Kelley, Clarke, PC resolve multi-million dollar swimming pool

Swimming Pool Defect – Has anybody you know spent three million dollars on a pool which you could not use? Kelley Clarke, PLLC litigated a swimming pool defect case for many years.  We fought the case hard, even obtaining a reversal of a trial court’s dismissal of some defendants in the Sixth District Court of…

Sexual Harassment – Kelley, Clarke, PC sues another 7-Eleven Store, This Time in Texas

It is unfortunate that the same wrongdoing, including sexual harassment, can repeat itself in the employer-employee context.  “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  George Santayan. The 2014 Sexual Harassment Judgment In late 2014, Kelley Clarke, PLLC, PC obtained a six-figure California judgment against a 7 Eleven franchisee and its manager.  That Franchisee…

Courthouse News Service: Group Fights Indian Casino Expansion

Group Fights Indian Casino Expansion By MIKE HEUER LOS ANGELES (CN) – A Santa Barbara County citizens group sued the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to try to stop them from building a 12-story Indian casino near Santa Ynez. Save the Valley claims the 500,000-square-foot project is not on federally protected trust land and…

Santa Barbara News Press Article: “Group Seeks to Halt Chumash Casino expansion”

Can a Santa Ynez Valley Citizens Group Stop Chumash Casino Expansion? The Chumash Casino project in question involves adding on to the Chumash Casino Resort that was built in 2004. The plan includes building a 12-story hotel tower that will add 215 rooms for a total of 321, expanding the gaming floor by 60,000 square…

Santa Ynez Valley News Article: “Santa Ynez Valley activist group sues to halt Chumash hotel expansion”

Santa Ynez Valley News Reports: A Santa Ynez Valley-based activist group has filed a federal lawsuit lobbying for an injunction to halt the Chumash Casino Resort expansion project, alleging that it violates local, state and federal laws. In an 18-page lawsuit filed Friday in the United States District Court, Central District of California, Save the…

Is sexual assault ever “accidental” so that insurance is triggered?

This discusses a recent case called Gonzalez v. Fire Insurance Exchange (2015) H039368, 6th Appellate District.  The case emphasizes the need to carefully draft a complaint so that the defendants’ insurance is triggered by a sexual assault.  It is also critical to locate all potential applicable insurance policies as each may have its own definitions.…

I Want to Change Child Custody Arrangement!

To change your child custody arrangement, steps are needed to make sure that your changes are valid: You need to understand that until a Court has entered a new custody order, you must follow the existing one. For any valid changes, you will need to have certain legal documents prepared like a Petition to Modify the Parent-Child Relationship, Order to Modify, or other documents. You also need to be prepared to have your ex served with legal notice of the changes.

CO-PARENTING! The Need to Do it Effectively.

C0-Parenting in Divorce – An Important Ingredient to the Resolution Apart from death, divorce is perhaps the most stressful situation any individual will go through in their lives. A divorce with children and uncooperative ex spouses compounds the stress exponentially! As you might imagine, developing a effective co-parenting in divorce with your ex is essential…

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…