The Letter of The Law: April 2016


IN THIS ISSUE: EMPLOYMENT: The Rights and Implications of Alcoholism in the Workplace FAMILY LAW: Practicing the Four Agreements in a Divorce. PERSONAL INJURY: Effective Defense against Reptilian Theory: A New Trend of the Plaintiff’s Bar to Maximize Injury Awards

The Rights and Implications of Accommodating Alcoholism in the Workplace


In light of the recent lawsuit filed by the University of Southern California’s former Head Football Coach, Steve Sarkisian, alleging discrimination against USC based on his alcohol addiction.

Effective Defense against Reptilian Theory: A New Trend of the Plaintiff’s Bar to Maximize Injury Awards


There has been a recent trend in the Plaintiff’s Bar to utilize what is colloquially known as “Reptile Theory” to maximize injury awards. The strategy is based on a book by David Ball and Don Keenan entitled “Reptile: The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff’s Revolution.” The thesis of the book is the reptile’s primary instinct of self-preservation.

Practicing the Four Agreements in a Divorce


If you’ve read the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, you’ll better understand this article. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it. A summary doesn’t do the book justice, but is necessary for this article.

The Letter of The Law: March 2016


IN THIS ISSUE: EMPLOYMENT: The Cost of Doing Business in California for Garment Industry Employers. FAMILY LAW: Transgender Divorce. EMPLOYMENT: SB 588 Creates Personal Liability for Officers, Directors, and Managing Agents of Employers for Wage and Hour Violations

SB 588 Creates Personal Liability for Officers, Directors, and Managing Agents of Employers for Wage and Hour Violations


Senate Bill (SB) 588 known as the "The Fair Days Pay Act" went into effect on January 1, 2016. The bill's stated purpose was to enhance the Labor Commissioners ability to enforce California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) judgments.

The Cost of Doing Business in California for Garment Industry Employers


The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement ("DLSE") implements certain requirements for garment industry employers before they may begin operating in California.

Transgender Divorce


“May you live in interesting times,” is a Chinese curse or proverb, depending upon what authority you rely. Although each generation might proclaim their generation to live in the most interesting of times, I dare say that the millennial transition is turning out to be an ardent advocate and witness to respect for personal rights.

The Letter of the Law: February 2016


IN THIS ISSUE: FAMILY LAW: Husband Awarded 150% of Retirement Benefits, REAL ESTATE: Homeowner Steps to Prevent El Niño Property Damage

What is “Cumis Counsel” and Do I Need One?


A lawsuit is filed against Broker Bob and his seller alleging that they both were aware of a water leak under the slab but didn't disclose the problem to the buyer. The lawsuit alleges fraud and negligence against Broker Bob. Bob sends the lawsuit to his E&O insurance company. He then receives a "Reservation of Rights" letter from the insurance company stating that they have appointed one of their panel attorneys to represent him.
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