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Unfair Competition: Standing to Sue

Law Offices of Mathew Higbee v. Expungement Assistance Services (2013) 214 Cal.App.4th 544, 153 Cal.Rptr.3d 865 An attorney filed an action against an online legal services provider under California’s Unfair Competition Law (Bus. & Prof.Code, § 17200 et seq.) (the “UCL”), contending that the defendant was engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. The plaintiff…

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Summary Judgment: Admissibility of Expert Testimony

Garrett v. Howmedica Osteonics Corporation (2013) 214 Cal.App.4th 173, 153 Cal.Rptr.3d 693 A cancer patient whose prosthetic femur fractured less than two years after implantation filed suit against the manufacturers of the device, asserting, inter alia, that the fracture was caused by manufacturing defects. The defendants moved for summary judgment, contending that the device was not…

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Invasion of Privacy: Verbal Disclosures

Ignat v. Yum! Brands, Inc. (2013) 214 Cal.App.4th 808, 154 Cal.Rptr.3d 275 A woman who suffered from bipolar disorder filed an action against her former employer and her supervisor for invasion of privacy, alleging that while she was absent from work due to side effects of her medication, the supervisor had informed coworkers of her…

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Amounts-Paid Cap: Mitigation Reduction

Luttrell v. Island Pacific Supermarkets, Inc. (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 196, 155 Cal.Rptr.3d 273 A supermarket patron who fractured his hip when an automatic door repeatedly struck him while he was leaving the premises, brought an action for personal injuries against the owner of the market. Following a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff, the…

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L.A. Civil Court Budget Cuts: Changing Trial Times and Staff

In addition to proposed Los Angeles County trial location changes, pending budget cuts will, if approved, range from $56 to 85 million dollars, and negatively impact multiple other aspects of the legal system. The law firm of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc. is against the cuts due to the limitations they will impose on…

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L.A. Civil Court Budget Cuts: Changing Court Locations

Proposed cuts to the California state budget by Governor Jerry Brown, if approved, will be taking a toll on courts throughout the state, with Los Angeles feeling major effects. While there was previously a total of $105 million in reduction, another $56 to 85 million in cuts are expected to be made. Recently, Consumer Attorneys…

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