Business Law

Business Law News 2014, Issue 4

BLN Editorial Board: Message from the Editor

Jerome A. Grossman

Here it is, the last issue of the 2014 Business Law News—and I think we’ve got a great line up of articles and materials for you. We open with John Engel’s update on California’s "individual debtor name" rule, advising readers of the new rule’s effective date and pointing out that practitioners should take into account the unchanged language regarding the proper presentation of an individual debtor’s name in a deed of trust being filed as a fixture filing (with the effect that the deed of trust must follow the new "only if rule, requiring that the debtor’s name be set out exactly as it is in the debtor’s driver’s license or California ID, if the debtor has one). Then, by way of introduction to the CEBBlog, curated by Julie Brooks on behalf of CEB, we include a sampling of three blog posts from that online resource: one, by Alan Goldberg, addressing the enforcement of nominally "illegal" contracts and two, by Julie Brooks, addressing the role of IP lawyers in M&A transactions. We hope that you find them both interesting and useful.

Next, we move on to more typical articles. As you may be aware, the Business Law Section recently created a new Standing Committee: the Business Litigation Committee. Blaine Green and Michael Murphy have contributed the new committee’s inaugural article, presenting advice from litigators to transaction attorneys based on lessons learned from litigating service agreements.

Then, Jennifer Hildebrandt, of the Commercial Transactions Committee, has written an article identifying things that a secured lender should know about equitable subordination of claims in bankruptcy—guidance to prudent behavior.

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