Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Gives Interviews on Legal Writing

Anthony Kennedy is arguably the most influential member of the current U.S. Supeme Court. Kennedy is often the majority vote in many 5/4 decision.

New California Court Filing Fees

This link shows the new court fees highlighted in yellow. Of note, the fee for filing a Complaint or Answer for a civil lawsuit in California has risen once again.  The new fee is $435.00.

New Case Involving Attorney Work Product: Coito v. Superior Court

The following case is published below with my own commentary added in the blue fields. Coito v. Superior Court (State of California) (2012) , Cal.4th [No. S181712. June 25, 2012.] DEBRA COITO, Petitioner, v. THE SUPERIOR COURT OF STANISLAUS COUNTY, Respondent; STATE OF CALIFORNIA, Real Party in Interest. (Superior Court of Stanislaus County, No. 624500, […]

Statewide California Court Fees for 2012

Sacramento superior court has put out a new copy of the statewide court fees for 2012, with the new sections highlighted in yellow.  You can find this document here.    

What Is The Most Dangerous Time to Drive?

Some days and times are more dangerous to be on the road than other. Read to find out the most dangerous days and times to drive, and be safe out there!

Howell v. Hamilton

Today, August 18, 2011, the California Supreme Court released an important decision affecting injured Californians who attempt to seek civil justice when they are injured. More analysis will follow. For now, I am simply providing copies of the opinion online. You can download a PDF of the Howell decision below. Howell v. Hamilton Meats The […]

Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions Inc. – Full Opinion

(1) Was Hanif correct that a tort plaintiff can recover only what has been paid or incurred for medical care, even if that is less than the reasonable value of the services rendered? (2) Even if Hanif, which involved Medi-Cal payments, reached the right result on its facts, does its logic extend to plaintiffs covered by private insurance? (3) Does limiting the plaintiff’s recovery to the amounts paid and owed on his or her behalf confer a windfall on the tortfeasor, defeating the policy goals of the collateral source rule? (4) Is the difference between the providers’ full billings and the amounts they have agreed to accept from a patient’s insurer as full payment—what the appellate court below called the “negotiated rate differential”—a benefit the patient receives from his or her health insurance policy subject to the collateral source rule? We address these questions below.

New Legal Guide: How to Enter a Default Judgement in California

Head on over the the resources page to check out a new legal guide – How to Enter a Default Judgment in California Personal Injury/Wrongful Death Cases. If you have any question, feel free to contact Auto Accident Lawyer Noah Schwinghamer.

Federal Government Shut Down Looming

Federal Government Shut Down Looming The Federal Government is on the verge of shutting down unless congress can agree on a budget. How will this affect lawyers who practice in Federal Court?  The United States Court Website has put out the following web page entitled “What Happens to Courts if the Federal Government Closes?” If […]

Whiplash Injuries – Medical Terminology

New Resource: Whiplash Injuries – Medical Terminology Individuals who suffer whiplash injuries are often confronted with loads of new medical terms.  I have put together a page with some common medical terms and definitions associated with whiplash injuries. Check it out here.

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