May 2010

Community Legal Information Center

The Community Legal Information Center (“CLIC”) at Chico State University celebrated its 40th anniversary on April 24, 2010.  The celebration included a tribute to and address by founder, leader, and inspiration Professor Edward J.  Bronson.  Professor Bronson reminded the assembled well-wishers and graduates of the program of the humble beginnings and impressive growth of the program at a fund-raising dinner held at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico.

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Warning for those hosting graduation parties

It is graduation time and thus the season for many Humboldt County high school, Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods parties.  Many parents believe that if minors drink in their presence they will be safer because they will be less likely to drink without adult supervision. The Janssen Law Firm wants Humboldt County residents to know that the California Legislature is likely to pass a law which makes social hosts who provide minors with alcohol civilly liable when the alcohol injures or kills the minor or another person.

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Nursing home staffing lawsuit - update

The Fresno Bee, in an article written by Barbara Anderson published on April 19, 2010, reported on the Humboldt County nursing home staffing class action lawsuit in which the Janssen Law Firm is one of the three law firms representing the plaintiffs.

Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc., a group of for-profit nursing homes have put elderly residents at risk and skirted state law by skimping on staff to make more money, lawyers contend in a class-action lawsuit.

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California Mortgage Debt Relief Extended

Based on the passage of SB 401 on April 12, 2010, California now allows taxpayers who had all or part of the loan balance on their principal residence forgiven by their lender to exclude the forgiven debt from California gross income.  The new law now conforms, with modifications, to the federal mortgage forgiveness debt relief for discharges through tax years 2007 through 2012.

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A Long and Expensive Race Harassment Case

On September 18, 2008, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed a race harassment lawsuit against Big Lots, Inc. (EEOC v. Big Lots, Inc., CV-08-06355-GW(CTx).)  The EEOC alleged that Big Lots violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it subjected a black maintenance mechanic and other black employees to race harassment and discrimination at the Big Lots Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., distribution center.  According to allegations by the EEOC, an immediate supervisor and co-workers,  all Hispanic, made racially derogatory jokes, comments, slurs and epithets.

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