Examples of California Unfair Competition Lawsuits

Previously on the blog, we discussed what constitutes unfair competition in California. In this article, we will share a few examples of recent unfair competition lawsuits involving California businesses.

As a refresher, California Business and Professions Code Section 17200 prohibits “unfair competition,” which includes any unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business act or practice. It also includes any unfair, deceptive, untrue or misleading advertising, as well as any other act prohibited by the Business and Professions Code. A  violation under this…

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Selling Partnership Shares

Selling partnership shares often involves various considerations.  In most partnerships, partners can choose to sell their share of the partnership to the partnership or a new potential partner as part of the resolution of a partnership dispute or simply because the individual or entity no longer desires to be part of the partnership.

Selling partnership shares will be governed by a partnership agreement, or if there is no partnership agreement, state law will govern sale of…

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What is a Cardinal Change in a Construction Contract?

Changes to a construction contract are  a part of doing business in most cases. Therefore, parties to a construction contract almost always have the right to make change orders. However, there are often limitations to the changes that can be requested and made. Parties to a construction contract should be familiar with what a permitted change is, and what an impermissible “cardinal change” is.

Construction contracts should contain what is often called a “contract changes”…

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What Constitutes Doing Business in California?

Even if your business is not based in California, you may be held to certain California filing obligations and tax liabilities if your business meets the legal definition of “doing business” in California.

There are two definitions for doing business in California. One is from the Franchise Tax Board, and determines whether an individual or business will have tax liabilities in California. The other is established by the California Corporations Code, and it determines what corporate…

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Defining Changed Conditions in a Contract

It is prudent for parties to a contract to include a clause that addresses “changed conditions.” A provision in a contract discussing changed conditions should broadly identify  altered circumstances from the time the contract was signed and how these new circumstances will be addressed.

A changed conditions clause is frequently found in construction contracts. This is because construction projects rely on so many variables, including weather, labor, and materials, that can be subject to unpredictable…

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What is a Flow-Down Clause in a Contract?

A flow-down clause (also referred to as a pass-through or conduit clause) is usually found in a construction contract and provides that subcontractors will be bound to the general contractor in the same fashion as the general contractor is bound under its contract with the property owner.

Flow-down provisions are important to protect parties to a construction contract by spelling out that a subcontractor’s obligations to the general contractor are identical to the ones a…

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Dissolving a Joint Venture

There are many reasons why parties may end up dissolving a joint venture. Their efforts may have been unsuccessful, their project may me complete, there could be clashing management styles, or there could simply be a need for a new characterization of the businesses.

If the parties to the joint venture have a written agreement governing the relationship, that agreement will likely contain the provisions that will determine the process for dissolution. In the absence of an agreement,…

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Tips for Creating a Successful Joint Venture

Previously on our blog, we discussed what a joint venture actually is and how to create one. Now we will share a few tips for making a joint venture relationship more successful.

  1. Have a Written Agreement

By its very nature, a joint venture is a commitment by two or more different individuals or entities to work together on one single goal.  Much like any relationship, this set up leaves a joint venture vulnerable to management…

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