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general/Consumer Law

Tread carefully as a debt collection attorney

Feb. 10, 2017
By J. Randolph Evans, Shari Klevens

Circuits are split on whether debt collection attorneys can be subject to Fair Debt Collection Practices Act liability when engaging in procedural filings or communicating with a debtor's counsel.

general/Education Law

The Scope of the IDEA Statute

Feb. 7, 2017

How far must local school districts go in providing a "free and appropriate" public education? By Gregory J. Rolen


Tax Rules for Settlements and Judgments

Feb. 7, 2017

Whenever you resolve a case, think about the tax implications. A little foresight can save a lot of money.

general/Civil Practice

Limits on garnishment of low income debtors

Feb. 3, 2017
By Thomas D. Long

It is important for attorneys and unrepresented litigants in judgment enforcement proceedings to know the facts and their rights and to provide the court hearing a claim of exemption with complete information.

general/Criminal Law

<i>Brady</i> disclosures

Jan. 30, 2017
By Elia V. Pirozzi

Learn about the prosecution's duty under Brady, limitations on the duty, what constitutes favorable and material evidence, and how the Brady duty intersects with the right to discovery under Pitchess.

general/Appellate Practice

New Year's resolution: filing appeals on time

Jan. 27, 2017
By Gary A. Watt

The starting point is Rule 8.104 of the California Rules of Court. Unless a statute or another rule says otherwise, it provides appellants with all-important deadlines for filing a notice of appeal.


Buy-Sell Agreements: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Jan. 19, 2017

When negotiating the acquisition or sale of a business, attorneys need to understand the dynamics of the deal from both sides of the table. By Erin K. Tenner

general/Legal Malpractice

Year in review: attorneys as defendants

Jan. 6, 2017
By Kenneth C. Feldman, Alex A. Graft

Although there were no earth-shattering appellate opinions in cases against attorneys in 2016, attorney-defendants did achieve a number of victories.


Section 998 Update

Jan. 5, 2017

What every lawyer should know about the latest interpretations of California's cost-shifting settlement statute. By Gerald G. Knapton

general/Jury Practice

Conducting voir dire in civil trials

Dec. 30, 2016
By Cherisse H.A. Cleofe, Elizabeth R. Feffer

The pleadings long-settled, and discovery now completed, it is now time for you to try your client's civil case before a jury.