SMALL CLAIMS, BIG IMPACT - CHAPTER 1: SO... WHAT'S A SMALL CLAIMS COURT?

SMALL CLAIMS, BIG IMPACT - CHAPTER 1: SO... WHAT'S A SMALL CLAIMS COURT?

As attorneys who represent small and medium-sized businesses, we get a lot of questions about small claims court.  As such, we've put together a series of articles entitled Small Claims, Big Impact, which will explain how the small claims court process works and why it’s important for every individual, freelancer, and business to understand the purpose and functioning of small claims court. 

Chapter 1 dispels some common myths and provides the basics behind the small claims court.  Subsequent chapters will roll out over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back regularly for the next installment in our Small Claims, Big Impact series.  We hope you enjoy it.

California’s Struggle Against the Federal Arbitration Act*

California’s Struggle Against the Federal Arbitration Act*

With the continuous upheaval in California’s interpretation of arbitration provisions, and the ongoing friction between California and federal courts, companies subject to the jurisdiction of California courts should be strategic in how to get the most out of their arbitration provisions.

Solving Pied Piper’s Legal Woes: Season 4, Episodes 7-10

Solving Pied Piper’s Legal Woes: Season 4, Episodes 7-10

HBO’s Silicon Valley ends with more twists and turns than a roller coaster, with the team facing patent troll, breach of data and incomplete mergers, to name a few.  Here is our legal advice to the Pied Piper team.

Solving Pied Piper’s Legal Woes: Season 4, Episode 2

Solving Pied Piper’s Legal Woes: Season 4, Episode 2

If you thought episode 1 of HBO’s Silicon Valley had a lot of legal issues, episode 2 will blow you away.  Titled “Terms of Service,” the show continues its downward progression into becoming a legal dramedy.  Privacy, IP, corporate espionage and "gross" violation of a federal law are just a few of the legal issues discussed inside. 

Solving Pied Piper’s Legal Woes: Season 4, Episode 1

Solving Pied Piper’s Legal Woes: Season 4, Episode 1

Season 4 of HBO'S Silicon Valley has become a weekly case-study in why entrepreneurs and startups’ success is so often inexorably linked to their ever-escalating legal woes.  Here is the legal advice I would give the Pied Piper team, episode by episode.

5 Valuable Lessons All Entrepreneurs Can Learn From "The Founder"*

5 Valuable Lessons All Entrepreneurs Can Learn From "The Founder"*

The Founder, the story of the man who took McDonald's from a single obscure location and made it into a household name, has the same themes as a modern day tech startup; high hopes, best intentions, friction between the “engineers” and the business, betrayal, power struggle, and ultimately the re-writing of history. 

Just as with countless startups where one founder is pushed out and erased from history, the McDonald brothers had multiple opportunities to stop their own demise.  Here are 5 things entrepreneurs can do to avoid stumbling in their footsteps:

Be Wary of How You Use Your Opponent's Privileged Documents

Be Wary of How You Use Your Opponent's Privileged Documents

Imagine you are a litigator and, after reviewing thousands of documents, you find an email that looks like advice being given to your opponent, by one of their own lawyers.  Before celebrating, take heed, when international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP was placed in this very position, its actions led to its complete disqualification.

Why Your Smart Home Is Law Enforcement’s Greatest Ally

Why Your Smart Home Is Law Enforcement’s Greatest Ally

Americans are on track to place a recording device into nearly every home by the year 2020, and are paying a premium to do it. Beyond simplifying our everyday lives, smart home technology is creating and storing a treasure-trove of information on our actions and habits.  It should come as no surprise that law enforcement has begun to covet that information.

5 Steps To Keep A Founder Dispute From Tanking Your Startup*

5 Steps To Keep A Founder Dispute From Tanking Your Startup*

Co-founding a startup is like getting married. You go from spending some time together, to spending all your time together, in a small space, and sharing your finances. In such a high-pressure environment, disputes are guaranteed.  Here are five steps to keep small disagreements from becoming full-fledged brawls.