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June 2017 Archives

Work with experienced legal counsel in the merger review process, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at some of the legal aspects of corporate mergers, which involve not only potentially complicated filing requirements under state law, but also possible review by authorities responsible for enforcing federal antitrust laws.

Work with experienced legal counsel in the merger review process, P.1

When two corporations begin discussing the possibility of merging, there are a great many details to work out on the financial, structural/organizational, and legal levels. Under California law, the filing requirements for mergers vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of merger, the number of corporations involved, and the domicile in which the corporations exist.

Worried about environmental compliance? An attorney can help

When your business is growing or expanding into new areas, you face a number of hurdles. Whether you're investing in real estate or producing physical products, you need to consider a lot of different factors. Environmental regulations are one area that can easily get overlooked. Unfortunately, doing so could cost your company money and cause major setbacks to growth. If you are non-compliant with either state or federal environmental standards, you could get fined. You could also be forced to invest in cleanup efforts or finance major renovations to your facility to avoid future issues.

Policy exclusions can be occasion for insurers to attempt unfair limitations on coverage, P.2

Previously, we briefly looked at a federal case involving a dispute about insurance coverage for lead and copper exposure in a school district’s water supply. As we noted, at issue in the case were insurance policy exclusions for pollution and lead contamination coverage.

Policy exclusions can be occasion for insurers to attempt unfair limitations on coverage, P.1

Insurance coverage is critical for businesses in covering liabilities related to environmental and public health claims, as these can become costly. Businesses should expect that their insurers will have their back when they file a valid claim under the terms of their policy. Unfortunately, insurance companies are out for profit and are keen to limit their coverage obligations whenever possible.  

Work with experienced legal counsel on patenting, licensing matters

Patent protection is an important way for businesses in competitive industries to protect valuable product innovations, and securing and defending patents is an important ongoing task for businesses which continually develop competitive new products. When necessary, patent infringement can and should be addressed in court, where various remedies may be sought, but one way companies can proactively address the issue is by licensing the use of patented product designs or utilities.

Working with experienced attorney to build strongest possible insurance bad faith claim, P.2

Previously, we began looking at a case in which an insurance company was ordered to pay $50,000 in punitive damages to a business for denying coverage for fire losses due to a mistake in the insurance company’s records. As we noted, both the finding of insurance bad faith and the award of punitive damages were upheld on appeal.

Work with experienced attorney to build strongest possible insurance bad faith claim, P.1

For consumers of insurance coverage, whether individuals or businesses, fairness and promptness in disbursing funds are critical to ensure the insured has financial support in time of need. When an insurance company fails to live up to its obligations under an insurance policy, an insured’s situation can go from bad to worse very quickly.

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