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March 2018 Archives

Justice Department challenges AT&T bid to acquire Time Warner

Many California residents use content and services provided by AT&T Inc. or Time Warner Inc. In addition to owning DirecTV, AT&T is the second largest wireless provider in the nation and has 25 million service subscribers. Time Warner owns HBO and CNN. AT&T has sought to buy Time Warner for $85 billion, but the Department of Justice has blocked the transaction after citing concerns that the AT&T would control too much of the wireless and television market. The Justice Department asserts that AT&T would raise prices for millions of consumers.

Mergers and acquisitions among pharmaceutical companies

For some California companies, mergers and acquisitions may be a key way for them to experience strong growth and increased profits. Within the pharmaceutical industry, these types of transactions are fairly common. There are some things that companies should do to make the success of their deals more likely.

IP assets central to growth and acquisition of tech companies

The technology sector in California holds intellectual property assets with values that reach billions of dollars. Companies of all sizes should take a proactive approach to protecting and managing their copyrights, patents and trade secrets. During a merger or acquisition, the stakeholders' understanding of their rights could keep the process on track and avoid delays or disputes.

AT&T drops bias charge in Time Warner deal

California residents may have heard about AT&T's intention to buy Time Warner. The deal is currently being held up by a Department of Justice lawsuit. While AT&T originally planned to claim that political bias motivated the DOJ's decision, the communications company announced on March 9 that it no longer plans to use that defense in court. Specifically, AT&T had alleged that the government was preventing the sale because Time Warner is the parent company of CNN.

Keeping costs in check may benefit startups

Startup companies in California's Silicon Valley are often known for excesses such as offering gourmet meals and rock climbing walls on site. In many cases, they were able to raise capital from investors to cover the costs because they ultimately helped the company attract and retain key talent. Therefore, investors reasoned that these perks could allow for a profitable exit from a valuable company in the future.

Common intellectual property concerns when starting a business

Entrepreneurs in California must engage in careful planning when developing their business names, trademarks, marketing content and web domains. They face the challenge of selecting names that are sufficiently different from existing entities to avoid disputes and claims of infringement. They must also obtain government registration to lay the legal groundwork for ownership.

HP alleges accounting fraud led it to purchase Autonomy

After six years of investigations, federal prosecutors have launched a trial in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California based on accusations of fraud against the chief financial officer of Autonomy Corp. Hewlett-Packard Co. purchased Autonomy, a U.K.-based software company, in 2011 for $10.3 billion. A year later, HP had to write down the value of the company by $8.8 billion. It attributed the loss to false financials that convinced HP to buy the company in the first place.

How startups can attract investor capital

Startup owners in California may need to be ready for increased competition for investor money. This is because advances in technology have created conditions ripe for a larger number of new companies. In addition to battling for an investor's time, a startup may be competing for a smaller share of potential investment dollars.

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