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What You Should Know about the Private Attorneys General Act in 2017

What You Should Know about the Private Attorneys General Act in 2017

This article is a top-level summary of how California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) works. PAGA has been revised several times, and has been the subject of many appellate court decisions, since it was first introduced in 2004.

Choosing a Great Mediator

Choosing a Great Mediator

Mediators can get places nobody else can. Good mediators promote open dialogue between the parties. And once people talk candidly about their cases, great things happen.

March 2016 - Litigation Edition

March 2016 – Litigation Edition

Highlights of the March Contra Costa Lawyer Litigation edition include articles on discovery sanctions, forensic expert cross-examination, police excessive force cases and more.

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, March 2016

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, March 2016

We, as attorneys, should strive to add to, and not detract from, the concept of law as a noble, respectful and dignified institution and process.

How to Avoid Discovery Sanctions

How to Avoid Discovery Sanctions

SELF-STUDY MCLE: How you conduct yourself through the discovery process is crucial and can have tremendous consequences for your client’s case.

Jurors’ Use of Social Media During Trial

Jurors’ Use of Social Media During Trial

You must consider at the outset what material is available online about your client and manage the client’s online presence, to the extent it is ethical to do so.

The Civil Litigator in the Probate World: Toto, I've Got a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore

The Civil Litigator in the Probate World: Toto, I’ve Got a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

The civil litigator who first steps into probate litigation may have a bit of an awakening…

Cross-examining a Forensic Expert

Cross-examining a Forensic Expert

Thinking in terms of the scientific method may help you confront and challenge an expert witness’s analysis in court litigation.

Bringing a Police Excessive Force Case

Bringing a Police Excessive Force Case

Plaintiff’s attorneys must navigate a veritable minefield before arriving at a favorable settlement or verdict. This article will explore some of the basic preliminary steps in handling such cases.

The Trust Litigator’s Arsenal

The Trust Litigator’s Arsenal

The California Probate Code gifts practitioners many tools that can be pivotal in helping trust litigators with resolving trust disputes.

The Jury Trial

The Jury Trial

I thought I would examine the natural endpoint after one common form of ADR—mediation—fails: The jury trial.

Proposed Rule Changes for the Discovery Facilitator Program

Proposed Rule Changes for the Discovery Facilitator Program

To respond to concerns raised by litigants and discovery facilitators, many changes have been proposed that are designed to streamline the process and alleviate the burden on the discovery facilitators.

Discovery Referees Rules and Roles

Discovery Referees Rules and Roles

In instances where voluminous discovery and corresponding motions are anticipated, the appointment of a discovery referee can ultimately cut costs in the long term.

October 2014 - Litigation/Bankruptcy

October 2014 – Litigation/Bankruptcy

Highlights of the October 2014 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include articles on bankruptcy, the Sham Guaranty Defense, Right to Repair Act, equity stripping and more.

Guest Editor's Column, October 2014

Guest Editor’s Column, October 2014

Sometimes you are at the corner of “I have a great case I am working on,” and “Oh no! My client just filed bankruptcy!” What do you do?