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Ripping Her Dollars in Half

Sep 18, 2019 1:22:12 PM / by Caitlin Davis posted in california, discrimination, tech, class action, pay gap, silicon valley

A Case of Gender Pay Discrimination in Silicon Valley
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Evicted from Hollywood

Sep 10, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Caitlin Davis posted in gentrification, community, Hollywood

How the Community Redevelopment Law Paves the Way for a Gentrified Los Angeles Its design resembles an ocean liner, with rounded edges and porthole windows. The building is surrounded by a small village of bungalows, a commercial complex constructed in 1936 by Robert V. Derrah, the architect behind the Coca-Cola Building in Los Angeles. This is the Crossroads of the World.
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Playing with Patients?

Aug 28, 2019 11:39:43 AM / by Caitlin Davis posted in drugs, medical, pharmaceutical

Gilead Sciences, HIV Antiretrovirals, and the Pursuit of Profit
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A Closer Look at CCP 170.6 Peremptory Challenges in California

Aug 13, 2019 11:04:00 AM / by Caitlin Davis posted in legal analytics, Superior Court, wrongful termination, judge analysis, state court, los angeles, 170.6

  (Visit here for my first look at 170.6.) Everyone knows that a lawyer must understand the legal thresholds applicable to their cases. However, it is just as important that a lawyer understands their judge—their background, their preferences, their tendencies. This is the information through which a lawyer can map an effective litigation strategy, a strategy that includes careful consideration of whether or not to “ding” a particular judge, meaning request assignment to a different judge through a CCP 170.6 peremptory challenge.
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Employment Discrimination and the Push to California Courts

Aug 8, 2019 11:14:00 AM / by Caitlin Davis posted in state law, statistics, Senate Bill 188, employment discrimination, discrimination

A new law will go into effect across California on January 1, 2020. California Senate Bill 188 revises the definition of race articulated in the Fair Employment and Housing Act (1959). This definition will now include hair texture and protective hairstyles—traits historically associated with race.
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The Medical Malpractice Crisis: Urban Legend or True Story?

Jul 24, 2019 4:13:28 PM / by Caitlin Davis posted in california, legal analytics, Superior Court, state law, statistics, medical malpractice

  “What’s happening all across this country is that lawyers are filing baseless suits against hospitals and doctors,” began George W. Bush to a room filled with medical professionals and industry allies. “That’s just a plain fact. And they’re doing it for a simple reason. They know the medical liability system is tilted in their favor. Jury awards in medical liability cases have skyrocketed in recent years.” In this story, lawyers and plaintiffs are not the only ones to blame. There is also the civil jury, the panel of peers that always sides with the plaintiff, that always awards excessive damages. But is this the case? Is there really a medical malpractice crisis?
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A Peremptory Challenge: Studying the Lawyers that Study the Judges

Jul 12, 2019 12:58:50 PM / by Caitlin Davis posted in california, judge analysis, state court, los angeles, 170.6

Enacted in 1957, Section 170.6 of the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) granted litigants the opportunity to peremptorily disqualify a superior court judge from presiding over their case. This disqualification requires no justification other than a litigant stating that the assigned judge is prejudiced against the attorney, the attorney’s firm, or the attorney’s client. That’s right, no facts are needed to prove any of these allegations. As long as it is timely filed, the disqualification is granted as a matter of right.
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French Drama: Say Goodbye to Judicial Analytics

Jun 4, 2019 2:19:07 PM / by Caitlin Davis posted in france, statistics, public access to court records

  As the legal tech sector intensifies its global expansion, governments around the world are grappling with ethical, technical, and political questions about public access to electronic court records. The digitization of these records has allowed artificial intelligence and machine learning companies to collect this public data, synthesizing it in ways that allow them to model how individual judges rule on particular types of matters.
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Overburdened Dockets: The California Demurrer

May 29, 2019 12:28:06 PM / by Caitlin Davis posted in california, litigation, supreme court, federal, state court, state law, motion to dismiss, motion for demurrer, demurrer

The United States District Courts adopted the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) in 1938. Drafted in reference to the types of cases most common at the time, these rules were designed to regulate pre-trial pleading and discovery practices. In doing so, they presented three pre-trial mechanisms for undermining a plaintiff’s complaint, one of which is a motion to dismiss—Rule 12(b)(6).
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Motions to Dismiss: A Loosely Defined Power

May 23, 2019 11:30:00 AM / by Caitlin Davis posted in litigation, judge analysis, state court, state law, motion to dismiss

The California Code of Civil Procedure presents an elaborate statutory scheme through which a defendant can dismiss an action. Broadly stipulated in section 581(b), these provisions concern the logistics of court proceedings. Has the case been abandoned by the plaintiff? Has either party not appeared at trial? Has a plaintiff failed to amend a successfully demurred complaint? Throughout California this code has brought mixed results over the years.
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