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September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675307

We thought the tort law in personal injury cases was fairly well defined, but a new appellate opinion has got hospitals and their attorneys in a dither, while plaintiffs and their lawyers are throwing a big party.Especially now that they can afford it.  Let me explain.Michael Huff got injured in ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675308

Local 721 of the Service Employees International Union is the exclusive bargaining representative of all Los Angeles County employees.  No one employee can even ask his or her boss for a raise.  SEIU speaks on behalf of everyone, whether the employees want them to or not.  I don't know.  I've ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675309

You may be surprised to learn that an insurance broker, despite the broker's more commonly known name of "insurance agent," isn't really always considered an agent of the insurance company.  Sure, there are some insurance companies that actually have insurance agents, like Farmers and Allstate, but not other companies that ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675310

Faced with a predicted water shortage in 2025, the Marin Municipal Water District imposed significant water conservation restrictions on its residents and businesses.  When those efforts failed, however, the District started looking around for more water sources.  Fortunately, they didn't have to look too far since the Pacific Ocean abuts ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675306

So, if you’re buying a SonicWALL (including model TZ205 ) as your firewall, don’t waste your money. The price that you pay for renewing the annual software and subscription plan does not include any assistance from the new seller, Western NRG to configure it once it's installed. Dell ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675305

The Justice Department restarted what it amorphously calls the "Equitable Sharing Program" that allows federal, state, county and local cops to seize assets of burglars - up to 80% of what they seize, and then funnel that money to their own budgets.The Justice Department must have missed the "conflict of ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675302

The California State Bar has warned attorneys for a long time:  don't handle homeowner mortgage foreclosures.  In fact, those warnings started in 1978 after our state Legislature. The warnings started in earnest in 2008-2009 when, the State Bar issued an ethics ruling alerting lawyers to the ethical problems with loan foreclosures.  We listened; ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675303

Cubicle workers can't imagine standing all day long at their job, but many bank tellers, shelf stockers, assembly line workers and a host of other employees do. Apparently, howver, some of those employees are tired of standing. Workers from CVS and JP Morgan Chase Bank sued their employers in federal ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675304

Well, that's one way to settle a case:  pay the attorneys  who sued you, not the victims whose telephone calls Wells Fargo recorded.According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "none of that money will go to consumers whose privacy was allegedly violated."Instead, Attorney General Kamala Harris and five district attorneys will ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675301

That's right: unless you're having a heart attack or suffering from cancer, you may be better off not seeking medical care.  According to the Washington Post, the medical industry itself is the third leading cause of death.  In fact, you're less likely to die if you get respiratory disease, accidents, stroke or ...