December 2009

HCBA Selects Officers for 2010

The Humboldt County Bar Association ("HCBA") met for its December meeting at the Sea Grill Restaurant in Eureka and elected officers for 2010.   Current President Tim Needham was replaced by current Vice President Cat Koshkin.   Humboldt County Public Defender Kevin Robinson was elected Vice President.   The Janssen Law Firm's Patrik Griego was reelected Treasurer.  David Dibble was elected secretary.


Medical Liens

One main responsibility of a personal injury lawyer is negotiating and reducing medical liens on behalf of an injured client.  If you have received medical treatment due to an injury where another person or business is at fault, a medical provider, insurance company, public source, or hospital may assert a lien for amounts they have paid or are owed for your medical treatment.


Forms of Business Organization

If you are an entrepreneur who wishes to start up a business in Humboldt County, one of the first questions you will face is what form of business organization should you choose for your business endeavor:

Traditionally, there have been three major forms used to structure a business enterprise:

1)  the sole proprietorship;

2)  the partnership, including the limited partnership; and

3)  the corporation.

Recently, two other business forms have come into widespread use – the limited liability company and the limited liability partnership.


New Employer Posting Requirements

As of November 21, 2009, employers must post a supplement next to the 2009 Employment Poster.  The new posting includes changes to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) notice concerning the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”),  signed into law by President Bush on May 21, 2008.  The purpose of GINA is to prohibit any improper use of genetic information (for example, any genetic predisposition to developing a disease) in health insurance and employment.  Employers may not use an employee’s genetic information when making hiring, firing, job placement or