Snapchat Settlement Shows Importance Of Proper Legal Advice When Starting A Business

Earlier this month, Snap, Inc. launched its initial public offering (“IPO”) at a price that gave the company a $24 billion valuation.  Snap, Inc. owns Snapchat, a mobile application that allows users to send photos to one another that automatically “disappear” after a few seconds.  Less widely reported amidst the hype surrounding the IPO price, Read More…

Contractual Provisions Requiring Written Amendments: Not Always What They Seem

In order to avoid unintentional or even unilateral amendments to contracts, parties often insert a contractual provision requiring any amendments to be in writing.  However, a recent California Court of Appeal case held that the conduct of parties to a contract effectively amended the contract despite the contract including a provision expressly requiring that all Read More…

Why Every Tenant Needs An Attorney To Review Their Next Commercial Lease

The recent upswing in San Diego’s commercial real estate market makes it all the more important that commercial tenants understand the benefits that only an attorney can offer in reviewing their next commercial lease or lease amendment. Many tenants do not realize they inherently begin the negotiation process on footing unequal to that of their Read More…

Trio Of Copyright Cases Reject High-Profile Ownership Claims

In recent months, three separate cases scaled back copyright protection for works well known in popular culture. In the first case, Marya v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. et al., a longstanding copyright dispute over the “Happy Birthday to You” song ended when the United States District Court for the Southern District of California held the music Read More…