September 2019

$1.5 Million Settlement in Motorcycle Hit & Run Case

Janssen Malloy LLP this month obtained a $1.5 million recovery for our client in a motorcycle crash hit and run case.  While the Eureka Police Department initially listed the defendant hit and run driver as “unknown” (since he fled the scene of the collision), our investigation located the defendant, and we were able to prove liability and recover the limits of his auto liability insurance coverage (California’s mandatory minimum of $15,000).  That perfected our client’s right to pursue compensation under his underinsured motorist (“UIM”) coverage with his own insurance carrier. 

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Sexual Harassment Training is Available—and Required by Law

January 1, 2020 is right around the corner.  If you are an employer with five or more employees in California, you must provide at least two hours of classroom or other effective interactive training and education regarding sexual harassment to all supervisory employees.  All nonsupervisory employees must receive at least one hour of classroom or other effective interactive training about avoiding sexual harassment.  And, you should assume that all employees must receive job-specific harassment training within six months of beginning a job.

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Death Certificate Project Continues at the California Medical Board

Recently, the Medical Board of California reported on the efficacy of its self-styled “death certificate project.”  As you’ve likely heard, the Medical Board’s project uses California data regarding deaths to identify physicians associated with opioid prescriptions to deceased patients.  The Medical Board’s purpose is to investigate whether physicians violated the law.  Since its inception, 23% of the Medical Board’s death certificate investigations have resulted in disciplinary action taken—either an Accusation filed by the Board against a licensee or some prior action taken by the Board for

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