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Welcome to the Official Blog of Simas & Associates, Ltd. Below, please find recent postings from our firm in regards to items of interest concerning our law firm, our cities, state, and nation, and our legal practice areas and service. We try to update frequenty, so check back often.

A Licensing Issue with the Bureau of Auto Repair Can Affect Your STAR Certification

The Bureau of Automotive Repair’s (“BAR”) mission is to protect and serve California consumers by ensuring a fair and competitive automotive repair marketplace and administering a model motor vehicle emissions reduction program. From its headquarters in Sacramento and through 12 field offices around California, BAR conducts consumer protection services related to automotive repair. BAR registers […]

Proving a Hostile Work Environment Discrimination Claim

A good start in any discussion about pursuing a hostile work environment discrimination claim is letting everyone know that, generally and absent special circumstances, your boss, co-workers, employer-owner, vendors, and customers can treat you rudely, demeaning, offensively, and can, generally, treat you like dirt. You have no claim to make with the California Department of […]

Recent Updates from the Veterinary Medical Board

New Fees As of March 1st, 2012, the Veterinary Medical Board has imposed new fees for Veterinarians and Registered Veterinarian Technicians.  The increases range from $20 to $100. Fee Type Fee prior to March 1, 2012 Fee after March 1, 2012 Application Review $100 $125 California State Board Examination $150 $200 Veterinary Law Examination $50 […]

Dentists and Botox

Recently, the Dental Board of California clarified that a dentist may use botox and dermal fillers in their practice.  Specifically, a dentist may use any legally prescribed treatment and medication for patients as long as the treatment is within the scope of their practice as prescribed by law.  Under California law and the current guidelines, a dentist […]

Public Convenience or Necessity (PCN) Letter

California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is charged with the responsibility under state statute to review and issue licenses for the sale and/or manufacture of alcoholic beverages. State law provides that ABC shall deny an application for a license if, “the issuance of that license would either create a law enforcement problem, or result in […]

California’s New and Improved Electoral System

Perhaps due to the focus on the global economic situation and the upcoming presidential election, California’s revamped electoral process seemingly received minimal attention, even within our state. Recent changes to this system are actually quite significant, and worth reviewing. Propositions 11 and 20 – California Citizens Redistricting Commission In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 11, […]

Rights and Responsibilities Regarding Medical Records in California, Part II

Previously, we discussed a patient’s right to access their records maintained by a health care professional. However, these rights are not without some exception. A health care provider has the right to deny access to medical records to an individual who would otherwise be entitled to them in the following circumstances: Minor’s Records If the […]

Handling Negative Reviews through the Law

With the advent of social media, new websites have popped up providing ratings of restaurants, parks, stores, and almost anything commercial.  Included within those ratings are ratings of professionals.  Contractors, accountants, doctors, optometrists, veterinarians, and even attorneys find themselves under the microscope of their web savvy patients, clients, and customers.  And just as much as […]


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