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Contractual attorney fees fundamentals

Jun. 26, 2017
By Matthew Ross

The objective of this article and self-study test is to review entitlement to attorney fees pursuant to contracts.

general/Criminal Law

Criminal competency in California courts

Jun. 23, 2017
By Chris Honigsberg

The procedure for determining competency for a criminal defendant confuses many attorneys, even criminal attorneys.


An insurer's liability for failure to settle

Jun. 16, 2017
By Kirk A. Pasich, Kirk A. Pasich

Insurers and insureds often disagree about whether a claim or lawsuit against an insured should be settled and if so, for how much. What should not be subject to disagreement is an insurer's duty to pay reasonable settlements.

general/Constitutional Law

Batson is back

Jun. 9, 2017
By Laura Kelly, Mai Linh Spencer

For only the second time in over 25 years, the California Supreme Court has found that a peremptory challenge violated the constitutional prohibition against racial discrimination in jury selection.

general/Constitutional Law

Courts diverge on commercial speech

Jun. 1, 2017
By Richard A. Samp

Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have granted ever-increasing First Amendment protection to commercial speakers. The 9th Circuit, however, seems to be moving in the opposite direction.

general/Internet Law

Maintain immunity under the Communications Decency Act

May. 26, 2017
By Samantha Beatty, Matthew Lubniewski

What should you do if users start using your client's website to post hateful, obscene or defamatory comments and images? User-posted content can damage your business image and, with the wrong set of facts, result in legal liability.

general/Civil Practice

Character evidence in civil cases

May. 23, 2017

The objective of this article and self-study test is to review basic legal principles affecting the admissibility of character evidence in civil litigation. By Elia V. Pirozzi


Maintain professionalism in depositions

May. 19, 2017

To avoid the ire of the court and serious sanctions, attorneys taking and defending depositions should conduct themselves as if they were speaking before a judge. By J. Randolph Evans and Shari Klevens

general/Internet Law

When memes make you (or Jordan) cry

May. 12, 2017
By Sam Iverson, Tim Rawson

If Michael Jordan is heading for the tissues over his "Crying Jordan" meme, he would have an arsenal of legal weapons at his disposal.

general/Law Practice Management

Don't let conflicts of interest get you down

May. 5, 2017
By J. Randolph Evans, Shari Klevens

After working hard to bring in a new client or matter, the prospect of losing the client or matter because of conflicts is difficult for attorneys to swallow.