The Hewlett Packard pretexting scandal received widespread publicity. While a criminal case is pending and there may be spin off litigation, the deal Hewlett Packard made with the California Attorney General is inked and done.
The navigation of employee bonus waters is difficult. Often, employers announce a program but do not want or intend to pay bonuses to employees who leave or who are terminated for cause. While are awarded for a wide array of achievements and over different periods, most common is the annual bonus.
Some of the biggest and most complex litigation involves class action cases. It is common in these cases for settlements to be placed in escrow accounts o be disbursed according to the court's order. Often plaintiffs counsel in these class actions prefers to be the escrow holder.
Eight years ago Congress decided that the existing means for awarding damages for trademark infringement were not deterring this illegal practice and decided to supplement these measures with statutory damages—a specific range that a court could award even in the absence of proof of a plaintiff's losses or the defendant's profits.
Victims of crime should be encouraged to provide not only information but also other to prosecuting attorneys. A prosecutor with more resources is more likely to build a solid case. To the extent a victim's contribution reduces the outlay by prosecuting authorities on a given case, more resources exist for other cases.
The legislature and the courts in California act to strengthen the rights of victims. In the last few years, the California legislature and the state appellate courts have significantly expanded the right of victims of crime to recover restitution.
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