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Sidebar Issue 77 | April 2017

Poole & Shaffery, LLP is a full service business law firm with 20 plus attorneys located throughout the State of California who focus on a variety of different areas of litigation, counseling and business related transactional services, including: employment law counseling; defense of employment related lawsuits; all manners of business litigation and mediation; business contracts and transactions including business formation, franchise operations, business sale, mergers and acquisition; non-profit and tax-exempt organizations; estate planning, probate and trust administration; securities registration and compliance; construction law, land use and development; government affairs (registered lobbyist in Sacramento, CA; County of Santa Clarita and City of Santa Clarita, CA); real estate transactions and litigation; intellectual property matters including trade secrets, copyrights, trademark, cyber security and data breach; insurance law and extra contractual litigation; product liability; premises liability; and trucking and transportation claims.

Disclaimer: The articles contained herein are intended for general information purposes only. Nothing contained in this document is legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as such.


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By: M. Lisa Odom
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Trademarks Part III

By M. Lisa Odom and Andrew M. Sevanian

Now that you have a federally registered trademark, consider how you might police or enforce it against third parties in order to protect your trademark rights.

Editor's Note: this article is a follow-up to Andrew Sevanian's "Trademark Part II" article in which Mr. Sevanian addresses the important steps in applying for federal trademark registration and secure trademark rights.

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By: Sean M. Kim
EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION: Nine-Year Employment Lawsuit Against Motor Carrier Comes to an End

After nine years in the legal system, an exorbitant amount of legal fees, and hours upon hours of work, the matter of James Cole v. CRST Inc., et al. has finally come to an end, at least for the time being. On March 31, 2017, U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips granted summary judgment to CRST, ending a lawsuit brought by James Cole on behalf of himself and 4,200 other truck drivers regarding CRST's labor practices.


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By: Michael S. Little
FIRM NEWS: Michael S. Little to speak at Cyber Security Event presented by College of the Canyons Chancellor's Circle on 4/21/17

You can purchase your ticket online by clicking http://tinyurl.com/COCCyber

The last several years have seen an unprecedented escalation in cyber security threats. From massive data breaches like Home Depot, Target, and Yahoo, to crypto ransomware and large scale identity theft. The sad reality is that businesses today can no longer afford to believe "it won't happen to them." All businesses must now have a game plan in place to deal with the next threat.

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