$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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

DEA Won’t Dial for Dollars

Last week, the Medical Board of California warned its licensees of a telephone scam in which people posing as DEA agents telephone California physicians and demand money to address investigations into prescribing practices.  If you receive such a call, please immediately report the scam to the DEA using its Extortion Scam Online Reporting form, which can be found here: DEA Scam … Read More

Impaired Earning Capacity (not Just Lost Wages)

Most people are familiar with the idea of lost wages: wages or income lost due to injury, for example.  Proving loss of future earnings in a personal injury case is not limited only to the amounts the injured person would have received in the future but for the injury; it also can include damages for “impaired earning capacity.”  The former … Read More

Partition: a Litigation Tool to Solve Co-Ownership Problems

Imagine having the good fortune to own a piece of Humboldt County real property, but being stuck with a co-owner (other than a spouse) so difficult that owning the property becomes more of a liability than an asset. Unfortunately, this is a somewhat common occurrence. For example, two people in a romantic relationship but remaining unmarried might purchase a home … Read More

No Temporary State Cannabis License? No Problem for a Provisional After Passage of SB 97

The way California is issuing state cannabis licenses is getting a makeover. Slow processing times for applications have dogged state cannabis regulators from approving the majority of applicants for state cannabis cultivation, retail, distribution, and manufacturing licenses. The time it takes the State to process annual applications can leave applicants out of compliance if temporary licenses expire while applicant’s annual … Read More

Defendant’s Insurer Has Offered the (Inadequate) Policy Limit: Now What?

An injured plaintiff does not get a vote on the amount of a defendant’s insurance policy coverage limits, and also didn’t get a vote on the defendant’s carelessness that rendered the plaintiff injured.  So when the defendant’s insurance carrier offers the defendant’s policy limits in a case where the plaintiff’s injuries and damages far exceed those coverage limits, what remedy … Read More

Think Your Facebook/Instagram Post is Private? Think Again

It is common these days for people (especially younger people) to post photos and information about themselves and their activities on Facebook, Instagram or other social network platforms.  When people post these photos and messages, they usually are not thinking that such information will be available to the opposing side in litigation should they get injured and be pursuing a … Read More