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Obtaining a Potentially Valuable Business

On January 17, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) implemented a new fee schedule, lowering the cost of certain trademark fees and introducing a new “Reduced Fee” trademark application form. The revised schedule decreased some application types … Continue reading

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Being Aware of Educational Rights for Children

Children of all abilities are entitled to an education that will help them prosper. For some children this includes extensive evaluations and meetings that lead to participation in special education and other educational services. For any parent, it is helpful … Continue reading

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NON-COMPETITION AGREEMENTS AND DIVORCE; WHERE BUSINESS AND DIVORCE COLLIDE

Under California law, spouses owe fiduciary duties to each other that mirror those owed between business partners. Those fiduciary duties, however, end upon the entry of a divorce judgment and distribution of the community’s assets. Now, imagine that, in addition … Continue reading

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FCOP administrator Sandie Barron was named one of the Top 50 Women in Business

Congratulations to FCOP administrator Sandie Barron! Sandie was named one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times, which covers Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Way to go, Sandie! Well-deserved!    

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FCOP’s Josh Hopstone Publishes Article in the Daily Journal

(January 28, 2015)  “California’s Evolving Fracking Regulation”, published in Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Journal (page 5).

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FCOP’s John Hribar Publishes Article in the Daily Journal

(December 9, 2014)  “Substantial factor, substantially confusing”, published in Tuesday’s edition of the Daily Journal (page 7).

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Entrepreneurship Article

Startup Lessons Learned Entrepreneurship is all the rage today. When we think of it, most of us picture innovators like Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Tony Hsieh, Sara Blakely, and Elon Musk. That is, we think of people who do novel things—what … Continue reading

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California’s New Paid Sick Leave Law

With the promise that “more is coming,” Governor Brown signed AB 1522 into law and so, beginning on July 1, 2015, almost every employer in California must provide paid sick leave to all of their employees. While the initial amount … Continue reading

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ISSUES AND APPEALS NEWS

The first few months of 2014 produced a string of wins for our Issues and Appeals group. After our landlord client received an adverse judgment in a trial handled by our client’s prior counsel, Josh Hopstone reversed the judgment on … Continue reading

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FCOP PARTNERS NAMED AS 2014 RISING STARS

Congratulations to FCOP Partners Bret Anderson (Business Litigation), Jesse Cahill (Estate Planning & Probate), Doug  Goldwater (Family Law), and Leslie McAdam (Litigation, Employment & Labor) for being named as 2014 Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine.  

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