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Author: Jarod Bona This website is called The Antitrust Attorney Blog, not the Appellate Attorney Blog. But I have combined an appellate practice with my antitrust practice my entire legal career and we do a lot of appellate work at Bona Law. So sometimes we address appellate, writing, and briefing issues here. I previously wrote about why you should hire an appellate lawyer. And mused about what is great legal writing. Here…
Author: Luis Blanquez Antitrust and competition law is a global issue. Markets that could be national are often global instead (because if they aren’t naturally local, there usually isn’t reason to stop at a country’s borders). Bona Law embraces this international reality. That is part of what attracted me to the firm upon my arrival in the United States after 15 years of practicing antitrust and competition law in Europe. We can help clients…
Maybe everyone really is conspiring against you? If they are competitors—that is, they have a horizontal relationship—they may be committing a per se antitrust violation. A group boycott occurs when two or more persons or entities conspire to restrict the ability of someone from competing. This is sometimes called a concerted refusal to deal, which unlike a standard refusal to deal requires, not surprisingly, two or more people or entities. A group boycott can…
Author: Staff When considering an investment in California real estate, prospective investors should carefully consider how much of their time and attention the investment will require. Properties that generate rental income require management in order to ensure that the stream of rental income continues unabated. Investors who are willing and able to take on this responsibility may do so, but they should also consider retaining a property manager to handle the day-to-day operations. Property managers in…
Author: Jarod Bona You might have a Lanham Act claim if your competitor is making false statements to promote its products or services in a way that deceives customers and injures you because you lost business, for example, as a result. Although many people think of the Lanham Act as a trademark statute—and it is—it also allows competitors to sue each other for false advertising. So the Lanham Act is on the battlefield…
Author: Catherine Way, Digital Marketing Manager for Prime Plus Mortgages Prime Plus Mortgages is a licensed hard money lending company. We specialize in hard money loans, or HMLs, for developers, property flippers and buy-and-hold strategists. Hard Money Loan programs make private money available for small to medium scale projects. The early bird gets the worm: the sooner you can find and close on a golden real estate opportunity the better. That’s why it’s surprising that…
Author: Jarod Bona Just because your company isn’t based in the United States doesn’t mean it can ignore US antitrust law. In this interconnected world, there is a good chance that if you produce something, the United States is a market that matters to your company. For that reason, I offer five points below that attorneys and business leaders for non-U.S. companies should understand about US antitrust law. But maybe you aren’t from a foreign…
Author: Staff Investing in California commercial real estate requires extensive planning and research. A prospective buyer must consider potential legal, financial, structural, and environmental issues. This process of research and review is commonly known as “due diligence.” Since every real estate investment is unique, the precise due diligence process will be different each time. The following is a very general checklist, which may apply to a wide range of properties. 1. Investigate both the property and…
Author: Jarod Bona Have you ever considered the idea that your business would be much more profitable if you didn’t have to compete so hard with that pesky competitor or group of competitors? Unless you have no competition—which is great for profits, read Peter Thiel’s book—this notion has probably crossed your mind. And that’s okay—the government doesn’t indict and prosecute the antitrust laws for what is in your mind, at least not yet. But,…
Author: Staff Investing in California real estate often requires assistance from real estate professionals, who have specialized education and experience in particular aspects of the real estate business. The term “professional” often means that a person has obtained a license or certification from a state agency charged with monitoring and enforcing ethical obligations. Certain professions require a license from the state, followed by continuing education and adherence to a code of conduct, like California real estate