Proving Physical Damage in Ransomware Insurance Claims

In recent years, the threat of ransomware attacks has become an important focus of concern, both as a national security vulnerability and as a significant business risk. In fact, this past June, the East coast was hit with a ransomware attack from a virus called Petya, which affected thousands of computers in more than 150…

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…