March 2011

$16 Million Verdict for Pedestrian

A Sacramento jury returned a verdict of $16 million in a lawsuit involving a young doctor who was hit by a car and permanently disabled while using a crosswalk the city knew to be dangerous.

Eureka and Arcata residents know that the fate of the young woman who was hit in Sacramento could have easily been visited upon any number of pedestrians attempting to cross our city streets each day.

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The Importance of Allowing Class Actions

In one of the first class actions in which I was ever involved we sued an insurance carrier that had a policy which cheated its insureds out of fairly small amounts.  During discovery we turned up a memo that discussed bonuses to the employees with the slogan “A penny a patient.”  The idea was that, since the insurance carrier had over 20 million patients, if it could find a way to save (cheat) the patient out of one penny, that saved the company $200,000.

Of course who’s going to fight with a major insurance carrier over one penny?  No one.

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Federal Tax Information

While concentrating on the uncertainty about estate tax thresholds for 2011, most Humboldt County residents have overlooked the income tax ramifications of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010.

This legislation gave tax payers a 2-year income tax reprieve by extending into 2011 and 2012 the lower income tax rates and many of the other tax incentives that were enacted in 2001 and 2003. These were commonly called the Bush Tax Cuts.

In 2013:

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