California Lawyers Association

Business Law

Updates and events from the Business Law Section

This seminar will focus around a case study of a complex accounting dispute in which a voluminous amount of documents required extensive discovery and review for the important content. The session will next focus on suggestions for organizing the relevant documents for a concise and understandable presentation at a trial. Read more
Court reversed a trial court ruling under Article 3 of the UCC that exonerated a bank from liability for accepting for deposit to an employee's account a series of checks payable to his employer, but endorsed with an illegible scrawl that appeared to be the employee's initials. Read more
Litigation financing is being used by attorneys, bankruptcy trustees, and debtors to address the financial challenges associated with insolvency litigation & reorganizations. Read more
The panel will discuss compelling damage models in business cases. Attention will be given to limitations of damages, evidentiary issues, pre-trial motions, expert testimony, strategic and tactical decision-making, and contract drafting techniques. Read more
Two BLS Standing Committees, Corporations and Non Profit Organizations, sponsored new legislation signed by Governor Newsom on October 5, 2021. AB 663 (Assemblymember Chen) amends the General Corporation Law and the Corporations Code provisions relating to Nonprofit Public Benefit, Mutual Benefit and Religious Corporations and Cooperative Corporations. It will allow California corporations in non-emergency circumstances to use remote participation (including telephonic participation), while preserving the ability of shareholders and members to attend a meeting in person if they want to do so by requiring a meeting to be “hybrid” (i.e., also have a physical location) unless all shareholders or members consent to a “virtual” meeting. The bill also provides delegates the ability to conduct virtual meetings. Read more
Courtesy of CEB, we are bringing you selected legal developments in areas of California business law that are covered by CEB’s publications. This month’s feature is from the September 2021 update to Sales and Mergers of California Businesses. References are to the book’s section numbers. The most significant legal developments since the last update include developments in such important topic areas as COVID-19, antitrust, noncompetition agreements, securities, and taxation. Read more
The Business Law Section presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Mark A. Moore at the 2021 CLA Annual Meeting on September 24, 2021. This award is given annually a California lawyer who “over an extended period has made significant contributions to the Business Law Section or to business law generally in the State of California and who has achieved high status in the legal community.” Read more
The Financial Institutions Committee, a standing committee of the BLS, is currently seeking new members. Read more
Around this time last year, the first cases of what we now know to be COVID-19 were discovered, and our lives have not been the same. We endured quarantines and lockdowns — masked and socially distant from our family, friends, and colleagues — while learning how to navigate virtual depositions, trials, and meetings. Read more
The FRBP, rather than the FRCP, govern a non-core case being adjudicated in US District Court under that court's "related to" bankruptcy jurisdiction. Read more

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