Tips to Avoid Slip-and-Fall Injuries This Rainy Season

Dear Friends and Clients, As we enter the rainy season, it is more important than ever to take precautions against slip-and-fall accidents. For the elderly in particular, a slip-and-fall can have life-changing medical and financial consequences. Over the years we’ve seen numerous instances of dangerous conditions that don’t immediately come to mind. In light of these often hidden risks, we’ve put together a short list of tips that may help ensure your safety during this wet and slippery time of… Read More >

Update to CA Cell Phone Driving Law

You are most likely already aware that California has a law which restricts the use of cell phones while driving. What you may not know is that this law was updated as of January 1st to restrict the use of hand-held devices for all purposes—not merely calls and texts. This means no more checking the weather, Googling, or getting directions when you’re on the road. The good news is that the new law carves out an exception for cell phone… Read More >

Talcum Powder’s Link to Ovarian Cancer

There has been a lot of recent talk about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, concerns about this connection appear to be well founded. In 2006, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified the use of talc-based body powder in the perineal (genital) area as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”1 This is particularly worrisome news for women, many of whom have used talc-based baby powder products, such as Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, since a young age…. Read More >

Is It Legal To Videotape The Police?

In recent years, camera phones with video recording capability have become commonplace.  Social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook now enable us to share what we record quickly and with ease.  These technological advances have led to an exponential increase in filmed police encounters, which in turn has resulted in mainstream media coverage of civil rights abuses that would have otherwise gone unreported.  In other instances, video recordings have served as important evidence in the prosecution of police officers… Read More >

Patrick Phillips Named As Rising Star By Super Lawyers Magazine


We are pleased to announce that Patrick Phillips has been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The Rising Star list, which recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state, is published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazine and in leading city and regional magazines… Read More >

Criminal Charges Filed Over Porter Ranch Gas Leak

If you live near the Los Angeles suburb of Porter Ranch, there is no doubt you are already familiar with the massive uncontrolled natural gas leak that is presently causing large numbers of people in the area to fall ill.  The leak, which sprung from a natural gas facility owned by Southern California Gas Company, has been ongoing since October and is allegedly releasing more than 30,000 kilograms of methane per hour—that’s roughly the equivalent of what 1.4 million cars… Read More >

FTC Sues Business For Using “Gag Clause” Against Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit against Florida-based company Roca Labs, which allegedly threatened to enforce “gag clause” provisions against consumers to stop them from posting negative reviews and testimonials online. The FTC alleges in its complaint that Roca Labs and their principles have threatened legal action and in some cases actually filed suit against customers who posted negative reviews or complained to the Better Business Bureau about the quality of various “weight loss pills” and diet supplements… Read More >

Policing For Profit

“To serve, protect, and also make a profit.”  Some would argue that is a more accurate slogan for police departments that participate in civil asset seizure—a legally sanctioned practice that permits law enforcement to seize cash believed to be the proceeds of drug trafficking and then keep a share of that money to help fund their department. 24-year-old student Charles Clarke is a recent example of how unfair civil asset forfeiture can be.  In February 2014, DEA agents seized $11,000… Read More >

Student Sues Over Suspension For Two Word Tweet

Two words have probably never generated more legal controversy than those “tweeted” by Reid Sagehorn in January 2014.  Then a high school senior, Mr. Sagehorn tweeted the words “Actually yes” in response to a tweet about whether he “made out” with a teacher from his school. The tweet caught the attention of Mr. Sagehorn’s school, and although Mr. Sagehorn tried to explain that the tweet was intended as a joke and not to be taken seriously, the school suspended Mr…. Read More >

Car Insurance For Your Bicycle?

Cycling has seen a recent surge in popularity, and with it, a surge in bicycle versus car accidents.  Most people know that if you are injured by a car while riding a bicycle, you can file a claim with the driver’s auto insurance to obtain compensation for your injuries.  But what if the driver fled the scene, has no insurance, or simply doesn’t have enough insurance to cover your damages?  Surprisingly, your own uninsured motorist coverage from your car insurance… Read More >