July 2012

Don't Sign It!!!

Every time we get into a case against a nursing home for elder abuse, one of the first things we look to is whether or not the patient or their family member signed an arbitration agreement requiring the patient and family to give up the right to a jury trial.  The nursing homes include these arbitration agreements as part of the stack of documents that the person is to sign on admittance.  Because it is simply “part of the stack,” that agreement invariably gets signed without any understanding that the patient is giving away substantial and significant rights.  On the rare occasion where q


Trade Secrets

If you are a business in the Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino area, do you have trade secrets and, if so, do you know how to protect them?

The Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) governs claims of trade secrets misappropriation.

According to the UTSA, a trade secret is:

Information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, devise, method, technique or process that: