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.

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.    

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 […]

Happy Birthday, George Washington!

In honor of George Washington’s birthday, I have added a new page listing all of the court holidays for Sacramento Superior Court in 2011. What an honor! Sacramento Superior Court Holidays for 2011.

New Legal Guide: Motions to Compel in California

I have created a free guide on how to file a motion to compel discovery in California.  The guide includes information on compelling interrogatories, document requests, and requests for admission, as well as listing the applicable statutory authority. Check out my Legal Guide – Motions to Compel in Sacramento California.

Alert: California Courts Raise Lawsuit Filing Fees

On October 19, 2010 Arnold Schwarzenegger signed California’s Budget Act of 2010. Part of this act included provisions raising lawsuit filing fees.

Yanez v. Soma – A New Case About Recovering Medical Bills

The Court of Appeals for the first appellate district in California recently published a new case that will be of interest to Personal Injury Attorneys in Sacramento: Yanez v. Soma Environmental Engineering, Inc. Citation for Yanez v. Soma: (2010) 185 Cal.App.4th 1313 (Download a PDF of Yanez v. Soma) Click HERE to skip to the […]

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