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17 11, 2017

Elected Officials Reception Hosted By Hospitality Santa Barbara

By | November 17th, 2017|Beverage and Hospitality, News|Comments Off on Elected Officials Reception Hosted By Hospitality Santa Barbara

Hospitality Santa Barbara recently hosted an Elected Officials Reception. This event introduced new city officials to hospitality business owners and the Santa Barbara community.  BFAS Partner, Trevor Large is Board President of Hospitality Santa Barbara. He and the board invited elected officials to come and talk about legislation that impacts the Santa Barbara community. KEYT [...]

14 11, 2017

New California Labor/Employment Laws for 2018

By | November 14th, 2017|Employment, News, The Advisor|Comments Off on New California Labor/Employment Laws for 2018

The current legislative session is now at a close.  Governor Brown has approved or vetoed the bills sent from the legislature.  Unfortunately for employers, this year was fairly active for labor and employment laws.  Below is a partial list, not exhaustive, of the biggest developments from this year’s new laws.  Unless otherwise noted, these laws [...]

30 10, 2017

BFAS Client Appears on ABC’s Shark Tank

By | October 30th, 2017|News|Comments Off on BFAS Client Appears on ABC’s Shark Tank

Does a shark decide to roll with BFAS client Brazyn Life? Find out by watching the latest episode of ABC's Shark Tank – they appear around the 32 minute mark: http://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank/episode-guide/season-09/6-episode-6

20 10, 2017

BFAS Attorneys Among the “Who’s Who in Professional Services”!

By | October 20th, 2017|News|Comments Off on BFAS Attorneys Among the “Who’s Who in Professional Services”!

We're excited to congratulate BFAS attorneys Michael S. Fauver, Trevor D. Large and Naomi R. Dewey for being named in the Pacific Business Coast Times "Who's Who in Professional Services" list this year!    

17 10, 2017

New California Laws Make Housing a Priority

By | October 17th, 2017|Land Use and Real Estate, News, The Advisor|Comments Off on New California Laws Make Housing a Priority

At the end of September, California enacted a number of new bills intended to make it easier for developers to build affordable housing projects throughout the state. What do these mean for central coast residents, developers, and investors? SB 35 - Streamlined Local Approvals for Affordable Housing California requires local jurisdictions to develop long term [...]

13 10, 2017

Legal Alert: Avoiding a “Weinstein” Exposé

By | October 13th, 2017|Employment, Legal Alerts, News|Comments Off on Legal Alert: Avoiding a “Weinstein” Exposé

As The Weinstein Company will soon learn, it is a serious mistake to allow a culture of "anything goes" to exist in your workplace.  Whether the vice is sexual harassment, discrimination or retaliation, ignoring the problem will eventually result in litigation to set things right.  These matters need prompt attention, not a blind eye, if [...]

18 09, 2017

Redefining a Sale for California Real Property Transfer Tax

By | September 18th, 2017|Land Use and Real Estate, News, The Advisor, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Redefining a Sale for California Real Property Transfer Tax

When real property changes hands, California imposes two separate taxes – the annual real property tax and a documentary transfer tax. The annual real property tax is reassessed to fair market value when a property changes ownership.  The transfer tax allows a county or city, or both, to charge a tax when real property is [...]

12 09, 2017

Matal v. Tam: Disparaging Trademarks, Like THE SLANTS, Can Be Registered Trademarks

By | September 12th, 2017|Intellectual Property, News, The Advisor|Comments Off on Matal v. Tam: Disparaging Trademarks, Like THE SLANTS, Can Be Registered Trademarks

This case revolves around whether a trademark can be registered before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) even though the mark is disparaging.  The Lanham Act prohibits the registration of many kinds of marks, but in this case, preventing the registration of disparaging marks directly challenges the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause. During [...]

8 08, 2017

Cybersecurity and California’s Breach Notification Law

By | August 8th, 2017|News, The Advisor|Comments Off on Cybersecurity and California’s Breach Notification Law

  Cyber-attacks and data breaches have increased in recent years, creating risks for consumers and businesses alike.  From 2012 to 2015, the California Office of the Attorney General (“Attorney General”) received reports of 657 data breaches affecting more than 49 million records of California residents.[1]  In fact, in 2015 alone, 178 breaches put over 24 [...]

14 07, 2017

The California Supreme Court Confirms Private Property Rights  

By | July 14th, 2017|News, The Advisor|Comments Off on The California Supreme Court Confirms Private Property Rights  

In 1970, the California Supreme Court held that private owners of coastal property could be deemed to have impliedly dedicated property rights to the public if they allowed the public to use their property for recreational purposes over a period of years.  The reaction to this decision was negative, as it encouraged exclusive use of [...]