If you represent those in the construction industry, you should advise them to pay close attention to any licensing requirements of any contract or subcontract they may enter into.

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Malicious prosecution claims against an attorney must be brought in one year, according to a recent California Court of Appeal opinion. These suits may be on the upswing since the California economy cratered in the past few years.

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Taxpayer seeking the tax benefits of a transaction that the IRS deems to have no economic purpose, aside from reduction of tax liability, will face stiff penalties under the new 2010 Revenue Reconciliation Act.

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When does a statute of limitation begin running, i.e., when does a cause of action accrue and what’s the deadline for filing suit? That depends.

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Employers that think they can’t be held liable for anti-military animus or other discrimination in the workplace caused by supervisors with only limited authority should think again in light of the Supreme Court’s 2011 decision in Staub v. Proctor Hospital.

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An employer that learns of harassing behavior from a third party must take immediate and appropriate action to correct the situation.

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Under certain circumstances, an injured person working in your home can file a civil lawsuit against you as the homeowner, rather than being limited to workers compensation. A recent California Supreme Court decision held that this is the case and defined the standard of care to be used in a case brought by an injured employee working on a homeowner’s substantial remodeling project. (Cortez v. Abich (2011) 51 Cal. 4th 285.)

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Several years ago, a judge called me to see if I could mediate a matter that was in trial in her department that day, starting at the lunch break. Flattered, I said I would. Little did I know that this mediation would become one of my most memorable.

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Should the duty of drivers to exercise ordinary care for others in their use of streets and highways include truck drivers parked alongside a freeway? The Supreme Court of California’s recent decision in Cabral v. Ralphs Grocery Company (Feb. 28, 2011) No S178799, concerning an automobile/truck accident found no exception for truckdrivers.

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Circular 230 contains rules governing the recognition of attorneys, certified public accountants, enrolled agents, and other persons representing taxpayers before the IRS.

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California law imposes a duty on home buyers to perform inspections and charges them with knowledge of conditions that are patent and obvious.

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Over the last several years courts have been narrowing an employer’s ability to restrict employee activities after termination, culminating with the California Supreme Court’s decision in Edwards v. Authur Andersen LLP.

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