Monday, October 15, 2018

Unfair Competition in California


For more than sixteen years, Manhattan Beach resident Kalley Aman has been an attorney and shareholder with the law firm Buchalter, PC, in Southern California. In addition to serving as a shareholder with the firm, Kalley Aman is a member of the Labor and Employment and Litigation practice groups and handles cases involving claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition.

Compared to the rest of the United States, California has some of the strictest laws related to unfair competition. The state regards unfair competition as any business practice that uses fraudulent, unfair, or unlawful activities to limit either a market’s ability to compete or that of another company. Some of the forms of unfair competition can be unclear because there are no specific guidelines. However, in general, unfair business practices are those that deceive the public, fraudulent activities usually involve the misrepresentation of fact, and unlawful practices violate any statute, rule, or regulation. 

In California, only one of these three elements must be met to prove unfair competition. For example, unfair competition may happen as the result of a company or businessperson attempting to manipulate market pricing, unlawfully forcing another business out of the marketplace, or unlawfully taking customers from another organization. False advertising and misappropriation of company trade secrets fall within the state’s unfair competition laws, as well as infringement of intellectual property.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Heroes of Hope Race for Research Raises Money for Cancer Research


Based in Manhattan Beach, Kalley Aman has been an attorney at Buchalter, PC in Los Angeles since 2002. As a member of the Labor & Employment and Litigation Practice Groups, Ms. Aman counsels employers on employment matters and represents employers in a variety of employment cases and class action lawsuits. An avid runner, Kalley Aman runs about 80 miles each month and has participated in the Heroes of Hope Race for Research.

First held in 2007, the Heroes of Hope Race for Research raises money to give back to those dealing with childhood and adult brain tumors and cancer. The annual race is part of the Grey Ribbon Crusade, which consists of more than 110 nonprofit organizations that have united against brain tumors. Its theme colors are grey and gold, with grey representing the color for brain tumor awareness, while gold is for childhood cancer awareness. Since it began, the race has raised more $500,000 for brain tumor and cancer research in the Los Angeles area.

The daylong event typically attracts more than 1,200 runners, walkers, and survivors. They can participate in the 5K, 10K, Kids Fun Run, or just observe. In addition to races, the event features entertainment, food and beverages, and a Kids Zone that includes face painting and airbrush tattoos. Runners receive other benefits, including stretches led by professional fitness instructors, a T-shirt, and medals for finishing.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Lewis & Clark Law School - Helping Students Secure Clerkships


A resident of Manhattan Beach in southern Los Angeles, Kalley Aman represents employers in litigation, arbitration, and class-action lawsuits as a shareholder at Buchalter, P.C.. Kalley Aman holds a juris doctor from the Lewis & Clark Law School, which maintains a commitment to helping students obtain judicial clerkships.

For years, Lewis & Clark Law School has been placing students in clerkships in a number of courts, including the Oregon Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Eastern Washington. The school strongly encourages students to pursue a clerkship at the end of their studies to gain experience working with legal issues and to observe practicing lawyers and judges.

Clerkships also help students further develop their legal writing and reasoning skills under the tutelage of an experienced legal professional. As a testimony to the value of these experiences, many students have stated their clerkship helped strengthen their applications for positions with law firms and employers in the public sector.

To help students and alumni secure these positions, Lewis & Clark Law School provides one-on-one appointments with faculty advisors and assistance through Career & Professional Development staff. Further, the school leverages alumni connections to connect students to potential clerkship opportunities.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Manhattan Beach - Serene Beach Town in Southern California


A graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School, Kalley Aman is a shareholder and partner at Buchalter Nemer, P.C. in Los Angeles. Outside of her practice of law, Kalley Aman enjoys running in Manhattan Beach.

A South Los Angeles suburb, Manhattan Beach has just 35,000 residents and offers a quaint environment close to the city. One of the iconic features of this small beach town is the Manhattan Beach Pier, a 928-foot-long structure built in 1920. At the end of the pier sits a large “roundhouse” with an aquarium and coffee shop. While many visitors enjoy walking on the pier, the area below attracts photographers, especially those looking to capture the gorgeous colors of the morning. 

The town itself features a range of high-end stores and banking and real estate firms. Also catering to foodies, Manhattan beach offers restaurants for all tastes, including Fishing with Dynamite, MB Post, and Mama D's Italian Restaurant, which tends to attract comfort-food lovers.