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Usury Exemption Bites Back

Last week, I wrote about the oft overlooked California Finance Lenders (CFL) law.  In general, that law provides that anyone engaged in the business of making consumer or commercial loans must obtain a license from the Department of Corporations...

Raising Capital Without Violating CA Securities Laws

On October 21, 2010, I will be speaking to the Business Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco on how to raise capital without violating California's securities laws.  I plan to discuss the following topics, among others:

  • Common (and...

Don't Talk Trash About A California Bank

A bank run can start with a rumor.  Once a run has begun, it can be very hard to stop, as was described in this 1986 Los Angeles Times article .

The Department of Financial Institutions has observed that some California banks recently have been...

Massey Energy Loses Bid To Eliminate Cumulative Voting

I've recently commented CalPERS' announcement that it would abstain on a proposal by Massey Energy Company to eliminate cumulative voting.  Yesterday, Massey Energy reported in this Form 8-K that its stockholders did not approve the proposal.  The...

Happy 한글날!

Since visiting South Korea, I've had an interest in the Korean language.  Therefore, I'm compelled to mention that tomorrow is Hangeul Day.  Hangeul (한글) is the writing system used in Korea.  It employs syllabic blocks consisting of at least two...

Commissioner Proposes Clarifications To Proposed Broker-Dealer Safe Harbor Rule

Yesterday, Commissioner Preston DuFauchard proposed further clarifications to the text of a proposed rule intended to respond to the California Court of Appeal's decision in People v. Cole, 156 Cal.App.4th 452 (2007).   That decision engendered...

"License? We Don't Need No Stinking License"

The Department of Corporations' jurisdiction is not limited to the Corporate Securities Law of 1968.  In fact, it has an entire division dedicated to financial services regulation.  The Department's Financial Services Division, or FSD, has...

Governor Signs LLC Contractor Bill

Last Thursday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 392 (Florez) into law.  This bill authorizes the Contractors’ State License Board, commencing no later than January 1, 2012, to issue a contractor’s license to a limited liability company.

"It's Dark as a Dungeon Way Down in the Mines" - CalPERS Declines to Vote Against Massey Energy Co. Proposal

Last week, I expressed surprise in this post about the California Public Employees Retirement System's recent announcement that it plans to abstain on a proposal by Massey Energy Company to jettison cumulative voting.  My surprise was based on the...

Governor Says No To Bill To Combat "Official" Mailings

Many lawyers have received calls from clients asking about notices that they have received regarding state and local government filings.  Sometimes, these notices warn that corporate minutes must be prepared.  Other notices request information...

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