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Unemployed Judicial Candidate: Ballot Designation Is Proper
(March 20, 2018)

Foreign Companies With No Connections to California Should Be Accorded Forum
(March 19, 2018)

Candidate Cole to Challenge Ballot Title Of State Bar Court Judge Armendariz
(March 19, 2018)

Burbank’s Chief of Police Disputes Judicial Candidate’s Stance
(March 16, 2018)

Elwood Lui, as Special Master, Calls for Boost in State Bar Dues
(March 16, 2018)

‘Safe Harbor’ Provision Protects Infringing Website
(March 15, 2018)

Judicial Candidate Loses Ballot Designation Identifying Him as U.S. Air Force Captain
(March 15, 2018)

Actions Over ‘Made in U.S.A.’ Label Were Properly Dismissed
(March 14, 2018)

Starbucks Doesn’t Cheat Purchasers of Iced Drinks
(March 13, 2018)

Punching Disabled 76-Year-Old Man Who Resisted Handcuffing Was Unjustified
(March 13, 2018)

Field of Superior Court Candidates Closes at 28
(March 12, 2018)

Noncustodial Parent With Home-Visitation Right Must Provide Her Address to Former Spouse
(March 12, 2018)

Restraining Order Against Lawyer Nearing City Council President Wesson Is Valid
(March 9, 2018)

Suspended Attorney Philip Layfield Charged With Mail Fraud
(March 9, 2018)

Court of Appeal Largely Decides Against Lawyer In Three of Four Appeals, on Same Day
(March 8, 2018)

Change in Law on Crossing the Street Is Retroactive
(March 7, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Revives $20 Million Suit Against Estate of Heller Ehrman
(March 7, 2018)

Services Set for John Henning, Retired Superior Court Judge
(March 7, 2018)

Dissolved Law Firm Has No Property Interest in Its Cases
(March 6, 2018)

Wrongfully Convicted Man’s Action Against City of Modesto Fails
(March 6, 2018)

Support Order Runs Afoul of U.S. Supreme Court Decision
(March 6, 2018)

Celebration to Be Held of Life of Kenneth Ofgang
(March 6, 2018)

C.A. Reinstates Action to Declare DMV Hearings Unlawful
(March 5, 2018)

Movie ‘Elysium’ Was Not Infringement On Plaintiff’s Copyrighted Screenplay
(March 5, 2018)

School Employee’s Protest of ‘Police Brutality’ Not Protected
(March 2, 2018)

Retired Judge Henning Dies Two Days After Reaching 80
(March 2, 2018)

More Women Being Appointed to Bench Than Men—Brown
(March 2, 2018)

LACBA Urges Depublication of C.A. Opinion
(March 1, 2018)

Brown Appoints Bendix, Moor, to Appeals Court
(February 28, 2018)

Allegations in Complaint Govern in Anti-SLAPP Hearing—C.A.
(February 28, 2018)

50 Year-to-Life Juvenile Sentences For Nonhomicides Barred—S.C.
(February 27, 2018)

C.A. Upholds 135-Year-to-Life Sentence for Child Molester Not Cruel or Unusual
(February 27, 2018)

No Liability for Fatal Shooting of Woman With Knife
(February 27, 2018)

No Jurisdiction to Dismiss Case for Lack of Jurisdiction
(February 26, 2018)

Obscure Woodland Hills Attorney Challenges Veteran Jurist
(Judicial Elections, February 26, 2018)

ALJ McKay’s Election Challenge to Judge Escalante Abandoned
(February 23, 2018)

HBO’s ‘Ballers’ Is Not an Infringement
(February 23, 2018)

Parties May Render Award of Attorney Fees Discretionary
(February 22, 2018)

Lawful Residency May Be Denied to Daughter of Child Molester
(February 21, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Affirms 33-Month Sentence For Con Man Who Fleeced Investors
(February 21, 2018)

C.A. Affirms Decision Barring Tiger Sanctuary Near Malibu
(February 21, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Won’t Reinstate Professor’s Retaliation Action
(February 20, 2018)

Administrative Law Judge Challenges Newly Appointed Judge
(Judicial Elections, February 20, 2018)

Bankruptcy Plan Approval Doesn’t Have Broad Effect
(February 16, 2018)

Funeral Services Scheduled for Jacob Adajian, 81, Retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
(February 16, 2018)

No Relief for Woman Who Sued Party, In Place of One With Similar Name
(February 15, 2018)

Ordinance Barring Evictions During School Year of Students and Families, Teachers, Not Preempted
(February 15, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Affirms Convictions of Sheriff’s Deputies
(February 14, 2018)

Vandal May Be Ordered to Reimburse Victim For Cost of Home Security System—C.A.
(February 14, 2018)

Field of Superior Court Candidates Closes at 31
(February 13, 2018)

Untimely Notice of Appeal Must Be Accepted Because Lawyer Who Said He Would File It was Busy
(February 13, 2018)

Firing Probationary Officer for Adultery Is Impermissible
(February 12, 2018)

Field of Superior Court Candidates Burgeons to 25
(February 12, 2018)

Two Additional Candidates Enter Superior Court Races
(February 9, 2018)

Action Against Factory Under UCL May Proceed; No Preemption by Federal Law—S.C.
(February 9, 2018)

Newly Appointed Judge Escalante Draws Election Challenge
(February 8, 2018)

Funeral Services Scheduled for Ross M. Klein, 63, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
(February 8, 2018)

Four Contests Develop for Superior Court Open Seats
(February 7, 2018)

Bill Introduced Imposing Sales Tax on Legal Services Received by Businesses
(February 7, 2018)

Judge Marmaro Won’t Seek Reelection, Creating Eighth Open Seat
(February 6, 2018)

Buckley: Judges Will Rally Behind Mackey
(February 6, 2018)

Judge Mackey Draws Election Challenger
(February 5, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Reverses Order to FBI to Disclose Records
(February 2, 2018)

Christian E. Markey Jr., Retired Judge, Bar Leader, USC Counsel, Dies at 88
(February 2, 2018)

Can’t Blame Twitter for Fatal Shooting By ISIS Agent in Jordan
(February 1, 2018)

Lawyer Asserts C.A. Defied Due Process by Authorizing Relief Unsought by Party
(February 1, 2018)

Judge Christine Ewell to Retire, Creating Sixth Open Seat
(January 31, 2018)

Judge Michael Johnson Slates Retirement
(January 31, 2018)

‘All Is Well’ Is Theme of ‘Person of the Year’ Dinner
(January 30, 2018)

Coletta, Cole, Take Out Papers to Run for Judgeships
(January 30, 2018)

$350,000 Bail Is Excessive If Defendant Can’t Raise It
(January 29, 2018)

LACBA Agrees to Act on Proposals Put Forth by Council of Sections
(January 26, 2018)

Lawrence Fried Liebenbaum, Former Chair of LACBA’s Conference Delegation, Is Remembered
(January 26, 2018)

Saladino Loses Bid for Reinstatement as County Counsel
(January 25, 2018)

Trial Court Must Probe Reason for Inmate’s Non-Appearance by Telephone—C.A.
(January 25, 2018)

Job Applicant Must Abide by Arbitration Agreement
(January 24, 2018)

Tinkham Named Interim County Public Defender
(January 24, 2018)

Superior Court Judge Nelson’s Retirement Will Create a Third Confirmed Open Seat
(January 24, 2018)

Executor of Kerkorian Estate May Oppose Widow’s Petition
(January 23, 2018)

Superior Court Judge Mark G. Nelson Sr. Says He Won’t Seek Reelection This Year
(January 23, 2018)

C.A. Rebuffs Friedman’s Attack on MICRA Attorney-Fee Limits
(January 23, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Withdraws 2015 Opinion, Reverses Result
(January 22, 2018)

U.S. District Court Announces Death Of Retired Magistrate Judge Nakazato
(January 22, 2018)

Portions of Government Surveillance Manual Are Privileged
(January 19, 2018)

Nicole Tinkham Expected to Be Named Interim County Public Defender
(January 19, 2018)

Commerce Clause Not Implicated in Personal Loan Transaction
(January 19, 2018)

Report of Attempted Suicide Justified Warrantless Entry
(January 18, 2018)

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye Appoints Lui As Administrative Presiding Justice
(January 18, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Upholds California Statute Criminalizing Prostitution
(January 18, 2018)

Court of Appeal: Privacy Action Lies Where One Party Did Not Know Call Was Recorded
(January 18, 2018)

C.A.: Denial of Leave to Amend Is No Bar To Good-Faith Repleading
(January 17, 2018)

Effort to Skirt Tavern Owner Immunity For DUI Accident Fails in C.A.
(January 17, 2018)

Probation Condition Not Breached Where No Time Limit Set
(January 17, 2018)

Action Against Actress/‘Heiress’ Not a SLAPP—Court of Appeal
(January 16, 2018)

Judge Lesley C. Green Slates Retirement From Los Angeles Superior Court
(January 16, 2018)

C.A. Gives Guidance on Employee Handbook Provisos
(January 12, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Skirts Issue of Jurisdiction In Action Over Sale of Riverboat
(January 12, 2018)

SUSAN WESTERBERG PRAGER: Lawyer, Educator, Administrator Leads Southwestern
(Person of the Year, January 12, 2018)

DANIEL J. BUCKLEY: Top-Notch Lawyer Becomes Stellar Presiding Judge
(Person of the Year, January 12, 2018)

MICHAEL E. MEYER: An Impish, Principled Lawyer Who Heads the County Bar
(Person of the Year, January 12, 2018)

Actor Again Loses an Appeal Over Bar on Defamation Action
(January 11, 2018)

Candidates Coletta, Cole Stake Out Los Angeles Superior Court Seats
(January 10, 2018)

Restraining Order in Juvenile Delinquency Case Required Notice and Hearing to Offender
(January 10, 2018)

Ninth U.S. Circuit Skirts Two of Its Earlier Opinions
(January 9, 2018)

Judge Donna F. Goldstein Won’t Seek Reelection
(January 9, 2018)

Court of Appeal Rejects Attorney General’s Concession of Error
(January 9, 2018)

C.A. Affirms Judgment in Former Columnist’s Lawsuit Against the Los Angeles Times
(January 8, 2018)

Law Firm Improperly Used Privileged Memo, But Disqualification Was Not Warranted
(January 8, 2018)

Lawyer Who Abandoned Client Not Liable for Damages
(January 5, 2018)

25-Year-to-Life Term Upheld for Sex Offender Who Failed to Report His Address Change
(January 5, 2018)

Canada’s Attorney General Loses Her Case in C.A.
(January 4, 2018)

Bill Would Bar Secrecy Provisos in Settlements Where Allegations Involve Sexual Misconduct
(January 4, 2018)

Plaintiffs May Impose Surcharge on Customers Who Pay by Credit Card
(January 4, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Reinstates Suit Over Wrongful Arrest
(January 3, 2018)

Restaurant Chain Shows No Basis for Challenge To $8,000 Award to Paraplegic Customer
(January 3, 2018)

Plaintiff Settling Own Claims Can’t Maintain PAGA Action
(January 2, 2018)

Second 2018 Open Seat Is Confirmed; Judge Carol H. Rehm to Retire
(January 2, 2018)

C.A. Reverses Disqualification of Lawyer, Saying He Caused No Harm
(January 2, 2018)

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Board of Equalization Got Last Laugh on Gas Tax Increase


(In My Opinion, March 20, 2018)

Loss of Local Control a Big Issue in New Water Tax Fight
(In My Opinion, March 15, 2018)

More Candidates Try to Get by With Bogus Ballot Designations
(Perspectives, March 14, 2018)

New Law on Ballot Designations Doesn’t Stop Shenanigans
(Perspectives, March 13, 2018)

State Sees Unintended Consequences of Bad Legislation
(In My Opinion, March 6, 2018)

[X] Malcolm Mackey
(Editorial, February 27, 2018)

What Janus v. AFSCME Could Mean for California
(In My Opinion, February 27, 2018)

Why Does California’s Secure Choice Program Still Exist?
(In My Opinion, February 21, 2018)

After Billions in Tax Increases, We Deserve a Tax Cut
(In My Opinion, February 13, 2018)

‘Trump Bump’ Rescues California’s Unemployment Fund
(In My Opinion, February 6, 2018)

County Squanders Funds in Defense of Lawyer Who Acts Like a Brat
(Perspectives, October 16, 2017)

LACBA’s Interim CEO Misinforms Trustees, Calls for Imprudent Action
(Perspectives, July 19, 2017)

Should LACBA Encourage People Not to Hire Lawyers?
(Perspectives, July 18, 2017)

Civil Rights: The CIA, Torture, the State Supreme Court and the Fate of Independent Contactors


(The Legal Community, June 15, 2017)

LACBA-Gate Puts Spotlight on Good Guys, Bad Guys
(Perspectives, May 30, 2017)

Stevens, Brown Need to Explain…If They Can
(Perspectives, May 25, 2017)

Secret Task Force Produces Secret Report; Secret Committee Makes Nominations
(Perspectives, May 16, 2017)

Wrongdoing in LACBA: Schemers Slate New Election
(Perspectives, May 5, 2017)

SB 235—Judicial Elections Reform Bill—Seen as Worthwhile
(Letters to a Senator, April 28, 2017)

SB 235 Would Meaningfully Reform Judicial Elections
(Editorial, April 6, 2017)

Civil Rights: Marijuana Is Here to Stay

(The Legal Community, February 16, 2017)

Elwood Lui: Following in the Footsteps of David Yaffe
(Perspectives, February 14, 2017)

Acting PD Seeks to Fool the Board of Supervisors
(Perspectives, February 10, 2017)

Lawyers Seek to Justify Shielding of Identities of Cheerleaders/Litigants
(Perspectives, January 19, 2017)

Secrecy in LACBA: A Look Back, a Look Forward
(Perspectives, December 28, 2016)

How Far Has LACBA Come in the Past 50 Years?
(Perspectives, December 22, 2016)

Summary of Judicial Endorsements
(Editorial, November 3, 2016)

JEEC Is Not Comprised of Members Meeting the Prime Criterion
(Perspectives, November 2, 2016)

LACBA Seeks to Promote Candidacies of Three Judicial Aspirants
(Perspectives, November 1, 2016)

Judge Percy ‘Mad Dog’ Anderson Clings to Baca Case
(Perspectives, August 16, 2016)

[X] E. Matthew Aceves
(Editorial, August 2, 2016)

The Only Appropriate Course for Baca’s Prosecutors: Move for Dismissal
(Editorial, July 26, 2016)

Percy Anderson: Is He Fit to Be a Judge?
(Perspectives, July 25, 2016)

U.S. Attorney’s Office Acts Viciously in Seeking Incarceration of Ex-Sheriff Baca
(Perspectives, July 14, 2016)

LACBA Installation: Gouging Price, Lousy Food, Babbling Barristers
(Perspectives, June 29, 2016)

LACBA Chief Margaret Stevens: Does She Fail to Grasp the Mandate for Reform?
(Perspectives, June 28, 2016)

Summary of Recommendations in Superior Court Races
(Editorial, June 6, 2016)

Endorsements in LACBA Election
(Editorial, June 6, 2016)

LACBA’s General Counsel: A Loose Cannon
(Perspectives, May 23, 2016)

[X] Ray Santana
(Editorial, May 9, 2016)

[X] Cyndy Zuzga
(Editorial, May 9, 2016)

[X] Susan Jung Townsend
(Editorial, April 29, 2016)

[X] David Berger
(Editorial, April 22, 2016)

[X] James Kaddo
(Editorial, April 22, 2016)

LACBA Leaders Engage in Election Misdeeds
(Editorial, April 19, 2016)

State Bar Misrepresents Extent of Its Victory in Dunn Case
(Perspectives, April 12, 2016)

LACBA Nominating Committee Displays Short-Sightedness
(Perspectives, April 8, 2016)

[X] Steven Schreiner
(Editorial, March 31, 2016)

[X] Kathryn Ann Solorzano
(Editorial, March 16, 2016)

LACBA Should Swerve From Its Perilous Course
(Editorial, March 15, 2016)

LACBA Censors Report Critical of LACBA

(Viewpoint, March 4, 2016)

Saladino Entered Into an Accord; His Claim Against the County Is a Sham
(Perspectives, December 15, 2015)

C.A. Permits Amended Complaint Contradicting Previous Pleadings
(Perspectives, December 9, 2015)

‘But Officer, Don’t You See My Windshield Decal?’
(Perspectives, December 7, 2015)

Court of Appeal Justice Judith Ashmann-Gerst Backs Down, but Only a Little
(Perspectives, December 3, 2015)

LACBA Sections Need More Information Than They’ve Been Promised
(Perspectives, December 1, 2015)

Attorney Asks Court of Appeal to Strip Potshots at Him From Opinion
(Perspectives, November 24, 2015)

Take Your Choice: A Traffic Ticket or a Ticket to the Policemen’s Ball
(Perspectives, November 17, 2015)

ACLU’s Action to Bar Cross From County Seal to Be Decided Without Witnesses
(Perspectives, November 12, 2015)

Justice Ashmann-Gerst Owes Apology to Lawyers She Berated
(Perspectives, November 9, 2015)

License Plates With Low Numbers Became Political Rewards
(Perspectives, November 5, 2015)

Mayors, Governors, ‘Special’ Deputies Had Cars Equipped With Sirens
(Perspectives, November 2, 2015)

Paper ‘Courtesy Cards’ Were Desirable—but Gold Ones Were All the More So
(Perspectives, October 29, 2015)

‘Courtesy Cards’ Shield Bearer From Traffic Tickets
(Perspectives, October 27, 2015)

Presley Garners Another Badge, Thanks to Richard Nixon
(Perspectives, October 22, 2015)

Government Regulation: Court of Appeal Shines Light on Liquor Licensing

(The Legal Community, October 20, 2015)

Elvis Presley: The Man Who Flimflammed President Nixon
(Perspectives, October 19, 2015)

Alighting From a Car With a Revolving Blue Light Is ‘Lawman’ Elvis Presley
(Perspectives, October 13, 2015)

Myths Surround Los Angeles Badges Given to Elvis Presley
(Perspectives, October 7, 2015)

Carrying a Badge, Elvis Presley Play-Acts the Role of a Policeman
(Perspectives, September 24, 2015)

Chinese Americans Face a Challenging Road to Admission

(The Legal Community, September 17, 2015)

Judges Should Not Enjoy Impunity From Prosecution for Perjury
(Editorial, September 16, 2015)

Honorary Badges Evoke Controversies Across the Continent
(Perspectives, August 18, 2015)

Controversies Over Badges Erupt at State Level
(Perspectives, August 13, 2015)

Federal Government Requires Peering Through Students’ Bedroom Windows
(Perspectives, July 27, 2015)

Propagators of the Jury System: the Vikings, a King, and a Pope
(Perspectives, July 20, 2015)

Appeals Court Seals Document in Contravention of Legal Requisites
(Perspectives, July 9, 2015)

Los Angeles County Bar Association Fleeces Attendees at Installation
(Perspectives, July 2, 2015)

Lamar W. Baker: ‘Sign In, Please’—Like Other White House Visitors
(Perspectives, June 25, 2015)

Did Lamar W. Baker Lie About Working in the White House?
(Perspectives, June 22, 2015)

A House for Equal Justice, From Design to Completion

(Feature, June 18, 2015)

Court of Appeal Questions Trial Court’s Sealing of Entire Complaint
(Perspectives, June 16, 2015)

Floridian Who Wants to Litigate in Secrecy Finds California a Desirable Venue
(Perspectives, June 3, 2015)

Merrill Lynch ‘Wealth Advisor’ Is Allowed to Litigate in Partial Secrecy
(Perspectives, June 2, 2015)

Lamar W. Baker: Bereft of Credentials for the State Appellate Bench, He’s Been Appointed
(Perspectives, May 27, 2015)

Is the Concept of Due Process Derived From the Magna Carta?
(Perspectives, May 7, 2015)

USC Professor Points Out: Magna Carta Didn’t Confer Right to Jury
(Perspectives, May 6, 2015)

C.A. Justice Terms Previous Utterance ‘Ambiguous’—Won’t Admit It Was Error
(Perspectives, April 28, 2015)

Times Story Leads to A.G. Opinion That Daunts Conferring of Honorary Badges
(Perspectives,April 27, 2015)

Flashing of Unofficial Badges Persists Into the New Millennium
(Perspectives, March 23, 2015)

In the 1970s, Heads of Law Enforcement Agencies Continue Awarding Honorary Badges
(Perspectives, March 16, 2015)

Controversies Over Honorary Peace Officer Badges: Not Unique to L.A. City or County
(Perspectives, March 3, 2015)

‘We Refer to the Parties by Their First Names…Not Out of Disrespect.’ Balderdash.
(Perspectives,January 12, 2015)

County of L.A. Lags Behind City in Getting Serious About Denying Badges to Non-Officers
(Perspectives, December 17, 2014)

Lamar W. Baker: Bereft of Credentials for the State Appellate Bench, He’s Apt to be Appointed
(Perspectives, December 5, 2014)

Recalling the Days When the Judges Cracked Down on Vice in Hollywood

(Feature, December 1, 2014)

Remember That Honorary Badge We Gave You? We Want It Back—Sheriff Pitchess
(Perspectives, October 29, 2014)


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