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Bill prioritizing pedestrian and cyclist safety gains steam

March 18, 2022 Robert Jalon Accidents, Bicycle, California, Car, E-Scooter, News, Pedestrian, Traffic

The bill introduced by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino hopes to combat the rise of traffic fatalities in California. A bill requiring California cities to start taking concrete steps to prioritize pedestrian and cyclist safety passed the State Senate Governance and Finance Committee yesterday. Bill SB 932, a measure introduced by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino […]

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Family of man who struck and killed boy helped hide evidence of Hit-And-Run

The Bakersfield family took a trip together to deal with the “stress” of their actions. The family of a man who struck and tragically killed a 16-year-old boy worked together to hide evidence of the fatal hit-and-run accident. According to court documents, Juan Rodelas Ortega was allegedly at the wheel of a red pickup truck […]

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Berkeley Plans to Transform Telegraph Avenue into West Coast’s Times Square

The potential redesign of the popular Bay Area street comes after a drastic increase in Berkeley traffic fatalities Berkeley’s City Council has voted unanimously to transform at least a portion of Telegraph Avenue, long known for its eclectic vibe, into a pedestrian and transit-friendly plaza. Although plans for an overhaul of the famed Berkeley street […]

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Willie Brown and the Napkin Deal

February 21, 2022 Robert Jalon California, Legal, Product Liability

In the continuing series on MICRA, we explore what a napkin, a powerful California politician, and personal injury law have in common “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.”  — Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) No one can agree on what was being served that hot September night at Frank […]

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UCLA Agrees to $100 Million Settlement Over Gynecologist Sexual Abuse Lawsuit 

February 10, 2022 Alan Ahdoot California, Los Angeles, Medical Malpractice, News

This is the second suit in as many years brought against Dr. James Heaps that UCLA has settled. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has agreed to a $100 million settlement involving UCLA gynecologist, Dr. James Heaps. According to the lawsuit, Heaps sexually abused or groped over 203 patients while practicing at the university. […]

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How Was MICRA Passed?

February 7, 2022 Alan Ahdoot California, Legal, Los Angeles, Medical Malpractice, Negligence, News

The second part of our series explains the impact of this 1975 law and what it is; but also how and why it passed. The Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) is a California statute that puts a cap on the amount of non-economic damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits. Per MICRA, no matter how […]

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L.A. Could Be Next City to Require Gun Liability Insurance

February 4, 2022 Robert Jalon Accidents, California, Legal, Los Angeles, News, San Jose

Following San Jose’s lead, three Los Angeles councilmen introduced a motion Wednesday to explore a potential ordinance that will require gun owners in Los Angeles to purchase firearm liability insurance. Citing the high economic and emotional toll that entire communities take on due to gun violence, Councilmen Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian and Mitch O’Farrell hope […]

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