Century City Lawyer
October 2012 Issue

Fay Arfa President's Message

by Fay Arfa
Fay Arfa, A Law Corporation

We are proud to report that this past July we welcomed David Nimmer, the "calling card" on copyright law. He presented an excellent, dynamic and enlightening program, "You Really Got a Hold on Me - Recent Developments in Holding Service Providers Liable for Copyright Infringement." As usual, Lawry's provided a tasty meal and everyone left feeling great.


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Adrienne Lamar Don Stephenson

“We will not be beaten.”

by Adrienne Lamar and Don Stephenson, Jenesse Center, Inc.

In the 1970’s these words became the rallying cry of women across the country as they initiated a grassroots organizing effort to end domestic violence, improve the lives of its victims, and transform public consciousness. A common belief within the movement was that women faced brutality from their husbands and, just as importantly, indifference from social institutions.

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Victoria Burke

Kate Spade’s Poppies: Inspired Design or Copyright Infringement?

by Victoria Burke

Gertrude Stein famously wrote, “a rose is a rose is a rose.” Clearly, Ms. Stein was not a fashion law or copyright attorney as evidenced by such a cavalier statement. Because if she were, then she would know nothing could be further from the truth. Take for instance the current complaint against Kate Spade. In this case, the “rose” is a red poppy emblazoned on various fabrics. .

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Edward T. Swanson

SEC Proposes to Permit General Solicitations in “Private” Placements

by Edward T. Swanson


The SEC, as required by the JOBS Act adopted in April of 2012, is proposing to radically change the method by which issuers can legally sell securities without registration under the Securities Act of 1933. A brief review of the background of “private offerings” will help non-securities attorneys appreciate the significance of the proposed rule-change.

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Edward T. Swanson

Century City After Hours

by Edward T. Swanson


Edwin Lasman Will Be Missed

Edwin Lasman died in August. His death was a shock to me, and it is still hard to accept that harsh fact. I knew Ed for many years, and for a few years we were partners in Century City at Case Knowlson. No matter how difficult and stressful a situation, Ed always was calm, cool and collected, the model of a TV commercial for some anti-perspirant.

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Amy Alderfer

Photo Feature: Fall Fun

by Amy Alderfer

 

Underwood Farms' Pumpkin Patch 

Wishing for a great pumpkin patch for your little ones or looking for something fun to do beyond West LA? Look no further! Underwood Farms' 15th Annual Fall Harvest Festival begins September 29 and runs through the month of October at Underwood Farms in Moorpark. There are tractor rides, animals, and, of course, pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins! For more information, check out their website at:
www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com

 

New Century City Dog Park

Whether you've taken Fido out for some shopping or for a day at your dog friendly office, he now has a place to take break and play in Century City. Westfield has opened its small dog park near the edge of the Century City Mall behind the concierge desk. There's plenty of shade and benches for relaxing. Plastic bags are provided for clean-up. There are some doggie dos and don'ts so make sure to read the rules and bring a leash. Woof!!

New Century City Dog Park

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Hard Lessons Learned From a
Hard Drive Crash

by Fay Arfa
Fay Arfa, A Law Corporation

A few weeks ago, my legal partner A.K.A., my computer, crashed. I do not know how it happened. All of a sudden it started acting funny and then I tried to start and restart my computer and I could not get into Windows. In my panic, I kept messing with the computer and things went from bad to worse. I immediately called my computer networking technician who tried via remote, but could not help me and could not come until the next day. I could not survive that long. My husband suggested calling Dell technical support and they got me up and running within a day. However, I learned some hard lessons that I wanted to share. Here they are:

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