Selman Breitman LLP

11766 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90025, United States
Phone: 310.445.0800
Areas of Practice
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Government
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation
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Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Companies Potentially Liable for Independent Contractors & Third-Party Vendors

On August 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit published an opinion analyzing the factors used to determine when a company may be liable for the actions of third parties acting as its agents in Jones v. Royal Administration Services,…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Consumer Protection

New Assumption of Risk Application Bars Gross Negligence Claim

In a published opinion on June 22, 2017, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, in Swigart v. Bruno, 2017 WL 2686536, affirmed the judgment entered in favor of the firm's client after a summary judgment ruling finding…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Personal Injury

Expert Testimony Regarding Positive Marijuana Tests May Not be Admissible in Motor Vehicle Accident Litigation

As states trend towards legalizing recreational use of marijuana—recreational marijuana use is legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, D.C., Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington—the need for a reliable test for…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Personal Injury, Transportation

SCOTUS Rules CA Courts Lack Specific Jurisdiction to Entertain Injury Claims by Non-Residents (Bristol-Myers)

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the ability of non-California residents to sue defendants in California courts for injury claims that have no connection to California, even where defendants have extensive business…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

Bank of America Settles Privacy Lawsuit for $1.9 Million

District Attorneys in Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside, Alameda, and San Diego Counties recently announced a $1.9 million settlement of a civil case against Bank of America where the bank was accused of violating California's…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Privacy

Reaffirming Rash – Replacement Value Applies to Cram Down Valuations

Cram down reorganization, a fundamental concept in bankruptcy law, allows a debtor to retain possession and use of collateral while reducing the principal value of the secured debt to the present value of the collateral. …more
 /  Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

New Mexico Passes Data Breach Notification Law

New Mexico recently became the 48th state to enact some type of legislation requiring companies to notify individuals of data breaches involving their personally identifiable information, leaving only Alabama and South Dakota as…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Watch What You Click (Again!): DocuSign Confirms Data Breach Incident

Well-known and very popular digital signature service DocuSign acknowledged a data breach incident in which a large number of customer email addresses were stolen. The company announced on its website that the data stolen was…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Breaks Further from Concepcion: Arbitration Agreements Face Further Challenge

Notwithstanding the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), arbitration agreements that purport to waive a consumer’s right to seek public injunctive relief under California’s consumer protection statutes are contrary to California law…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Conflict of Laws, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

The Fax Machine is Not Extinct – Opt-Out Provisions

On March 31, 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court vacated a rule by the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") that required opt-out notices on solicited faxes under the Junk Fax Prevention Act ("JFPA"). As Circuit Judge Kavanaugh…more
 /  Communications & Media Law

Oregon Federal Court Decides Carbon Monoxide Incident Is Excluded by Pollution Exclusion

The United States District Court for the District of Oregon has determined that carbon monoxide from a natural gas swimming pool heater is a pollutant within the meaning of a commercial general liability insurance policy. Colony…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

CDC Study Finds Mesothelioma Death Rates Higher Than Projections

On March 3, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study assessing malignant mesothelioma mortality rates in the United States between the years 1999-2015. The Study – apparently the first of its…more
 /  Toxic Torts

California Court Rejects Plaintiff’s Claim of ‘Possible’ Exposure to Asbestos

Defendants in California asbestos injury lawsuits cannot be held liable where plaintiffs can only prove a ‘possibility’ of exposure to defendants’ asbestos-containing products. The California Court of Appeal in Billy S. Johnson…more
 /  Personal Injury, Toxic Torts

Compelled Vocational Examinations of Injured Plaintiffs are Not Permitted in California

Defendants litigating against personal injury claims in California cannot compel injured plaintiffs to submit to a vocational rehabilitation examination—even if the plaintiff has retained his or her own vocational expert to…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Personal Injury

California Expands Factors in the Vicarious Liability Control Test

Although a company is generally not liable for the negligence of its independent contractors, companies required by the government to exert control over independent contractors may be held vicariously liable for the negligence…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury, Transportation
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