Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Limiting Depositions to Seven Hours

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Limiting Depositions to Seven Hours By Auto Accident Lawyer Noah Schwinghamer According to this press release from CAOC, Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 1875 – A bill designed to limit depositions in most cases to seven hours. This bill was backed by consumer’s rights groups such as CAOC and […]

Understanding the Physics of Car Crashes

Understanding the Physics of Car Crashes By Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer Noah Schwinghamer The following is a great video on understanding the physics of car crashes that I wanted to share.

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.    

Insurance Company Rewards Employees With Orgy

According to reports published by the BBC, the huge insurance company Munich Re rewarded 100 of its best insurance agents by sending them to a massive orgy. According to the report, the employees were taken to thermal baths in Budapest, Hungary, where 20 prostitutes awaited them.  The prostitutes wore color-coded arm bands, indicating their availability, […]

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.

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