Is a Foreign Parent an "Employer" for Wage and Hour Claims?

Wage and hour claims are some of the most "popular" and are potentially some of the most dangerous claims a corporation can face. Unfortunately, the standard for imposing liability for foreign parent corporations in the wage and hour context is broader than the typical claim...


Public Companies Shouldn't be Afraid of the "Dark"

More frequently, small public companies are considering the prospect of "going dark," meaning the voluntary deregistration of their stock under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act") in an attempt to avoid statutory obligations to file periodic reports imposed by Sections 13(a) and 15(d) of the Exchange Act...


Foreign Nationals' Misplaced Concerns Regarding Serving as Directors of California Wholly-Owned Subsidiaries

Foreign nationals are frequently asked by international parent companies to serve as officers or directors of California-based wholly-owned subsidiaries. Often these individuals are reluctant to take such a position, given their perception of the litigiousness of Americans. That concern, however, is misplaced...


Betty Boop - An Intersection of Copyright and Trademark Law

Betty Boop recently stepped out of the cartoon reels and into a federal courtroom to resolve a question regarding the intersection of copyright law and trademark law. No, she did not testify...

Understanding California Property Taxes

Most California property owners understand that Proposition 13 limits property tax increases. What many owners do not realize is that, despite the tax limitation of Proposition 13, many properties are overvalued, and therefore overtaxed...

U.S. Antitrust Risks for Foreign Corporations and Executives: One Thousand and One Calfornia Nights in a Federal Prison Camp

Filled with drug dealers, gang members, and bedbugs, the Lompoc Federal Prison Camp in Lompoc California would appear to be an unlikely retreat for respected foreign executives from around the world....