Archives for August 2007

US Supreme Court Decision Changes the Determination of Claims for Attorneys’ Fees in Bankruptcy Cases

By Christian D. Jinkerson In Travelers Casualty & Surety Co. v. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (2007), the United States Supreme Court recently ruled that attorneys’ fees can be recovered in connection with an unsecured or undersecured claim pursuant to a contractual or statutory right in the context of a bankruptcy case. The Supreme Court’s decision overruled the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and changed the law with respect to all bankruptcy cases in California. … [Read more...]

The Benefits and Perils of Hiring from Competitors

By Scott J. Ivy Lang, Richert and Patch Regardless of the industry, almost every business has been faced with an increasingly common dilemma. Your star salesperson or employee, to whom you have devoted significant amounts of time and money training and developing, suddenly announces he or she is leaving to join a direct competitor. Will your customers follow? Will the employee divulge your confidential information in an attempt to lure his or her former customers to his new firm? The hiring … [Read more...]