California Closes Foreign Employer Noncompete Loopholes

As a matter of policy and law, California has long prohibited noncompetition agreements designed by employers to prevent their former employees from working for a competitor. Edwards v. Arthur Anderson, 44 Cal. 4th 937 (2008). But companies with headquarters outside California (so-called “foreign employers”), in states where noncompetes are legal, have sought to bind their…

Sapporo Acquires Anchor Brewing: Another Test of California’s Section 25000.2 Brand Transfer Law Coming?

In the latest example of a craft beer maker being bought out by a larger competitor, Japan’s Sapporo Holdings Ltd. has acquired San Francisco’s venerable Anchor Brewing Company. This follows a string of similar deals, including Anheuser-Busch InBev’s purchase of Wicked Weed Brewing and Heineken’s buyout of Lagunitas Brewing Co., among others. As with most…

Slater Hersey & Lieberman Moves into New Irvine Office

Slater Hersey & Lieberman LLP recently completed a move into an incredible new office space at 100 Spectrum Center in Irvine. The move represents another big step forward for SHL as one of Orange County’s premier law firms. 100 Spectrum Center is ideally situated where the 5 and 405 freeways meet, in the heart of…

Mark Slater to Present at Silicon Valley RIMS Chapter

Slater Hersey & Lieberman partner Mark Slater will speak before the Silicon Valley RIMS Chapter on June 22, 2017.  Mr. Slater will join a panel discussing developments in business interruption insurance litigation, including the evolving definition of “physical damage.”  He will also share his perspective on evaluating first and third-party claims. Mark was lead counsel…

SHL Successfully Defends Order Dismissing Nonresident Defendants for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

In Strasner v. Touchstone Wireless Repair and Logistics, LP, 5 Cal. App. 5th 215 (2016), plaintiff argued for general personal jurisdiction over four non-resident subsidiary companies based on their parent company’s presence in the forum.  The Court of Appeal upheld the trial court’s order quashing service of summons on the out-of-state defendants, ruling plaintiff, “ha[d]…