Personal Injury Real Property Law Tort Law

When Trespasser Becomes Plaintiff

ThinkstockPhotos-122406155The family of a 9-year-old California boy who survived a fall through a school’s skylight reportedly claims the school district should be held liable for his injuries because it was too easy to get on the school’s roof and district leaders knew children climbed up there but didn’t do enough to stop it. Property owners beware: A foreseeable risk can turn a trespassing child into a plaintiff.

Landlord/Tenant Law Legal Topics Real Property Law Tort Law

Protecting Visitors from Violence

Some of the victims of the horrific mass shooting at a movie theater in Colorado last summer are suing the theater’s operators for having had no security guards on duty the night of the shootings and no plans for keeping people from sneaking in or out of the theater. This made me wonder, would the theater owner be liable under California law?

Civil Litigation Legal Topics Real Property Law

Will the Dodgers Dodge Liability Again?

You’ve probably heard of the tragic case of Bryan Stow, a Giants fan who was severely beaten after a game at Dodgers’ Stadium. But you may not know about a very similar incident that occurred in the 1980s.  The Dodgers were able to dodge liability for the beating back then, but it remains to be seen whether differences in the two situations will mean a favorable result for Stow in his current case against the Dodgers.