Courts begin to recognize that a lawyer need not hire outside counsel for advice. Almost every lawyer will encounter at least one unhappy client who may sue for malpractice, whether the “claim” is legitimate or not. With whom may the lawyer confer about the beef (before suit and representation by insurance counsel)? Several resources are […]

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Recently, a litigant refused to mediate their dispute, ultimately losing in court and paying the attorney’s fees of the prevailing party.

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Too often, potential clients lack the ability to determine how they should select an attorney. Here are some guideposts to help clients select a California attorney. 1. Attorney Discipline The California State Bar has an easy to use attorney search to research attorneys. This search will reveal any attorney discipline issues, which should be a red flag […]

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The most prudent approach for an employer is to minimize the risk of loss of trade secrets by taking all reasonable measures available to protect the trade secrets.

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What happens when a newspaper files for adjudication, but it doesn’t meet those requirements?

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Employers Beware – Potential Liability for Serving Alcohol at Holiday Parties

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Holiday gift exchanges commonly extend into the commercial and professional realm with professionals giving token presents to clients and professional acquaintances in the spirit of the season.  Quite often, our clients give us gifts of bottles of wine, fruit baskets and other thoughtful presents.  Those gifts from clients are proper within the scope of the […]

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Would you consider hiring a disbarred or suspended friend or colleague?

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The Ninth Circuit has ruled that a lawyer (or other debt collector) may not send a debt collection letter to a debtor at the latter’s workplace – even if it’s addressed in the debtor’s name, “care of” the employer and marked “personal and confidential.”

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Rule 5-100 of the State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct prohibits an attorney from threatening an opposing party with criminal prosecution or professional disciplinary actions to gain an advantage in a civil matter.

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A new California law requires jury fees to be deposited on or before the date scheduled for the initial case management conference, with such fees non-refundable.

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Are boilerplate email disclaimers of any legal effect? One website touts the necessity of these lengthy paragraphs, while The Economist wrote in 2011 that these automatic email footers are both annoying and “legally useless.” So who is correct?

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