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LEGAL NIGHTMARES AND OTHER SCARY STUFF

By Lindy F. Bradley, Esq.   As the days grow shorter and darkness falls a bit earlier, it can only mean one thing. Halloween is almost here! In the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve, Bradley & Gmelich LLP presents you with a few spooky tales to make you shiver in your shoes and hide behind the nearest […]

Field Trip Immunity Applies To The Schools Taking Field Trips, And Not The Entities Hosting Them

By Mark I. Melo, Esq. The end of summer brings yet another school year for many families. With each new school year comes the usual wave of back-to-school nights, volunteer sign-ups, and parental permission slips to be signed, covering everything from athletic events to classroom field trips. What you may not know is that there […]

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT “SERVICE” ANIMALS

By:  Angela Rossi, Esq. So you want to take your “emotional support” peacock on the plane with you when you fly. Can you? What is a “service” animal, anyway? According to the Americans with Disabilities Act , ” service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for […]

Early Evidence Preservation is Key to Analyzing the Risk of a Trucking Accident

By: Darren G. Mayers, Esq. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) there are approximately 4,000 deaths and 100,000 injuries from trucking accidents each year. Defending a trucking accident is unlike defending an automobile accident. The trucking industry is highly regulated and determining adherence to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (“FMVSR”) are […]

AN EPIC WIN FOR EMPLOYERS – SCOTUS RULES THAT CLASS ACTION WAIVERS IN EMPLOYMENT ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS ARE VALID

By:  Jaimee K. Wellerstein, Esq. BREAKING NEWS! In a monumental victory for employers in one of the most significant employment rulings in recent history, the Supreme Court of the United States held on Monday, May 21, 2018 in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements do not violate the […]

EMPLOYMENT UPDATE – NINTH CIRCUIT BARS THE USE OF PRIOR SALARY TO JUSTIFY GENDER-BASED PAY DISPARITY

By:  Lindy F. Bradley, Esq. On April 9, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that employers may no longer consider an employee’s prior salary, either alone or combined with other factors, to justify gender-based pay disparities. However, the Court noted that this new “general rule” may not apply “under all circumstances”, leaving […]

Protecting the Soul of Solar Power

By:  Stephan P. Hyun, Esq. As spring season is underway, you may work on some spring cleaning, perhaps tend to your plants and flowers that have started blossoming. With winter gone, the days are becoming longer and weather is getting warmer. You may be thinking of ways to take advantage of all this sunlight…this solar […]

The Natural Condition Immunity – What You Need to Know Before You Pitch Your Tent in the Great Outdoors this Spring Season

By:  Jennie Barkinskaya, Esq. As we approach the spring season, warmer temperatures are bound to entice outdoor enthusiasts to venture out to the wide open spaces to camp, hike and backpack. As we all know, there is no shortage of visually stunning and otherwise inviting wilderness areas throughout the state of California to visit – […]

Weed, Animals and Jobs — A Wide Array of new Laws for 2018

By Founding Partners Barry A. Bradley, Esq. & Thomas P. Gmelich, Esq. In addition to our now famous Proposition 64 — passed by voters legalizing pot for recreational use — California Governor Jerry Brown signed 859 new laws that will likely affect you or amuse you. Whether you travel to the Golden State, do business […]

When The Insured Has Lied Like Pinochio: New Case Authority Helps Guide The Insurer When It Discovers Material Misrepresentations In The Coverage Application

By:  Robert A. Crook, Esq. The scenario is familiar. An insurance carrier receives an application to insure a single family home. No leaks. No pets. No business. No hazardous conditions. Only after the policy is in place – and a plaintiff sues the homeowner for injuries – does the insurer learn that the home is […]

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