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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: 2734

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: 1374

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: 4021

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 →
Rank this Week: 1960

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: 2271

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…
Rank this Week: 4898

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…
Rank this Week: 4698

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…
Rank this Week: 1887

Small Enough To Fail

Small Enough To Fail

Covers bankruptcy law. By Greenberg Glusker.

http://www.southerncaliforniabankruptcylawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1923

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: 1684

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: 1690

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: 3647

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: 1892

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: 907

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: 3279

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: 3008

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: 4685

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: 2733

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: 1090

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: 1793

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: 1700

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: 4248

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: 3197

Law Office of David P. Shapiro…

Law Office of David P. Shapiro Blog

Covers criminal law in California.

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: 3736

Law and Software

Law and Software

Covers legal tech, encryption, big data, and the cloud. By Andrew Bartlett.

http://www.lawandsoftware.com/blog/
  • Mar 24

    Filling XFA PDF Forms using PDFBox

    Filling XFA PDF Forms using PDFBox
    This is an initial post about mods to PDFBox to allow XFA form filling on modern AES encrypted PDF forms, so that they still load into Acrobat Reader, and do not get the dreaded message informing you that the document has been modified and…
  • Dec 28

    calability, the surge, and the obamacare website

    calability, the surge, and the obamacare website
    Two things surprised me about the obamacare websites. The first was that (at least for Covered California) the errors thrown by an overloaded system on the last evening for enrollment were java exceptions. The second was the proud claim that…
  • Dec 22

    google glass plays Bach

    google glass plays Bach
    those nice people at Google sent me a new invite. a shale glass. my visit to studio on the embarcadero timed to coincide with the new IOS7 myglass app. to get used to glass, I signed up for google play music, uploaded the mp3s of the Open…
Rank this Week: 1765

Orange County DUI Lawyer Blog

Orange County DUI Lawyer Blog

Covers California DUI news and legal developments. By William Weinberg.

http://www.orangecountyduilawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 24

    What Should I Do If I Am Arrested For DUI In Orange County, California?

    What Should I Do If I Am Arrested For DUI In Orange County, California?
    You’ve just been arrested in Orange County, California for driving under the influence. What happens next? The most time-sensitive matter you need to address is the DMV Administrative Per Se (APS), hearing. You have ten days from the…
  • Mar 14

    Choosing The Right Attorney To Handle Your DUI In Orange County, California

    Choosing The Right Attorney To Handle Your DUI In Orange County, California
    Being arrested for DUI is embarrassing and can cause extreme anxiety, as well as the effect is has one one's day-to-day life. My job is to help you through this long, complicated process. From the DMV Administrative hearing all the way up…
  • Mar 7

    DUI Defenses To An Arrest For Driving Under the Influence

    DUI Defenses To An Arrest For Driving Under the Influence
    As a DUI defense attorney, practicing law in Orange County California for more than 20 years, I have handled hundreds of driving under the influence cases. My clients come from all walks of life. They include lawyers, doctors, business…
Rank this Week: 1076

California Social Security Lawyer…

California Social Security Lawyer Blog

Covers Social Security Disability Law. By Geri Kahn.

http://thecaliforniasocialsecuritylawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 23

    The fastest and (soon only) way to obtain verification of SSI/SSDI benefit

    The fastest and (soon only) way to obtain verification of SSI/SSDI benefit
    I have often sent my clients to the local Vallejo Social Security field office to obtain a benefit verification letter.  It is no longer necessary to go in person to obtain a letter and in fact, by October 2014, it … Continue…
  • Mar 9

    A strategy to win SSI for someone with Williams Syndrome

    A strategy to win SSI for someone with Williams Syndrome
    I am currently working on a case for an individual with Williams Syndrome.  According to the Williams Syndrome Association, Williams Syndrome is  ”a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone. …
  • Feb 23

    Argue and present evidence at your hearing that you meet or equal a listing

    Argue and present evidence at your hearing that you meet or equal a listing
    In a recent decision issued by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court indicated that a claimant must raise the issue that he or she equals the listings, at the time of a hearing in front of an Administrative … Continue reading…
Rank this Week: 2781

Reasonable Expectation

Reasonable Expectation

Focuses on privacy and data security. By M. Scott Koller.

http://www.reasonableexpectation.com
Rank this Week: 4944

San Francisco Employment Law Firm…

San Francisco Employment Law Firm Blawg

Covers workplace discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. By Arkady Itkin.

http://www.sanfranciscoemploymentlawfirm.com/
  • Mar 20

    Negative or False Performance Reviews -To Sign or Not To Sign

    Negative or False Performance Reviews -To Sign or Not To Sign
    A dispute often arises between an employee and his manager over a particular aspect of the issued performance review. As an employee, it's important that you keep in mind the your employer has a wide discretion in expressing his opinions…
  • Feb 19

    Overtime and Professional Exemption for Computer/Software Engineers in California

    Overtime and Professional Exemption for Computer/Software Engineers in California
    In California, whether a computer/software professional is properly exempt from overtime compensation or whether he should be entitled to overtime is governed in large part by California Labor Code 515.5: According to California Labor Code…
  • Feb 1

    Witness Statements Can Be Critical in Proving (Age) Discrimination Case

    Witness Statements Can Be Critical in Proving (Age) Discrimination Case
    A witness statement can be critical in proving any discrimination case. This is especially in true with regard to age discrimination case which are known for being some of the more difficult cases to prove, because evidence of animus toward…
Rank this Week: 1252

Legistative History and Intent

Legistative History and Intent

Covers important state and federal legislative history. From Legislative Intent Service, Inc.

http://www.legintent.com/news/
  • Mar 19

    Massachusetts High Court Ruling Shocks Public

    Massachusetts High Court Ruling Shocks Public
    What is legislative intent? Legislative intent, or the interpretation of legislation based on legal precedence and what is — and isn’t — written in current laws, can make all the difference, especially in unique cases. The…
  • Mar 10

    Precedents in California Legislation, and Current Legislative New

    Precedents in California Legislation, and Current Legislative New
    If you’re doing law research in California, you might come across this interesting legislative gem: in Los Angeles County, you can only throw a frisbee when you have the permission of the lifeguard. Like any state, California has many…
  • Feb 14

    CALIFORNIA STATE LIBRARY GRAND RE-OPENING – We were there!

    CALIFORNIA STATE LIBRARY GRAND RE-OPENING – We were there!
    The attorneys and staff at LIS attended the February 11, 2014 reopening ceremony commemorating the California State Library moving back into the newly renovated Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building.  The library is located across the…
Rank this Week: 1545

Oakland Personal Injury Lawyer…

Oakland Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

By the Law Office Of Thomas G. Lewellyn.

http://www.oaklandpersonalinjurylawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 18

    New California Law Reduces Bicycle Injury Accident

    New California Law Reduces Bicycle Injury Accident
    Everyday I see articles in the newspapers about bicyclists being injured in collisions with autos. Recently, Governor Brown signed a bill which should help reduce the number of these accidents. The new law (AB 1371), known as "Three Feet for…
  • Dec 3

    Alameda Pedestrian Accidents Raise Safety Concern

    Alameda Pedestrian Accidents Raise Safety Concern
    This past November two pedestrians were critically injured in separate auto accidents in Alameda. One accident occurred on Bay Farm Island, and the other occurred on Webster Street near the Posey Tube. Both accidents are still under…
  • Nov 7

    Experts Invaluable for Alameda Personal Injury Practice

    Experts Invaluable for Alameda Personal Injury Practice
    I heard the other day yet another theory of how the young Pharaoh King Tutankhamen died and my interest was peaked. So many diverse theories have surrounded his demise; a blow to the head, various diseases possibly as a result of congenital…
Rank this Week: 4888

California Patent Attorney Blog

California Patent Attorney Blog

Covers patent litigation and infringement.

http://www.californiapatentattorney.pro/
  • Mar 18

    Apple's Latest Patent Allows for Voicemail Screening

    Apple's Latest Patent Allows for Voicemail Screening
    California - Apple was recently assigned a patent, numbered 8,666,034 , which will allow users to listen to a message as it is being left by a caller and then pick up mid-message, if desired. In a time known as "the age of texting" where…
  • Feb 6

    Patent Filings Point to "Hot Corners" as Part of New Samsung Smartphone Interface

    Patent Filings Point to "Hot Corners" as Part of New Samsung Smartphone Interface
    California - A series of recently unveiled patents give a glimpse into what we might see as part of the next line of Samsung smartphones. With the new Samsung Galaxy S5 set to be released in March, all eyes are on the Korean based company…
  • Jan 6

    Samsung Patent Reveals Plans for a Futuristic Foldable Smartphone Display

    Samsung Patent Reveals Plans for a Futuristic Foldable Smartphone Display
    California - The next generation of Samsung smartphones will likely feature a game changing foldable dual screen, as revealed by a patent filed in Korea. The Seoul-headquartered company confirmed its plans to make the foldable screens a…
Rank this Week: 2915

Insurance Blog

Insurance Blog

Provides analysis of trends and developments in the area of insurance coverage law. By Farella Braun + Martel.

http://www.farellacoveragelaw.com/
  • Mar 18

    Mitigating Cyber Risk: Strategies to Reduce Exposure

    Mitigating Cyber Risk: Strategies to Reduce Exposure
    It’s official—cybersecurity is now a top-ranked risk at the board level, according to the “Lloyds Risk Index 2013.” This should make digital risk a focus of senior corporate management. Those managing corporate risk should leverage…
  • Feb 19

    Common Policyholder Pitfalls When Navigating London Aviation Insurance Claim

    Common Policyholder Pitfalls When Navigating London Aviation Insurance Claim
    By Dennis Cusack and Erica Villanueva Maintaining appropriate insurance is critical for the entire aviation industry. Many US-based airlines, aircraft owners/financiers, and aircraft lease servicers devote significant resources at the front…
  • Oct 8

    The CGL “Business Risk” Exclusion

    The CGL “Business Risk” Exclusion
    I recently came upon an interesting case from the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that examined the complex and confusing Commercial General Liability (CGL) “business risk” exclusions. Oxford Aviation, Inc. et al. v.…
Rank this Week: 4160

CA Employee Rights Blog

CA Employee Rights Blog

Explains key employment laws that every employee in California should know. By Branigan Robertson.

http://caemployeerights.com/
  • Mar 17

    Arbitration is Bad for Employees. Trust me, I’m an Employee Rights Attorney.

    Arbitration is Bad for Employees. Trust me, I’m an Employee Rights Attorney.
    Before I went to law school, I thought arbitration sounded neat. I had heard that lawsuits took years to resolve in court and were ridiculously expensive. Arbitration, on the other hand, sounded like an effective alternative to…
  • Mar 15

    Retaliation & Wrongful Termination in the Aerospace Industry

    Retaliation & Wrongful Termination in the Aerospace Industry
    Many employees are retaliated against in the workplace. But not all retaliation or terminations are illegal.  This article discussed the case of Green v. Ralee Engineering Company. This case analyzes whether a company may fire an…
  • Oct 19

    New CA Employment Law – Protecting Victims of Violent Crime

    New CA Employment Law – Protecting Victims of Violent Crime
    Governor Brown signed into law SB 288 this year. The bill adds Section 230.5 to the California Labor Code. The new law makes it illegal for employers to fire employees who are victims of violent crimes who take time off to attend…
Rank this Week: 1544

California Trademark Attorney Blog

California Trademark Attorney Blog

Covers trademark litigation, infringement and registration. By Mandour & Associates.

http://www.californiatrademarkattorney.pro/
  • Mar 17

    Pharrell Williams and Will.i.am Call it Quits in Trademark Fight

    Pharrell Williams and Will.i.am Call it Quits in Trademark Fight
    California - Two of hip hop's biggest names have called a truce in their headline-making legal dispute. Pharrell Williams and Will.i.am recently came to a formal agreement in a trademark infringement conflict. While the exact terms are…
  • Feb 4

    Makers of Popular Candy Crush Saga File Trademark for "Candy"

    Makers of Popular Candy Crush Saga File Trademark for "Candy"
    California - King. com Limited, the company behind 2013's most downloaded mobile app, has made a move to obtain trademark protection over the word "Candy." In an effort to prevent others from riding the wave of success of the enormously…
  • Dec 19

    ShareTV Wins Transfer of Domain Name in Trademark Lawsuit

    ShareTV Wins Transfer of Domain Name in Trademark Lawsuit
    California - San-Diego based ShareTV has landed a huge victory with a federal court judge awarding the company the rights to use the sharetv.com domain name. The lawsuit, which was filed in April in the Eastern District of Virginia, cited a…
Rank this Week: 2887

Montag Law blog

Montag Law blog

Covers current immigration legal issues. By Jonathan D. Montag.

http://www.montaglaw.com/blog
  • Mar 16

    I’m tellin’ a story to a man named Jeh.

    I’m tellin’ a story to a man named Jeh.
    President Obama on Thursday ordered his Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson,  to review the government’s immigration policies to determine ways to make them more humane, a response, some speculate, to…
  • Mar 13

    United States v. Garcia-Santana, more chipping away at the Almanza-Arenas / Young burden of proof issue.

    United States v. Garcia-Santana, more chipping away at the Almanza-Arenas / Young burden of proof issue.
    When an alien applies for relief from removal, he has to prove eligibility for the relief according to INA § 240(c)(4)(A). For some forms of relief, principally voluntary departure and Cancellation of Removal for Certain Nonpermanent…
  • Feb 24

    Three pointless things that should stop?

    Three pointless things that should stop?
    Immigration law, as immigration lawyers (and their clients) say often, is quite complex. There are a lot of hoops people have to jump though to get a benefit. Forms on top of forms asking the same things over and over. Fees on top of fees.…
Rank this Week: 4721

California Employee Rights Law…

California Employee Rights Law Blog

Comments on Employee Benefits and Employment Law. By Adams, Nye, Becht L.L.P.

http://www.calemployeerights.com/
Rank this Week: 1741

California Securities Fraud Lawyer…

California Securities Fraud Lawyer Blog

Covers securities regulation, fiduciaries, and securities disputes news and updates. Published By Alcala Law Firm.

http://www.californiasecuritiesfraudlawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 14

    Inland American Real Estate Trust Announces Tender Offer at $6.50 - $6.10 Per Share

    Inland American Real Estate Trust Announces Tender Offer at $6.50 - $6.10 Per Share
    Today, Inland American Real Estate Trust, a non-traded REIT, announced a $350 million tender offer at a price range between $6.50 to $6.10 per share. The offer expires April 11, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. (EST). Click here for detailed…
  • Feb 25

    Berthel Fisher Fined $775,000 for the Inappropriate Sale of REITs and ETF

    Berthel Fisher Fined $775,000 for the Inappropriate Sale of REITs and ETF
    Yesterday, Berthel Fisher & Co. Financial Services, Inc. entered into a settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and agreed to pay a $775,000 fine stemming from sale of unsuitable investments, including…
  • Feb 3

    "Wolf of Wall Street" High Pressure Sales Tactic

    "Wolf of Wall Street" High Pressure Sales Tactic
    Many have complained, myself included, that the movie "Wolf of Wall Street" failed to show the devastation suffered by those who were victimized by Jordan Belfort and his company Stratton Oakmont. Clearly, this movie was produced purely for…
Rank this Week: 4163

California Employment and HR Law…

California Employment and HR Law Blog

Covers employment and HR law. By Micah K. Nilsson.

http://www.californiaemploymentlaw-blog.com/
  • Mar 13

    EMPLOYER SUED FOR RELYING ON NON-CRIMINAL INFORMATION DISCLOSED BY CRIMINAL BACKGROUND DATABASE

    EMPLOYER SUED FOR RELYING ON NON-CRIMINAL INFORMATION DISCLOSED BY CRIMINAL BACKGROUND DATABASE
    As previously reported, California recently enacted new prohibitions affecting employers conducting pre-hiring background investigations. Prior to January 1, 2014, Labor Code section 432.7 only prohibited employers from considering, or asking…
  • Mar 13

    New requirement to keep Responsible Party Information Current with the IRS

    New requirement to keep Responsible Party Information Current with the IRS
    Every time a new entity has been formed or an individual has started his or her initial trade or business since January 2010, and an Employer Identification Number (“EIN”) has been secured from the IRS for such entity or…
  • Jan 24

    Robert’s Rules of Order

    Robert’s Rules of Order
    In my work with nonprofits, I’m always surprised by the requirement in their bylaws for the use of the parliamentary procedure known as Robert’s Rules of Order, which can be abused and are very difficult to follow/navigate. Many,…
Rank this Week: 1578

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Covers tax planning, estate planning, trusts, wills and charitable giving. By Finch Montgomery Wright LLP.

http://www.paloaltoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 11

    Who to Name as a Beneficiary for Your Life Insurance

    Who to Name as a Beneficiary for Your Life Insurance
    Lately, I've had a lot of questions from clients about life insurance policies and who to name as beneficiaries. Here's what I tell most people to do: Name YOUR TRUST as the beneficiary (if you have a trust)Name YOUR SPOUSE as the…
  • Dec 22

    Advance Health Care Directives and End of Life Choice

    Advance Health Care Directives and End of Life Choice
    The tragic case of the Oakland twelve-year old girl, declared brain dead after a routine surgery by the hospital, and her parent's plea to keep her connected to a ventilator nonetheless, reminds me yet again of the value and importance of…
  • Nov 18

    There's Still Time to Make 2013 Annual Gift

    There's Still Time to Make 2013 Annual Gift
    As we approach the winter solstice and the dreaded holiday decorations begin to appear at every single store in the neighborhood, I thought I'd remind our readers that there's still time to make an annual gift for 2013. The annual gift tax…
Rank this Week: 3527

John Rogers Burk

John Rogers Burk

Covers estate planning and elder law in California.

http://www.roseville-estate-planning.com/blog/
  • Mar 11

    Your Child’s Inheritance

    Your Child’s Inheritance
      Many people give little thought to the details of leaving behind their estate.  They figure if they’ve drawn up a Will, the matter is settled and requires no more thought.  If you have children, however, there is more…
  • Mar 6

    Portability–Using Your Deceased Spouse’s Estate Tax Exemption

    Portability–Using Your Deceased Spouse’s Estate Tax Exemption
      I recently appreciated being able to use this IRS Revenue Procedure to help a client.  However, it does have one important requirement that is time-sensitive. In amendments to the Internal Revenue Code in December 2010…
  • Feb 25

    What You Need to Know About Being a Trustee

    What You Need to Know About Being a Trustee
    It can be intimidating to be named a Trustee.  It is a big responsibility to be entrusted with a person’s assets.  Likely you’ve been named a successor Trustee, meaning your responsibilities don’t begin until the…
Rank this Week: 3446

Fashion Law 101

Fashion Law 101

Covers fashion intellectual property, licensing, and the Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA). By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://fashionlaw.foxrothschild.com
  • Mar 11

    Loyola’s Fashion Law Project’s Summer Intensive

    Loyola’s Fashion Law Project’s Summer Intensive
    I am blown away by all your support, encourage and positive feedback. Thanks to you, the Deans have approved a Fashion Law Summer Intensive as part of the Fashion Law Project at Loyola Law School! So for all of you who don’t have…
  • Mar 6

    Loyola’s Fashion Law Project’s Inaugural Fashion Law Symposium

    Loyola’s Fashion Law Project’s Inaugural Fashion Law Symposium
    As you regular readers know, last December Loyola Law School made history when it officially launched The Fashion Law Project – the very first “fashion law institute” on the west coast. For those of you who may have heard me…
  • Feb 26

    UC Hastings Fashion Law Symposium

    UC Hastings Fashion Law Symposium
    Hi everyone!  I want to invite all my Northern California fashion law friends and enthusiasts to join me on Friday, February 28, 2014 from 9am to 7:30pm at UC Hastings’ first ever Fashion Law Symposium, entitled “Growth in…
Rank this Week: 3592

Michigan Consumer Credit Lawyers…

Michigan Consumer Credit Lawyers Blog

Covers debt collection, credit reports, and foreclosure defense.

http://www.micreditlawyer.com/blog/
  • Mar 10

    How to avoid becoming a tax identity theft victim

    How to avoid becoming a tax identity theft victim
    The lawyers at Michigan Consumer Credit Lawyers have seen an uptick in people having their identities stolen for tax purposes.  Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your personal information to get a tax refund from the Internal…
  • Mar 3

    Public records and inquiries – don’t overlook these key sections on your credit report

    Public records and inquiries – don’t overlook these key sections on your credit report
    Public records such as judgments and tax liens can mistakenly be placed on your credit report.  This error happens quite frequently to people with similar names.  It can have a major negative impact on your credit score so you want…
  • Feb 24

    Become an authorized user to improve your credit score

    Become an authorized user to improve your credit score
    When you have bad credit, or little-to-no credit it can be a struggle to find a creditor that is willing to give you an opportunity to show you are able to manage new debt. This makes it even more difficult to improve your credit. One easy…
Rank this Week: 4916

DealFatigue

DealFatigue

Covers the entertainment business and deal making culture. By Peter L. Kaufman.

http://dealfatigue.com/
  • Mar 10

    Success After Succe

    Success After Succe
    This has been said often but still not often enough. 2day's nugget: "Success brings with it the fear of blowing it. With more to lose, there's more pressure not to lose it" via @ThisIsSethsBlog — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) March 9,…
  • Feb 16

    The Club DJ As Celebrity Artist In Residence

    The Club DJ As Celebrity Artist In Residence
    I'm fascinated by the growing celebrity and brand recognition of club DJ's with the general public. This is trending. #fb #in — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) February 16, 2013 What happens in Vegas, may spread to the rest of the country.
  • Feb 16

    The Club DJ As Celebrity Artist In Residence

    The Club DJ As Celebrity Artist In Residence
    I’m fascinated by the growing celebrity and brand recognition of club DJ’s with the general public. This is trending. #fb #in — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) February 16, 2013 What happens in Vegas, may spread to the rest of…
Rank this Week: 3704

Alexander Law Group, LLP Blog

Alexander Law Group, LLP Blog

Covers personal injury, products liability, and wrongful death.

http://www.alexanderinjury.com/blog/
  • Mar 10

    Two killed by vehicle in South Bay

    Two killed by vehicle in South Bay
    Two pedestrians were struck and killed by vehicles over the weekend in San Jose and Fremont, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). At around 4:15 a.m Sunday in San Jose, a 16 year-old boy was struck by a vehicle as he tried to…
  • Mar 8

    String of Recall

    String of Recall
    There have been numerous product recalls this week, affecting a wide range of industrys. While no injuries have so far been reported, be on the look out for these products. Burlington Coat Factory – Over 2,000 Lion Force Boy’s…
  • Mar 5

    Automobile Crash Causes Gas Leak

    Automobile Crash Causes Gas Leak
    An apartment building had to be evacuated, because of a ruptured gas line. On Tuesday morning, an automobile hit a gas meter at a Daly City apartment complex. The gas line ruptured, and PG&E was swiftly on the scene. The 55-unit apartment…
Rank this Week: 3456