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Legislative updates

House Bill 525, effective June 29, 2023, enacts the 2022 amendments to the UCC addressing transactions involving digital assets.

Case summaries

Unauthorized Practice of Law
Alexander & Baldwin, LLC v. Armitage, SCWC-16-0000667, decided April 5, 2022. The Hawaii Supreme Court held that an unincorporated entity may only appear in court through licensed attorneys and the trial court should have used its sua sponte power to prevent two non-attorneys from representing the entity. The court also held that while the judgment in a case where the entity was not represented by an attorney does not require the judgment to be a nullity, in this case the judgment against the entity had to be vacated because the non-attorneys did not know they could not represent the entity and were not told this by the trial court.

Other notices

June 3, 2020 — The State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Business Registration Division (BREG) is repeating its warning to local businesses and the public of ongoing unofficial solicitations sent out regarding annual business report filings. Details can be found on the DCCA’s website.

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