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CALIFORNIA CORPORATE & SECURITIES LAW

Are LLC Interests Securities in California?

Does California consider membership interests in a limited liability company to be securities?  There are two correct answers to this question – yes and no. As I discussed a few years back, the California Corporate Securities Law preceded even the idea of limited liability companies.  When California’s first LLC law (the Beverly-Killea Act) was adopted,…

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FTB Issues Legal Ruling Addressing Filing And Franchise Tax Obligations of LLCs And Their Members

I’ve written several posts on discussing the meaning and ramifications of “doing business” for California tax purposes.  See, e.g., Why Your LLC May Be Doing More Than You Think In California Even When It’s Doing Nothing, 60 Acres And A Lawsuit Challenging The FTB’s Interpretation of “Doing Business” (sorry, I don’t know the current status of…

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Court Of Appeal Reaffirms Lender’s Refusal To Loan To LLC Based On Felonious Investor In Manager

In May, I wrote this post about a decision by the Second District Court of Appeal finding that a lender did not violate California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act when it declined to make a loan to a limited liability company whose managing member included a convicted felon.  The Court of Appeal on its own motion…

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LLC Contractor Licensing – “We’re Not Even Talking About That.”

I’ve welcomed the enactment of SB 392 (Florez) which authorizes the Contractors’ State License Board to issue contractor’s licenses to limited liability companies.  Potential LLC licensees should note, however, that SB 392 imposes significant surety bond and liability insurance requirements on LLC’s.  Because SB 392 takes effect in a few weeks, I called the CSLB to ask…

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LLC Contractor Bill Is Held At Desk

On September 3, 2010, I wrote that SB 392 (Florez) had made it to enrollment.  This bill authorizes the State Contractors’ License Board to issue a contractor’s license to a limited liability company.  Normally, a bill is sent to the Governor after enrollment.  Cal. Const. Art. IV, § 10(a) (“Each bill passed by the Legislature shall…

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Will Your Next Construction Contractor be an LLC?

Speaking of professional services, the Beverly-Killea Limited Liability Company Act generally does not authorize domestic and foreign limited liability companies to engage in professional services.  Consequently, a limited liability company cannot obtain a license as a construction contractor in California.  Last year, Senator Florez introduced SB 392 to permit LLCs to obtain a contractor’s license. …

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