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November Newsletter

JUDGE RULES YELP REVIEW NOT COVERED BY FIRST AMENDMENT The reviews are in — and they’ll cost a Staten Island woman $1,000. That’s how much a judge has ordered Emily Fanelli to pay for bashing the owner of a floor refinishing business as a “liar” and a “con artist” in

October Newsletter

Is a Taser Gun Protected by the Second Amendment? Based upon the recent case of Massachusetts v. Caetano (August 2015). The US Supreme Court is likely  to take up the question as to whether Tasers or Stun Guns are protected by the 2nd amendment which may affect current California law.

September Newsletter

Human Rights Granted to Chimpanzees A Judge in Manhattan made a precedent setting decision this month that chimpanzees have rights of their own. It is the first time legal rights of any kind have ever been accorded to anything other than a human. At issue are Hercules and Leo, two

August Newsletter

LOOK WHO IS COMING TO THE DEPOSITION Many people don’t realize non-parties can be invited to a deposition. While typically we think of depositions as being a private proceeding, a deposition can be very public. The Discovery Act does not specifically state who may or may not attend a deposition.

July Newsletter

SIGN THIS WAIVER AND THEN YOU CAN COME TO MY PARTY Does having a parent sign a release protect you from liability when your teenager throws a party? A lot of parents have signed numerous liability waiver and release documents, but lately parents are being increasingly presented with a different

June Newsletter

WEED 101- A SIGN OF THE TIMES First Law School Offers a Marijuana Law Class to Students Don’t be fooled by the subject matter of “Representing the Marijuana Client,” a new course being offered by the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. Pot may give people the giggles, but

May Newsletter

California Ninth Circuit to Review Concealed Weapons Permit Law In a crucial case for gun laws in California, a federal appeals court set aside its year-old ruling that would allow any law-abiding person in the state to carry a concealed handgun and ordered a new hearing before an 11-judge panel.

April Newsletter

Can A Referee’s Decision Be Subject To Court Action? Here’s what happened. In the quarterfinals of Oklahoma’s Class 3A football playoffs, Frederick A. Douglass High School of Oklahoma City was trailing undefeated Locust Grove High School by a score of 20-19. With 1:07 remaining in the game, Douglass then scored

March Newsletter

Who Made Your Hooch? Distillers are facing class action lawsuits. What does handmade small batch or even all-natural mean when it comes to liquor? That’s the question pending in numerous courts around the country as distillers are finding their labels facing class action lawsuits. Fortunately Jack Daniels is not on the list.

February Newsletter

Seahawks Attorneys Blitz  Few teams can shut down a game like the Seattle Seahawks defense. Off the field, the team has been twice as aggressive. The franchise’s legal team is manned up in the U.S. Patent Office and blanketing the Federal courts in an all-out effort to lay claim to the fan lexicon,