Janssen Malloy LLP Sponsors Cannabis Farmer’s Workshop Series

Janssen Malloy LLP is proudly sponsoring the Mad River Alliance and EPIC’s Cannabis Farmer’s Workshop Series.  Together with Humboldt Green and California Grower’s Association, the local organizations are bringing to Northern California a series of six Cannabis Farmers Compliance Workshops.  The workshops and companion notebook are designed to provide the necessary resources for regional farmers to implement steps to come … Read More

Janssen Malloy LLP Wins Appeal Preserving Right to Trial Over Arbitration

Janssen Malloy LLP obtained a unanimous First District Court of Appeal decision recently in a wrongful death/elder abuse action regarding Timber Ridge Assisted Living LLC (Timber Ridge).  Partner Michael Crowley argued the matter before the three justice panel.  The Court of Appeal ruled 3-0 that plaintiff Valerie Monschke, as personal representative of her mother’s estate, could proceed to a jury … Read More

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 … Read More

Federal Assistance for North Coast Crab Fishermen

Humboldt County is famous for its Dungeness crab fishery, and crab fishing is vital to its local economy and the many crab fishermen who harvest the tasty crustaceans.  Unfortunately, this year’s season was canceled due to health concerns from an unacceptable level of a neurotoxin detected in tests. It was today announced that Federal assistance for affected fisherman may be … Read More

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 … Read More

New Environmental Regulations on Cannabis Cultivation

Are you growing cannabis? By February 15, 2016, cultivators with 2000 square feet or more of cultivated area are required to enroll in a new water quality regulatory program with the North Coast Water Quality Control Board (NCWQCB). NCWQCB’s Order No. R1-2015-0023 (Order) includes enforceable requirements which cultivators need to become familiar with to ensure their operations do not impact … Read More

2016 Ushers in New Transportation Laws in California

The California DMV released a list of new laws and changes to existing laws affecting drivers and other users of California roadways. Among the listed provisions, which can be found here(link is external) are restrictions on the use of earbuds or other head phone devices. While the law previously prohibited the use of headphones that covered a driver or cyclist’s ears, the … Read More

Three Feet for Safety: New Protection for Bicyclists

California recently enacted a new provision for protection of bicyclists on our roadways, Vehicle Code section 21760, popularly known as the “Three Feet for Safety” law. This provision states that a driver of a motor vehicle overtaking and passing a bicycle going the same direction shall only do so at a safe distance, no less than three feet from the … Read More

California Court Walks Fine Line Between Speech and Resisting Arrest

Whenever someone gives law enforcement lip, refuses to provide identifying information, or even verbally attempts to interfere with an investigation, our constitutional rights to free speech and to remain silent are in tension with an often-used California law prohibiting resisting, delaying, or obstructing a peace officer, public official, or EMT when that person is engaged in the performance of his … Read More