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Judge tosses patent in FindTheBest case

By   /  Monday, December 2nd, 2013  /  Latest news, Law, Technology  /  Comments Off on Judge tosses patent in FindTheBest case

Summerland-based FindTheBest has secured a court victory in a patent lawsuit. A federal court in New York ruled on Nov. 22 that a patent held by Delaware-based Lumen View Technology was invalid. Lumen View, which does not produce products or services based on the patent, had sued FindTheBest alleging infringement.

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Appellate attorneys lend eye for legal issues to trial lawyers

By   /  Friday, November 8th, 2013  /  Columns, Law, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Appellate attorneys lend eye for legal issues to trial lawyers

Let’s face it: Sometimes you lose. And sometimes, it’s really not your fault. Judges and juries are only human and can misapply the law to the facts. That’s where appellate attorneys come in. The region has a number of bar-certified appellate law specialists who work closely with trial attorneys on whether and how an appeal can be pursued.

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Montecito investor gets sentencing date as ex-wife seeks bankruptcy

By   /  Friday, October 25th, 2013  /  Banking & Finance, Law, Real Estate, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Montecito investor gets sentencing date as ex-wife seeks bankruptcy

David Prenatt, the Montecito real estate investor who took in $18 million from more than a dozen people and then used the cash to support what a bankruptcy trustee called “lavish spending habits,” is headed for a sentencing in federal criminal court on Dec. 9.

Prenatt struck a deal with federal prosecutors this summer and pleaded guilty to giving false loan application information to Lompoc-based CoastHills Federal Credit Union. Prenatt’s creditors forced him into an involuntary bankruptcy proceeding in 2009. Earlier this fall, his former wife Maria Prenatt filed for personal bankruptcy claiming $27.1 million in debts.

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Retired Ventura County sheriff sues for supplemental pension

By   /  Friday, October 18th, 2013  /  East Ventura County, Law, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  5 Comments

Former Ventura County Sheriff Bob Brooks, whose $283,000 pension is among the largest of any retired government employee in California, is suing the county for a supplemental benefit that would pay him another $75,000 a year.

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Minimum wage hike has ripple effect on exempt worker status

By   /  Friday, October 11th, 2013  /  Columns, Law  /  Comments Off on Minimum wage hike has ripple effect on exempt worker status

As fall settles and you break out the Halloween decorations, it’s time to think about the biggest fright of the season: Next year’s new employment laws.

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Nordman Cormany opts for private liquidation

By   /  Friday, October 4th, 2013  /  Banking & Finance, Law, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Nordman Cormany opts for private liquidation

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Tech exec puts up $1M to fight patent trolls

By   /  Friday, September 27th, 2013  /  Law, Technology, Top Stories  /  1 Comment

Summerland-based FindTheBest.com is fighting back against a patent troll with a $1 million commitment from its founder to defend itself and a lawsuit of its own alleging racketeering by the troll. FindTheBest operates a network of sites that compile and synthesize publicly available data to help consumers find the best of anything according to their Read More →

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