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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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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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Using Data To Help You File Better Motions

May 7, 2019 11:56:00 AM / by Tony Depa posted in legal analytics, research, judge bios, judge analysis, state law

 
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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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Finding State Law Decisions on Trellis

Dec 7, 2018 11:10:48 AM / by epottenger posted in lawsuit, decisions, search, rulings, state court, state law

This quick guide will help you understand how to approach your online research regarding state law decisions. The case-finding tools on Trellis give you a variety of methods to find relevant cases. On the Home Page, you will find a search bar where you can search over 3,000,000 records. Also on the Home Page, under “Browse Trellis by Topic” you have the option to search by Dockets, Judges, Counties, or Parties.
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