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The shareholders, associates, and counsels of Boutin Jones provide insight into the legal matters most pertinent to the members of our California business community.

Virtual or In-Person Appearances for Court Conferences and Hearings

Monthly Litigation Law Tip

As courts continue their work to clear the backlog of cases created by COVID-19 restrictions, litigants should carefully analyze each court’s and each judge’s preferences related to virtual or in-person appearances for court conferences and hearings. Trends suggest that in-person appearances may be on the rise.


When a lawsuit is filed, Code of Civil Procedure section 1281 et seq. allows a party (often…

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Best Practices for Enforceability of Online Agreements

If you run a business, you probably want to make sure your website’s terms and conditions legally…

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Race to Justice: Labor Code Section 925 Allows Suits in Multiple Venues

A recent change in California law aimed at helping employees litigate their claims in this state was…

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Watch Your Words: How to Preserve Your Right to Arbitrate

Today we bring you a cautionary tale on the importance of carefully drafting arbitration clauses in contracts….

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Looking Behind the Robe: Can You Disqualify Your Judge For Owning Stock?

Surprise! Judges are real people. They buy things like the rest of us. Sometimes they buy things…

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New Year’s Resolution: Don’t Outsmart Yourself!

This is the time of year many of us resolve, intentionally or otherwise, to better ourselves. Most…

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Every Day Is Cyber Monday When An LLC Dissolves

As shoppers around the country begin to queue for deep discounts on nearly everything under the sun,…

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But We Had An Agreement! When a Stipulation to Extend a Deadline Costs You Your Case

Parties and their attorneys often believe courts will bless their stipulations, especially when an agreement is merely…

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How to Avoid HEATED Endings to Business Relationships

Withdrawing from a long-standing business relationship can result in litigation and, sometimes, liability for the withdrawing party….

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