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  • Employee Social Media Use: How Employers Should (and Should Not) Address It

    By Procopio Partner Wendy L. Tucker Social media does many things. It allows us to keep in touch with friends, stay on top of political and celebrity news, take surveys to discover which “Game of Thrones” character we’re most like, and watch funny cat videos. It also allows an individual employee’s controversial opinions or comments on current events to reach a widespread audience, which can cause serious headaches for employers. We’ve seen employers terminate employees for ...

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  • A Cautionary Note on Possible Tax Reform Impacts on Corporate Aircraft Owners

    By Procopio Partner Sandra L. Shippey Much of the focus on current tax reform efforts in Congress has been on the proposed reduction of corporate taxes to a flat rate of 20%, or 25% for personal service corporations. Often overlooked by analysts, however, is a proposal that could negatively impact numerous individual property owners, small businesses and major corporations who have relied on a nearly 100-year old provision in the U.S. tax law that encourages capital reinvestment. In short...

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  • 5 Critical Mistakes to Avoid in Any M&A Deal

    By Procopio Partner Paul B. Johnson, Co-Leader of its Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Joint Ventures Practice Having worked on hundreds of merger and acquisition deals over the last few decades, I’ve found two things to be true: 1) Each deal is unique in its own way; 2) There are a few mistakes CEOs often make that complicate deals and harm their own self-interest. Allow me to outline five actions CEOs approaching a merger, acquisition, sale or joint venture should take to ...

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  • The Legal Landmines of Prevailing Wage Laws in the Construction Industry

    By Procopio Partner Laurence R. Phillips, Construction Group Member When launching a significant construction project, each stakeholder’s senior management likely is focused on securing the highest quality contractors, labor and materials, while adhering to an ambitious schedule and budget. In many aspects of private and public works construction, ensuring compliance with complex prevailing wage laws are likely not front of mind. A look at California’s prevailing wage law and the comp...

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  • The Legal Challenges of Sexual Harassment in the Modern Workplace

    By Partner Marie Burke Kenny, Leader of Procopio's Labor & Employment Law Practice Group and Member of Procopio's Management Committee It seems you can’t open a newspaper or watch a television news show today without seeing coverage of a sexual harassment case. At Procopio, we’ve assisted many employers who have faced employee complaints of sexual harassment. Fortunately, there are many steps an employer can take to navigate such situations to both comply with the law and improve ...

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  • SHOULD YOU REALLY HIT ‘SEND’ ON THAT EMAIL?

    By Procopio Partner Jeffrey S. Hood You’re doing three things at once, fueled with a bit too much caffeine. You learn that one of your business partners has just made another ridiculous request. You then fire off an email to a colleague, referring to your partner as someone who performs immoral acts, and describe how you are ill-inclined to share with him known flaws in your company’s product. You may not have meant any of it—sometimes we sound off when we’re frustrated—but how ...

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  • When Investors Require Side Agreements

    By Procopio Partner Paul B. Johnson and Attorney Aaron Sokoloff It has become increasingly common in venture financings for investors to require the company to enter into “side letters” – i.e. separate agreements between the company and one particular investor, which are separate from the main investment documents that are signed by all of the investors. Side letters may provide a particular investor with some unique set of rights (for example, information rights beyond what the oth...

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  • 6 Things Any Entrepreneur Should Know About Export Controls

    By Procopio Senior Associate Michael C. Jones It’s not news to most entrepreneurs that the U.S. Government imposes regulations on the release of technology and equipment developed within the United States. What many don’t fully understand is the broad reach of those regulations. If you are in any way involved in the development or manufacture of technology-driven products—regardless of where you market or sell those products—you should be aware of six key issues related to export ...

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  • A Seventeen-Year Leadership Legacy

    Procopio Real Estate Partner Tom Turner’s tenure as the firm’s Managing Partner can be told in numbers. Years in the position: 17. Growth in revenues: 435%. Increase in attorneys: 275%. New offices opened: 4. But one could argue his full legacy can’t be quantified. Anyone who has worked with Tom during his time as Managing Partner, whether inside or outside the firm, will tell you that he has been driven to ensure a firm-wide embrace of core principles, namely commitment to ser...

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  • Fighting Back Against Anonymous Defamation on the Internet: A Case Study

    By S. Todd Neal, Procopio Partner and Chair of its Litigation Team The Internet and social media have empowered us to communicate like never before.  Obviously there are major benefits, including that we can communicate on a real-time basis to a broad audience while obtaining information about businesses including reviews, ratings and other customer feedback.  Unfortunately, cyberspace also has a dark side, because it provides a platform for Internet users to anonymousl...

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