Thursday, May 18, 2017

Unfair Competition And The Abuse Of Power In Business

Unfair competition is unethical, deceptive, and an abuse of people’s trust. It holds consequences not only for other businesses in the industry, but also consumers.Laws, to this effect,have been passed and implemented to deter such practices.

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A good example of unfair competition are violations of the antitrust law (or competition law a known in the EU). Violations include the attempt to push competitors out of the market or block prospective companies from entering it, predatory pricing, or getting all the rights to materials important to the manufacture of business products.

Trademark infringement is another unfair competition example, as is passing off. Here, the deception occurs when companies use the brand name, or logo that resemble that of another company to trick buyers into thinking that they are purchasing the victim company’s products.
Another act that constitute as unfair competition include espionage, bribery, or theft of trade secrets, or misappropriation of trade secrets.

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The unfair competition tactic known as trade libel is very much like common law libel except that in unfair competition, companies spread false information that destroys the reputation of a company’s products and name.

Olympia Law P.C. specializes in a variety of cases, including unfair competition. The firm is based in Los Angeles and Orange County. For more on unfair competition and Olympia Law visit this site.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Understanding The Difference Between White-Collar And Blue-Collar Crimes

The terms “blue collar” and “white collar” were named so because there was a time when the working class who were tasked to do manual labor were given blue uniforms as the color could make dirt obscure. Meanwhile, those who were given clerical jobs were required to wear a white-collared shirt.

While the distinction between blue-collar and white-collar jobs is fast disappearing these days, the description is still used to differentiate two types of crimes.

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The differences between blue-collar crime and white-collar crimes can be summarized into the following: the perpetrator’s socioeconomic status, the resources, assets, and power that were needed to do the crime, the kind of damage done, and if the criminal was actively present during the offense or not.

Blue-collar crimes are typically committed by those in the lower socioeconomic class and without the need for unique access or assets. The damage or harm is usually physical. And the criminal is present at the scene of the crime.

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White-collar crimes, meanwhile, are done by those in the higher strata of society. Thus, these perpetrators have access to assets and forces needed to conduct the crime. Examples of white-collar crimes are tax fraud, insider trading, and money laundering. In most of these cases, there’s no physical harm or damage; instead, there is a transference of resources, such as money or intellectual property.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What Americans Should Know About Foreclosure

There used to be a federal law that protected tenants who faced foreclosure. But that law expired on the last day of 2014. There are still state laws though that protect tenants. It is crucial to remember that if the property being rented out is going into foreclosure, or if a notice has been given instructing a tenant to vacate after foreclosure, then said tenant should seek out a lawyer specializing in foreclosure.

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Here are some things that tenants need to know.


  • Tenants should still pay rent and comply with the terms of the rental agreement or lease, despite the looming foreclosure.
  • Once the foreclosure is done and a new landlord takes over, tenants should pay their rent to the new owner.
  • Tenants are not required to vacate the property right after the foreclosure.
  • Tenants should always receive a proper written notice before the action of foreclosure can begin.
  • New owners should always have a “Trustees Deed” for the property to confirm they own the place.
  • An indicator that a landlord is facing foreclosure is if the utility company cuts its services. Lack of funds to pay for services usually also means lack of funds to pay the mortgage.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Be Aware Of Possible Legal Issues In Electronically Conducted Business Deals

Technology, indeed, has dramatically facilitated the conduct of business.  It has made possible the conclusions of transactions online, keeping the often stressful as well as tedious person to person interaction minimal.  Software applications have accorded legal acceptability to electronic signatures on documents, doing away with cumbersome ceremonies.

However, when huge resources are involved, such as in cases of real estate deals, stakeholders in electronically executed negotiations must always be circumspect of legal issues that may arise.  The first line of defense, definitely, is being accurately informed of the regulatory measures which define the  rules and the limits of digital documentation.

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The federal government approved several laws governing  agreements biased to the technological approach.  One is the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-SIGN Act),  which clarifies that an electronically executed transaction is valid only when the signatory has conceded to resort to the electronic method of documentation.  The law succinctly states that either party to a deal has the right to decline the use of electronic method and resort to  paper signature instead.  Further, in case of consenting to the electronic approach, the law requires the proof of easy access, by either party, to the document that is the subject of consent in electronic form.

The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA), on the other hand,  states that an electronic record or an electronic signature is an acceptable replacement for a requirement of law for a writing or a signature when the parties to the transaction have signified their agreement to the  electronic method.  UETA is one of the several United States Uniform Acts adopted by forty-seven states.

The electronic approach to negotiations and contract signing presents several avenues for concerns, particularly that the dynamic nature of technology has its downside. The prevalence of cybercrimes that render difficult the preservation of documents’ content as confidential, must be seriously addressed by the parties who must exercise with utmost care and respect the privacy of the personal information transmitted during negotiations as well as the conditions of the contract. Likewise, the parties must ensure non-occurrence of fraud by investing in trusted electronic signature authentication services to secure signatures and identification markers in the execution of real estate contracts. 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Facts people should know about DUI in California

Driving under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs, also known as DUI, is considered a felony in the United States. The laws on DUI vary from state to state. Let’s take a closer look at the DUI laws in California.

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  • Jail time for DUI offenders in California can be as short as four days or as long as 16 months, with fines that can reach as high as $18,000. The period in which a person’s driver’s license can be suspended ranges from a single month to four years.
  • The time by which a person’s previous DUI offenses are still valid for reference is 10 years.
  • Persons under 21 years old are prohibited from carrying opened alcoholic beverages when they are driving alone. There are exceptions, though, such as work-related driving.
  • The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level limit is .079. Higher than that, and it is considered a DUI. For people driving commercial vehicles, using a commercial driver’s license, the BAC limit is .039. For drivers under 18 years old, having any BAC is considered DUI.
  • Persons under the age of 21 are prohibited from taking alcohol, cough syrup, and prescription drugs when driving.
  • The BAC limit for repeat offenders is .009.
  • The implied consent law in California means that a driver can be fined and have his or her license suspended if he or she refuses a chemical test.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Primer On Catastrophic Injuries For Victims And Their Families

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Catastrophic injuries are always very serious in nature. Severe injuries to the spinal cord or brain are categorized as catastrophic. When the skull sustains heavy damage, it can also be called catastrophic.

Catastrophic injuries lead to one of three results: the victim’s death, the victim’s disability (which is oftentimes permanent), head or neck trauma (which is also oftentimes permanent). It is important to note that deaths may occur directly or indirectly because of this type of injury.

Though a lot of catastrophic injuries happen in sports, they can also occur through motor accidents, unsafe working conditions, and everyday slips or falls. Employers, motorists, building contractors and engineers, even landlords, could be held liable for catastrophic injuries befalling citizens.

There are also times when these types of injuries arise from the gross negligence of people providing healthcare. For instance, expecting mothers could be given the wrong medication, or subjected to erroneous procedures. The results are tragic and they affect both mothers and their children.

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One of the more agonizing realizations people have after they or their loved ones suffer a catastrophic injury is the requirement of long-term, intensive care. The expenses are no laughing matter. After a catastrophic event, the lives of entire families change. Houses and other valuable belongings are sold, jobs are left behind, and more life-altering adjustments are made.

It is of legal importance to remember that the expenses for the therapy and recovery of victims of catastrophic injuries should be shouldered by those who caused the injury in the first place.

Olympia Law P.C. specializes in cases that involve fraud, bankruptcy, and personal injury. The firm is located in Los Angeles and Orange County. Learn more about its services by visiting this site.





Thursday, September 22, 2016

An Introductory Guide To Wrongful Death Cases

There are various ways in which a wrongful death can happen. The most common ones include road collisions, product liabilities, and medical malpractice. But wrongful death cases are anything but simple. Here are a few important details people need to know about them.

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  • As mentioned above, accidents are one of the most common causes of wrongful deaths. Around 30 percent of deaths in the United States that result from accidents happen on the road. In fact, in 2013, there were over 33,000 fatalities because of automobile crashes and other road accidents.
  • When an infant is born alive but died because of medical malpractice, that is sufficient grounds for a wrongful death suit. The same applies to babies who were born alive but died because they sustained injuries while inside their mother’s womb. But if an infant dies while still in utero, that does not constitute wrongful death.
  • In some states, a person is not allowed to file wrongful death cases against his or her family members. In the states that do allow this, only allow adults to file the cases, not minors.
  • Medical practice and medical errors claim the lives of over 100,000 patients in the U.S., and very few of those accused are found guilty in court.

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Olympia Law P.C.
specializes in a number of cases, including wrongful death. Learn more about the Califonia-based practice, by visiting this website.