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Mr. Serrano has been admitted to practice before California State and Federal Courts. He was named to the Super Lawyers’ 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Southern California Rising Stars List, an honor awarded to no more than 2.5% of attorneys in Southern California each year. View Attorney Jean-Simon Serrano's Attorney Bio Here.

Is Evidence of a Kelley Blue Book Evaluation Hearsay?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

This titular question is one that the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District was recently asked to answer in the case of People v. Jenkins  (2021) 2021 Cal. App. LEXIS 843. A jury convicted Tyrus Jenkins of first-degree burglary of a residence with a person present, second degree burglary of a car,… Read More »

998 Offers – Follow the Rules for them to be Valid!

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

We’ve discussed 998 offers many times in the previous blog entries(here, here, here, and here).  What happens if a 998 offer is sent but doesn’t include a specific provision for acceptance?  That was the subject of another recent case – Finlan v. Chase(2021) Cal App LEXIS 759. Chase sexually assaulted aesthetician Finlan during a… Read More »

Negligent Entrustment and an Owner’s Duty to Inquire Whether Permissive User has a License

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Let’s say you lend your car to someone for the day.  Do you have a duty to ask them if they have a valid license? YES! Vehicle Code § 14604(a) states: No owner of a motor vehicle may knowingly allow another person to drive the vehicle upon a highway unless the owner determines that… Read More »

No MSJ Continuance without Showing of Diligence

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Recently, in Braganza v. Albertson’s LLC (July 29, 2021, No. E073073) ___Cal.App.5th___ [2021 Cal. App. LEXIS 620], the plaintiff sued defendant for personal injuries and other damages she sustained as a result of slipping and falling on the floor of defendant’s grocery store. The trial court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment after denying plaintiff’s… Read More »

Statute of Limitations for Minors – Calculating Tolling

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

In most instances, the statute of limitations is tolled for minors until they reach the age of majority (NOTE: this is not the case in medical malpractice matters!).  A recent case (Shalabi v. City of Fontana (July 12, 2021, No. S256665) ___Cal.5th___ [2021 Cal. LEXIS 4762]) deals with some specific details regarding how the… Read More »

Do Nest (and similar) doorbells and cameras constitute an invasion of privacy?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

This was the issue addressed in a recent ruling of the Court of Appeal for the Second District — Mezger v. Bick, 2021 Cal. App. LEXIS 550. This case involved a dispute among neighbors in a gated community.  The plaintiffs were neighbors to comedienne Kathy Griffin.  They alleged that their privacy was invaded by… Read More »

Government Code 821.6 Immunity for Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

A recent case deals with a sheriff’s deputy’s immunity from a claim of negligent infliction of emotional distress.  In the recent case of Leon v. County of Riverside (2021) ___Cal.App.5th___ [2021 Cal. App. LEXIS 446, at *1-3], the plaintiff’s husband, José Leon, was shot and killed by a neighbor in a driveway of a mobilehome… Read More »

What to Do If You Get Facial Paralysis From a Personal Injury

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Facial paralysis is a catastrophic injury that can have a devastating effect on you for the rest of your life. What should you do? Riverside, California personal injury lawyers Heiting & Irwin have over four decades of experience assisting clients with catastrophic injuries such as facial paralysis. We have retrieved more than $400 million… Read More »

HOA Not Responsible for Injuries to Pedestrian/Visitor Who Had to Park Across the Street

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

In a recent case, (Issakhani v. Shadow Glen Homeowners Assn. (Apr. 30, 2021, No. B301746) ___Cal.App.5th___ [2021 Cal. App. LEXIS 369, at *1].), the plaintiff was struck by a car while jaywalking across a five-lane highway at night.  The plaintiff sued the owner of the condominium complex she was trying to visit for negligence and… Read More »

Two Step Inquiry for Determining Duty to Protect a Plaintiff from Injuries Caused by a Third Party

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

A recent case, Brown v. USA Taekwondo, 11 Cal. 5th 204, took up the issue as to whether the United States Olympic Committee and USA Taekwondo could be held liable for the sexual abuse caused by a third-party coach. Plaintiff athletes sued the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Taekwondo (USAT). Plaintiffs alleged… Read More »

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