Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Nov 20, 2020 | 0 Comments
The CLRA is one of the most powerful consumer protection laws in California. Not only does the CLRA make practically every type of misrepresentation illegal, but it also requires companies that are found guilty of violating the Act to pay the attorney's fees and court costs of a consumer who is successful in showing that the company violated the Act. There are several mistakes merchants frequently make that can cause them to run afoul of the CLRA.
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Nov 11, 2020 | 0 Comments
Though having a less-than-meticulous contract isn't likely to impact its enforceability, the clearer your contract, the more protected you will be. Even though you may want to jump right into a new venture, think of your contract as your armor. It's important that you have your interests protected and the best way to do that is with a professionally drafted contract.
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Oct 20, 2020 | 0 Comments
When you’re managing your startup, one of the first orders of business is to raise funding for your ventures. This will involve attracting and negotiating with investors. These investors will trade capital for equity in your business. Managing these relationships (and funds) can result in a lot of pressure and liability for your young business. It’s a good idea to get the expectations of the investor-startup agreement down in writing. There are currently two main ways to do so: Subscription Agreements, and SAFEs (or Simple Agreements for Future Equity).
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Oct 09, 2020 | 0 Comments
If you’re the owner of a small business considering your options for raising capital, or if you’re an investor considering the wisdom of a subscription agreement, there are options for startups that allow businesses to raise money by selling stocks without first registering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Sep 28, 2020 | 0 Comments
Sweepstakes, giveaways, and contests, oh my! For business owners and consumers, a giveaway always sounds like a great idea. Who doesn’t love free stuff? But if you’re running a giveaway contest in California, you need to know where the legal lines are. While a giveaway, sweepstakes, or contest may be perfectly legal, a lottery is not.
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Sep 11, 2020 | 0 Comments
In general, lotteries are prohibited in the U.S. unless run by state governments. Some states, however, carve out exceptions for raffles that follow carefully delineated rules. In California, it is a misdemeanor to conduct a lottery. The only exception to this constitutional ban is a raffle that gives 90% of the gross receipts directly to charitable purposes in the state or 50/50 raffles held by major sports organizations.
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Aug 17, 2020 | 0 Comments
As a business owner, few ordeals are as nerve-wracking and potentially damaging to your company’s reputation as a lawsuit. Whether it’s a disgruntled employee, an unhappy client, or a discontented vendor, the repercussions could be permanently damaging without an attorney by your side. When responding to a lawsuit, your legal defense strategy makes a difference in how much impact the case will have on your business.
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Aug 10, 2020 | 0 Comments
Holding a copyright for your music has many benefits. The process is simple and every musician is encouraged to copyright their composition and sound recordings to officially protect their music.
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Jul 14, 2020 | 0 Comments
At some time, every business will suffer some kind of crisis or emergency. The nature of potential emergencies is as varied as the nature of businesses. A crisis can disrupt your business’ operations, threaten to harm people, damage your reputation, and negatively impact your finances. Just as you don’t do estate planning after you die, you don’t want to be hiring a lawyer in the middle of an emergency. By meeting with a lawyer and discussing your business and all that could wrong in advance, when the emergency hits, you won’t have to start from the beginning. Your lawyer will be able to jump right in and start protecting your interests.
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Jul 07, 2020 | 0 Comments
Only a few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 50 class action lawsuits, all related to the pandemic, have already been filed in California because the state is a particularly hospitable venue for consumer class action lawsuits. If you have been accused of violating California’s CLRA, or another consumer protection law, you need an attorney who understands the issues involved and the defenses available.
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Jun 30, 2020 | 0 Comments
California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act (“CLRA”) has protected consumers since 1970, especially consumers who may not be especially savvy. You may know the law better by its colloquial name—the Lemon Law—and you may also know that it is used most often against used car dealers. If your dealership is facing CLRA allegation, you should know that though the CLRA can be a powerful body of law for an unhappy consumer to use against you, you are not powerless. With a skilled, experienced attorney who understands the CLRA at your side, you can avoid protracted and expensive litigation.
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Jun 11, 2020 | 0 Comments
The need for urgent solutions to the global COVID-19 pandemic has led the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed the arrival of several diagnostic tests for the virus to the market. While it typically takes several months before the FDA will allow a medical device or test to be sold in the United States, there are times when an urgent need for a product overwhelms the need for a slow and cautious approval. The COVID-19 pandemic is a perfect example of such a time.
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments
The coronavirus pandemic continues even as businesses start to reopen more and more in June and July throughout California and the United States. It is important to remain cautious, however, since the numbers of COVID-19 cases are still rising in California and many other states. Who knows wh...
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | May 12, 2020 | 0 Comments
Before the novel coronavirus pandemic was upon us, many startups were offering remote work possibilities. And the reason is simple: it makes sense. Here's why it makes sense and what you should look out for specifically in legal terms if you do offer it.
Why Offer Remote Work or Incorporate ...
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Apr 10, 2020 | 0 Comments
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so does relief for small businesses. Recently signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is meant to help small businesses stay afloat and avoid closure or layoffs during this nation-wide healt...
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Mar 31, 2020 | 0 Comments
On January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) came into effect. Passed in 2018, it has been deemed the country's toughest legislation on consumer online privacy with expectations that other states may follow with similar legislation.
Here are the basics of what every company...
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Mar 22, 2020 | 0 Comments
Unemployment has increased dramatically in the last weeks during this coronavirus national emergency and employers are on edge. The Federal government, however, has already enacted one important piece of legislation and continues to work on more measures to aid employers and employees.
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Feb 28, 2020 | 0 Comments
Many of you may have heard the hype of the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CPPA) that went into effect on January 1 of this year. It's been hailed as the toughest law in the country on online privacy. This new law is complex and enforcement of it will begin in several months. So, companies a...
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Feb 20, 2020 | 0 Comments
Whether you are the investor or the business owner of a startup, understanding what you are working with will help you make informed decisions. Informed decisions help you structure your business and to be mindful of funding and future stock options – because these things lend themselves to futur...
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Feb 06, 2020 | 0 Comments
Imagine this: a state chooses to use a phone app during the primaries to allow voters the ease of voting from their own homes. This is believed to be a more efficient and fairer voting process. This app has not yet been used but has been tested many times for accuracy, security, performance, and ...
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Jan 13, 2020 | 0 Comments
Many startups and entrepreneurs are unsure about what business formation is best for them. Often, they form limited liability companies (LLCs) because this entity structure offers a lot in the way of benefits. The first and foremost benefit this structure has over any other structure is this: opt...
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Dec 26, 2019 | 0 Comments
Whipping out your business credit card to pay for a gift this holiday season may not be the best thing to do. But it's understandable. For many, it can be hard sometimes not to use your business funds for personal expenses and vice versa. This is true especially for startups. But there is a very ...
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Dec 12, 2019 | 0 Comments
The new employee versus independent contractor law is here and about to take effect. This bill is better known as Assembly Bill No. 5 (AB 5), and here's an overview of what you should know about it if you do business in California.
What is California's AB 5?
California's AB 5 is legislation tha...
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Nov 27, 2019 | 0 Comments
Employees may find themselves across the desk from someone asking them to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), sometimes referred to as a confidentiality agreement. NDAs are common in business. They are designed to protect important and confidential information related to the successful running...
Posted by Mohsen Parsa | Nov 06, 2019 | 0 Comments
There are many reasons employers should consider the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). Sometimes referred to as a confidentiality agreement, an NDA is a contract wherein the parties agree that certain facts are not to be discussed outside of certain circumstances.
Types of NDAs