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California Minors Will Get an Online Clean Slate

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California’s Senate Bill No. 568 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on September 23, 2013. Referred to as Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World, it requires operators of websites, operators of online services and applications and operators of mobile services and applications to make special provisions if the operators have actual knowledge that […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

November 14th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

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Anti-Paparazzi Bill Now Law in California

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  In California, Governor Jerry Brown has signed an anti-paparazzi bill into law that is intended to protect celebrities’ children from harassing behavior of photographers. In addition to potential jail time of up to a year, the law will impose significant penalties on a photographer who harasses a celebrity’s child under the age of 18. […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 7th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

CA Small Biz Owners May Have to Pay Back Taxes

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Late last year, a California court declared unconstitutional a program to provide tax breaks to small business owners opening particular types of enterprises — and now the California Franchise Tax Board is seeking back taxes. About 2,000 small businesses are affected, and tax revenues could reach beyond $100 million. Some individual businesses could see tax […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 18th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

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Demi Moore 911 Call Leads to Privacy Bill in California

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Spurred to action by the release of a 911 call about actress Demi Moore, California Assemblywoman Norma Torres (D-Pomona) has introduced a bill that would prohibit authorities from releasing the medical or any personally identifying information in such emergency phone calls. Current California law prohibits the release of personal details, but AB 1275 is written […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 21st, 2012 at 2:31 pm

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Amazon Ending Affiliate Agreements with California Residents Over New Sales Tax

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A California law set to take effect July 1 will require retailers like Amazon with presences in California to charge sales tax on purchases made by state residents. One way that “presence” would be established is through popular affiliate programs through which companies pay out commissions for customer referrals; the other is if the company […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 30th, 2011 at 10:50 am

California’s “Do Not Track” Bill Clears First Hurdle

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California is currently weighing legislation that would require websites to gain user permission before collecting data through cookies in what is believed to be the country’s first “Do Not Track” bill. SB 761 was introduced by Senator Alan Lowenthal (D – 27th District) and is sponsored by Consumer Watchdog, a California-based advocacy group. It passed […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 19th, 2011 at 11:45 am

Jackie Cooper’s Poison Pill Clause

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Former “Superman” actor and big screen legend Jackie Cooper didn’t want anyone in his family waging a battle over his last will and testament, so he put in what’s often called a “poison pill” clause. What’s a poison pill clause? The proper legal term is a “no contest clause,” and its purpose is to discourage […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 17th, 2011 at 9:18 am

Williams-Sonoma Must Stop Asking Customers for Zip Code in California

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The California Supreme Court has ruled that Williams-Sonoma, and accordingly other retailers in the state, cannot ask for a customer’s zip code when handling an in-store credit card transaction. According to the decision, one’s zip code is considered “personal identification information” under the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971 — precisely the kind of information […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 4th, 2011 at 11:27 am

P2P Car Sharing Won’t Invalidate Insurance in California

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A new law that allows car owners to rent out their vehicles without invalidating their insurance policies recently went into effect in California. The change means that so-called “peer-to-peer” or P2P car sharing has become easier for those who would like to participate. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill last September, but before January 1 […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 27th, 2011 at 9:58 am

California Seeks to Ban Violent Video Game Sales to Minors

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A California gaming law that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors is currently before the Supreme Court, and 11 states now stand with the Golden State in support. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the law in 2005, and it was immediately challenged by groups such as the Entertainment Software Association and Entertainment […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 22nd, 2010 at 3:13 pm