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California Eminent Domain Report

California Eminent Domain Report

Covers condemnation, inverse condemnation, and regulatory takings in California. By Nossaman LLP.

http://www.californiaeminentdomainreport.com
  • Apr 6

    California Passenger Rail Summit

    California Passenger Rail Summit
      Last week I attended the 2014 California Passenger Rail Summit where industry leaders met to discuss the modernization and integration of passenger rail service in California. While the California High Speed Rail train was an important…
  • Mar 21

    Smoother Pavement and Safer Bridges are Coming Soon to a Road Near You

    Smoother Pavement and Safer Bridges are Coming Soon to a Road Near You
    On March 20, 2014, the California Transportation Commission allocated $334 Million to 53 projects around the state.  As one Caltrans press release puts it, "Californians will be driving on smoother roads, safer bridges, and enjoying the…
  • Mar 19

    Court Decision Raises Questions About Viability of Precondemnation "Right of Entry" Effort

    Court Decision Raises Questions About Viability of Precondemnation "Right of Entry" Effort
    Last week, the Court of Appeal issued a decision that may be one of the ones we look back on as among the most significant of 2014 (at least in the world of eminent domain).  For years (and certainly for the entire 20 years I've been…
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Tax Blog

Tax Blog

By the Law Offices of Sanford I. Millar.

http://www.taxattorneycalifornia.net/tax-blog/
  • Apr 6

    OFFSHORE DISCLOSURE: WHAT NEEDS TO BE DISCLOSED? A CHECKLIST

    OFFSHORE DISCLOSURE: WHAT NEEDS TO BE DISCLOSED? A CHECKLIST
    OFFSHORE DISCLOSURE: WHAT NEEDS TO BE DISCLOSED? A CHECKLIST The following is a list of questions that should lead to the discovery of offshore assets, whether properly reported or not. If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you…
  • Mar 16

    Are you an innocent spouse for FBAR purposes?

    Are you an innocent spouse for FBAR purposes?
    The U.S. Tax Court (Tax Court) has restated the basic principles for a person to obtain “innocent spouse” relief from tax assessments. The criteria are as follows: “Rev. Proc. 2013-34, supra, provides a three-step analysis…
  • Mar 9

    Is Mental Disease or Impairment a defense to “Willfulness” penalties for FBAR purposes?

    Is Mental Disease or Impairment a defense to “Willfulness” penalties for FBAR purposes?
    In a pending civil penalty case in Florida the government puts forth its argument in clear language to describe what constitutes “willful” failure to file a Report of Foreign Financial Account (FBAR). In its Motion for Summary…
Rank this Week: 3657

Criminal Defense Blog

Criminal Defense Blog

Covers criminal defense and DUI defense law. By the Law Offices of Jeffrey Vallens APC.

http://www.4criminaldefense.com/Blog.aspx
  • Apr 6

    Valley Traffic Officer In Critical Condition After Crash

    Valley Traffic Officer In Critical Condition After Crash
    A Los Angeles Police Valley Traffic Division motorcycle officer was critically injured in Sun Valley, California yesterday after an SUV failed to stop at a red light and plowed into the back of the motor cop. The officer, whose name has not…
  • Mar 23

    LAPD Officer Arrested for DUI After Crash in Diamond Bar

    LAPD Officer Arrested for DUI After Crash in Diamond Bar
    A 29 year old Los Angeles Police Officer was arrested Friday for driving under the influence of alcohol after his car plunged off the 60 freeway in Diamond Bar. The car ended up in a McDonald's restaurant drive through with its driver,…
  • Mar 23

    Man Arrested for Dog Cruelty in El Segundo

    Man Arrested for Dog Cruelty in El Segundo
    In what appears to be a premeditated case of doggie homicide, a Sherman Oaks, California man was recently charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly ran over the dog owned by his estranged wife. Michael David Parker was arrested in…
Rank this Week: 3508

California Labor and Employment…

California Labor and Employment Defense Blog

Covers labor and employment law issues for employers. By Van Vleck Turner & Zaller.

http://www.vtzlawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1261

Sonoma County Criminal Lawyer Blog

Sonoma County Criminal Lawyer Blog

Covers criminal laws and news in Sonoma County. By Amy Chapman.

http://www.sonomacountycriminallawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 6

    Police Seize Over $2.6 Million in Marijuana Plants in Recent Bust

    Police Seize Over $2.6 Million in Marijuana Plants in Recent Bust
    Earlier this month in Los Banos, California, police executed four search warrants based on their determination that probable cause existed to find illegal grow operations. Police do not believe that the operations were related. Upon executing…
  • Mar 29

    Three-Month Long Investigation Leads to Big Marijuana Bust in Sonoma and Napa Countie

    Three-Month Long Investigation Leads to Big Marijuana Bust in Sonoma and Napa Countie
    After a three-month long investigation, police last week busted a multi-location marijuana grow operation seizing over 370 plants, 26 pounds of marijuana, ammunition, evidence of sales, and over $7,000 in cash. The investigation led to the…
  • Feb 28

    New Federal Guidance for Banks Encourages them To Accept Marijuana Businesse

    New Federal Guidance for Banks Encourages them To Accept Marijuana Businesse
    While marijuana has been de-criminalized across California, possession, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana is still against federal laws. This prohibition has put business owners who are conducting legitimate business operations under…
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Koehlerlegal

Koehlerlegal

Discusses current cases and issues in the law. By Kurt T. Koehler.

http://www.koehlerlegal.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 5

    Lectures in History: Andrew Johnson & the 14th Amendment | C-SPAN

    Lectures in History: Andrew Johnson & the 14th Amendment | C-SPAN
    This is an excellent historical perspective on the 14th Amendment to the U.S .Constitution. Professor Ross describes it as Congress' peace treaty to the South. That is quite accurate. He also notes that it only came about because of a…
  • Mar 29

    Taxes on Settlements and Judgment

    Taxes on Settlements and Judgment
    The link below will take you to an informative article on the tax consequences of judgments and settlements. Taxation of judgments and settlments varies depending on the type of case and the chacter of the damages. For instance back pay in…
  • Mar 1

    Birthday Post

    Birthday Post
    Today is my birthday and I thought I would post a picture of the cake my fellow workers bought for me. The Law Office of Kurt T. Koehler, 308 1/2 S. State Street Ann Arbor, Michigan (MI) 48198 (Washtenaw County); Copyright 2012 by Kurt…
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Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Covers topics such as sales and payroll tax problems, offers in compromise, tax audits, tax debt, tax disputes, tax fraud, tax litigation and tax controversy, and tax preparer penalties. By Brager Tax Law Group.

http://www.taxproblemattorneyblog.com/
Rank this Week: 983

Riverside County Family Law Blog

Riverside County Family Law Blog

Covers move away rights, obtaining or defending support applications and enforcing support orders, characterizing and dividing community property, and custody and visitation rights. By Thurman W. Arnold III.

http://www.thurmanarnold.com/Blog/Recent-Blog-Posts/RSS.xml
Rank this Week: 1029

Oakland Employment Attorneys Blog

Oakland Employment Attorneys Blog

Covers class action and employment law. By Sundeen Salinas & Pyle.

http://www.oaklandemploymentattorneysblog.com/
  • Apr 4

    The California Supreme Court and the fate of Class Action

    The California Supreme Court and the fate of Class Action
    The California Supreme Court heard oral argument on April 3, 2014, in a case that is  likely to significantly shape the landscape of class actions in both state and federal court:  Iskanian v. CLS Transportation, No. S204032.…
  • Mar 6

    The Profoundly Negative Impact of Arbitration on Workers’ Right

    The Profoundly Negative Impact of Arbitration on Workers’ Right
    Lawyers who represent employers regularly argue that there is no real difference between arbitration and jury trials.  They contend that arbitration does not affect the outcomes of cases.  And, it is “cheap and quick,”…
  • Mar 5

    Hunter Pyle to teach Employment Law at Berkeley Law in Fall 2014

    Hunter Pyle to teach Employment Law at Berkeley Law in Fall 2014
    Hunter Pyle (along with Todd Jackson of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C.) will be teaching the Employment Law course at Berkeley Law during the Fall 2014 semester.
Rank this Week: 2147

San Diego DUI Lawyer Blog

San Diego DUI Lawyer Blog

Covers DUI issues. By the Law Offices of Peter A. Mesich.

http://www.sandiegoduilawyer-blog.com/
  • Apr 4

    March Madness III, What to do After Hiring an Attorney

    March Madness III, What to do After Hiring an Attorney
    From 64 down to four. The Aztec-ian dreams are long faded into hopes for next year. Now Mort and co. attempts to predict who will win it all. Mort has his attorney, and feels a mild sense of satisfaction- and apprehension. After selecting…
  • Mar 28

    March Madness III- Choosing an Attorney

    March Madness III- Choosing an Attorney
    The Aztecs run has come to an end, to the disappointment of Mort and many other San Diego State fans. To get more substance into this post, we will drop the narrative for now and focus on the attorney question. The search for an attorney is…
  • Mar 24

    March Madness II- Tracking a San Diego DUI

    March Madness II- Tracking a San Diego DUI
    Duke falls to the despair of the Blue Devil faithful and the delight of everyone else. Wushock made a very positive appearance, but his 15 minutes are up. Everyone loves Gonzaga, but they head back up to the rainy Pacific Northwest. Like…
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California Bankruptcy Blog

California Bankruptcy Blog

Features news and commentary on current issues in the law of personal and business bankruptcy. By Macdonald & Associates.

http://www.calbk.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 3501

Resolving Discovery Disputes

Resolving Discovery Disputes

Covers discovery plans, depositions, interrogatories and privileges. By Katherine Gallo.

http://www.resolvingdiscoverydisputes.com/
  • Apr 4

    The Discovery Act Applies In Family Law

    The Discovery Act Applies In Family Law
    As a discovery referee in family law matters, I often come upon issues where opposing counsel does not think the Discovery Act applies to their proceeding. They argue that it is not necessary to make a diligent search and a reasonable inquiry…
  • Mar 5

    Is It Time to Appoint a Discovery Referee?

    Is It Time to Appoint a Discovery Referee?
    Last November I received the following e-mail: Since courts are so overwhelmed and setting dates for hearing is now running 6 months or longer, how does one do motions to compel further responses to interrogatories in a meaningful way? I…
  • Mar 5

    Is It Time to Appoint a Discovery Referee?

    Is It Time to Appoint a Discovery Referee?
    Last November I received the following e-mail: Since courts are so overwhelmed and setting dates for hearing is now running 6 months or longer, how does one do motions to compel further responses to interrogatories in a meaningful way? I…
Rank this Week: 2151

California Injury Lawyers Blog

California Injury Lawyers Blog

Covers California injury law. By Blady Weinreb Law Group LLP.

http://www.californiainjurylawyers-blog.com/
  • Apr 3

    Connecticut Woman Can Not Sue State for Chimp Attack

    Connecticut Woman Can Not Sue State for Chimp Attack
    A Connecticut woman whose face and hands were ripped off by a friend's pet chimpanzee in 2009, on Wednesday was denied a bid to sue the state for up to $150 million to cover her medical expenses. As reported in Reuters, the state…
  • Mar 19

    Parents Sue Accused Child Killer

    Parents Sue Accused Child Killer
    The parents of a 10 year-old girl who was kidnapped and murdered last month have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her accused killer, according to Courthouse News. Hailey Owens of Springfield, MO was kidnapped as she was walking…
  • Feb 26

    Innocent Deaf Man Tasered by Hawthorne Police

    Innocent Deaf Man Tasered by Hawthorne Police
    Hawthorne police beat and Tasered a deaf man as he signed to them that he was deaf and his friend had given him the snowboard he was carrying, claimed the victim in court. In a federal complaint for violation of the Americans with…
Rank this Week: 3166

Rifkin Consulting Attorney…

Rifkin Consulting Attorney Recruiter Blog

Covers job search advice for lawyers.

http://rifkinconsulting.com/blog
  • Apr 3

    What An Employer Looks For in an Applicant: The Basic

    What An Employer Looks For in an Applicant: The Basic
    Part 3;   How to Start Networking and Get a Job Submissions of application materials: Make it personal. Submissions should always be addressed to an individual – not “To Whom It May Concern”.  Methods…
  • Feb 28

    How to Start Networking and Get a Job

    How to Start Networking and Get a Job
    PART 2; HOW TO GET STARTED NETWORKING   MAKE CONNECTIONS, DEVELOP THE RELATIONSHIPS Approach: Network with Intention; implement an intentional and strategic approach, both (a) online and (b) in person. Lay the…
  • Feb 20

    How to Start Networking and Get a Job

    How to Start Networking and Get a Job
    Part One; Why You Must Network Based on a presentation at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles on 2/12/14.  INTRODUCTION In 1988, I graduated from Villanova School of Law outside Philadelphia.  Villanova is viewed very much back…
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Eric Morton's Legal Blog

Eric Morton's Legal Blog

Provides insights into business and intellectual property issues.

http://ericmortonlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 3

    Confidentiality Agreements and small firms vs. big firms - Newsletter for April 2014

    Confidentiality Agreements and small firms vs. big firms - Newsletter for April 2014
    We just published the latest Morton Memo with articles about the enforceability of confidentiality agreements and small firms vs. big firms.
  • Jan 26

    Newsletter January 2014 - Trademarks; and Cell Phone Tower Lease Trend

    Newsletter January 2014 - Trademarks; and Cell Phone Tower Lease Trend
    Our latest newsletter.  Articles by Mike Ritter, on cell phone tower lease trends, and Anna Burnett, on trademarks.  http://www.ericmortonlaw.com/mm_jan2014.html
  • Sep 15

    Employee Theft is Rampant

    Employee Theft is Rampant
    Employee theft has become a rampant problem.  Several our of clients have had employees steal customer lists, designs, website content, and other intellectual property.  Other clients have been embezzled. Thieving employees have…
Rank this Week: 4861

Fairly Used Blog

Fairly Used Blog

Discusses news in the Copyright and Fair Use industry, as well as updates to the Stanford Copyright and Fair Use site.

http://fairuse.stanford.edu/blog/
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California Trust, Estate & Probate…

California Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

Covers estate planning, probate, trusts and wills. By Albertson & Davidson LLP.

http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com
  • Apr 3

    Oops--The Unintended Will Revocation

    Oops--The Unintended Will Revocation
    Did you know that there are situations where you could revoke your Will without meaning to do so?  In this video I discuss the unintened Will revocation:     For our email subscribers: please click the title to view this video…
  • Apr 3

    Oops–The Unintended Will Revocation

    Oops–The Unintended Will Revocation
    Did you know that there are situations where you could revoke your Will without meaning to do so?  In this video I discuss the unintened Will revocation:     For our email subscribers: please click the title to view this video…
  • Mar 26

    A Better Standard for Undue Influence in California Trust and Will Cases: Part 4--Unfair Distribution from Will or Trust

    A Better Standard for Undue Influence in California Trust and Will Cases: Part 4--Unfair Distribution from Will or Trust
    This is part four of a four part post discussing the newly created standard for proving undue influence directly in California Trust and Will contests. Effective January 1, 2014, the California Legislature has introduced a new standard for…
Rank this Week: 3917

OC Patent Lawyer

OC Patent Lawyer

Provides basic patent information and case updates. By James Yang.

http://ocpatentlawyer.com
  • Apr 3

    Patent drafting tools that help broaden scope of patent protection

    Patent drafting tools that help broaden scope of patent protection
    In drafting patent applications, it may be useful to broaden the language by using words such as “preferred” and to use claim language such as “substantially” or words of similar import.  Preferred connotes that…
  • Mar 17

    Construing claim when validity and infringement depends on size

    Construing claim when validity and infringement depends on size
    Construing claim when validity and infringement depends on size The Federal Circuit in Takeda v. Zydus (Fed. Cir. Feb. 20, 2014) resolved issues in relation to claim construction, infringement and invalidity.  The patent was directed to…
  • Mar 12

    Doctrine of Equivalents not limited by foreseeability of the structure

    Doctrine of Equivalents not limited by foreseeability of the structure
    Doctrine of Equivalents not limited by foreseeability of the structure In determining the scope of patent protection under a patent, the claims are construed literally to determine whether the accused product infringes the patent’s…
Rank this Week: 1372

Southern California Bankruptcy Law…

Southern California Bankruptcy Law Blog

Covers bankruptcy, foreclosure, mortgage modification and short sales. By Nick Gebelt.

http://www.southerncaliforniabankruptcylawblog.com
  • Apr 3

    Preferential Transfers IV: Defenses to Preference Avoidance Actions (Part VIII)

    Preferential Transfers IV: Defenses to Preference Avoidance Actions (Part VIII)
    Here is the eighth defense against preference avoidance actions, the so-called de minimis transfer defense.  This defense has two versions. Defenses To Preference Avoidance Actions, Part VIII: The De Minimis Transfer Defense…
  • Apr 2

    Preferential Transfers IV: Defenses To Preference Avoidance Actions (Part VII)

    Preferential Transfers IV: Defenses To Preference Avoidance Actions (Part VII)
    Here is the sixth defense against preference avoidance actions, the so-called domestic support defense.  This one is short. Defenses To Preference Avoidance Actions, Part VII: The Domestic Support Defense A comparison of the Bankruptcy…
  • Apr 1

    Preferential Transfers IV: Defenses To Preference Avoidance Actions (Part VI)

    Preferential Transfers IV: Defenses To Preference Avoidance Actions (Part VI)
    Here is the sixth defense against preference avoidance actions, the so-called statutory lien defense. Defenses To Preference Avoidance Actions, Part VI: The Statutory Lien Defense Some liens are voluntary, the result of the debtor voluntarily…
Rank this Week: 4089

Law Law Land

Law Law Land

A lawyer's look at the weird, wacky, wonderful world of the entertainment industry. By Greenberg Glusker.

http://www.lawlawlandblog.com/
  • Apr 3

    “River Crabbing” Chinese Search Engine Battles for Freedom of Expression in the U.S.

    “River Crabbing” Chinese Search Engine Battles for Freedom of Expression in the U.S.
    In 2004, the Chinese Communist Party announced a new national goal of building a “Harmonious Society.”  Since then, this goal has often been cited by the Chinese government as a reason for Internet censorship.  In…
  • Feb 19

    Fun with Facebook

    Fun with Facebook
    In the last few months, numerous cases involving Facebook have resulted in amusing rulings that we would be remiss to ignore.  On deck for this blog post we have three good ones: A judge issued an adverse ruling to a litigant who refused…
  • Jan 22

    Did King.com Really “Trademark” the Word Candy?

    Did King.com Really “Trademark” the Word Candy?
    Much of the independent video game world is up in arms regarding the recent news that large UK game developer King.com has “trademarked” the word CANDY.  Many see this as an attempt by a Wonka-esque behemoth to grab control…
Rank this Week: 1461

HOA Law Blog

HOA Law Blog

News, editorial comment and legal information for California community associations. By SwedelsonGottlieb.

http://www.hoalawblog.com/
  • Apr 2

    The Impacts of California’s 2020 Water Law on Community Association

    The Impacts of California’s 2020 Water Law on Community Association
    By: W. Alexander Noland, Esq. & Cyrus Koochek, Esq., SwedelsonGottlieb, Community Association Attorneys In recent years, California has been faced with drought conditions, reduced water supplies and a consistently growing population. One…
  • Mar 14

    SwedelsonGottlieb and ALS Awarded 1st Place Exhibitor Booth at CACM

    SwedelsonGottlieb and ALS Awarded 1st Place Exhibitor Booth at CACM
    This year's Southern California Law Seminar and Expo hosted by the California Association of Community Managers was a huge success. Representatives from SwedelsonGottlieb and Association Lien Services presented at the event, and we also…
  • Feb 14

    Happy Valentine's Day - Need a Contract?

    Happy Valentine's Day - Need a Contract?
    Friday, February 14, 2014 is Valentine’s Day. A holiday that originated in Italy, it's all about love, and it has chocolate and champagne as staple foods, making it very seductive. And dangerous, because it’s easy to get carried…
Rank this Week: 1600

Bankruptcy Mastery

Bankruptcy Mastery

Covers skill building for lawyers new to the practice of consumer bankruptcy law. By Cathy Moran.

http://www.bankruptcymastery.com
  • Apr 2

    Phantom Creditors In Bankruptcy

    Phantom Creditors In Bankruptcy
    In rem is nifty sounding Latin, the original language of lawyering. It’s defined as an action “against a thing”.  It  concerns the property, rather than the person. In bankruptcy we encounter it most often when a…
  • Mar 26

    Can You Tell A Lien From A Secured Claim?

    Can You Tell A Lien From A Secured Claim?
    The underwater second deed of trust was listed on Schedule F in the debtor’s prior Chapter 13 case as an unsecured claim. Functionally, the lien was without value. But, the debtor, now my client in a subsequent case, took a gentle…
  • Mar 17

    How To Insure The Debt Isn’t Discharged In Bankruptcy

    How To Insure The Debt Isn’t Discharged In Bankruptcy
    The settlement agreement, fully executed, provided explicitly that the obligation was not dischargeable in bankruptcy. So why did plaintiff’s counsel have to  prosecute the claim again when the defendant filed bankruptcy? Because…
Rank this Week: 1068

Gartland Law Blog

Gartland Law Blog

Covers tax laws. By Bernard Gartland.

http://gartlandlaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 2

    Is a Real Estate Agent a Real Estate Professional in the eyes of the IRS?

    Is a Real Estate Agent a Real Estate Professional in the eyes of the IRS?
    If you have rental properties you may not get the full use of your tax losses unless you meet the tax code definition of a real estate professional. Its kind of common sense for a real estate agent to think … Continue reading →
  • Feb 25

    Can the IRS take away your Social Security check?

    Can the IRS take away your Social Security check?
    Is social security exempt from an IRS levy or garnishment?  The short answer is no, the IRS is allowed to take away your social security if you fall behind on your payments to the IRS. The rules are laid out … Continue reading…
  • Jan 29

    Fighting a 6672 penalty for employment taxes?

    Fighting a 6672 penalty for employment taxes?
    If you were the officer of a company that went belly up there is a good chance the IRS is going to come after you for the missed employment taxes.  Typically the IRS will hit you with something called the … Continue reading →
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California Condo & HOA Law…

California Condo & HOA Law Blog

Covers affordable housing, elections, collections, boards and committees. By Beth Grimm.

http://communityassociations.net/cacondoguru/
  • Apr 1

    SMALL ASSOCIATION OUT OF COMPLIANCE – WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT!

    SMALL ASSOCIATION OUT OF COMPLIANCE – WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT!
    I got an email from someone that posed a simple little problem – ha ha. There seems to be very few of those in this business. When I wrote back asking if the person was seeking legal advice, I got this answer: “I do not need a…
  • Apr 1

    Updating HOA Documents – How Can You Save Money?

    Updating HOA Documents – How Can You Save Money?
    I received an email inquiry today from a board member who says they want to work with me to update their governing documents. They are filled with anticipation and ready to go. They say “Our Board has set up a committee to tackle this…
  • Mar 22

    BLANKET HOA RECORDING FOR NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE

    BLANKET HOA RECORDING FOR NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
    This is a long post. It is excerpted from the currently updated Primer – Assessments A-2 – What Happens in an HOA Foreclosure Situation, which is all about foreclosures in HOAs. If you are interested as an HOA in getting notice of…
Rank this Week: 891

Nolo’s Fundraising Tips for Busy…

Nolo’s Fundraising Tips for Busy Nonprofits

By Ilona Bray.

http://blog.nolo.com/fundraising/
  • Apr 1

    Tips From an Experienced Charity Auctioneer

    Tips From an Experienced Charity Auctioneer
    I recently spoke to someone who’s been volunteering at a nonprofit’s live auction for ten years — and in a major role, too. He’s the one who stands up in front of the room and solicit bids from the audience. He’s…
  • Mar 21

    When Crowdfunding Fails, It Can Fail Big

    When Crowdfunding Fails, It Can Fail Big
    If a nonprofit sends out a direct mail appeal for funding and no one answers it, who will ever know? Except for some long faces in the hallway and somber analyses at the next board meeting, the matter may attract little attention. Not so with…
  • Mar 11

    “Just seeing the look on the faces of those kids . . . .”

    “Just seeing the look on the faces of those kids . . . .”
    A recent article in the East Bay Monthly, called “In the Philanthropic Swim” contained a powerful reminder of how donors’ giving instincts are fueled not just by knowing that they’ve made a difference, but actually…
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California Comp Blog

California Comp Blog

Covers workers' compensation legal decisions.

http://www.californiacompblog.com/
  • Mar 31

    Proposed En Banc Decision May Lead to Increased Litigation

    Proposed En Banc Decision May Lead to Increased Litigation
    The Appeals Board has issued a proposed en banc decision addressing whether the original panel QME or AME must be used to address subsequent dates of injury. In Ismael Navarro v. City of Montebello, the Appeals Board proposed holding the…
  • Mar 3

    Appeals Board Limits Applicability of Independent Medical Review

    Appeals Board Limits Applicability of Independent Medical Review
    The Appeals Board has issued an en banc decision addressing the WCAB’s jurisdiction to resolve medical disputes and the applicability of Independent Medical Review. In Jose Dubon v. World Restoration, Inc.; and State Compensation…
  • Jan 20

    Third District Weighs in on Almaraz/Guzman

    Third District Weighs in on Almaraz/Guzman
    The California Court of Appeal, Third District, recently weighed in on rating by analogy pursuant to the Almaraz/Guzman decision. In City of Sacramento v. WCAB (Cannon), the applicant was suffering from plantar fasciitis, a painful foot…
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Life, Health and Disability…

Life, Health and Disability Insurance Law Blog

Covers ERISA and non-ERISA issues on disability, life and health insurance law. By Barger & Wolen.

http://www.lifehealthdisabilityinsurancelaw.com/
  • Mar 31

    Towers Watson risk transfer program aims to offload retiree health care risk

    Towers Watson risk transfer program aims to offload retiree health care risk
    Last week, Towers Watson & Co. unveiled a program that would enable employers to eliminate unfunded retiree health care plan liabilities for Medicare-eligible retirees by shifting those liabilities to insurers through the purchase of…
  • Feb 27

    Heimeshoff highlights the importance of contractual limitation periods in ERISA plan

    Heimeshoff highlights the importance of contractual limitation periods in ERISA plan
    Since Heimeshoff, three district court cases have already held that lawsuits to recover ERISA plan benefits were barred by the plan’s contractual limitation period. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heimeshoff v. Hartford…
  • Feb 12

    Compliance: Cigna v. Amara and how ERISA summary plan descriptions have changed

    Compliance: Cigna v. Amara and how ERISA summary plan descriptions have changed
    Before the Supreme Court issued its 2011 opinion in Cigna v. Amara, an ERISA plan’s summary plan description (SPD) was widely considered to be part of the plan’s governing documents. Plan terms found only in the SPD were…
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Higbee & Associates News

Higbee & Associates News

Covers law firm news.

http://www.higbeeassociates.com/news/
  • Mar 31

    Another Successful Published Appeal for H&A

    Another Successful Published Appeal for H&A
    Recordgone.com, a division of the Law Firm of Higbee and Associates, recently defended an appeal of a granted California expungement. The question in the case was whether a conviction for an attempted violation of section 288(a) could be…
  • Mar 12

    Canada Takes Steps to Initiate an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Program

    Canada Takes Steps to Initiate an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Program
    Canada is working to improve border security by proposing the implementation of the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement. Under this proposal citizens from countries other than the United States that do not currently require a…
  • Mar 12

    Canada Accepting 5,000 Parent, Grandparent Sponsorship Application

    Canada Accepting 5,000 Parent, Grandparent Sponsorship Application
    As of January 2014, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will once again be able to sponsor foreign parents or grandparents for permanent residency under the Parent and Grandparent stream of the Family Sponsorship program. In order to…
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Small Enough To Fail

Small Enough To Fail

Covers bankruptcy law. By Greenberg Glusker.

http://www.southerncaliforniabankruptcylawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2523

Traffic Accident News And Advice…

Traffic Accident News And Advice Blog

Covers auto laws and auto accident law in California. By Bisnar Chase LLP.

http://www.trafficaccidentnewsandadviceblog.com/
  • Mar 31

    Boy Injured in Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident

    Boy Injured in Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident
    A 5-year-old boy was hospitalized with critical injuries after he was hit by a truck in Santa Ana. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred at the intersection of 17th Street and Cabrillo…
  • Mar 27

    Skateboarder Killed in Placentia Car Accident

    Skateboarder Killed in Placentia Car Accident
    Logan Wells, 16, was killed in a Placentia car accident after a vehicle struck him when he was riding his skateboard. According to a KABC news report, the fatal accident occurred near the intersection of Bastanchury Road and Secretariat Way…
  • Mar 24

    Orange County Authorities on the Hunt for Hit-and-Run Driver

    Orange County Authorities on the Hunt for Hit-and-Run Driver
    Police in the cities of Orange and San Clemente are asking for the public's help in identifying hit-and-run drivers in two separate incidents. The first one occurred the night of March 15, 2014 at Prospect Street and Craig Avenue in Orange…
Rank this Week: 117

San Diego DUI Lawyers Blog

San Diego DUI Lawyers Blog

Covers DUI defense, penalties and enforcement measures. By Susan L. Hartman.

http://www.sandiegoduilawyersblog.com/
  • Mar 31

    SR-22: What Is It & Why Do I Need It After My License Was Suspended?

    SR-22: What Is It & Why Do I Need It After My License Was Suspended?
    An SR-22 is a certificate of insurance. It is proof that you have met the state's minimum requirements for liability car insurance. This form is obtained from your insurance company and they file it with the California Department of Motor…
  • Mar 17

    Cops Use Audio & Video Recording Devices And Use Of Force Decline

    Cops Use Audio & Video Recording Devices And Use Of Force Decline
    One California city tested the use of cameras by their officers last year and the results were just as one would expect. The use of force by officers dropped by over two thirds overall, and those not made to wear cameras were twice as likely…
  • Mar 7

    Penalty Enhancements: What Are They & How Do They Affect My DUI Case?

    Penalty Enhancements: What Are They & How Do They Affect My DUI Case?
    In San Diego County and throughout California, driving under the influence penalties are getting harsher. In most cases, alleged DUI incidents are charged with two penal code violations: Driving a vehicle while under the influence of…
Rank this Week: 995

The FEHA Blog

The FEHA Blog

Discourse on California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act from an employee rights attorney’s point of view. By M. Greg Mullanax.

http://www.fehablog.com/
  • Mar 30

    Same-Gender Harassment: Win Some, Lose Some

    Same-Gender Harassment: Win Some, Lose Some
    A former City of Benicia employee sued the City and two supervisors for sexual harassment in violation of FEHA and for retaliation, among other causes of action. The employee and both supervisors were male. Supervisor 1 prevailed on his…
  • Mar 29

    Service Animal

    Service Animal
    I didn't see this until today, but Phyllis Cheng, Director of the DFEH, wrote this interesting article about service animals. I have not had a case with a service animal issue but an employer facing such an issue must do so carefully sinice…
  • Mar 10

    How Not to Act in a Deposition

    How Not to Act in a Deposition
    Justin Bieber demonstrates how not to act in a deposition. What a self-absorbed idiot. I wonder why his lawyers are empowering him by allowing him to act this way. If Justin were my client acting this way in a deposition, he would have to get…
Rank this Week: 2838

Farzad Family Law Blawg

Farzad Family Law Blawg

Covers California divorce and family law blog, with a focus on Orange County.

http://www.farzadlaw.com/family-law-articles/
  • Mar 29

    Beware of Over Aggressive Divorce Lawyers in Orange County Who Will Churn Your Case

    Beware of Over Aggressive Divorce Lawyers in Orange County Who Will Churn Your Case
    The word aggressive gets thrown around a lot by divorce lawyers, including in Orange County. There is nothing wrong with that as long as it is both right and within the context of intelligent and effective family law representation. I…
  • Mar 21

    Is Your Divorce Dragging On? Learn How to Speed It Up

    Is Your Divorce Dragging On? Learn How to Speed It Up
    How do I speed up my divorce? Has it been many months? Over a year? Years (plural)? There are plenty of good reasons why a divorce may take longer than you expected. Sometimes, it’s nobody’s fault and the case is just very…
  • Mar 21

    Is Your Divorce Dragging On? Learn How to Speed It Up

    Is Your Divorce Dragging On? Learn How to Speed It Up
    How do I speed up my divorce? Has it been many months? Over a year? Years (plural)? There are plenty of good reasons why a divorce may take longer than you expected. Sometimes, it’s nobody’s fault and the case is just very…
Rank this Week: 2836

IRS Report Card

IRS Report Card

Comments of a 30-Year Former IRS Insider. By Mopsick Tax Law, LLP.

http://mopsicktaxlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 28

    COUNT DOWN TO FATCA: FATCA MYTHS AND FACTS I

    COUNT DOWN TO FATCA: FATCA MYTHS AND FACTS I
    With the July 1, 2014, FATCA effective date quickly approaching, it is finally front page news. Practitioners who are following FATCA closely have noted that the emphasis has shifted slightly from the onerous and unfair injustice FATCA…
  • Mar 10

    Opt Out of Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program? We Need To See the National Office Appeals Coordinated Issues Paper Now!

    Opt Out of Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program? We Need To See the National Office Appeals Coordinated Issues Paper Now!
    An emerging issue for practitioners engaged in the offshore voluntary disclosure arena is collecting intel on what exactly the field offices are being told by the National Office about how to resolve  opt out cases. A client can choose…
  • Feb 6

    FATCA: “There’s No Point In Complaining. It’s Here To Stay.”

    FATCA: “There’s No Point In Complaining. It’s Here To Stay.”
    Last week on the “FATCA” LinkedIn group, a member wrote the following: “Why are so many people complaining about FATCA and crying FOUL!!!!!  Just get on with it, it’s here to stay.  It’s everyone,…
Rank this Week: 3970

The Reeves Law Group Blog

The Reeves Law Group Blog

Features California centric news stories related to personal injury matters.

http://www.bestinjurylawyers.com/blog/
  • Mar 28

    The Toxic Threat at Home You Don’t Know About

    The Toxic Threat at Home You Don’t Know About
    Every year, 500 Americans are killed in their very own home, often in their own sleep. Many other people have to be rushed to hospital emergency rooms, racked by nausea and vomiting. The toxic threat comes from carbon monoxide fumes, and…
  • Jan 22

    Schumacher Can Expect Long-Term Consequences from Brain Injury

    Schumacher Can Expect Long-Term Consequences from Brain Injury
    Even as the prognosis for Michael Schumacher F1 Formula One legend continues to remain guarded, speculation rises that if he survives his injury, he will not be the person that he once was. The Formula One world legend is currently in an…
  • Jan 16

    What foods most commonly cause food poisoning?

    What foods most commonly cause food poisoning?
    Some of the most dangerous foods to eat are likely currently sitting pretty in your refrigerator, or on the kitchen counter. From leafy greens and eggs to poultry, some of the most dangerous foods for Americans to eat are also some of the…
Rank this Week: 2621

Autolaw

Autolaw

Covers issues and legal challenges facing California auto dealers. By Chris Bruni.

http://autolaw.typepad.com/autolaw/
  • Mar 28

    Dropping the Hammer

    Dropping the Hammer
    I just finished handling a case where I was representing an automotive parts distributor. The claim was for products liability for defective parts allegedly sold by my client. The problem was the products identified in the plaintiff's…
  • Feb 28

    Closing A Loophole or Just Another Hoop?

    Closing A Loophole or Just Another Hoop?
    Here is an interesting news item that came across my screen: A California Assemblyman is considering sponsoring a bill that would require a temporary "Paper License Plate" be printed out and attached to newly sold automobiles as they leave…
  • Jan 31

    Legal Tender

    Legal Tender
    I just settled a case for a local dealership involving a claim brought under the "Lemon Law"--aka California's Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act. Actually, settled is the wrong choice of words, since the dealership didn't have to pay any…
Rank this Week: 3143

Los Angeles Probate Litigation…

Los Angeles Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers wills & trusts, probate and conservatorships. By Ginzburg & Bronshteyn LLP.

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Mar 28

    Update-Casey Kasem Children Settle Conservatorship Matter

    Update-Casey Kasem Children Settle Conservatorship Matter
    Los Angeles Superior Court Case Number BP 145805 concerning the Appointment of the Conservatorship over the Person and Temporary Appointment of the Conservatorship over the Person of Casey Kasem had been filed on October 7, 2013. Casey Kasem…
  • Mar 19

    Trust and Estates Section: Lunch with The Probate Judge

    Trust and Estates Section: Lunch with The Probate Judge
    On March 18, 2014, the panel of Probate Judges discussed the current state of Probate Court in Los Angeles County and addressed questions and concerns submitted by members of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Fortunately seven of the nine…
  • Feb 26

    Judges Panel: Avoiding the Most Common Evidentiary Mistake

    Judges Panel: Avoiding the Most Common Evidentiary Mistake
    On February 25, 2014, firm partner and probate practitioner, Yasha Bronshteyn attended the Judges Panel presented by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. Speakers included Hon. Amy Hogue, Hon. Michael Johnson, Hon. Mary Ann…
Rank this Week: 3710

Los Angeles Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Los Angeles Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Covers bankruptcy and foreclosure news. By Nader Law Firm.

http://www.losangelesbankruptcylawyer-blog.com/
  • Mar 28

    Navigating L.A. Bankruptcy and Divorce Simultaneously

    Navigating L.A. Bankruptcy and Divorce Simultaneously
    For some contemplating filing for bankruptcy in Los Angeles, the move is preceded by the ending of a marriage. It is common for couples who are separating to be faced with a host of money struggles. This is born not only of the fees…
  • Mar 24

    Williams, et al. v. King - Determining Post-Petition Debts in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

    Williams, et al. v. King - Determining Post-Petition Debts in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
    On the day you file for a Los Angeles Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you provide to the court a snapshot of your finances. Any debts that you owe at that point are considered "pre-petition debts," also sometimes referred to as "pre-conversion…
  • Mar 20

    Debt-Buyer Lawsuits Predicated on Inaccurate Data

    Debt-Buyer Lawsuits Predicated on Inaccurate Data
    There is now another reason that those in debt should feel confident about fighting lawsuits brought by a debt-buyer. According to a new report published in the spring 2014 issue of Communities & Banking, debt-buyers are frequently…
Rank this Week: 3669

Law Blog by Russell Babcock

Law Blog by Russell Babcock

Covers California criminal law.

http://www.lawbabcock.com/blog
  • Mar 28

    Great Result– Riverside, California Methamphetamine Case

    Great Result– Riverside, California Methamphetamine Case
    1.5 kilos of methamphetamine and no jail time! V.R was stopped along the Interstate 15 corridor where agents encountered 1.5 kilos of methamphetamine in her purse. It is curious how the agents call the major freeway I-15 a…
  • Mar 25

    San Diego Caso Federal de Drogas-Victoria!

    San Diego Caso Federal de Drogas-Victoria!
    El 21 de marzo de 2014 los abogados de defensa criminal Russell Babcock y Ryan Mardock presenciaron la sentencia en el caso de R.G; nuestro cliente había sido acusado de ayudar al transporte de miles de kilos de marihuana de un…
  • Mar 25

    Puedo presentar una apelación después de la declaración de culpabilidad en un caso penal federal o estatal?

    Puedo presentar una apelación después de la declaración de culpabilidad en un caso penal federal o estatal?
    Por lo general, cuando una persona se declara culpable, renuncia a la mayoría de los derechos constitucionales, incluyendo el derecho a un juicio y el derecho a presentar pruebas. Después de una declaración de…
Rank this Week: 3546

California Probate and Estate…

California Probate and Estate Planning Blog

Covers California probate and estate planning including law changes, legal strategies, and detailed descriptions of the options available. By Meissner, Joseph & Palley, Inc.

http://www.californiaprobate.info/blog
  • Mar 26

    We fix $499 Trust

    We fix $499 Trust
    I was reading the paper the other day and I saw an ad for a $499 trust. This blog post is not specifically saying that trust company is bad because I have no idea. That $499 trust may be the … Continue reading →The post We fix…
  • Mar 17

    Ten characteristics of a good trustee

    Ten characteristics of a good trustee
    When I go through the estate planning questionnaire with a client I suggest they think long and hard before selecting their trustee. In fact, if they hesitate for a split second when naming someone I ask about it. For example, ……
  • Mar 5

    Starting probate as a creditor

    Starting probate as a creditor
    I have a new case where the decedent’s son contacted me about starting a probate. He wasn’t quite ready as he had other things going on in life. Well, last week he called, in a panic, because one of his … Continue reading…
Rank this Week: 3436

California Criminal Lawyer Blog

California Criminal Lawyer Blog

Covers topics such as DUI Defense, Judicial Misconduct, Police Misconduct, Search & Seizure, and Probation cases. By Mary Frances Prevost.

http://www.californiacriminallawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 450

Bay Area Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Bay Area Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Covers Bay Area bankruptcy law. By Melanie Tavare.

http://www.bayareabankruptcylawyer-blog.com/
  • Mar 26

    Bankruptcy Basics - Understanding the Bankruptcy Court

    Bankruptcy Basics - Understanding the Bankruptcy Court
    For those without legal training, understanding the court system in the United States can be difficult. There are both state courts and federal courts, and each court system is comprised of many different levels of courts. Although…
  • Mar 21

    3-Year vs. 5-Year Payment Plan - Which Should I choose in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

    3-Year vs. 5-Year Payment Plan - Which Should I choose in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
    Unlike Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, which liquidates most of a debtor's assets in a relatively short period of time, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy allows a debtor to keep many of their assets if they are able to make payments on their debt over a period of…
  • Mar 14

    Supreme Court Holds that Exempt Assets Stay That Way, Even After Fraud

    Supreme Court Holds that Exempt Assets Stay That Way, Even After Fraud
    On March 4, 2014, Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the Supreme Court's opinion in Law v. Siegel, originally a bankruptcy case from the Central District of California. The Supreme Court's decision unanimously reversed the decision of the Ninth…
Rank this Week: 3176

Questions & Answers About Arrest &…

Questions & Answers About Arrest & Criminal Proceedings

Answers common questions regarding California criminal proceedings. By Graham Donath.

http://gddlaw.com/questions-answers/
  • Mar 25

    The Police Called Me Regarding A Domestic Violence Accusation. What Do I Do?

    The Police Called Me Regarding A Domestic Violence Accusation. What Do I Do?
    First and foremost, be polite. It is almost never in your interest to speak with law enforcement without talking to an attorney first, so politely inform them that you’re exercising your 5th amendment rights, and that you would like to…
  • Mar 25

    What Happens If A Witness Doesn’t Want To Testify In A Domestic Violence Case?

    What Happens If A Witness Doesn’t Want To Testify In A Domestic Violence Case?
    In California, prosecutors have the general attitude that their job is to intervene and provide help for people they believe are victims, even if those individuals don’t want to help themselves. Therefore, it is extremely common for…
  • Mar 25

    What Are The Defenses To Domestic Violence Charges?

    What Are The Defenses To Domestic Violence Charges?
    There are a number of different defenses to a domestic violence allegation. For instance, false allegations are very common in domestic situations where hot tempers intersect with intense emotions. False allegations can come out of anger, or…
Rank this Week: 2789

Law Offices of Joseph C. Markowitz

Law Offices of Joseph C. Markowitz

Discusses civil procedure, trial practice, employment law and other issues.

http://www.jcmarkowitz.com/
  • Mar 25

    Penaltie

    Penaltie
    Another Court of Appeal opinion in California reaffirmed the rule that penalty provisions in settlement agreements are not enforceable. In a settlement agreement entered in Purcell v. Schweitzer, the plaintiff agreed to accept payments…
  • Mar 19

    Settlement confidentiality

    Settlement confidentiality
    A recent case from the Court of Appeal in Florida illustrates the perils of confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements, but something more as well. Patrick Snay brought an age discrimination suit against a private school that…
  • Nov 22

    Civil collaborative law

    Civil collaborative law
    Collaborative law has firmly established itself in the family law arena, where parties (and attorneys) are often willing to commit in advance to do everything they can to resolve divorce cases out of court. Not so much on the civil side,…
Rank this Week: 4140

San Diego Criminal Law Blog

San Diego Criminal Law Blog

Covers criminal law in the San Diego and Southern California area. By David Shapiro.

http://www.sandiegocriminalattorneyatlaw.com/blog/
  • Mar 25

    Body cams for San Diego cops – Who is really being watched?

    Body cams for San Diego cops – Who is really being watched?
    The San Diego Police Department announced a few weeks ago that it is considering equipping its officers with body cameras. Although the method of attaching the body cams to each officer has not been decided, San Diego is one of ……
  • Feb 18

    Hit and Run Epidemic in San Diego

    Hit and Run Epidemic in San Diego
    While perusing the recent news in San Diego, it appeared that there had been what we thought were a surprising number of hit and run accidents described in the various stories in our area. It can be argued that the … Continue reading…
  • Feb 10

    San Diego gets an “F” on its Meth Report Card

    San Diego gets an “F” on its Meth Report Card
    For at least several years, the media, both in print and on television, have been referring to what has been termed the “meth epidemic.” The stories focus not only on the production and use of the illegal drug, but also ……
Rank this Week: 1936