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Dennis Stout is a native Californian with significant ties to the Inland Empire, where he continues to reside. A graduate of Upland High School, the University of California, Riverside (B.S. Economics), and the University of La Verne (J.D.), Mr. Stout has practiced law continuously since 1979. He has been married to his wife, Alicia (R.N., C.E.N., M.I.C.N.) since that same year, and they have three adult children, all of whom live in Southern California. View Attorney Dennis Stout's Attorney Bio Here.

DISCOVERABILITY OF WITNESS STATEMENTS

By Dennis Stout |

Witness interviews are an important part of the investigation by attorneys or their staff in the evaluation and presentation of evidence.  Generally, witness statements will be protected from disclosure to the adverse party if the material discovered reveals an attorney’s impression, conclusions, opinions, or legal research.  Code of Civil Procedure §2018.030 sets forth the… Read More »

What Do You Do if You Fall on an Uneven Sidewalk?

By Dennis Stout |

Tripping and falling on an uneven sidewalk may not sound like a big deal, but it can cause very serious, or even deadly, injury. If you were walking and you fell on a defective sidewalk, you may be able to pursue legal action and get compensation for your claim.  Here’s what to do. Get… Read More »

Corona Virus and the Mediation Process

By Dennis Stout |

The Corona virus pandemic has caused significant delays in judicial proceedings, especially trials in pending cases. The lack of trials as an ultimate resolution to a case has led to increased opportunity for mediation/settlement procedures; however, the process of remote or on-line mediation/settlement conferences is still evolving. One of the primary concerns in remote… Read More »

California Bicycle Lane Laws

By Dennis Stout |

The California Vehicle Code generally provides that bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles. If the bicyclist is traveling at the speed of traffic, then they may ride anywhere. However, California Vehicle Code §21208 states that if the bicycle is traveling slower than the flow of traffic, the designated… Read More »

Common Premises Liability Accidents That Happen Outside of Stores

By Dennis Stout |

You were recently going to a store when you slipped and fell right outside of it. Now you’re dealing with an injury and you don’t know how you’re going to pay for treatment. You also aren’t sure if you have any legal recourse. If you had slipped inside the store, you know you could… Read More »

Homeowner Control over Tenant Marijuana Growing Operation

By Dennis Stout |

A recent case touched upon an interesting question: Will Homeowners insurance apply if your tenant’s grow operation ends up burning the place down?  It should be noted that the ruling is very specific to the facts of the case and should not be interpreted as a blanket ruling or finding as to this question…. Read More »

DENIAL OF INSURANCE COVERAGE AFTER AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT

By Dennis Stout |

You have complied with the financial responsibility laws of the State of California by purchasing automobile insurance in case of an accident. You then become involved in an accident, submit your claim to your insurance carrier, only to be told that they are now denying coverage to you for the motor vehicle accident. How… Read More »

Sport Liability from Coronavirus

By Dennis Stout |

by Dennis R. Stout The Coronavirus has had a tremendous impact on society in general and the sports community in particular. As we begin to re-open sporting venues, whether it be golf courses, parks, beaches or gymnasium/fitness facilities, we must remain cautious and concerned about the transmission of this deadly disease, to the participants… Read More »

CALIFORNIA IMMUNITIES

By Dennis Stout |

In California, state government entities/and employees are not immune from personal injury or other tort liability unless expressly provided for by statute. Generally, the immunities are contained in the California Tort Claims Act, however, others are distributed throughout various California Codes.  There is no liability for an entity or employee in the absence of… Read More »

TRAIL IMMUNITY

By Dennis Stout |

California Gov. Code §831.4, the “trail immunity” statute, provides that a public entity is not liable for an injury caused by a condition of the following: “(a)      Any unpaved road which provides access to fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, riding. . . water sports, recreational or scenic areas. . .” or “(b)      Any trail used… Read More »

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