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Surf Industry Waterman’s Ball event

(photo: Bryan and Sandy Friedman, Jim and Gayle Stroffe and Robin Gerard enjoy supporting the Waterman’s Ball)

FSG attorneys and family members recently attended the 25th annual “Waterman’s Ball” on August 9, 2014 at the Ritz-Carlton in Orange County. More than 600 surf industry executives and friends of the environment attended the event, which raises money for the SIMA Environmental Fund. Over the past 24 years, the SIMA Environmental Fund has raised more than $6.5 million for organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving our oceans, beaches and surf breaks. The Waterman’s Ball includes both a silent and live auction, as well as a time of recognition to the 2014 Waterman’s Weekend honorees – individuals who have made a lasting impact on the surf industry and are dedicated to protecting our ocean environment. All funds raised during the Waterman’s Ball are given to the 19 SIMA Environmental Fund beneficiaries – ocean-related environmental organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving our oceans.

Those recognized included two-time world champion Tom Carroll as Waterman of the Year, Golden Globe Award Winner and environmental activist Ted Danson as Environmentalist of the Year, and legendary shaper Rusty Preisendorfer with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Also honored was the family of Hobie Alter, who passed away this year and was the recipient of SIMA’s first Waterman of the Year award.

 

“Minimum Wage Increase Effective July 1st!” article by Robert Gerard

Action Sports employers need to prepare for the state minimum wage increase, which goes into effect on July 1, 2014. On that date, California’s minimum wage increases to $9 per hour from the existing minimum wage of $8 per hour.   The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but when state and federal laws differ, employers must comply with the law that is more beneficial to the employee.   Read the full article.

Questions? Contact Robert Gerard at rgerard@fsglawyers.com.

Sasan K. Behnood joins FSG as Associate in Litigation Practice

Friedman Stroffe & Gerard, P.C. is pleased to announce that Sasan K. Behnood has joined the firm as an Associate.  Sasan’s practice involves commercial litigation, real estate law and intellectual property law.

Sasan has significant experience managing and strategizing the litigation of sophisticated business & commercial, intellectual property, banking & finance, and real estate matters oftentimes in the context of complex multi-party litigation in state or federal court.

His work in banking and lending, prior to entering the legal profession, uniquely positions him in his real estate practice, and has fostered his in-depth familiarity with acquisition finance, securitized debt, senior & subordinated debt, banking regulatory procedure, judicial & non-judicial foreclosure, as well as structured financial transactions.

As a USPTO admitted patent attorney with an undergraduate degree in molecular biology, Sasan’s practice also focuses on the litigation and prosecution of intellectual property including patents, copyrights and trademarks.

Sasan received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Riverside in Molecular Biology. He earned his law degree from Loyola Law School. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

NEWS RELEASE

“Legal Briefing” enewsletter – May 2014

This communication is another tool that we use to inform our clients and colleagues of recent legal developments and useful concepts to help manage their business and personal affairs.

In this issue:

  • Article: “Infringement of Intellectual Property,” by Bryan M. Friedman (discover the boundaries to minimize financial exposure)
  • Article: “Selling Your Business: How to Bridge the Seller vs. Buyer Price Gap?”, by Martin C. Groh (creative thinking can yield large dividends for sellers)
  • Recent Engagements: To help clients understand ways that we can help them besides current matters, we briefly describe engagements of interest.  In this issue, we discuss “Wage & Hour Class Action” lawsuits.
  • Practice Profile: As a full-service business law firm, FSG represents its clients in a wide variety of business transactions and civil litigation.  This month we profile our Corporate & Business Practice Group’s services.

May 2014 issue

 

“Remember – Engage an Attorney to Review Your Lease” article by David King

This is the time of year when retailers and other business owners look carefully at their expansion plans for the upcoming year, begin scouting potential new locations, and perhaps even begin substantive lease negotiations with landlords concerning expansion, contraction, relocation and additional premises.  Surprisingly, many will not engage the services of a qualified attorney to assist with their substantive lease review, thus potentially exposing themselves to a host of possible financial and legal headaches down the road.   In addition to the basic financial terms of a lease (base rent, percentage rent, CAM, taxes, radius restrictions, tenant improvement allowances, etc.), there are dozens of other provisions contained in a lease that many small to mid-size retailers (and other tenants) do not think to even consider, let alone negotiate.  Read the full article.

Questions? Contact David at dking@fsglawyers.com.

“Time to Update Employee Handbooks” article by Gerard and Costanzo

We are approaching a new year in which new employment laws will go into effect.  In California, there continues to be a literal tsunami of cases in which specific legal requirements relating to meal and rest periods, work hours, leaves of absence, equal employment opportunity, and other employment requirements are at issue.   This can make it difficult even for those employers whose employee policies are well-updated to operate with minimal legal issues, and a potential litigation nightmare for the employer that neglects to stay on top of changes in laws and documenting key company employment issues and policies.   Read the full article.

Questions? Contact  Robert at rgerard@fsglawyers.com or Sally at scostanzo@fsglawyers.com.

FSG shows support at Surf Industry Manufacturers Association event

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) 2013 “Waterman’s Ball” was held recently at the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point.  FSG partners Bryan Friedman and Robert Gerard attended on behalf of the firm.

“Waterman’s Weekend” raises funds for environmental groups that work on water quality issues, protect beaches and surf breaks, and offer ocean and conservation education.  Honorees included Fernando Aguerre (Waterman of the Year), Peter “PT” Townend (Lifetime Achievement Award), Jon Rose (Special Achievement Award) and Brandon Boyd of Incubus (Environmentalist of the Year).

Bryan Friedman at Agenda action sports trade show

The action sports industry’s “Agenda” trade show was held recently in Los Angeles with over 600 brands that appealed to a wide swath of youth culture showing lines under one roof. FSG partner Bryan Friedman attended on behalf of the firm.

According to Shop-eat-surf.com, Agenda’s Mike Carter, VP of Sales & Marketing, said it was Agenda’s biggest show ever.  Retailer and distributor attendance increased 40% vs. the January 2013 show.

Shop-eat-surf.com (for action sports executives) publishes Bryan Friedman article

Shop-eat-surf.com, a leading on-line source of business news and information for action sports executives, has published an article by FSG shareholder Bryan Friedman.  In the article “Infringement of Intellectual Property” Bryan explains:

“It is important for the creative people in the industry to understand the boundaries of fair interpretation, and not infringe on other people’s intellectual property. In recent years the following infringements have given rise to numerous claims and large financial liability.”  He then discusses key facts to know about trademarks, copyright and personal likeness.  Read the full article.

Contact Bryan with any questions at bfriedman@fsglawyers.com.

Gerard to speak at OCBA’s Labor & Employment and Entertainment, Sports & Marketing joint meeting

Topic: Athlete Sponsorship in the Action Sports World: The “Bro Deal” is Dead!

Robert Gerard will be discussing the contractual provisions, terminology, and legalities of athlete sponsorship deals within the action sports industry, and the enforceability of non-competition agreements, notwithstanding California’s strong public policy against such agreements, when said agreements are imposed on individuals providing special, unique, and/or extraordinary services.