Legal Issues In The News

Skylight Falls At Epidemic Levels: Turning Point For Consumer Safety
  • Bruce Broillet, LA’s Daily Journal, June 2019
Arguing General Damages at Trial
  • Geoffrey S. Wells, Advocate Magazine, June 2019
Ruling Says Exclusion of ‘#MeToo’ Evidence is Reversible Error
  • Molly McKibben, Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 2018
Private doctrine ruling has no business being published
  • Aaron Osten, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2016
Reflecting on the defeat of medical malpractice reform
  • Geoff Wells, Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 2015
General Motors Bankruptcy 2.0: Lessons Learned
  • Christine Spagnoli, Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 2014, By partner Christine Spagnoli: "Revisiting the basic events [of General Motors' 2009 bankruptcy]...reveals the harsh realities of a bankruptcy gone bad, which closed the courthouse doors and left thousands of consumers and grieving families with nowhere to turn.
Braking System Problems And Fire Hazards
  • This article examines the Chrysler recall that affects "well over half a million Jeep Cherokee, Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country vehicles."
California Rental Car Safety Bill Progresses Through Legislature
  • A discussion of the Houck Rental Care Safety Act (California Assembly Bill 753) that is "intended to prevent rental car companies from renting or selling defective automobiles that are subject to a federal safety recall notice."
California Supreme Court Issues Major Decision On Medical Expenses
  • This article reviews the changes to the "collateral source" rule that the California Supreme Court implemented in Howell v. Hamilton Meats.
FMCSA Considers Adding Accountability Measure To Trucking Safety Data
  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is making an effort to collect additional accident data, and due to this effort "commercial drivers and motor carrier companies could use the agency's DataQ system to submit police accident reports that show accountability in a particular incident"
New Traffic Safety Laws In California Could Reduce Vehicle Accidents
  • A review of the measures that California lawmakers passed in an effort to create safer streets and highways.
Protecting California Bicyclists
  • An examination of the rights granted to bicyclists by the California Vehicle Code and other laws, as well as a discussion of bicycle safety tips.
Recall of Flammable Blair Robes Re-announced
  • Following nine deaths caused by robes catching fire, The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the maker of Blair chenille robes "re-announced their April 2009 "urgent recall" of the full-length robes and similar products."
Recent California Train Accidents: LA Metro Passenger Critically Injured
  • A recap of a series of train accidents that all took place during the final two weeks of October 2010.
Study Reveals Extensive Online Sales Of Recalled Vehicles
  • A study by vehicle information system Carfax shows that "more that 2.7 million used cars were listed for sale in 2011 that had not been brought in for free repairs mandated by an auto recall."
California Tour Bus Accident Brings Sorrow, Questions
  • A discussion of federal bus safety regulations in the wake of the fatal February 2013 Scapada Magicas bus accident on Route 38 near Yucaipa, California.
Toyota Sudden Acceleration Defect Case: $1.1 Billion Settlement
  • This article examines the resolution of the lawsuit where plaintiffs "claimed that Toyota's failure to disclose the defects reduced the value of the vehicles, causing Toyota owners to lose money."
Unsafe Toy Sales Continue
  • An examination of the Trouble in Toyland list of unsafe toys and W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.) 10 Worst Toys list for 2009.
Vehicle Black Boxes: Attempts to Improve Motor Vehicle Accident Data
  • Examination and follow up to a L.A. Times article about "ongoing efforts to make automobile event data recorders (EDRs or "black boxes") mandatory on all vehicles sold in the U.S."
California Limo Fire Spotlight On The Causes Of Car Fires
  • This article looks at vehicle fires and auto defects in the wake of a limo fire that killed five people and injured five others on the San Mateo Bridge.
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