Secrecy in the Courts

Currently, there is an effort by pro-consumer interests in California to push for new legislation that would prohibit (or at least limit) “secret” or “confidential” settlements of certain types of legal cases. Those supporting such legislation believe that secrecy in the courts permits wrong-doers to quietly resolve meritorious cases, with no fear of negative publicity;… read more

Recreational Injury Law Update

When a person participating in a recreational activity is injured due to the negligent and/or careless conduct of another person, common sense would seem to dictate that the injured person should be compensated for his/her injuries and damages caused by the wrongdoer. Unfortunately, under California law the rule is far from clear — and recently… read more

Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs Often Victimized Twice

Victims of medical malpractice are often disillusioned when they learn just how unfriendly California law is to them, and how many legal hurdles they face. Because of these obstacles, many are victimized twice: first by the injurious medical treatment; and second by California’s woefully unfair laws that limit or preclude compensation. Through aggressive and creative… read more

Premises Liability-The Duty To Keep Safe

The owner or occupier of a property has a legal duty to keep that property safe from dangerous conditions. This area of law is commonly referred to as “premisesliability”. If a member of the public is injured due to an unsafe condition on the property, the owner or occupier is generally responsible for paying for… read more

Number of Trials Continue to Decline

Nationwide, the number of matters taken through to trial has been declining steadily. The American Bar Association recently reported that the number of federal cases resolved by trial plunged from 11 percent in 1962 to 1.8 percent in 2002. The number of trials per year also dropped by more than 20 percent over the same… read more

On The Road

With the travel season upon us, it is important to remember that a safe, pleasant trip begins well before you leave your home. It starts with preparation. It seems that every year, we handle cases that unfortunately involve serious automobile accidents which have occurred during travel and vacation time. While even the best of precautions… read more