Legal Deadlines in a Lawsuit, You Must Know What “Last Day to File” Means

Legal Deadlines:  What does “Last Day to File” Mean?  By Matthew Clarke   If you are a civil litigation lawyer in private practice or you represent yourself in a civil case, legal deadlines are a part of your life.  Your calendar must always be accurate and contain all dates and legal deadlines.  There are so…

Preservation of text messages and emails as evidence

Should I preserve text messages and emails as evidence if I am sued? Nobody wants to be accused of spoliation of evidence (aka, destruction of evidence) such as text messages and emails. That’s likely why you are reading a blog about whether you must keep evidence.  The good news is that California no longer recognizes…

How far will the SLAPP Statute go?

Recent Developments show the SLAPP Statute Extends to Residential Home Transactions where, much to the Chagrin of Homeowners, Renters Inform Potential Buyers of Sex Offenders in the Neighborhood. By: Dugan P. Kelley             The SLAPP Statute lesson: Remember the saying growing up, “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t…

Are Attorneys Now Insulated From Malpractice During Mediation?

Are Attorneys Now Insulated by Mediation Confidentiality From Malpractice During Mediation? By Matthew Clarke Have you ever wondered if something you said or did during a mediation could come back to haunt you? The California Supreme Court recently addressed the scope of California’s mediation confidentiality statutes in Cassel v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County,…