The IRS announced on February 8, 2011 a special voluntary disclosure initiative designed to bring foreign accounts back into the U.S. tax system and help people with undisclosed income to avoid civil and possible criminal penalties.

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All attorneys should learn from Critzer v. Enos. A deal is only a deal, if it is in writing or read on the record before the court, by a party or an authorized non-attorney representative of a party.

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Duran v. U.S. Bank could dictate how future class action lawsuits are litigated by allowing statistical samples to prove liability, not just damages, which will not favor employers.

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The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Prop 215) and the Medical Marijuana Program Act (Senate Bill 420) decriminalized medical marijuana use and implemented a statewide identification card system for medical marijuana users and providers under California law. Since then, scores of medical marijuana “dispensaries” began operating throughout California.

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In California, an employee that works more than five hours a day must be provided with a meal break of not less than 30 minutes. (IWC Orders; Labor Code Section 512.)  A second meal break of not less than 30 minutes is required if the employee works more than ten hours a day.  (Labor Code […]

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As a tax attorney in California with tax season right around the corner, business owners and entrepreneurs regularly ask me which expenses can be deducted on their taxes as “business expenses” and which cannot. The basic question of whether an expense is personal or business is answered by the tax code under a three part test. […]

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