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LACBA Endorses Justices Facing Nov. 6 Retention Election
(October 19, 2018)

Plaintiff Whose Lawyer Failed to Oppose Demurrer, Admits Fault, Is Entitled to Reinstement of Suit
(October 19, 2018)

Sheriff McDonnell Names Sergio Perez Constitutional Policing Advisor
(October 19, 2018)

Obstruction of Justice Conviction Does Not Subject Commerce Mayor to Lifetime Ban From Office
(October 18, 2018)

Request for Declaration As to Lien Priority Wasn’t a SLAPP—C.A.
(October 18, 2018)

Defendant Can’t Compel Production of DNA Analysis Software
(October 18, 2018)

LACBA President Tells of Drop in Membership, Plans for Revitalizing the Organization
(October 17, 2018)

Restraining Order Against Candidate Was Properly Based on Conduct, Not Protected Speech
(October 17, 2018)

Appellate Division Says Man’s Confiscated Recreational Marijuana Must Be Returned
(October 17, 2018)

Company That Controls Domain Name System Can’t Be Sued by Disappointed Bidder
(October 16, 2018)

Selective Enforcement Discovery Available Upon Minimal Showing—Ninth Circuit
(October 16, 2018)

Action by Waiter Who Facilitated Setting Up Bout Between Mayweather, Pacquiao Not a SLAPP
(October 15, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Judges Express Doubt That Action Against Southwest Airlines Is Viable
(October 15, 2018)

$11 Million-Plus Civil Judgment Against Lawyer, On Suspension, Properly Based on Conviction
(October 12, 2018)

Appeal Over $1.3 Million Transfer Fails Based on Inept Brief
(October 12, 2018)

Appointees to Los Angeles Superior Court Include Three Who Gained Election in June Primary
(October 12, 2018)

Plaintiff Who Knew Defendant’s Identity Permitted to Substitute for Doe
(October 12, 2018)

Plea Deal Precludes Remand for Consideration of New Discretion
(October 12, 2018)

Judge Improperly Made Order in Case Despite Pending Appeal
(October 11, 2018)

C.A. Reinstates Action by Congregation In Estonia Over Assets of an Estate
(October 11, 2018)

Student’s Suspension for Alleged Assault Contravened Due Process
(October 11, 2018)

Acceptance of Settlement Offer by Defendant’s Lawyer Ineffective
(October 10, 2018)

Court’s Ire at ‘Shenanigans’ Not Ground to Deny Self-Representation
(October 10, 2018)

C.A. Orders USC Student’s Suspension for Cheating Reinstated
(October 10, 2018)

C.A. Yanks Judge Sandoval Off Case Based on Delays
(October 9, 2018)

Requirement for Probationer to Seek Approval to Move Unconstitutional
(October 9, 2018)

Trans Fat Mislabeling Suit Revived, No Preemption by FDA Rules
(October 5, 2018)

Judge, in Declaring Party Vexatious Litigant, May Not Require Bond in Future Litigation
(October 5, 2018)

Ethics Committee Cites Restrictions on Reporting Attorney Misconduct to P.J.
(October 5, 2018)

Eric C. Taylor Elected Assistant Presiding Judge of Los Angeles Superior Court for 2019, 2020
(October 4, 2018)

Language Barrier Did Not Preclude ‘Meeting of the Minds’
(October 4, 2018)

Dismissal of Prospective Juror Based on Seeming Disinterest Was Race-Neutral—Court of Appeal
(October 4, 2018)

C.A. Rejects Contention That $11,490 Jury Award Is More Than $12,001 CCP §998 Offer
(October 4, 2018)

Anti-SLAPP Motion Not Available In Action Over Non-Payment
(October 3, 2018)

Blood of DUI Suspect May Be Drawn Without Warrant Where Driver Chooses That Test
(October 3, 2018)

Suit Against Lawyer for Fraud, Breach of Contract Is Not a SLAPP, Court of Appeal Declares
(October 2, 2018)

Judge’s Reversal of Arbitrator’s Discovery Order Was Appealable as a ‘Final Judgment’—C.A.
(October 2, 2018)

‘Stairway to Heaven’ Jury Instructions Didn’t Reveal Plaintiff’s Theory
(October 1, 2018)

Requester Must Pay City’s Costs in Complying With CPRA Request
(October 1, 2018)

No Employer Liability for Off-Site Sexual Assault by Co-Worker
(October 1, 2018)

Restraining Order Improperly Imposed on Ex-Wife of Abuser
(September 28, 2018)

Judge’s Nondisclosure of Property Wasn’t Ground for Disqualification—C.A.
(September 28, 2018)

Technically Accurate Jury Advisement Was Misleading, Prejudicial
(September 28, 2018)

Brown Vetoes Bill That Would Have Barred Civil Arrest of Anyone at a Courthouse
(September 28, 2018)

Tardy Motion to Designate Expert Witness Should Have Been Granted—C.A.
(September 27, 2018)

Fruits of Officers’ 4 a.m. Warrantless Visit to Home Must Be Suppressed
(September 27, 2018)

State Can’t Enforce Unfair Competition Law Against Indian Tribes
(September 27, 2018)

Ministerial Exception Inapplicable to Ex-Dean’s Contract Claim
(September 26, 2018)

Judge Properly Barred Ex-CEO’s ‘Return-of-Capital’ Defense
(September 26, 2018)

Attack on Credibility Does Not Raise Triable Issue of Fact
(September 25, 2018)

Odor of Marijuana in Vehicle Was Factor Justifying Pat-Down Search of Passenger
(September 25, 2018)

Lawyer’s Violation of Ethics Rule Gives Rise to UCL Action
(September 24, 2018)

Unfair Insurance Practice Can Be Based on a Single Violation by Insurer
(September 24, 2018)

Kabateck, Parris, Salvo Are 2018 ‘Persons of the Year’
(September 24, 2018)

Brutality of Murder Indicated Lack of Premeditation—C.A.
(September 21, 2018)

West Los Angeles, Mental Health Courthouses To Be Put on the Market, Under Signed Bill
(September 21, 2018)

Unsuccessful Judicial Candidate Calls for Police Chief to Resign
(September 21, 2018)

Law Singling Out Cement Mixer Drivers for Protection Is Constitutional
(September 21, 2018)

C.A. Division Overlooks Previous Day’s Decision on Same Issue
(September 20, 2018)

Defendant Wasn’t Derived of Assistance of Counsel Where She Was Restricted to Narrative Testimony
(September 20, 2018)

Investors Not Duped if Needed Information Is Publicly Available
(September 19, 2018)

Judge Erred in Awarding Attorney Fees to Lender Based on Instrument Creating ‘Debt’ for Fees
(September 19, 2018)

Party Couldn’t Dismiss Cause of Action After Special Proceeding Was Instituted
(September 19, 2018)

Attorney Can Seek Fees for Work Done 23 Years Earlier
(September 18, 2018)

Brown Vetoes Bill That Would Have Exempted Probation Officers From Criminal Jury Service
(September 18, 2018)

Commerce Clause Not Breached by Differing Tax Treatment
(September 18, 2018)

No Special Employer Status for CHP in Tow Truck Accident Case—C.A.
(September 18, 2018)

Medical Board Had Standing to Appeal Lifting of Malpractice Judgment Against Ex-Doctor
(September 17, 2018)

Warrantless Search of House a Fleeing Suspect Ran Through Was Fourth Amendment Breach
(September 17, 2018)


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Once Again, Proposition 13 is ‘On the Table’


By JON COUPAL

(In My Opinion, October 16, 2018)

Proposition 6 Is a Grassroots Initiative
By JON COUPAL
(In My Opinion, October 10, 2018)

State High Court Takes Look at Duty of Loyalty Toward a Client and Attorney Fees


By THOMAS EDWARD WALL

(The Legal Community, October 4, 2018)

Parents of Appeals Court Justices Should Have Taught Their Kids Better Manners
(Perspectives, October 2, 2018)

Proposition 10 Just Throws Gasoline on the Housing Crisis Fire
By JON COUPAL
(In My Opinion, October 2, 2018)

Judge Lifts Invalid Order That Should Not Have Been Made
(Editorial, October 1, 2018)

Here We Go Again…
(Editorial, September 28, 2018)

California’s Cost of Living Is Hurting the Middle Class
By JON COUPAL
(In My Opinion, September 25, 2018)

California’s Boondoggles Threaten Property Owners and Taxpayers
By JON COUPAL
(In My Opinion, September 18, 2018)

Hard Fought Battles Stop Tax Hikes in Legislature
By JON COUPAL
(In My Opinion, September 11, 2018)

Norman Epstein: A Brilliant, Humble, Considerate, Lover of the Law


By NORA M. MANELLA

(In My Opinion, September 10, 2018)

Opponents of Repealing the Gas Tax Are Getting Desperate
By JON COUPAL
(In My Opinion, September 5, 2018)

Taxpayer Danger Lurks Beneath State’s Employment Numbers
By JON COUPAL
(In My Opinion, August 28, 2018)

Tax Measure on the November Ballot Would Make Los Angeles Even Less Affordable


By TERESA CASAZZA
(In My Opinion, August 24, 2018)

If She Gets to, I Do Too! Candidate Asserts in Writ Petition
(Perspectives, August 22, 2018)

Candidate Seeks to Skirt New Law Curbing Misleading Ballot Designations
(Editorial, August 21, 2018)

Courts of Appeal Seek to ‘Secretize’ Public Matters
(Perspectives, July 18, 2018)

A District Court Judge Defies U.S. Supreme Court Precedent
(Perspectives, July 17, 2018)

AB2185 Would Permit Civil Defendants to Waive the Public’s Right to Know
(Perspectives, July 10, 2018)

Summary of Endorsements
(Editorial, June 5, 2018)

10 Endorsed for Los Angeles Superior Court
(Editorial, June 4, 2018)

Consitutional Law: Taxes, Guns & Privacy: We Need A Pardon!
By RALPH BARAT SALTSMAN AND STEPHEN WARREN SOLOMON
(The Legal Community, May 23, 2018)

Candidate Says She’s Pleased L.A. Times Endorsed Her Opponent
(Perspectives, May 21, 2018)

[X] Dennis P. Vincent
(Editorial, May 16, 2018)

[X] Ken Fuller
(Editorial, May 16, 2018)

Seven Endorsed for Los Angeles Superior Court
(Editorial, May 16, 2018)

[ ] No Endorsement
(Editorial, May 15, 2018)

[X] Troy Davis
(Editorial, May 15, 2018)

Registrar-Recorder Refuses to Accede to a Judge’s Determination
(Perspectives, April 3, 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)

[X]Malcolm Mackey
(Editorial, February 27, 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


By THOMAS EDWARD WALL

(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
By STEPHEN WARREN SOLOMON, STEPHEN ALLEN JAMIESON, RALPH BARAT SALTSMAN, R. BRUCE EVANS, RYAN M. KROLL AND JENNIFER L. ODEN

(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


By WILLIAM L. WINSLOW
(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
By RALPH BARAT SALTSMAN, STEPHEN WARREN SOLOMON
and STEPHEN ALLEN JAMIESON

(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


By NOWLAND C. HONG
(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


By ELIZABETH R. FEFFER
(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


By SANDY KRIEGLER
(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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