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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.

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 »

Legal Issues When Returning to Work Post-COVID

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

As people throughout the United States are getting the COVID-19 vaccine and the virus is slowing down, workplaces are opening back up again. Now, you may face legal issues when returning to work post-COVID. If you get hurt or sick at work, there could be repercussions for your employer, as you may be entitled… Read More »

The Importance of Acceptance Provisions in a 998 Offer

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

We’ve discussed 998 offers in the past(here, here, and here).  What happens if a 998 offer is sent but doesn’t include a specific provision for acceptance?  What happens if the attorney that receives this purported 998 offer wants to accept and, writes in an acceptance line, and returns it to the offering party?  Is… Read More »

The Importance of Naming the Correct Parties as Soon as Possible

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

A recent California Court of Appeal decision, (Organizacion Communidad De Alviso v. City of San Jose 2021 Cal. App. LEXIS 115) highlights this importance. From the official case summary: Defendant city filed two notices of determination (NODs) for a proposed project to rezone fallow farmland for light industrial uses. The first NOD listed the… Read More »

Product Liability for Christmas Products and Toys

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Christmas is a time for joy and celebration. It’s when the family comes together, you drink warm eggnog and you all gather around the Christmas tree while opening presents. However, the holiday could be ruined if one of the presents you purchased or toys you gave your child turns out to be defective. If… Read More »

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