During the economic downturn of the last few years, an increasing number of our firm’s clients have expressed concern over the fact that a growing number of their business’s customers are becoming slow pay . . . or, perhaps, no pay. In some instances, clients have asked, “what should I do when a customer has an account receivable that is more than four months past due and that customer refuses to return my call?”

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The Court of Appeal recently found that statements made at a homeowner association meeting immediately before the election of the board of directors could not support a claim for defamation.

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Buy-sell agreements are contracts by which interest holders in entities may seek to maintain control over the ownership and management of their business by restricting or compelling the transfer of the ownership interests.

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Many lawyers have seen an increase in the number of clients who stop paying them for their services. And, the legal malpractice industry reports that there has been an upswing in the number of legal malpractice claims against lawyers in the same time frame.

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California’s new Voluntary Compliance Initiative 2 is an opportunity for taxpayers who may have underreported their California income tax liabilities, through the use of abusive tax avoidance transactions or offshore financial arrangements, to amend their tax returns for 2010 and prior tax years and obtain a waiver of most penalties.

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Judicial foreclosure sales appear to be so rare in Riverside County that the judicial sale that I recently attended was also used as a training vehicle for several uniformed deputies in the sheriff’s office.

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The new California Rules of Court have eliminated the requirement that paper copies of non-California authorities be lodged with the court when cited in a brief or memorandum.

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Should the California Public Records Act allow free access to high-tech mapping databases maintained by governments? The California Court of Appeal says no, concluding the governments may charge for access to these databases maintained at taxpayer expense.

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