They Say That Breaking Up Is Hard To Do . . . Will Californians Vote On Secession?

"It was that population that gave to California a name for getting up astounding enterprises and rushing them through with a magnificent dash and daring and a recklessness of cost or consequences, which she bears unto this day — and when she...

When Will California's State Of Emergency End?

On March 4, 2020, California's Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a "state of emergency" as a result of the outbreak of a respiratory illness in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.  The term "state of emergency" is just one of three degrees of...

Why Do You "Fax" Rather Than "Facs" A Document?

"Good idea the Latin.  Stupifies them first."

California's Emergency Services Act

"Forsan Et Haec Olim Meminisse Iuvabit"

Why California Can't Buy Stock

If you are looking to sell shares in your company to the State of California, you might want to reconsider.  Article XVI, Section 17 of the California Constitution expressly forbids the state from subscribing to, or being interested in the stock of...

Forsooth, Today Divides The Month

Today is, of course, the Ides of March.  The word "ides" is derived from the Latin word for the 15th of the month in March, May, July and October and the 13th in the other months.  The Latin word is derived from the still older Etruscan word meaning...

Time To Update Language Found In Most California Settlement Agreements

When settling claims, California lawyers will typically include a waiver of Civil Code Section 1542.  That statute generally provides that a general release does not extend to claims not known or suspected to exist at the time of executing the...

California Court Tackles Question Of When An Amendment Is A New Agreement

The parties to an agreement agree upon a change to the terms.  Should the change be labeled an "amendment" or a "new agreement".  Often this will simply be a question of nomenclature.  Sometimes, however, more the difference between an amendment and...

Test Your Knowledge Of California Corporate Law!

Over the years, I've made mental notes of some obscure California corporate law questions.  Can you identify the following types of corporations corporations?

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