Posted on March 26, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Trial attorneys sometimes get excusal remorse, i.e., they excuse a witness and then want to recall that witness back to the stand. Anticipate this reaction and take proaction. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Evidence, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Trial Strategy | Tagged: cross-examination, direct examination, excusing witness, questioning, recalling witness, testimony, trial, trial witness, witness | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 24, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Just in case employers have forgotten how critical it is to avoid and properly handle harassment claims, the recent $1.5 million settlement against JPMorgan should serve as a reminder. Advise all employers to take action and have a plan to protect employees and minimize harassment claims. Continue reading
Filed under: Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: DFEH, EEOC, employees, employers, employment discrimination, harassment policy, HR, human resources, sexual harassment, workplace harassment | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 21, 2014 by cebca
The following is a guest blog by Alan M. Goldberg of the Law Office of Alan Goldberg. Alan’s practice includes Appeals, Civil Trials, and Family Law. You can follow Alan on Twitter @AlanMGoldberg.
We learn in law school that illegal contracts aren’t enforceable. But that’s not precisely true. Some illegal contracts may be enforced, depending on the “realities of the situation.” Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Civil Litigation, Legal Topics | Tagged: appeals, contract formation, contract law, illegal contracts, legal agreements, trials, unenforceable contracts | 2 Comments »
Posted on March 17, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
If you represent businesses, you know how important it is to protect their trade secrets. A crucial part of that effort is developing and implementing a trade secret protection plan. Specific company needs may vary, and plans have to be crafted with those needs in mind, but some elements should be included in any trade secret protection plan. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Legal Topics | Tagged: company secrets, confidentiality agreement, employees, employers, employment policies, human resources, nondisclosure agreement, trade secret protection plan, trade secrets | 5 Comments »
Posted on March 14, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Many attorneys mistakenly believe that answers to interrogatories and requests for admission are automatically in evidence after they’re lodged with the court. Not so! First, you’ve got to formally introduce them into evidence.
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Discovery, Evidence, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Trial Strategy | Tagged: discovery, discovery responses, evidence, interrogatories, introducing evidence at trial, requests for admission, trial | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 12, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
There’s a new breed of squatter—White Hat Squatters, if you will—who are saving depressed neighborhoods from the blight of abandoned properties and gaining ownership though adverse possession. Continue reading
Filed under: Legal Topics, New Legal Developments, Real Property Law | Tagged: adverse possession, Detroit, encroachment, foreclosures, gentrification, housing, Oakland, property ownership, property takeover, squatter rights, squatters | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 10, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Many litigators are grateful to believe they’ve left tax law behind in law school. But that belief can cost your client. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Tax Law | Tagged: judgments, litigation, settlement agreement, tax benefits, tax consequences, tax deductible, tax issues | Leave a comment »