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Brodeur v. Atlas Entertainment Inc. - Calif. Appeal Court, 2nd Dist., Div. 8, June 6, 2016

Appellate court reverses denial of anti-SLAPP motion brought by producers and distributors of “American Hustle,” holding that film dialogue regarding environmental author’s statement about microwave ovens was in connection...more

Colorado Supreme Court Limits Use of Extrinsic Evidence and Reasonable Expectations Doctrine

On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its decision in American Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Hansen, No. 14SC99 (Colo. June 20, 2016), holding that extrinsic evidence can only be used to interpret ambiguous policy language,...more

Takata Airbag Recall Balloons — 7 Automakers Join List

NHTSA Calls Controversy ‘Largest and Most Complex Safety Recall in U.S. History’ - The consumer-safety threat posed by defective airbags in millions of vehicles worldwide has escalated again....more

Texas Supreme Court Narrows the Ability of General Contractors to Seek Chapter 82 Indemnity for Product Claims

On June 17, the Texas Supreme Court further clarified the definition of the word "seller" in Chapter 82 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code (known as the Texas Products Liability Act), which was intended to provide...more

Be Safe This Summer: Stay Bicycle-Smart

Bicycling is a breeze. Wind in your hair, sun on your shoulders, therapy for your mind and exercise for your body. Whether you pedal along the beach, around a lake or in a park, your summertime ritual surely will be fun....more

The Failure to Issue a Legal Hold Can Cause a Case to Crash and Burn

Bruner v. Am. Honda Motor Co., No. 1:15-00499-N, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62810 (S.D. Ala. May 12, 2016). Where a defendant had never initiated a legal hold and had been continuously deleting e-mails since litigation began,...more

Michigan Supreme Court Clarifies That District Court Jurisdiction is Determined by Looking at the “Amount in Controversy” at the...

Michigan district courts have exclusive subject-matter jurisdiction over civil actions when the “amount in controversy” does not exceed $25,000. So what happens if a plaintiff files a lawsuit in district court seeking damages...more

Common Law Indemnity Claim Affirmed on Justifiable Beliefs

Yesterday, the Arizona Court of Appeals issued an interesting opinion in Hatch Development v. Solomon. Hatch illustrated two key points in real estate and construction litigation: (1) a contractor’s indemnity does not always...more

Summer Months Mean More Teen Driving Accidents

Summer is here and in the San Fernando Valley, that means we can expect a lot more cars on the road. Why? Because school is out and teen drivers are making the most of their summer break. ...more

When Can You Sue After a Workplace Injury?

Millions of people are injured in workplace accidents each year, and many victims experience serious and long-term effects as a result of these injuries. Workplace injuries can result in overwhelming medical debt and a...more

Rage on the Roads

From 2004 to 2013, the number of deaths attributed to accidents where road rage or aggressive driving was involved has risen by nearly 1,000 percent from 26 to 247 deaths. Data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety...more

Defending against Product Liability Down Under

In this second collaborative blog post with the Australia-based law firm DibbsBarker, we take a look at the litigation process for product liability claims in Australia and how in some ways it differs from the process in the...more

Ouch! My Homeowners Insurance Excluded my Dog!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is an expert on insurance and insurance coverage and receives many inquiries about insurance issues from both the public and other lawyers. Also, Mr. Goldberg’s...more

Stricter distracted driving laws: Will they make Chicago’s streets safer?

Back in 2014, changes made to legislation in Illinois made it illegal to drive while using any type of hand-held cell phone. Whether for texting or making phone calls, cell phones have since been banned in the hands of...more

Healthcare Lessons Learned From Reality TV

On March 31, 2016, a New York court determined that a lawsuit may proceed against a physician and hospital for breach of physician-patient confidentiality arising from a documentary series about medical trauma, NY Med. The...more

U.S. Department of Transportation says summer driving is high risk

The U.S. Department of Transportation cautions that summer months account for a higher number of auto accidents and traffic fatalities than most other times of the year. While the Thanksgiving long weekend is statistically...more

What you don’t know about motor vehicle crash deaths in Illinois

It is not uncommon to hear about wrecks occurring every day on the local news. The majority of the time, the news will give you related traffic reports and maybe a little bit of information relating to injuries or deaths...more

Elevator Considered “Falling Object” Under New York Labor Law §240(1)

In McCrea v. Arnlie Realty Co. LLC, 2016 N.Y.App.Div LEXIS 4215 (1st Dep’t June 7, 2016), plaintiff, an elevator repairman, was present at defendant’s property to investigate a scraping noise that could be heard while the...more

New York Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Applicable to Love Canal Claims

In its recent decision in Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. Roy’s Plumbing, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75958 (W.D.N.Y. June 10, 2016), the United States District Court for the Western District of New York had occasion to consider...more

If it Ain’t Broke?…Ninth Circuit Announces Curious Test of “Applied Art” Under VARA

The Ninth Circuit has ruled against two artists in a long-running dispute about a hybrid school bus creation at Burning Man more than ten years ago, a “galleon” named La Contessa. In announcing a test that focuses on whether...more

Jackson v. Black Ink Tattoo Studio Inc.: Why Consent Forms for Tattoo Artists Are an Indelibly Good Idea

The ability of tattoo artists to protect themselves from negligence lawsuits got a boost from a recent decision of a New York court. The case of Jackson v. Black Ink Tattoo Studio Inc. drew national interest since the...more

Make the Most of Your Mediation: The Neighbor Dispute

Disputes between neighbors are among the most blistering battles in the courthouse. As one advocate observed during a break in Day 3 of Hatfield v. McCoy, “At least in a divorce, one of the parties moves out of the house.”...more

Summer Ushers In Car Accident Season in the United States

Just as the news highlights the massive increase in air travel during the summer months, the same can be expected of traveling by vehicle. This undoubtedly means more accidents on the road and more injuries as a natural...more

Why Cars Crash

The Study - A 2015 study, from the U.S. Department of Transportation, has revealed that drivers are responsible for roughly 94% of motor vehicle crashes. From the middle of 2005 through the end of 2007, the National...more

Your Insurer Does Not Have to Pay Diminution of Value after a Collision

Woodland Hills car accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg is regularly contacted by upset insureds because their nearly new vehicle was in a serious accident and their insurer refuses to declare the vehicle a total loss. ...more

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