California has adopted legislation which changes how companies can use electronic communications in their “corporate communications.” The changes broaden the options available to corporations for conducting many of their required communications, such as meetings of boards of directors, shareholder meetings, delivering notices of meetings, taking actions without a meeting and annual reports. In most cases, […]
The Problem—The Information Explosion Meets Electronic Discovery The explosion in the amount of electronic business records, now nearly 20 trillion documents a year, is a byproduct of technology-driven gains in productivity. Unfortunately, the way these proliferating records are often mishandled is a disaster waiting to happen. E-mail is now the majority of evidence in litigation, […]
Stan Gibson, Michael Gold, Dan Sedor and Robert Braun authored a groundbreaking guide, "Records Retention For Enterprise Knowledge Management," for BNA, a leading national publisher of information products for professionals in law, tax, business and government.
In August 2005, San Francisco raced into action at a speed uncommon for most governmental bodies and adopted an ordinance that prohibits the conversion of hotel guest rooms to condominiums in any hotel of 100 or more guest rooms. This moratorium has been put into place for 18 months while the City studies the potential […]
When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted by Congress in July 1990, the Internet was in its infancy and few, if any, considered its applicability to cyberspace. But a San Francisco Federal judge’s recent decision not to dismiss a discrimination case against retailer Target Corporation has brought the issue to the forefront. Believed […]
Stan Gibson authored an article on E-Data Management for the course handbook at the Practising Law Institute’s Electronic Discovery and Retention Guidance for Corporate Counsel conference in New York City.
In potentially one of the most important ADA decisions in years, the California state Court of Appeal ruled Thursday, October 26, 2006, in Gunther v. Lin, 415 F. Supp. 2d 1048, 2006, that ADA plaintiffs must plead and prove intentional discrimination in order to recover the $4,000 minimum civil penalty for each and every offense, […]
Michael Gold authored an article on e-discovery ethical issues for the course handbook at the Practising Law Institute’s Electronic Discovery and Retention Guidance for Corporate Counsel program in Chicago.
Planning for Brand Transition Any casual observer of transactions in the hospitality industry will notice that hotels regularly change their flags. In a mixed-use environment, the owner of a major shopping mall (or an office-residential-hotel project) may decide to upgrade or reposition the mixed-use development. A hotel may be a vital part of this effort, […]
Condo Hotels: Prelude to a Hotel-Enhanced Mixed-Use Revolution Ask the Hotel Lawyer™ is a regular column that provides practical insight into timely legal hospitality issues. In his last column, Jim Butler addressed the complexities of allocating costs among condo hotel stakeholders. In this column, he delivers a new vital message for the hospitality and investment […]