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The Porter Ranch gas leak litigation settled last week for $1.8 billion. Together with the Frantz Law Firm, Girardi Keese repr...


25,000-word judiciary omnibus bill signed into law

Oct. 4, 2021
By Malcolm Maclachlan

AB 1578 aims at expanding public access to administrative hearings, but not recording them and contains new rules about everyt...



“Plaintiff Nikola Corp. bears the burden of prosecuting this case and moving it to a resolution. It has dropped the ball, and ...


“It’s a significant settlement and sends a strong message to the California Highway Patrol that it needs to improve and reform...



The eleventh hour deal between their client, Eric Murillo and U-Haul Co. of California Inc. came after a three-week arbitratio...


“In more than 25 years of service, this is the first instance in which CourtCall has been forced to bring ​such an action agai...



The triple recusal case is about the labeling of foods that contain acrylamide under Proposition 65. An intervenor, the Counci...


But lawyers for PacTech Holdings, a technology incubator and software product maker, say Fanli’s creators breached contract



Melanie L. Proctor, representing the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing, said she feared the settlement would ena...


Relevant Experience

Oct. 4, 2021
By David Houston

Kaspar & Lugay founders made a transition from tax and business litigation to family law.



A column on columns

Oct. 4, 2021

About six years ago, I retired from law professing — and launched my new law firm. I gathered into my fold several former app...


Lawyers, like everyone else, are capable of doing bad things. This is especially true when they are funding grotesque lifestyl...



What state taxes apply if you are stuck in California or another state during the pandemic? Do you pay taxes where you are she...


Mexican-Americans faced horrifying discrimination in this country. In her book “All For One & One For All,” author Amy Wat...



All nine justices return to the bench this week — the First Monday of October — when the U.S. Supreme Court gavels-in its new ...


Simplified Problem Solving

Oct. 1, 2021
By David Houston

Anne Goyette handles complex cases, often as special master



Abortion, guns and the scope of arbitration agreements are all on the docket as the justices take the bench on Monday.


Biden names 2 for San Diego federal bench

Oct. 1, 2021
By Craig Anderson

The nominees are U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Lopez of San Diego, a former criminal defense attorney who has worked as a federa...



It's an absolute rule. There is no de minimis exception to it, even if its one stock," Arthur D. Hellman, an emeritus professo...


The committee, composed of judges, academics and lawmakers, directed its staff to draft a final report that will be voted on a...



The City of Orange and a homeless shelter disagreed on how much time is needed for the shelter to move.


"The plaintiffs very strongly take exception to the suggestions by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing that there is...



“You have unreasonable investors unreasonably relying on immaterial statements,” Riccardo Mauro DeBari, a partner at Thompson ...


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the White House conveyed, in an announcement on Sept. 20, that OSHA will...



Last month, the California State Bar published its “California Paraprofessional Program Working Group Report and Recommendatio...


The reason for the hearsay rule is simple enough to grasp: Hearsay evidence tends to be unreliable, because it’s not subject t...



In a landmark ruling, a divided court gave the green light for securities actions against companies that went public through d...


Over the past year, California courts have continued to reject PAGA waivers. But what is so unique about the nature of PAGA la...



A court reporter’s gavel-to-gavel account of a four-month Zoom trial during COVID


Although most arbitrators apply rules when the contract is silent, some California arbitrators (especially retired California ...