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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Continues to Expand First Class Business Litigation Practice Group

Leading Trial Litigator Joshua Stambaugh Joins Firm

Josh StambaughLos Angeles, CA (July 23, 2015) Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Southern California’s leading business law firm, has announced that litigator Joshua Stambaugh has joined the firm as a Business Litigation partner in its Sherman Oaks office. The addition of Mr. Stambaugh continues to bolster the growth of the Business Litigation practice, bringing the group to 8 seasoned attorneys.

Joshua has extensive experience assisting businesses of all size, from Fortune 500 companies to internet start-ups, in virtually every area of commercial litigation, including: business litigation; interference claims; breach of contract; antitrust; unfair competition; misappropriation of trade secrets; fraudulent advertising; and class actions brought pursuant to consumer protection statutes. He has been ranked every year since 2009 as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

He has a proven track record of aggressively litigating matters of all sizes and finding sensible solutions for companies that are based upon both immediate and long term business needs. Joshua is particularly adept at handling discrete business disputes with the same vigor and efficiency of larger bet-the-company litigations, and within appropriate budgetary confines. He has extensive trial experience, and is able to handle commercial litigation matters at every stage of litigation, from pleading motions through oral argument on appeal.

Michael A. Sherman, the chair of the Firm’s Business Litigation group said: “Joshua is a first chair trial lawyer with proven courtroom capabilities.  We are delighted to have been able to attract such a star to our team, further demonstrating the Firm’s commitment to growing our litigation practice.”

Please visit www.stubbsalderton.com for complete attorney bios.

About the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Business Litigation Practice

The Firm’s litigators have significant depth and breadth of resources and a detailed knowledge of clients’ industries and business concerns.  In providing the best possible representation, our litigators appreciate that on occasion disputes may need to be tried to a judge, jury or arbitrator, and that in other instances the client is best served with an early resolution that is designed to preserve business relationships and minimize expense and litigation distraction.

Our litigators have a proven track record for analyzing complex legal and business challenges.  Our attorneys are experienced, innovative and aggressive in their pursuit of strategic outcomes.

We deliver efficiency and value to every client we serve through a well-defined budget and clear communication about their case.

To view the press release on PRWeb, click here.

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology and Internet companies, entertainment, video games and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, video games, apparel, consumer electronics and medical device sectors. The firm’s mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of the firm.  For more information, please visit www.stubbsalderton.com

 

Contact:

Heidi Hubbeling
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
(310) 746-9803
hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

SAM Managing Partner Scott Alderton Honored with Heart Centered Tech Award

 

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Managing Partner Scott Alderton was presented with the Heart Centered Tech LA Award at the Annual LA Venture Association (LAVA) Meeting on Thursday, July 15th. The award was handed off to Scott from Rich Abronson, last month’s HCTLA Award recipient.  SAM’s involvement in the LA Tech community led by Scott, along with his personal efforts to foster the growth of Silicon Beach and dedication to startups was the basis for this award recognition.

#HCTLA started as a way to acknowledge standout individuals who take part in using technology to help make this world a better place. Award recipients have healed hearts, built communities and contributed through technology. After 30 days, the recipients choose who the next HCT award winners should be, making this the first peer-to-peer awards ceremony of it kind that was appropriately launched in the #LATech #SiliconBeach community.

For more information on the award process, visit www.heartcenteredtech.com 

SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: “Social Media for Business” with Fife Star Media

Join Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

for this exclusive event!

 

 

“Social Media for Business”

 

Facebook! Twitter! Instagram! Snapchat! Oh My! What’s a business to do? Which of these Social Media tools fits your specific business needs? If you don’t have the right answer or are simply guessing, you need this event!

We’ll guide you through the ever-changing waters of the world wide web (Remember when we actually called it that?) because what you did last month doesn’t always fit today’s trends.

This interactive session is designed to help focus your social media output, understand your target audience, learn proper engagement strategies and discuss best practices for Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for Business.

We’ll help you:

1.  Understand how to identify your Social Media Target Audience
2.  Learn About Engagement Strategies
3. Discuss Best Practices for Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for Business

 

 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

 

5:30pm-8:00pm

 

**Food, Drinks & Networking Included!**

 

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Featuring

 

 

 

Brian Fife –  Take one part passionate wordsmith and add a dash of possible obsessive compulsive disorder. Add in a keen ear for finding a voice, vision and brand in between the clutter. Mix with a shaker of rum and you’ve got the mad science recipe for Fife. In between his fascination with the internet, finding new music and the written word, he builds Fife Star Media’s client base through wit and charm. (At least, that’s what we tell him. It’s honestly just perseverance and initiative.)

Heather Davis – Social Media isn’t just a hobby for the special events and programs supervisor turned digital marketing manager with a Pinterest addiction, it’s her passion. A glimpse at her photo blogs and Instagram account of her adorable one year old little man and a shih tzu with a big personality, will show you how everyday is an adventure in Heather’s world. She brings creativity, out of the box ideas, as well as unique perspective and experience to every client and project, usually with DIY instructions written on the latest chalkboard painted weekend project.

Fife Star Media is a collective of like-minded entrepreneurs, focused on working directly with businesses that need a visually dynamic and expressive online presence to capture new clientele. We bring individual expertise in social media, creative writing, web & graphic design as well as Google AdWords & Local Reputation solutions. As a team, we build your brand by solving the web based problems nearly all businesses face in a detailed and creative fashion. Our clients are businesses who either lack the time or acumen to manage and build their online image.

 

 

   
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SAM Wire – July 2015

July 13th, 2015
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Business Law Breakdown – Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law Prohibit Fee-Shifting and Endorse Forum Selection Clauses

On June 24, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed several important amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”) into law. The amendments, which will become effective on August 1, 2015, prohibit “fee-shifting” provisions and endorse forum selection provisions, among other changes.

 

To view the full article, click  here. 

 SAM Preccelerator Program Spotlight

 

Simplifeye enables doctors to see more patients, in less time. Patients will appreciate the increased attention from their doctor.

 

Office Productivity

Simplifeye puts office efficiency first with built in tools like office triaging and live patient flow views.

 

Quick Medical History View

Doctors are able to view the important parts of the medical history just by asking Simplifeye.

 

Cross-Platform Compatible
Simplifeye integrates with existing electronic health records so they no longer invade the patient doctor relationship and creates a standardized interface across multiple platforms. 

Apple Watch

Integration with the Apple Watch allows Simplifeye to be a completely hands free solution allowing doctors to make cross-contamination, when handling records, a thought of the past.

 

Previously featured in the LA Business Journal for their cutting-edge technology. To view the article click here. To view their full website and to learn more, visit www.simplifeye.co 

As the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has released new generic top-level domains (gTLDS), clients concerned about protecting their trademarks and famous names need to review their positions with respect to “defensive” domain name registrations.


To read the full article, click here.

SAM Client Iris.tv Raises $5.3 Million to Deliver Video Recommendations

SAM client Iris.tv has raised $5.3 million in Series A funding for technology that makes personalized video recommendations to viewers who watch short clips online.  The startup’s customers are lifestyle, entertainment, sports and news organizations that own and publish a lot of short videos online, and who want to drive audiences to watch more videos through their own apps or websites rather than on YouTube or Facebook. 

 
To read the full article, click here.
SAM Preccelerator Program Companies Showcase at TechDay LA 2015

Several Preccelerator Program companies showcased their businesses at the first annual LA TechDay LA at the California Market Center on Thursday, June 18th.  Companies included RallyVerde CircleTeam(You), and SAM joint ventureFlashFunders.

 

To read the full article, click here

Alex Lidow, CEO of SAM Client Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) has been featured in articles published in the Wall Street Journal (6/22/2015) and Los Angeles Business Journal (6/21/2015) The LABJ articles outlines their release of a more efficient product that could upend the $30 billion power conversion market dominated by International Rectifier, his former company.

 

To read the full article, click here.
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SAM Preccelerator Program Companies Showcase at TechDay LA 2015

Several Preccelerator Program companies showcased their businesses at the first annual LA TechDay LA at the California Market Center on Thursday, June 18th.  Companies included Rally, Verde Circle, Team(You), and SAM joint venture FlashFunders.

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TechDay is a massive science fair for startups. Startups have the opportunity to show off their products to thousands of consumers, the highest caliber investors, hordes of press, the most sought after talent, and the greatest pool of tech enthusiasts looking to celebrate emerging venture.

For more information about the Preccelerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com or (310) 746-9803.

SAM Client Iris.tv Raises $5.3 Million to Deliver Video Recommendations

Iris.tvSAM client Iris.tv has raised $5.3 million in Series A funding for technology that makes personalized video recommendations to viewers who watch short clips online.  The startup’s customers are lifestyle, entertainment, sports and news organizations that own and publish a lot of short videos online, and who want to drive audiences to watch more videos through their own apps or websites rather than on YouTube or Facebook.

Publishers or networks can generate more revenue from videos viewed through their own apps, potentially, said Iris.tv CEO Field Garthwaite, in part because there are fewer distractions there than on social media platforms.

If users do fast-forward past one clip to see another using Iris.tv, the next recommended clip will be a video from the same content company that is tailored around their interests.

Investors in Iris.tv’s funding round included Sierra Wasatch, BDMI, Progress Ventures and individual backers including Machinima founder Allen DeBevoise, Lions Gate CFO James Barge as well as executives from Nielsen and AEG.

SAM Partner Louis Wharton represented Iris.tv in this transaction.

To view the full press release in the Wall Street Journal, click here.

For more information on our Venture Capital & Emerging Growth practice, contact Louis at (818) 444-4509 or lwharton@stubbsalderton.com.

SAM Alert – “.sucks” gTLD – End of Sunrise Period Quickly Approaching

.sucksAs the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has released new generic top-level domains (gTLDS), clients concerned about protecting their trademarks and famous names need to review their positions with respect to “defensive” domain name registrations.  The new gTLD receiving a surprising amount of attention is “.sucks”. Owners of registered trademarks who register prior to June 19, 2015 ( end of ‘Sunrise Period) with the Trademark Clearing House of ICANN will have the first opportunity to purchase the “.sucks” gTLD domain names. Those trademark owners who do not register or are not registered may still have an opportunity to acquire this gTLD . Unfortunately they may also face having to buy the “.sucks” gTLD from cybersquatters or those who seek to criticize the business or activities of the trademark owner.

The Trademark Clearing House fee to acquire the “.sucks” domain name during the Sunrise Period is higher than after the window closes as no priority is guaranteed. So the rights holder must consider how far it needs to go in defensively protecting its reputation or famous marks. Is it important to stop all gTLD’s using your trademark or name? Do you want to have to manage a portfolio of non-productive domain names? While critics of a company or individual might use the new “.sucks” gTLD to launch a website that contains criticism, how much of a difference would such a website make to the business or career of the target?  Couldn’t the same critics more easily use social media such as TWITTER or FACEBOOK to communicate the same criticism and possibly with greater impact and less effort?  A rights holder must also consider how difficult it will be under the current law to be able to stop such websites based on trademark infringement as such websites have been found not to violate owners’ trademark rights. Although the content of the site may be the basis for other legal claims.

Nevertheless, there are certain businesses and personalities for whom the existence of a critical or seemingly defamatory web presence cannot be tolerated. In such instances, obtaining the “.sucks” gTLD as well as “.XXX, .porn, and .adult” gTLD’s makes sense and provides a comfort level knowing that someone cannot post on these websites or hold up the rightful name owner for large sums of  money to acquire these gTLD’s.

Please contact your principal attorney at SAM or SAM’s Intellectual Property Group to assist you in obtaining any of the new gTLD’s during the sunrise period or thereafter.

 

Please contact:

Tony Keats-akeats@stubbsalderton.com or (310) 746-9802

Konrad Gatien-kgatien@stubbsalderton.com or (310) 746-9810

Kevin DeBre-Kdebre@stubbsalderton.com or (818) -444-4521

SAM Preccelerator Program Company CardBlanc Featured as Finalist in IDEO and MasterCard Challenge

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We are very proud to announce that our Preccelerator Program company CardBlanc is being featured as a finalist for the IDEO and MasterCard challenge: “How might we use the power of communities to financially empower those who need it most?”

View the Napkin Finance presentation:

https://openideo.com/challenge/financial-empowerment-challenge/refinement/napkin-finance-everything-you-want-to-know-about-money-in-30-seconds-or-less

CardBlanc is a virtual debit card that unlocks an effortless and secure mobile shopping experience. We are simplifying the process for teens to buy, and parents to provide control and supervision in a mobile environment. Napkin Finance is the brain-child of CardBlanc.

Congratulations Tina and Team! We’re rooting for you!

About IDEO –  IDEO is one of the most prominent design firms in the country. They create products for IKEA, Microsoft, HBO, among others.  They designed the first Apple mouse. Here is a video about them on 60 min: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/how-to-design-breakthrough-inventions-50138327/

 

SAM Preccelerator Company Swggr Announces a Preferred Equity Offering on FlashFunders

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Swggr –  fashion love child of Instagram and Pinterest, is the first app designed to empower Millennial’s by providing a platform to directly style and share purchasable looks with friends all while getting rewarded! When users share styles from their virtual closet, they rack up points redeemable for discounts and exclusives from their favorite brands and retailers. TO INVEST OR LEARN MORE PLEASE VISIT: www.flashfunders.com/swggr

Equity Crowdfunding Platform FlashFunders Is Automating Securities Law For Seed-Stage Rounds

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SAM joint venture FlashFunders, an equity crowdfunding platform, is announcing a new program that automates the process for entrepreneurs, making it entirely free to raise an or invest in a seed round.

To read the full Tech Crunch article, click here.