Mark Gergen

Porn star raising funds for legal expenses in Trump disclosure fight

Mark Gergen quoted by ABC News, March 14, 2018

“Their ability to collect liquidated damages is only as good as their ability to enforce it,” explained Mark Gergen. … “And any effort to get damages for a breach of the agreement could really expose [Trump and Cohen] to some very embarrassing discovery and cross-examination.”

The new tax law creates a huge boon for Uber and Lyft drivers

Mark Gergen quoted by CNBC, Feb. 5, 2018

So those who have income from “non-corporate enterprises” can deduct 20 percent of that income before filing taxes on it. This includes those who have money in private equity, venture capital or publicly funded partnerships, says Mark Gergen. … He adds that these pass-through deductions were not created with the explicit intention of helping gig workers — that was a side effect.

How House tax bill can hurt Californians

Mark Gergen interviewed by KTVU, Nov. 16, 2017

“Under their budget rules, to have a 20% top corporate tax rate, they had to come up with a lot of revenue. Where they came up with revenue was by largely eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes.”

Corporate tax rate report

Mark Gergen interviewed by WalletHub, Nov. 1, 2017

“Lowering the corporate income tax rate so it is in line with the corporate income tax rates of our major trading partners basically is tinkering with a busted system. The proposal for a preferential tax rate for pass-through business income would be a disaster, because much pass-through business income is a return to labor.”

Where will Raiders play next season? Lawyers reviewing lease

Mark Gergen quoted by East Bay Times, March 28, 2017

Mark Gergen, a UC Berkeley law professor, reviewed the lease and said it appears there is little the Coliseum authority can do to force the Raiders out early. … “It looks fairly straightforward,” Gergen said. “It looks like Oakland is bound on the option.”

Murder convictions rare for owners or landlords of deadly sites

Mark Gergen quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 5, 2016

Survivors of the victims of this weekend’s Ghost Ship fire can also file damage suits against the building’s owner, his chief tenant who leased the spaces, and possibly the promoter of the concert that brought people to the warehouse Friday night, said UC Berkeley Law Professor Mark Gergen. The main obstacle, he said, is that the operators of such “gray economy” enterprises typically have few assets and no insurance.

Airbnb clarifies rules: No class-action lawsuits

Mark Gergen quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, May 20, 2016

“Some people find the ubiquity of these arbitration terms troubling,” he said. “They don’t like the switch from courts to arbitration, but it’s where the world is heading.” Airbnb’s wording doesn’t strike him as particularly aggressive, he said.