Duty to Disclose Dangerous Condition of Property Runs to Real Estate Agents

In Hall v. Aurora Loan Services, LLC (2013) 215 Cal.App 4th 1134, the California court of appeals recently held that real estate agents who are showing a property to prospective buyers, or their agents, have a duty to disclose dangerous conditions of which the seller’s agent has actual or constructive knowledge. In the above-stated matter, […]

What Artist and Talent Managers Should Know About California’s Talent Agency Act: Avoiding Disputes & Handling Disputes

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Part 1: Avoiding Disputes California law makes a significant distinction between talent managers and talent agents, oftentimes with dire consequences for those who, wittingly or unwittingly, blur the line between the two roles. California’s Talent Agency Act requires anyone who solicits or procures artistic employment or engagements for artists to obtain a talent agency license. […]

Silicon Beach Fest 2018

Entrepreneurs, start-ups, content creators, social media mavens and masters of the digital world – mark your calendars!  Silicon Beach Fest returns August 23-27 in Los Angeles! Silicon Beach Fest is a biannual event celebrating LA’s flourishing digital media community. Spread over the course of four days, Silicon Beach Fest is an educational, creative and social […]

Firefighter Injured in Multi-Vehicle Collision in Northern California

Unfortunately, it is something we see all too often in California. A speedy motorist in a flashy car thinks that the traffic laws – and the rules of common decency – do not apply, and turns the freeway into his personal racetrack, cutting off other vehicles and swerving in and out of traffic. On May […]

Los Angeles Ranked in Top Five Cities with Most Pedestrian Fatalities

According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTA), California, Florida and Texas have more pedestrian deaths than any other states, and Los Angeles ranks in the top five cities with the most pedestrian deaths as a proportion of total pedestrian fatalities. The NHTA reports that the most deadly season for pedestrian fatalities is autumn, with […]

Wrongful Death Versus Survival Action: Why You Should Know the Difference

When a loved one dies because of the negligence of another, California law provides for two different types of lawsuits that can be brought against the wrongdoer. One type of lawsuit is known as a “wrongful death” lawsuit and is brought under California Code of Civil Procedure §377.60. The other is known as a “survival […]

Wrongful Death of a Jogger by Pack of Dogs

A sixty-three year old jogger was violently mauled to death by a pack of pit bulls in the Palmdale area of Los Angeles County on Thursday, May 9, 2013. The victim was dragged fifty yards and her arm was ripped off in the attack. She died of her injuries in the ambulance on the way […]

Wrongful Death of Unborn Babies Killed by Ariel Castro

Ohio prosecutors sought death penalty charges against convicted kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro for the miscarriages he inflicted on the women he held prisoner for ten years. The women testified that Castro starved them and beat them in the stomach in order to terminate their pregnancies making him the first person in the United States […]

Wrongful Death of Bride and Her Friends Killed in Limousine Fire

In the California Bay Area, five women, including a bride, were killed while on their way to a bridal shower when their limousine – a 1999 Lincoln Town Car – suddenly caught fire on a San Francisco bridge. Four other passengers escaped with injuries including burns and smoke inhalation and two were in critical condition. […]

There Was Something About Mary

By Philip W. Boesch, Jr. Reprinted with permission – www.westsidetoday.com For the first 89 years of this country’s existence, no woman was ever executed for any crime. Then along came Mary Surratt. Mary Surratt and Thomas Jones never knew one another, but they both knew the actor John Wilkes Booth. In downtown Washington, Mary ran […]

No Cold Case for This Murder

By Philip W. Boesch, Jr. Reprinted with permission – www.westsidetoday.com His friends called him Kirk but I always called him Professor Kirkpatrick. He sat white-haired, dignified in his wheelchair, patient to his admiring students, popular, even kind. So I felt grateful to take three of his classes, plus a seminar, plus an independent study. He became […]