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Opinion Testimony of a Lay Witness

A non-expert witness, i.e., a lay witness, typically is limited to testimony based upon personal observation and knowledge. However, a lay witness may properly testify and/or state an opinion if the opinion includes facts showing that the opinion is rational, based on the witness’s perception, relevant, and helpful in understanding Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago
State Bar Defense

Medical Liens

All too often, injured or ill clients lack the insurance and personal resources to pay necessary health care treatment.  In the instance where the injury or illness was caused by a potential actionable claim, medical professionals and health care providers may render services in the event that the professional or Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago
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Limiting Deposition Abuse

Attorneys know all-too-well the potential destructive nature depositions can have on their clients.  They take up a lot of time, interfering with many clients’ business and profession.  If used in an employment law setting, they often time kill morale and lead to a significant loss in productivity. Litigant’s attorneys also Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago
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iSuit

On August 24th, a nine-person jury in California awarded Apple Inc. (maker of the iPhone and iPad product lines) over $1 billion in damages, holding that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (creator of the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab lines) had willfully infringed six Apple patents.  Although this huge award is being appealed, Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago
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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 Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago