November 2010

SMS SOS: Think Before You Text

Text messages are becoming an increasingly common form of communication, even in remote areas like Humboldt County, and this can have a profound effect on both civil and criminal lawsuits.  “Smart” phones and overall increases in phones’ data capacity are creating both headaches and treasure troves for litigation attorneys.   As a cell phone user, you should know that if you are thinking of filing a lawsuit, or may have to defend against one, your text messages could be available to the opposing party and/or the court.  This may even include messages you have deleted from the phone.


Wrongful Death Case Resolved for Policy Limits

The Janssen Law Firm recently resolved a tragic wrongful death matter from the Hoopa area for the defendant’s policy limits.   Michael Crowley of the Janssen Law Firm represented the adult children of Filmore Harvey, Sr., regarding his tragic death on December 16, 2009.

Mr. Harvey was run over by the defendant driver, who was driving under the influence at the time of the incident.  The defendant is currently being prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter in Humboldt County Superior Court.