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Failure to Disclose: Buyer Considerations Before and After Purchase

July 17, 2024 |

Unfortunately for buyers in the Bay Area, we continue to see markets with high demand and/or low supply of coveted residential real estate, which leave buyers with little to no bargaining power. Buyers are forced to furiously outbid their competition, expeditiously transfer their earnest money… Read More

Berliner Cohen Attorneys Named to 2024 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

July 11, 2024 |

We are proud to announce nineteen Berliner Cohen attorneys have been recognized by Thomson Reuters’ Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars programs this year.  Please join us in congratulating our 2024 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars! This program… Read More

PAGA Reforms are on the Way!

June 20, 2024 |

Earlier this week, Governor Newsom and California legislative leaders announced sweeping changes to the Private Attorneys General Act (known as PAGA).  PAGA is the controversial legislation passed over twenty years ago, which enables an employee to step in the shoes of the Labor Commissioner… Read More

What is Trademark Dilution?

June 5, 2024 |

What is Trademark Dilution? Trademark dilution is the unauthorized use of a famous mark in commerce at any time that is likely to cause “dilution by blurring” or “dilution by tarnishment.” A cause of action exists regardless of the presence or absence of actual or likely… Read More

Price Transparency Compliance for California Businesses

May 16, 2024 | ,

On July 1, 2024, SB 478 (“Hidden Fees Statute”) will go into effect, requiring businesses to publish pricing for goods and services that includes all fees, except taxes and shipping costs. The law applies to a variety of industries including restaurants, food delivery services, hotels,… Read More

Injury Illness Prevention Plan Resources for California Restaurants

May 8, 2024 |

Under Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations (T8CCR) section 3203, every California employer is required to develop and implement an effective Injury Illness Prevention Plan. CalOSHA provides various resources to start an IIPP. For California restaurant owners, click here for a sample… Read More

Introducing Fred A. Silva to Our Modesto Office

May 2, 2024 |

Berliner Cohen is pleased to welcome Fred A. Silva to the Litigation department in our Modesto office. Fred has been a business and trust litigation lawyer for most of his career and has tried complex disputes representing businesses and individuals.  His practice has also included being the… Read More

Introducing Pablo Tagre to our Modesto Office

April 17, 2024 |

We are pleased to welcome Pablo Tagre to the Estate Planning department in our Modesto office. Pablo’s practice focuses on estate planning and business transactional matters. Over the past decade, he was a solo practitioner with the Tagre Law Corporation. Pablo was born in Guatemala and raised… Read More

Berliner Cohen Announces the Small Business Grant Winner!

April 11, 2024 |

We’re excited to announce our 2023 Small Business Grant winner! Congratulations to Marisol Arreola, owner of Arreola’s Beauty Salon, on being the 2023 recipient of our small business grant for local, minority-owned businesses. Arreola’s Beauty Salon has been operating for over 20… Read More

Predictive Scheduling: What Employers Need to Know

April 10, 2024 |

Employers are constantly faced with the challenges of rising labor costs. One tool in many employers’ tool belts are scheduling changes, such as moving to a six-hour shift, instead of an eight-hour shift, or moving individuals to a four-day work week. However, when employers are making… Read More

California Employers: Workplace Violence Prevention Plans

April 3, 2024 |

On September 30, 2023, California Senate Bill 553 (Cortese) was signed into law and California Labor Code section 6401.9 will be in effect and enforceable on July 1, 2024. California employers that fall within the scope of this law must establish, implement, and maintain an effective… Read More

Partner Christine Long Publishes Article on California Employment Laws in Lawyer Monthly Magazine

March 25, 2024 |

Berliner Cohen Partner Christine H. Long recently published an article with Lawyer Monthly magazine on California’s 2024 employment laws, including key updates employers need to know. Read “California’s 2024 Employment Law” in Lawyer Monthly’s current… Read More

Berliner Cohen Ranked as Best Law Firm Regionally by Best Lawyers®

March 8, 2024 |

We are pleased to announce that Berliner Cohen, LLP has been regionally ranked as a Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2024! The rankings are entirely based on peer reviews and highlight a unique combination of high-quality law practices and the full breadth of legal expertise.… Read More

Introducing Rena M. Harrison to Our Merced Office

February 15, 2024 |

We are pleased to welcome Rena Harrison to the Litigation department in our Merced office.  Rena's law practice has focused on victim representation and white collar criminal defense. Rena excelled in those areas and was nominated to the Super Lawyers Rising Star List in 2022 and 2023 for… Read More

California Employers: New Court Ruling on PAGA Manageability

January 19, 2024 |

Employers were dealt another blow in a recent decision by the Court on PAGA Claims this week. The Courts of Appeal have in the past two years reached contrary conclusions as to whether trial courts have the inherent authority to strike a Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA; Lab.… Read More