Insuring Against an Internet of Things Attack

The world is more connected than ever before. Everyday objects, such as refrigerators, microwaves, baby monitors, printers, etc. are now online. The network of these Internet-connected objects is commonly called the “Internet of Things” (also known as “IoT”), which has been celebrated as the next big technology revolution. The Business Insider predicts that by 2021,…

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…