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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.

When a Veterinarian Should Call an Attorney

The attorneys at Simas & Associates, Ltd. are seeing increasing numbers of Veterinary Medical Board (“Board”) investigations where veterinarians are attempting to respond to the Board’s investigation of them on their own. Unfortunately, this is resulting in extreme negative consequences for the veterinarians that are simply not foreseeable other than to experienced legal counsel. This […]

Veterinary Medical Hospital Standards Self-Evaluation Checklist

In California, the Veterinary Medical Board has a right to inspect “at any time” any “premises in which veterinary medicine, veterinary dentistry, or veterinary surgery is being practiced.”[1]  The Board regularly carries out two kinds of inspections – routine inspections and inspections following a complaint to the Board.  Violations found by the Board during an […]

California’s Expansion into Gambling Continues

Two bills presently in a hold pattern in the California legislature have been boosted by the results of a recent field poll.  Legalizing sports betting is favored by 58 percent of all registered voters – a 23 percentage-point margin over opponents – receiving thumbs up from both genders and all age groups, political parties and religions sampled, […]

New Rules of Professional Conduct on the Horizon or Dead on Arrival?

The State Bar of California has the duty to ensure all attorneys abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct that are approved by the California Supreme Court. The Current Rules of Professional Conduct have not been modified since 1992. The State Bar of California and the California Supreme Court have been considering a major restructuring of the state’s ethics […]

Registered Veterinary Technicians are Responsible for Knowing Record-Keeping Law

The most frequently cited deficiency in a California Veterinary Medical Board (“VMB”) audit of a veterinary hospital is poor record-keeping.  The VMB takes the stance that if it’s not in the medical records, it didn’t happen.  Disciplinary action includes the denial, revocation, probation, or suspension of a license or a citation or fine. (Business and Professions Code […]

Foie Gras and Shark Fins

There is some controversy and legal maneuvering regarding two recent animal-protection laws in California. Regardless of whether you enjoy foie gras or shark fin soup, the arguments over loopholes, principles of federalism and even possible racial overtones make for an interesting story. In 2004, then-state Senator John Burton authored SB 1520, which prohibited the sale […]

Importance of Identifying and Hiring an Expert Witness Early

Expert witnesses are used in a wide range of litigation and their opinions are often viewed as critical—frequently they can make or break a case.   As a result, many trials and hearings have turned into a battle of the experts. Administrative hearings for professional licensing or occupational licensing law is no different.  Evidence of their […]

Are You Playing Poker Next to a Cardroom Employee?

The California Gambling Control Commission (“Commission”) acts as the regulatory body over: Gambling establishments (cardrooms), and over all persons or things having to do with the operations of gambling establishments, Proposition Players, and Tribal casinos, pursuant to the Commission’s authority under the Tribal-State Gaming Compacts. The Commission is responsible for setting policy, establishing regulations, conducting […]


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