DON’T GET SLAPPED IN COURT
FALL 2005 ISSUE
What Every Litigator Needs To Know About The “Anti-SLAPP” Statute
By: Lawrence A. Strid, Copyrighted to the OCTLA
Publication “The Gavel”, as printed in the Fall 2005 Issue

Since being passed by the Legislature in 1992, there has been a steady increase in what are generically referred to as “anti-SLAPP” motions to strike complaints, as brought pursuant to C.C.P. sec. 425.16. There has also been a groundswell in appeals from the rulings on such motions, which have frequently...
ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION: THE ADR GAMUT
SPRING 2004 ISSUE
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) of civil disputes between parties is a subject that has received a lot of attention in both the public and legal media in recent years. It has often been touted as a low-cost panacea for all that legally ails you, and while this can be true in some contexts, its greatest advocates are probably those who either misunderstand or choose to ignore the economics and practicalities of ADR the most...
DOG ATTACKS AND THE LAW
SUMMER 2003 ISSUE
Americans are probably more fond of dogs than people in any other nation on earth. We spend millions of dollars a year to care and feed for them, and they are reflected in our culture in advertising, movies, books, and television...
INSURANCE COMPANY EVALUATION OF BODILY INJURY CLAIMS
FALL 2003 ISSUE
Insurance companies have certain criteria that they use with which to evaluate bodily injury claims, whether arising out of a motor vehicle accident case, a slip and fall accident, or some other liability event involving their insured causing injury to a victim...
SMALL CLAIMS / WORKERS' COMPENSATION
SPRING 2002 ISSUE
The Small Claims Court has been set up as a cost and time efficient procedure to pursue monetary claims for up to $5,000.00. [Note: The Small Claims limit was increased to $7500.00 in 2006]. Given the economics of litigation and the expense of retaining an attorney, many people with a legal claim, even if their claim is worth more than $5,000.00, may elect to file suit in Small Claims and thereby waive any part of their claim that exceeds the amount of $5,000.00, in order to utilize the inexpensiveness of the procedure...
ELDER ABUSE
WINTER 2002 ISSUE
As the percentage of our national population over the age of 65 increases with each passing year, largely due to the quality of medical care available in this country, so our society must deal with increasing instances of elder abuse: situations where senior citizens are subjected either intentionally or negligently to abuse of either their persons or their finances by people who are otherwise entrusted with their care and well-being...
AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE
WINTER 2000 ISSUE
Under the Financial Responsibility laws of the State of California, private individuals must maintain an insurance policy or bond providing certain minimum levels of liability coverage if they cause injury to another because of operating or owning a motor vehicle....


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