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Fight Night at Your Company Holiday Party

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Jim Duncey, the owner of Duncey’s Caps, Inc., decides to hold an employee/significant other holiday party this year with live music and an open cash bar managed by a third-party bartending service. Each employee will get...more

Can Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents Receive Compensation for Their Injuries?

The State of California can hold drunk drivers criminally responsible for the actions, but can victims or their surviving family members be compensated in civil court because of the accident? The answer is a resounding yes....more

When Criminal Defense Cases and Personal Injury Claims Collide!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is fortunate to associate with top legal and financial professionals. The question often arises about what happens when there is BOTH a criminal and personal injury...more

Should We Say Car Crash or Car Accident? The Language We Use to Classify Auto Collisions can be Important

Personal injury lawyers discuss the language we use to talk about traffic collisions, and whether it makes a difference if we say “accident” or “crash.” It is important for drivers to know the risks of negligence on the road...more

Can a Host Be Liable for Serving Alcohol in California?

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is always looking for recovery sources for his seriously injured clients. One area of confusion comes from questions about whether a server of alcohol can be liable...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2017 : II. LIABILITY ISSUES B. Widdowson v. Rockwell [2017] B.C.J. No. 457, per Kent, J. [4233]

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II. LIABILITY ISSUES - B. A commercial host’s liability with respect to an intoxicated patron will not necessarily end when the patron arrives safely home – it is not necessarily a break in the chain of...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2017 : II. LIABILITY ISSUES A. Wardak v. Froom, 2017 ONSC 1166, per Matheson, J. [4227]

by Field Law on

II. LIABILITY ISSUES - A. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice refused to grant summary dismissal in a social host liquor liability case where the adult defendants supervised their son’s party, involving underage drinking...more

Deadly Crash in Canoga Park Sheds Light on Impaired Driving

Recently a high-speed crash in Canoga Park, California took the life of young driver Steven Rodriguez, just two weeks after his 21st birthday. Authorities believe than an excessive rate of speed combined with possible...more

St. Patrick’s Day and Car Accidents

According to studies, the most dangerous time to be on the road is between midnight and 5:59 a.m., so be vigilant and if you drink, enjoy that green beer responsibly by getting a designated driver, Uber, or taxi to take you...more

Fatal Crashes Down Compared to 2016

by Howard Ankin on

Fatal car crashes are down this year compared to 2016 data, though it’s impossible to predict whether the trend will continue. 2016 saw an increase in traffic fatalities, with over 1,000 deaths in Illinois. Drivers should be...more

Drunk Driving Accidents and the Holidays

Not surprisingly, the odds of getting into an auto accident increase when there are more cars on the road (such as during rush hour) or when driving conditions are less than optimal (say, during rain storms). But when the...more

The Most Dangerous Days for DUI Crashes

by Howard Ankin on

Although a DUI crash can occur at anytime, some days of the year are riskier than others. Major spikes in the number of DUI crashes are seen during times of celebration; mainly surrounding holidays and during the summer...more

Claimants’ Demand for Superfluous Wording In Release Does Not Excuse Insurer’s Failure to Accept Policy Limit Offer Within Time...

In Barickman v. Mercury Casualty Co. (No. B260833, filed 7/25/16, ord. pub. 8/15/16) a California appeals court affirmed a $3 million bad faith award against Mercury Casualty Co. based upon its failure to accept a policy...more

When a Policy Limits Offer is Not Enough: A Cautionary Tale of a Failure to Settle Case

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a recent unpublished decision, the California Court of Appeals upheld a $3 million judgment against an auto liability insurer that rejected proposed language in a settlement agreement, notwithstanding the insurer’s policy...more

July 4th Auto Accidents

While a time for celebration, the long Independence Day weekend can also bring with it a number of serious personal injuries, including car accidents from drinking and driving, illegal firework injuries, and dog bites....more

Defence & Indemnity - April 2016: IV. PRACTICE ISSUES

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A. Do police need a warrant to access the data on a vehicle’s airbag control module without the owner or driver’s permission? R. v. Glenfield, [2015] O.J. No. 1212, per Hambly, J. [4175]...more

Holiday Season Proves Disabling, Deadly for Many Drivers

by Howard Ankin on

According to a report by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were an alarming 6.1 million police reported vehicle accidents in the United States in 2014, resulting in an alarming 2.3 million...more

Labor Day Weekend and Drunk Driving Accidents

For many, the upcoming weekend signals the end of the summer. For others, Labor Day Weekend is the perfect reason for a three day party. In a community like the San Fernando Valley, where public transportation is not the...more

Virginia Supreme Court Decides Punitive Damages Case

by Sands Anderson PC on

In the recent case of Cain v. Lee, the Virginia Supreme Court determined that the Circuit Court for the County of Stafford erred when it granted a jury instruction that provided that “punitive damages are generally not...more

Northridge Deadly Drunk Driving Accident Sheds Light on a Serious Issue

The summer months are upon us and with an increase in beach bonfires, summer BBQs, and Sunday Fundays in the sun, drunk driving accidents in the San Fernando Valley are also on the rise. These types of auto accidents are...more

Can older drivers become impaired faster?

by Howard Ankin on

There is an increasing amount of focus on the effects of alcohol impairment behind the wheel due to the alarming number of fatalities that occur each year. According to the Illinois DUI Fact Book, alcohol-related crashes...more

Suing a Drunk Driver

Spring often means an increase in parties (St. Patty’s Day, anyone?), sporting events, and other occasions where alcohol is present. This can also mean that more people leave these parties and drive while under the influence...more

Common causes of car accidents

by Howard Ankin on

The best car accident lawyer in Illinois would say that he or she has seen an increase in fatal car accidents. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, a total of 991 individuals lost their lives in fatal...more

Lowering the legal limit in Illinois could reduce car accidents

by Howard Ankin on

A 65-year-old Hebron, Connecticut math teacher was severely injured after an inebriated parent struck him with her car after dropping her son off at school. According to NBC Connecticut, police determined that the driver, a...more

Holiday Parties: Can You Sue the Bar or Homeowner Who Served the Alcohol?

It’s that time of year again, when holiday parties abound and the number of buzzed drivers or intoxicated drivers on the roads increase, putting many innocent pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, and motorists at risk. We may...more

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