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A Closer Look at CCP 170.6 Peremptory Challenges in California

Aug 13, 2019 11:04:00 AM / by Caitlin 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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A Peremptory Challenge: Studying the Lawyers that Study the Judges

Jul 12, 2019 12:58:50 PM / by Caitlin 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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Redefining the Judge and the Jury: Motions for Summary Judgment

May 15, 2019 3:04:00 PM / by Caitlin posted in california, litigation, state court, los angeles, motion for summary judgment

How 3 SCOTUS Decisions Altered the Summary Judgment Landscape in California Courts 1986 was an important year for summary judgment motions. The United States Supreme Court had just issued three decisions about the scope of summary judgments in federal courts, all of which sought to clarify the burdens placed on parties and the standards regarding evidence and proof.
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Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis: Where Are We Now?

Apr 9, 2019 8:12:00 AM / by Anita posted in Superior Court, rulings, state law, los angeles, foreclosure

California Lawmakers Successfully Aim to Undo the Affordable Housing Crises In December 2007, the United States underwent a severe economic downturn known as the Great Recession. The main culprit causing this financial calamity was the subprime mortgage crisis. Subprime mortgages were typically handed out to people with low credit scores and who were struggling with debt.
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Increase in Elder Abuse Claims in Los Angeles County

Mar 27, 2019 6:46:00 AM / by Caitlin posted in california, legal analytics, state court, elder abuse, los angeles

Elder abuse is difficult to measure statistically, as it often remains largely hidden. Abusive acts may be committed in the privacy of someone’s home. It may start with a phone call, a telemarketer offering a get-rich-quick scheme, or it may manifest as more tangible physical and/or emotional abuse by relatives or caretakers. As such, researchers and policy makers lack reliable statistical data, a fact that only adds more complexity to the issue.
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