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Big Victories in Sacramento for CAOC and Consumers

By Brian Chase on September 30, 2016 - No comments

It has indeed been a very big year for the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) in terms of statehouse victories, but more importantly, a huge victory for California consumers.  CAOC successfully sent eight priority bills to Gov. Jerry Brown and he signed six. It is important to note that no other single group can claim such an impact or record.

Let’s take a look at the six areas in which new laws are going to make a tremendous impact thanks to CAOC’s advocacy: …Read the rest »

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Hackers Stole Data on 500 Million Yahoo Users

By Brian Chase on September 23, 2016 - No comments

yahoo data breach

Yahoo announced on Thursday that hackers stole the account information of at least 500 million users two years ago. According to a report in The New York Times, this is the largest known intrusion of one company’s computer network. The user information stolen by hackers includes names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, encrypted passwords and in some cases, even security questions. The information was compromised back in 2014 by what the company believed was a “state-sponsored actor.” The company did not say which country was involved. …Read the rest »

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

By Brian Chase on September 15, 2016 - No comments

suicide prevention month September

Suicides are among the most heartbreaking events that could occur in one’s lifetime. Every suicide may not be preventable. But, experts say, a staggering number of suicides are preventable. In order to do that, we need to become more aware of some of the warning signs that strike and be able to identify those symptoms when we see them displayed by a family member or friend. The next step is to get them the help and resources they need in order to overcome whatever challenge it is that could be driving them to take that extreme step. …Read the rest »

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Utilizing Expert Witnesses

By Brian Chase on November 21, 2015 - No comments

Expert Witnesses swearing on the bible.

By Brian D. Chase and Scott D. Raphael

Expert witnesses have become an essential part of modern trial practice. Unfortunately, their use has become almost too casual, with may practitioners on both sides resorting to an almost “knee-jerk” routine of hiring experts in every case. Contrary to what may be prevailing conventional wisdom, however, not every case genuinely requires retention of experts, although in most cases testimony from treating physicians (nonretained experts) is still required to carry the burden of proof on causation of injury.

This article focuses on the questions of how to judge whether retained experts are genuinely required in a case and, when a case calls for it, how the handle the selection and retention process. …Read the rest »

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Expert Witnesses and Motions in Limine

By Brian Chase on September 14, 2015 - No comments

gavel in a personal injury law case

Brian D. Chase (Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys) and Scott D. Raphael (Litigitechnology, Inc.)

Introduction

Since well prior to the 1986 Discovery Act, parties were at best committed to guesswork in ascertaining what expert discovery would be permitted at trial based on pretrial inadequacies in the disclosure of expert witnesses, of the scope of expert witnesses’ opinions, the transactional nature and source of acquisition of the expert’s opinions, and the adequacy of the expert’s deposition testimony as to the scope of his anticipated trial testimony. This followed largely from the lack of any meaningful guidance by the Courts or the Legislature on these subjects.

The cost of this uncertainty was not insignificant, with many practitioners discovering only for the first time on a motion in limine at trial that their entire pretrial case strategy would be entirely altered or severely compromised by the wholesale exclusion (or admission) of all or part of both proper and improper expert testimony.

This state of relative confusion has been largely ameliorated by a string of important and informative recent Supreme Court opinions greatly clarifying the permissible boundaries of expert testimony at trial based on the adequacy of the parties’ compliance with their pretrial disclosure obligations. Even so, significant areas of misunderstanding about the permissible scope of expert witness trial testimony, e.g., what limits exist on bootstrapping hearsay, remain problematic even when experts have been properly designated and have given meaningful depositions.

This article explores the appropriate role of the motion in limine as a tool of stability and predictability in ensuring the integrity of pretrial strategy vis-a-vis anticipated expert witness testimony, as well as some useful pointers on use of in limine motions prophylactically to curb potential evidentiary abuses at trial by the adversary, i.e., the very purpose for the in limine motion. …Read the rest »

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Making Motions of Trial-Setting Preference

By Brian Chase on February 23, 2015 - No comments

Brian Chase in Trial

Brian D. Chase (Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys) and Scott D. Raphael (Litigitechnology, Inc.)

Introduction

The adage “time is money” was never more appropriately applied than to personal injury litigation. Twenty years ago, prior to adoption of Delay Reduction Act/”Fast-Track” measures in California’s trial courts, cases frequently could not receive trial settings for years after the complaint was filed, often requiring waivers of the five-year deadline for trial in larger California counties to ensure that a courtroom could be secured for the trial. Delay Reduction measures have dramatically changed the picture, with most superior courts now setting cases for trial within 12 to 18 months of the filing of the complaint. Notwithstanding the significant reduction in trial delays, plaintiffs typically do not resolve their cases unless and until a firm trial date is set, and protracted delays mean delayed resolution and delayed funding of a settlement or judgment.

…Read the rest »

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