Recognition of Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation Only Harms the Children By Dugan P. Kelley Parental Alienation in Divorce and Custody Cases (Dallas, Collin, Tarrant, Denton, and Wise Counties) — Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines alienation as “a withdrawing or separation of a person or a person’s affections from an object or position of former attachment; estrangement.” In cases involving parental alienation, one ex-spouse tries to undermine…

Default & Default Judgment – What’s the Difference?

What’s the difference between a default and default judgment?  One is bad, the other is much worse. This blog is written for those wondering about the difference between default and default judgment. If you are on the wrong end of either a default or a default judgment – here’s the short answer: default is bad. …

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…

Employment Background Checks – Efforts To Prevent Full Transparency To Employers

Employment Background Checks – Efforts To Prevent Full Transparency To Employers … by Banning the “Check Box”  By Dugan P. Kelley, Esq. By 1996 estimates show that only roughly 50% of employers were using criminal employment background checks to vet potential employees.  By 2003, over 80% of employers had implemented criminal checks and that percentage has grown…

Law360 Article:  Chumash Casino Expansion Isn’t Legal, Neighbors’ Suit Claims

For more information about the case, contact matt@chirstmankelley.com or reach us at www.KelleyClarkeLaw.com Chumash Casino Expansion Isn’t Legal, Neighbors’ Suit Claims   By Caroline Simson Law360, New York (April 3, 2015, 4:40 PM EDT) — A group of Santa Ynez Valley residents sued the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Friday in California federal court over expansion plans…

Kelley, Clarke, PC to Argue Issue of First Impression in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal

Kelley Clarke, PLLC, PC – Appellate Lawyers Kelley Clarke, PLLC, PC represents a group of citizens living in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley north of Santa Barbara.  The case is now on appeal.  KC’s clients are concerned with rampant, unregulated development by a local band of Chumash Indians in the Santa Ynez Valley north of…

Anti-SLAPP – Kelley, Clarke, PC to Argue Anti-SLAPP Issues on Appeal

The Civil Action Alleging Anti-Competitive Conduct in the Autograph Memorabilia Industry Kelley Clarke, PLLC, PC filed a civil action against leading players in the autographed memorabilia industry.  KC alleged Defendants engaged in anti-competitive conduct directed against KC’s clients. The Defendants filed motions to strike the complaint.  They claimed that the allegations in the complaint violated…

Lompoc Record Reports: Former jail project manager in legal fight with county – – Issues involve use of title, back pay, other allegations

Santa Barbara Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Reported by Lompoc Record Former jail project manager in wrongful termination lawsuit with county – Santa Barbara County is embroiled in civil litigation with the former project manager of the long-anticipated Northern Branch Jail, with both the project and county tax payers caught in the middle. Wrongful Termination Lawsuit involve use…