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Recorded Witness Statements Are Entitled To Qualified Work Product Protection

images.jpgThe idea that an attorney‟s work product should receive protection from discovery was first recognized by the United States Supreme Court in 1947. Today, California law provides absolute protection to writings that reflect "an attorney‟s impressions, conclusions, opinions, or legal research or theories. All other work product receives qualified protection; such material "is not discoverable unless the court determines that denial of discovery will unfairly prejudice the party seeking discovery in preparing that party‟s claim or defense or will result in an injustice."

New Bills That Will Impact Santa Rosa Landlords And Tenants

state-capitol-thumb-275x220-37868.jpgAccording to CAA, in the last weeks of February, California lawmakers introduced hundreds of new bills that would impact the rental housing industry, here is a look at what CAA has identified so far.

Sonoma County Plaintiff Is Awarded 1.2 Million Damages Following Collision With CHP

civil_litigation-thumb.jpgOn September 26,2009,plaintiff Cynthia Dempsey's pickup truck was struck by a CHP patrol vehicle on Highway 12 westbound,just east of Santa Rosa Avenue in Santa Rosa,causing the pickup to flip onto a guardrail,bounce off and skid along Highway 12 on its roof for approximately 100 feet.

Will Black Friday Create Legal Liability For Holiday Retailers?

Do retailers, such as Walmart, owe their customers a duty of care? Yes they do. Land owners owe a duty of care to all invitees. The class of persons designated as invitees includes those who have come upon the land at the express or implied invitation of a possessor for the purpose of transacting some business within the scope of the invitation.

Santa Rosa Landlord's Can Rejoice, Gwendolyn Smith Loses Appeal Against Sebastopol Landlord Barbara Wilt

04321f6515309b3edf09adf750d9c76e-thumb-275x267-22992.jpgThe good news is that the 1st District Court of Appeals dealt Gwendolyn Smith and her attorney Gary Levinson a loss. The bad news is that according to reports that have come into my office, Gwendolyn Smith is back in Sonoma County. Two callers reported to me that they saw her in Sebastopol living with a friend of hers who purports to be a yoga instructor. Landlords remember to perform background checks on your potential tenants.

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