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Default Judgments: What are They and How Common are They?

By Dennis Stout |

There is more than one way to prevail in your California personal injury lawsuit. Of course, you will prevail and be awarded monetary damages if your case proceeds to trial before a judge and/or jury and the factfinder determines that the defendant(s) in your case were, in fact, at fault in causing damages in… Read More »

Can You Get a New Personal Injury Trial Based on New Evidence?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Consider the following situation: You and your loved one are traveling in a car when another driver slams into you. You and your loved one are injured and receive medical treatment from the local emergency room. You both incur medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses and as a result, you and your loved… Read More »

Escaping from a Mandatory Arbitration Clause

By James Heiting |

  Businesses like arbitration clauses. Whenever a business contracts with a customer (and especially when the business’s legal exposure is potentially high), chances are the business’s contract includes a provision requiring the customer to submit any claims or disputes it may have with the business to arbitration. In some cases, this arbitration is characterized… Read More »

Will Your Fourth of July End With a Lawsuit?

By Sara Morgan |

There is nothing as synonymous with July 4th as fireworks, and nothing as synonymous with fireworks as catastrophic injury accidents. Each year, hundreds of individuals in California visit emergency rooms across the state because of one or more fireworks-related injuries, such as: Severe burn injuries; Loss of eye or other disfiguring injuries; Cuts and… Read More »

Is California a “Fault” State for Car Insurance Purposes?

By Sara Morgan |

When a California car crash occurs, which driver’s insurance pay for the damages? This is a fundamental question that many car crash injury victims have in the aftermath of a collision. After all, identifying the proper insurance company with which to file a claim, or identifying the party who may be responsible for paying… Read More »


By Sara Morgan |

The serious, dire warnings of the television commercials soliciting callers for “IUD” litigation and “Mirena lawsuits” are unavoidable. But what is an “IUD” and what is the litigation about? The phrase “IUD”, as it is commonly used, is an abbreviation for “intra-uterine device”, a type of birth control method where a small piece of… Read More »


By Richard Irwin |

For years, many individuals in our workforce worked around or in buildings where asbestos or asbestos products were present. This exposure was often associated with the construction industry – such that builders, electricians, plumbers, pipe-fitters, insulation installers were often exposed to asbestos. And, this is just the short list. In certain tragic cases, this… Read More »

Anchors Away

By Dennis Stout |

No, this does not refer to the recent resolution of the Los Angeles/Long Beach port strike, but to the equally recent decision by the R&A (Royal and Ancient) and USGA (United States Golf Association) to ban the use of belly putters and broom-handle putters effective in 2016. The proposed rule of golf reads as… Read More »


By Dennis Stout |

The budget crises in the State of California continues to affect the court system, particularly the courts’ ability to dispose of cases in an efficient manner. Litigants should expect to see a back log of court cases due to the lack of funding, lack of jurists, and lack of support staff. As cases continue… Read More »


By Dennis Stout |

Heiting & Irwin Over the past week the Los Angeles Superior Court system has announced the closure of four civil courtrooms in Pomona. The San Bernardino Superior Court system is apparently mulling over its options in the face of budget cuts, expected to be reached up to 18 percent. Similar courtroom closures or furlough… Read More »

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