• 12.31.14

    Sizing Up 2014's Copyright Cases

    The copyright world was abuzz for much of 2014, as several significant court decisions with potentially far-reaching ramifications were handed down by the nation's appellate courts. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in ABC Inc. v. Aereo Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2498, made a splash over the summer. In a 6-3 ...

  • 12.31.14

    Creative Ways to Put Off the Inevitable

    Like-kind exchanges under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code are an excellent way to defer recognition of taxable gain on the sale of real property.   In these transactions, a seller of real property assigns the purchase agreement to an exchange accommodator before the ...

  • 12.28.14

    The 3 Digital Media Mega-Deals That Defined the Year

    2014 proved to be a transformational year for content-driven digital media and tech investment. What started as a year in which SoCal investors longed for credibility and redemption for their long-held faith in the age-old adage "content is king" (in an increasingly tech-driven world), ended as a ...

  • 12.23.14

    Have You Tried an MOB?

    During times of economic uncertainty-or, for that matter, prosperity-diversifying your real estate investments is always a wise move. Often discussions revolve around the typical asset classes-retail, industrial, multifamily and commercial-but have you looked at medical office buildings? Healthcare ...

  • 12.22.14

    A Compliance Conundrum: HIPAA and TCPA Clashing Dynamics

    Healthcare firms, like companies in all industries, are constantly seeking ways to communicate with consumers quickly and efficiently. As the use of and reliance on portable technology increases, communicating important information to consumers via their most trusted device- their mobile ...

  • 12.17.14

    The Intersection of Solar Energy and Energy Storage

    According to the US Energy Information Administration, the installation of solar photovoltaics in the United States increased by more than 400% from 2010 to 2014. Looking towards 2015 and beyond, industry analysts continue to be bullish on solar's continued growth in residential, commercial and ...

  • 12.07.14

    Climate Change Will Make More Politicians Into Environmentalists

    By the time the 2016 presidential election formally gets underway, pundits are likely to debate the climate change gap in the same breath as they argue over the gender gap.Voters already have telegraphed elected officials that they need to take global warming seriously, because they do. Or face the ...

  • 12.04.14

    To WARN or Not to WARN, That is the Issue the Court Faced

    Must a financially troubled employer, anticipating that a sale of its business will solve its financial problems, give federally mandated layoff notices to its employees? And, having decided not to give the notices, what happens to the employer when the sale fails to close? To WARN or not to WARN, ...

  • 12.01.14

    9th to Review Google's 'Innocence'

    This coming Dec. 15, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will engage in a rare en banc rehearing of a case that, culturally speaking, has everything: movies, politics, terrorism, fatwas and the Internet. Legally speaking, the case is a porcupine of thorny issues involving copyright law, the First ...

  • 11.20.14

    Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste Regulations Bring Compliance Challenges

    Complying with the complex array of hazardous waste handling and disposal requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ("RCRA") and its state analogues is a substantial undertaking for retail pharmacies and other "healthcare facilities." Increased federal and state enforcement ...