending on its operations and nature of the initial services a franchisor provides to its franchisees, the franchisor […]

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Nov 1 2018

Donahue Fitzgerald Ranked in Top Tier of 2019 “Best Law Firms”

Firms included in the 2019 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. receiving a Tier 1 ranking […]

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Oct 4 2018

Employment Agreements: New Restrictions on Non-Disparagement, Release of FEHA Claims, and Sex Harassment Confidentiality Provisions

It prohibits employers, in exchange for a raise, bonus, or as a condition of employment, from requiring employees to sign a release of claims under FEHA, or a non-disparagement agreement that inhibits the ability of an employee to disclose illegal acts in the workplace, including but not limited to sexual harassment. To be added section […]

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Sep 21 2018

Associate Samantha Tran Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Sam joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Intellectual Property and Franchise practices. Prior to joining Donahue Fitzgerald, she worked at California Lawyers for the Arts as a Senior Law Fellow. She worked with creative artists, independent inventors, national law firms and corporate in-house legal teams on a myriad of pro bono art related matters. Since 2012, she has provided […]

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Sep 14 2018

Senior Counsel Kate Friend Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Kate joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Employment and Litigation practices. As an experienced litigator, she assists clients in all phases of the litigation cycle from pre-litigation advice, up to and including serving as a second chair at trial. Prior to Donahue Fitzgerald, she practiced extensively in high-stakes, complex litigation, much of it in the toxic tort arena. […]

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Sep 10 2018

Senior Counsel Yen P. Chau Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Yen joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Employment practice. A seasoned employment law litigator, Yen handles claims involving FEHA/ Title VII violations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, and wrongful termination. She also represents her clients in cases involving trade secret misappropriation and wage and hour violations. She litigates in state and federal courts, as well as […]

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