February 2016

Anti-SLAPP Alive and Well in Humboldt County Superior and California Supreme Courts

Imagine you’ve been sued for commenting on a proposed piece of legislation, a political candidate’s qualifications, something that was said or occurred in a prior lawsuit, or a matter of public interest, generally.  Each of those topics certainly feels like an area where you should be able to exercise your First Amendment right to speak your mind, but now you have to spend money to defend yourself in court.  Thankfully, California has a law that not only protects your rights by giving you the opportunity at a very early stage in the proceedings to ask the court to dismiss your case, b

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End of Life Option Act

The California Legislature recently passed Assembly Bill X215, commonly called the End of Life Option Act. Governor Brown signed the new law on October 5, 2015. It will become effective 91 days after the adjournment of the 2015-2016 second extraordinary session.  The act authorizes an adult who meets certain qualifications, and who has been determined by his or her attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, to make a request for a drug prescribed for the purpose of ending his or her life.

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