Los Angeles Lawyer

The Magazine of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

December 2018 (link to full issue)
Volume 41, No. 9

December2018Cover   Featured Content
Getting Paid in Bitcoin

Los Angeles lawyer Lisa Miller examines California’s new ethics rules on accepting crypto-compensation
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President's Page
Brian S Kabateck
The bench, the bar, and judicial independence

On Direct Attorney Profile
Rob Hennig, employment attorney 

Judicial Profile: Kelvin D. Filer
Compton Superior Court Judge Kelvin D. Filer applauds the return of LACBA's "Bridging the Gap" program for new lawyers

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No. 283: Getting Paid in Bitcoin- December 2018 -  Attorneys accepting cryptocurrency as payment should be sensitive to the fact that the regulatory landscape is likely to change in the near future.

No. 282: The Wild West of Cryptocurrency- November 2018 -  In response to nonreporting by cryptocurrency users, DOJ used the "stick" of criminal prosecution to drive compliance and IRS presents taxpayers a "carrot" of voluntary disclosure.

No. 281: Deconstructing Dynamex - September 2018 - The landmark decision in Dynamex overturns a 30-year test for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. 

No. 280: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 - July/August 2018 - 
Key provisions are likely to affect professionals, high-net-worth individuals, and businesses.

No. 279: 
Health First - June 2018 - In Whitlow v. California Department of Education, parents opposed the enforcement of SB 277 as a violation of their children's rights to due process, equal protection, and education.

No. 278: Quote No More - May 2018 - The new law outlawing past compensation queries may create more questions than answers in trying to decrease the gender pay gap for high-profile roles in Hollywood.

No. 277: 2017 Ethics Roundup - (Legal Ethics credit) April 2018 - California lawyers confronted ethical issues involving conflict of interest, work product and attorney-client protections, and malicious prosecution.

No. 276: Accommodating Attorneys - March 2018 - The Interactive process that a law firm establishes to assist disabled staff is key to selecting appropriate accommodations.

No. 275: Start-Up Opportunities - February 2018 - The Internal Revenue Code permits the exclusion of certain gains from qualified small business stock.

No. 274: A Clean Bill of Sale - January 2018 - 
Prospective real estate purchasers can use various government resources to assist in managing hazardous waste disposal.

No. 273: Excepting Misconduct - December 2017
-The California Law Revisions Commission is considering a statutory revision allowing an exception to the confidentiality privilege in mediation proceedings .

No. 272: The Language of Loss - November 2017 - Anti-Montrose provisions may significantly impact commercial general liability coverage, especially construction defect and products liability claims.

No. 271:  Heart of the Matter - October 2017 -  Despite its new ruling in TC Heartland, the high court leaves "wiggle room" regarding what constitutes a "regular and established place of business"

No. 270: Driving Responsibly - September 2017 - 
Figueroa v. United States holds that a post-accident cash deposit in lieu of insurance does not establish legal financial responsibility at the time of an accident in which injury occurs

No. 269: Taking it Home - July/August 2017 - 
Recent court cases have aligned California with other states in reaffirming factors found in Rowland v. Christian determinative of asbestos tort liability.

No. 268: Preserving the Golden Years - June 2017 - Theft, neglect, and physical abuse, including sexual assault, are among the most frequent crimes that occur in nursing facilities.

No. 267: 2016 Ethics Roundup - (Legal Ethics credit) April 2017
- Last year attorneys in the state found relief from malpractice claims under statutes regarding one-year tolling limitations and anti-SLAPP provisions.

No. 266: Perils of Third-Party Funding - (Legal Ethics credit) March 2017 - If counsel discloses work product to a third-party financier who has no interest in maintaining confidentiality, work-product protection may be waived.

No. 265: Ready Capital - February 2017
 - Opening up unprecedented investment opportunities, the JOBS Act's lack of registration also engenders potential risks. 

No. 264: Out of the Courts - January 2017 - Finding ways to deal with the prohibition on dual-tracking is a key part of avoiding foreclosure litigation.

No. 263: Finding the Path - December 2016
- New partnership audit rules to be enacted in 2018 provide important changes to existing regulations that need to be considered in drafting current partnership agreements.

No. 262: Lemon Law - November 2016 - 
Many UCC defenses once available in California have been abrogated or minimized as causes of action under prevailing warranty law.

No. 261: Surviving the Appraiser Shortage - October 2016 -
Attorneys who need to meet minimum appraisal requirements in their practices have various options.

No. 260: A Right to a View -  September 2016 - Covenants that run with the land and equitable servitudes are both fundamental to land use restrictions that protect views

No. 259: Fashion Sense  -  July/August 2016 - 
Preserving a clothing brand requires a carefully analyzed application of the four main instruments of protection

No. 258: Trouble at Home  -  June 2016  
In California, an employer cannot sue an in-house attorney employee for malpractice negligence arising from acts that are within the scope of employment