Real Estate Attorney Alison E. Geddes Joins Weintraub Tobin

Weintraub welcomes attorney Alison Geddes

Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce that Alison E. Geddes has joined the firm as a shareholder in the Real Estate practice group.  She will be based in Weintraub’s Sacramento office.

Alison’s practice includes representing property owners in negotiating and drafting commercial lease documents, including leases, amendments, assignments, and termination agreements, as well as in all aspects of lease enforcement. She understands the business of commercial property ownership and management and works with clients to achieve results consistent with their business objectives in both drafting and enforcing commercial leases.

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Weintraub Partners with Syserco, Inc. to Help Support Bay Area Youth

Weintraub Tobin was proud to partner with Syserco, Inc. as a sponsor in the 7th Annual Golf for Kids’ Sake charity golf tournament on June 15, 2022.

The tournament, held in Livermore, CA, benefitted the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, raising over $157,000 to help support Bay Area youth. The proceeds help defend children’s potential with professionally supported mentorships throughout all nine Bay Area counties. 144 golfers attended the event,

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California Employment News: US Supreme Court “Viking River” Decision Brings PAGA Relief for CA Employers

by Lukas Clary, Meagan D. Bainbridge
The Labor & Employment Law Blog

In this episode of California Employment News, Lukas Clary and Meagan Bainbridge discuss the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v Moriana holding that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts the California law precluding division of individual and non-individual Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) actions for purposes of compelling arbitration. Not only is arbitration of individual PAGA claims now in play, but employees may not have standing to pursue non-individual PAGA actions in court.

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Trademark Protection and the Lawful Use Requirement

by James Kachmar
The IP Law Blog

Trademark law was developed to help protect a seller’s “brand” in connection with the marketing and labeling of products for sale to avoid “consumer confusion.” One rarely litigated aspect of trademark law is that the use of the trademark must be for a lawful purpose. The Ninth Circuit recently tackled this issue in AK Futures LLC v. Boyd Street Distro, LLC (decided May 19, 2022), a case that involved e-cigarette and vaping products derived from cannabis.

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CA Employers: Good News from the US Supreme Court PAGA Actions May Be Subject to Arbitration After All

by Lizbeth (Beth) V. West
The Labor & Employment Law Blog

The long-awaited decision by the US Supreme Court in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana was issued on June 15, 2022, and brings some good news for California employers. The issue before the court was whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a rule of California law that invalidates contractual waivers (e.g. arbitration agreements) of the right to assert representative claims under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).

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