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November 2015 Archives

Protecting Your Business's Trade Secrets

trade secret.jpgIn the age of technology and the Internet, many businesses are more concerned than ever about protecting trade secrets. Data shows that trade secret litigation in federal courts has more than doubled between 1995 and 2004 and it is projected to double again by 2017. In over 85 percent of these cases, the person alleged to have misappropriated trade secrets was either an employee or business partner. It is estimated that businesses lose hundreds of millions of dollars every year due to the misappropriation of trade secrets.

Common Mistakes for Individuals Filing Pro Se in Bankruptcy

pro se bankruptcy.jpgDetermining whether bankruptcy is the right decision for you depends on a number of factors. Over the past few years, there has been an increase in pro se bankruptcy filings. In fact, western states have the highest percentage of people filing for chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy without the assistance of an attorney. Most consumers file for bankruptcy hoping that it will afford them a fresh start, but federal reforms to bankruptcy laws in 2005 have made consumer bankruptcy cases more complex. It is important to understand common mistakes that can be made along the way for individuals who have considered filing for bankruptcy without an attorney.

Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy

student loans.jpgAccording to recent reports, the average amount of student loan debt for a 2015 college graduate is $35,000. Not only has that number steadily increased in recent years, a greater percentage of students are taking out student loans to help finance their college education. Given the staggering amounts of student debt and the weak job prospects for graduates coming out of college, it comes as no surprise that we are seeing the highest rate of defaults since 1995. As a result, those borrowers may be facing a crippling amount of student debt and even considering filing bankruptcy.

Back to the Basics - Valid Contracts and Breaches

breach of contract.jpgWhen two or more parties enter into a legally binding contract, they are stating that they will agree to the terms listed therein. What happens when one party does not abide by the terms of the agreement? The ramifications of a breach of contract suit in California can be costly for both parties.

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  • American Inns of Court
  • CWL | California Woman Lawyers
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  • The State Bar of California
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