Law Office of James E. Nobles

6931 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 331

Van Nuys, CA 91405

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Law Office of James E. Nobles

9431 Haven Avenue, Suite 100

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Ph: (909) 458-0500

Tips You Should Know About:




Entertainment Law:

  • 50/50 Vozpublishing deals are commong in the music industry
  • An exclusive recording agreement is a personal services agreement in CA and can only last for 7 years
  • Agents in CA must be registered
  • Record labels must pay an annual minimum guaranteed amount to enjoin an artist from jumping
  • Studios and producers rarely purchase scripts outright but purchase options instead


Business Law:

  • Oral contracts are enforceable
  • Confusing or ambiguous contracts will construed against the drafter
  • A contract that states that the venue and governing law will be in another state means that your
    contract will be litigated in that state – this can be problematic
  • If you do business in CA but are not registered in CA your business could be subject to significant
    fines in the event your company is involved in litigation
  • LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, DBA’s can all make a difference in terms of taxes and liabilities


Personal Injury Law:

  • For most personal injury cases you have two years to file a suit in California or your rights are lost
  • In medical malpractice cases you only have one year to file suit in California
  • $250,000 is the most that can be awarded for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases in CA
  • In slip and fall cases the owner or operator of the premises must know about the dangerous
    condition before the case is actionable
  • If you are not able to use your vehicle due to an accident you may also be entitled to monies from
    the loss of use of your automobile


Employment Law:

  • Exempt employees cannot perform manual labor more than 50% of the time or the law will deem them non-exempt
  • Overtime pay in CA is calculated on a daily basis not a weekly basis.
  • Employees in CA are entitled to a 10 rest break after 4 hours of work and a half hour lunch after 5 hours of work
  • Employers in CA must provide a paycheck stub which complies with the CA Labor Code or they could be fined $100 for each violation
  • Claims for sexual harassment and discrimination must be first filed with the DFEH or EEOC
  • Wage and hour claims in CA must be filed within 3 years or 4 years in a claim for Unfair Competition is alleged.




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