April 2010 Issue


  1. President's Message by Louis R. Dienes
  2. The Battle over “SC” by Scott A. Edelman and Michael S. Adler
  3. Bankruptcy Issues Arising in Ponzi Schemes by Kathy Bazoian Phelps
  4. Looking Beneath the Label of 'Independent Contractor' by Matthew B. Hayes
  5. Charitable Annuities Can Be a Security by Edward T. Swanson
  6. Bar Associations Needn’t Sell Membership by Fay Arfa
  7. Century City After Hours by Ed Swanson

President's Message

By Louis R. Dienes, TroyGould PC

I am proud to assume the office of President of the Century City Bar Association and I look forward to the coming year of service to the Century City legal community.

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The Battle over “SC”: Trojans vs. Gamecocks

by Scott A. Edelman and Michael S. Adler

Perhaps the longest trademark battle in collegiate sports history appears to have ended in January when the Federal Circuit decided the University of South Carolina v. University of Southern California, No. 2009-1064.

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Bankruptcy Issues Arising in Ponzi Schemes

by Kathy Bazoian Phelps

What do investors, sales people, attorneys, accountants and auditors all have in common? They can all be completely deceived in a Ponzi scheme, and yet find themselves defendants in serious litigation.

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Mislabeling of Employees As Independent Contractors Becomes A Focal Point For Employer Liability

by Matthew B. Hayes

While significant savings can be realized by using independent contractors, companies must ensure that the independent contractor label is justified and properly documented.

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Charitable Annuities Can Be a Security

by Edward T. Swanson

Many things that, on their face, do not seem to be securities are, or may be, securities. It therefore behooves all lawyers, regardless of their specialty or focus, to have a basic understanding of what may be a security.

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Bar Associations Needn’t Sell Membership

by Fay Arfa

As members of the Century City Bar Association, you may stay up nights wondering if bar associations like ours have a duty to sell your membership information to disbarred lawyers setting up a low-priced mediation services. There's no need to worry.

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Century City After Hours

By Edward T. Swanson

Meet David Blumenfeld, a Century City lawyer who got "Shanghai'd." Plus, results from the last trivia contest and a new one!

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Photo Feature: Banquet

The Century City Bar Association thanks the guests, sponsors, and honorees of the 42nd Annual Installation Banquet and Awards Ceremony for making the March 4th event a great success.



The Honorees (from left to right): James I. Stang - Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year; David Nimmer - Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year; Marshall B. Grossman - Litigator of the Year; Juliette Youngblood - Entertainment Lawyer of the Year; Jeffrey E. Donfeld - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year. Photo: Mik Milman Photography



The Newly Installed Officers: Loren Beck – Treasurer; Francie Gorowitz - Secretary; Louis Dienes of TroyGold - President; Jane Shay Wald - President-Elect; and Fay Arfa - Vice President. Photo posted with permission from Daily Journal Corp. (2010)