Delaware Court Upholds Non-Compete against California Employee

The following is the text of an e-bulletin that I wrote and that was published by the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association.N Patrick Miles, a California resident, was first hired in 2001 by … Continue reading

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Administrative Dissolution of Corporations and LLCs Adopted in California

The following is the text of an e-bulletin that I wrote and that was published by the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association. On September 22, 2018, Assembly Bill No. 2503 was signed into … Continue reading

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Buy-Sell Agreements in the Articles of Incorporation

Under the Corporations Code, if there is a suit for involuntary dissolution, or if there is an election to dissolve voluntarily by shareholders representing only 50% of the voting power of the stock, the dissolution of the corporation and the … Continue reading

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Business Law Attorney Richard Burt Helps Draft New Corporate Law

A corporation is typically dissolved when the shareholders holding shares that have 50% or more of the voting power elect to dissolve. When an order for relief has been entered under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the board … Continue reading

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LLC Bound by Contract Even Though Contract Was Outside Its Purpose and Signatory Was Technically Not a Manager

The following is the text of an e-bulletin that I authored on apparent authority and that was published by the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California. In  Western Surety Co. v. La Cumbre … Continue reading

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Here’s One Way Not to Pay Taxes – Legally!

California charges a minimum franchise tax of $800 each year. This is a tax on the privilege of being a corporation. It doesn’t matter whether the corporation is profitable or even if it has any revenue. The state wants its … Continue reading

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Misleading Certificate of Status Solicitations

The California Secretary of State has issued warnings about misleading certificate of status solicitations. Directors and officers of corporations and managers and members of limited liability companies (LLCs) should be wary of such solicitations. As a public service, the text … Continue reading

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Out-of-State Business Entity Doing Business in California

An out-of-state business entity is a corporation or limited liability company formed under the law of another state (say, Delaware or Nevada). An out-of-state entity is often referred to as a “foreign” corporation or as a “foreign” LLC. An out-of-state … Continue reading

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Assignee of Suspended Corporation Cannot Sue on Assigned Claim

In Cal-Western Business Services, Inc. v. Corning Capital Group, Inc. (2013) 221 Cal. App. 4th 304, a judgment creditor assigned to Pacific West One Corp. the judgment creditor’s interest in a judgment against Corning Capital. Then, at a time when Pacific West … Continue reading

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Third-Party Liability for Securities Fraud

In some cases, a service provider associated with a business, such as an accountant, banker, broker, or lawyer, can be held liable for untruths or omissions made by the business in connection with the sale of stock (or other securities, … Continue reading

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