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Ginni Thomas’ words and actions have caused some academic and other commentators to find that Justice Thomas should have recus...


The question remains: what are Justice Thomas’ ethical obligations now and into the future should another election or Jan. 6 c...



Legal Education, Environmental & Energy

Before we undermine the integrity of our state’s environmental protection system, we should do a reality check on the UC Berke...


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Had Vince Lombardi coached mediators and not football players, his famous proverb might sound something like this: “Great comm...



For countless law enforcement agencies, the scope of disclosures they are legally required to make often turns on what constit...


Consumer Law, California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal

Subrogation is commonly described as a legal device that allows one person to "step into the shoes" of another in relation to ...



Law Practice

How to fire a client

Mar. 16, 2022

This has probably never happened to you: The facts turn out to be very different than initially relayed by your client. Or a c...


California Supreme Court, Banking

In a landmark decision sure to have a significant impact on the real estate banking industry, the California Supreme Court dec...



Labor/Employment, Government

We need political willpower and cooperation among officials to hold bad actors accountable for wage theft in L.A.


U.S. Supreme Court, Government, Constitutional Law

Don’t miss the broader legal significance of the Supreme Court’s vaccine-or-test cases.



Securities, Law Practice, Civil Litigation

As we enter the third month of 2022 amid swirling uncertainty in many aspects of professional and personal life, legal practit...


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

While my colleagues and I strongly support education and awareness to heighten our sensitivity to implicit bias, I cannot help...



Almost immediately after the filing of a new complaint or a decision on a dispositive motion, attorneys may receive a call fro...


State Bar & Bar Associations, Government

How do we hold attorneys accountable for alleged misconduct that is not a matter of shortchanging clients, but rather an effor...



Intellectual Property, Civil Litigation

As part of its fair use analysis, the district court opined that Corellium’s use was transformative: Its product did not merel...


U.S. Supreme Court, Land Use, Constitutional Law

This is the story of a California couple caught in the cross-hairs of environmental bureaucracy bent on revenge for the crime ...



International Law, Corporate

While the U.S. government has made some recognition of its of policy regarding China, it’s important to ask whether corporate ...


Labor/Employment, Civil Litigation, California Supreme Court

In a recent decision, the California Supreme Court rejected a line of cases that required plaintiff-employees to satisfy the t...



U.S. Supreme Court, Administrative/Regulatory

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Axon Enterprise, Inc. v. Federal Trade Commission to decide whether fe...


Administrative/Regulatory

Californians often take for granted that our consumer protections are muscular and new chemical dangers are addressed with an ...



U.S. Supreme Court, Labor/Employment, Government

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Biden administration’s effort to turn the Occupational Safety and Health Admi...


Practitioners representing survivors of sexual abuse sue the State of the Vatican City (i.e., Holy See) because they argue tha...



What appellate courts have said about Penal Code Section 1170.91


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary

Will try to be optimistic about the future. Sorry, I can only try. But I can be certain about a resolution that is an acknowle...



Judges and Judiciary, Criminal

A victim of domestic violence is expected to speak to dozens of players up and down the chain of our various legal systems, fr...


When I speak with other managing and supervising partners at plaintiffs' firms across California about this need to soldier on...



Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary, Covid Court Ops

As 2021 comes to an end, we wanted to report on what the Los Angeles County Superior Court has been able to do this year and p...


U.S. Supreme Court, Education Law, Civil Rights

Should racial preferences in university admissions be legal? The U.S. Supreme Court has an opportunity to revisit that hotly d...



Despite having knowledge of major deficiencies with every part of the probate conservatorship system, Chief Justice Tani Canti...


Law Practice, Judges and Judiciary, Criminal

The Finality Line

Dec. 10, 2021

Where the Legislature is silent about retroactivity, courts presume that the new statute will apply to all defendants whose ca...