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Small Claims Court Can Issue Injunctive and Other Equitable Relief

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, February 2010

Prior to the enactment of Assembly Bill 712, California Smalls Claims Courts had jurisdiction over actions seeking certain forms of relief, including money damages up to $7,500 and in such actions the Smalls Claims Court was also permitted to grant equitable relief in the form of rescission, restitution, reformation, and specific performance in lieu of, or in addition to, money damages. Under the new law, the Small Claims Court will be prohibited from issuing injunctive [...]

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Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Real Estate Reporter 


8 New California Employment Laws for 2010

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, January 2010

  1. Meal Breaks. First it should be noted that the California Supreme Court has agreed to hear three cases regarding an employer’s obligation to provide meal breaks (Perez, Brinker and Brinkley). These decisions should be made by Summer of 2010.
  2. Sexual Harassment. [...]

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Posted In: Employment Law News 


IRS Milegage Deduction For 2009 and 2010

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, January 2010

Every year, the Internal Revenue Service sets forth a standard mileage rate.

2010

For 2010, the standard mileage rate deduction is as follows:

  1. 50 cents per mile for business use of a vehicle;
  2. 16.5 cents per mile for use of vehicle for medical or moving purposes; and
  3. 14 cents per mile for use of a vehicle for service to charitable organizations.
2009

For [...]

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Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin  Employment Law News 


Terminating An Employee For Making A False Overtime Claim May Constitute Wrongful Termination

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, January 2010

On November 30, 2009, the California Appellate Court in Barbosa v. Impo Technologies, Inc. ruled that a good faith complaint or inquiry about missing overtime can be a protected activity, and that firing an employee for making a good faith claim (even when a subsequent investigation shows he was wrong), constitutes wrongful termination. In Barbosa, [...]

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Posted In: Employment Law News 


Small Business ID Theft – Check Your Company’s Credit Report!

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Business Attorney, November 2009

Although the overwhelming majority of identity theft schemes involve personal identification, identity thieves are beginning to target businesses and organizations. Identity thieves have begun to realize that many small and medium sized businesses have credit lines, cash reserves, and extensive business relationships. More importantly, they have taken note that the authorities are less apt to fully investigate identity theft that involves a business as opposed to an individual.

One business to business fraud scheme used by identity theft thieves [...]

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Posted In: Business Law Bulletin  Corporate Client Bulletin 


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Located in Los Angeles, California, the Law Office of Melissa C. Marsh handles business law and corporation law matters as a lawyer for clients throughout Los Angeles including Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Valley Village, North Hollywood, Woodland Hills, Hollywood, West LA as well as Riverside County, San Fernando, Ventura County, and Santa Clarita. Attorney Melissa C. Marsh has considerable experience handling business matters both nationally and internationally. We routinely assist our clients with incorporation, forming a California corporation, forming a California llc, partnership, annual minutes, shareholder meetings, director meetings, getting a taxpayer ID number (EIN), buying a business, selling a business, commercial lease review, employee disputes, independent contractors, construction, and personal matters such as preparing a will, living trust, power of attorney, health care directive, and more.