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Ms. Morgan obtained her Juris Doctor from Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. She contributes to the improvement of both the local and legal communities, having provided pro- and low-bono legal services, and volunteering at legal clinics and other programs serving the community. View Attorney Sara Morgan's Attorney Bio Here.

CALIFORNIA COURTS HAVE JURISDICTION OVER CONDUCT OCCURRING WITHIN THE STATE

By Sara Morgan |

The California Court of Appeals has recently re-affirmed that California courts have proper jurisdiction over actions that occur within the state, regardless of whether the defendants are residents of California. In the matter known as Doe v. Damron, the plaintiff and defendant were residents of the state of Georgia, and had been married there. … Read More »

EVIDENCE OF VEHICLE VALUE CAN COME FROM KELLEY BLUE BOOK

By Sara Morgan |

Surprisingly, a recent Court of Appeal ruling  from the Fourth Appellate District about a criminal case could possibly have some benefit to people seeking recovery or reimbursement for property damage to their automobiles. The underlying case, referred to as The People v. Tyrus Jenkins, G059110, involved criminal charges against Mr. Jenkins for a variety… Read More »

Do I Have a Workers’ Comp or Personal Injury Lawsuit After Getting Injured at Work?

By Sara Morgan |

You always thought that if you got injured while on the job, you’d automatically qualify for a workers’ compensation settlement. However, now you think you might have a personal injury lawsuit on your hands instead. How do you know the difference? You can figure it out by researching if you have a workers’ comp… Read More »

SIDEWALK DANGERS: WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MY TRIP AND FALL?

By Sara Morgan |

As a City ages, and its trees mature, a common problem that can arise upon public sidewalks is a lift or protrusion to some portion of the slab that can cause or contribute to a fall incident.  Many times, roots from nearby trees are to blame, but there are many other possible causes including… Read More »

ARE YOU LICENSED? BY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA? DON’T JUST LEND YOUR VEHICLE TO ANYONE

By Sara Morgan |

A recent ruling out of the 4th District Court of Appeals here in California held that vehicle owners are required to inquire about the license status of someone before letting them operate their vehicle.  In the case, identified as McKenna v. Beesley, Plaintiff McKenna was injured when driver Ronald Wells ran a red light. … Read More »

DID THE PROPERTY OWNER INCREASE THE RISK? JUDGE STUMPS PLAINTIFFS

By Sara Morgan |

A California couple recently found out that their case for negligence against a ski resort was thrown out of court in Wyoming, where the incident occurred.  Their case against the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort involved similar issues of assumption of risk and premises liability that face plaintiffs here in California.  In January 2017, while… Read More »

Who Do You Sue for a Road Hazard Accident?

By Sara Morgan |

Unfortunately, road hazards are very common in high-traffic areas like California. Since the population is so dense and cars are constantly on the road, the government doesn’t necessarily keep up with all the required maintenance. These hazards can also include objects from construction sites and items that fall off of other cars and trucks…. Read More »

Tips to Stay Safe This Summer as the World Reopens

By Sara Morgan |

This summer, it could be declared to be safe to go outside again and see family members, hang out with friends, return to work, and take your kids to all their favorite activities. Now, with so many people getting vaccinated, and doctors figuring out how to treat COVID-19, the world could somewhat return to… Read More »

VENUE

By Sara Morgan |

Venue refers to the county in which the suit is filed.  The purpose behind these rules is to provide some control to a defendant over where the matter is litigated, so as to make it less difficult or less impractical for the party to mount its defense.  The determination of where venue is proper… Read More »

MARKETING ACTIVITIES IMPACT ON PERSONAL JURISDICTION

By Sara Morgan |

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision recently addressing the question of personal jurisdiction of Ford Motor Company, a global auto company that markets, sells, and services its products across the country and overseas.  The underlying case involved injuries that arose from two earlier model vehicles, including a 1996 Ford Explorer that allegedly malfunctioned… Read More »

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