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The Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson

The Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson

128 Willow Lake Dr.
Palm Desert, California 92260

Phone(760) 776-1810

Website www.sebastiangibsonlaw.com
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Law Firm Overview

The Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson offer a variety of legal services to clients across Southern California. Our major practice areas are personal injury, entertainment law, and business. We represent clients across California and the U.S., as well as internationally.


Attorney Sebastian Gibson has been recognized for his excellent service in personal injury and litigation cases. After over 25 years of successfully advocating for injury victims, he has become one of the most admired attorneys in Southern California. This reputation also spreads to our practice in business and real estate, the entertainment field and copyright issues, civil rights, constitutional law, and beyond.

Our practice areas may be broad, but our representation is focused and our work is effective. Individuals and businesses come to us because they trust our reputation and our commitment to getting our clients the results they’re looking for. We are proud to be one of the most diverse, experienced, and accomplished law firms in the state.

Year this Office was Established: 1984

Languages: English

Areas of Law


Additional Areas of Law: Business vs. Business Contingency Fee Litigation; Dog Bites; Breach Of Contract; Big Rig; Tractor Trailer; Paraplegia; Quadriplegia; Vehicle Code; California and Federal Jurisdiction Law: Constitution Law; Celebrity Law; Hotel & Restaurant Law; Sports Business Law; Water Law; Condominium Law; Psychologist Defense; Campaign Finance Law; American Indian Law; Modeling Law; Surrogacy Law; Fertility Law; Assisted Reproductive Technology Birth Law; Alcohol Licensing; Women’s Rights; Hispanic Rights; Van Accident; Casino Bus Accident; Negligent Supervision; Helicopter Accident; Airline Accident; Whiplash; Charity Raffle; Elder Abuse; Federal Election; Campaign Finance.


Areas of Law Description

With over 35 years of experience in California and internationally, Sebastian Gibson is the attorney people call throughout Southern California when they've been seriously injured in an auto accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, pedestrian accident, bicycle accident or any other type of car or motor vehicle accident or personal injury claim. The firm also specializes in dog bite injuries to children, wrongful deaths and both spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury.

Sebastian Gibson not only has a long history of providing a personal injury and wrongful death legal representation, he is one of the most uniquely talented attorneys in Southern California in the entertainment field and can assist you in the areas of film and television, music, literary rights, publishing, modeling law, sports law, copyrights, trademarks, copyright and trademark infringement, celebrity representation, privacy and publicity rights and misappropriation of image, licensing, intellectual property, patents, art, fashion and jewelry design, and trade secrets.

Other practice areas we specialize in, include civil law, business, contracts, civil rights, women’s rights, Hispanic rights, class actions, constitutional law, corporate, e-commerce, elder financial abuse, election law, equine law, estate planning, will and trust contests, food and restaurant law, franchise law, alcoholic beverage control, government contracts, international law, jurisdiction, life insurance benefits denial, ERISA, patents, SEO fraud, false advertising, entity formation, income taxation, business succession, financing, labor and employment, surrogacy, defamation defense, art, treasure and antiquities, arbitration and mediation.

By specializing in car accident injury claims, we've gained special expertise and knowledge to handle spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injury resulting from auto accidents and we are current on many of the latest medical procedures such as rhizotomies which are being utilized more frequently today to relieve back and neck pain. We also handle swimming pool accidents and drowning, catastrophic injuries, child injuries, food poisoning and foodborne illness, uninsured motorist claims, negligent child supervision, premises liability, van and bus injuries, helicopter accidents, aviation, insurance law, insurance bad faith and insurance defense.

We can help you whether you live in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, Indio, Desert Hot Springs, Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley or La Quinta from our offices throughout the Coachella Valley. In Orange County we serve Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Irvine, Newport Beach, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Orange, Westminster and Yorba Linda. and the surrounding cities. From San Diego to Santa Barbara and beyond, we're the law firm you want on your side for car accidents and much, much more.

We also serve the entire San Diego area from Oceanside, Del Mar and La Jolla down the coast from downtown San Diego, to Mission Valley and inland through San Marcos and throughout the Inland Empire cities of Temecula, Riverside, San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga and Ontario.



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Articles Published by The Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson

 Wine Tasting & Car Accidents

Wine tasting at Temecula wineries is an enjoyable way to see the beautiful countryside of the Temecula and Murrieta wine growing region. But the combination of drivers who have tasted too much wine and busy roads with few stop lights at winery entrances make for a deadly combination. The author looks at the unique setting in wine growing regions for accidents.

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 California Personal Injury Law

The practice of personal injury law in California, as the author explains consists primarily of vehicle accident representation. But while novice attorneys often think this field of law to be uncomplicated, the nuances of releases, settlement negotiations and lien resolution are a trap for the unwary attorney. It matters more than you think who you call for your personal injury accident.

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 Negligent Supervision Accident Law in California

One of the newest areas of law in California involves negligent supervision of children which leads to a child’s injury. Responsible parties are often other family members or relatives, babysitters, camp counselors, schools, teachers, child care facilities and after school programs. The level of supervision a child requires depends on many factors which are explored by the author of this article, an insurance lawyer with over thirty years of experience.

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 Preventing Motorcycle Accidents in California

There’s a reason why motorcycle accidents happen and it’s right before our very eyes. It’s that motorcycle riders aren’t visible enough to other drivers. And when motorcycle riders choose to split lanes thinking drivers will see them, add the lack of protection afforded to a motorcycle rider and you have the perfect recipe for a catastrophic injury.

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 Wrongful Death Damages in California

The author looks at the surviving family members entitled to damages when they’ve lost a loved one and the specialized damages available in settlements of wrongful death accident cases. With larger damages in wrongful death cases and more reason to look for other causes, attorneys and clients need to be aware they may have as little as six months to file a claim in a government entity is partly to blame for the accident.

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 Truck Accident Legal Representation in California

The author looks at the unique evidence a truck accident lawyer must gather to represent truck accident victims in California and how everything from the insurance involved to the causes of the accidents, and from the vehicle ownership to the defendants are all different in commercial and delivery truck accidents as opposed to car accidents.

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 California Pedestrian Accident Law And Placing the Fault for Injuries

A pedestrian accident lawyer with over thirty years experience looks at the many causes of pedestrian injuries in California and concludes there is one primary cause for these accidents, something you will learn by reading this article. You’ll also learn how distracted drivers are causing most pedestrian accidents these days and how large vehicles can also lead to the injury of a small child in a crosswalk.

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 Dog Bite Law in California

The author looks at the dog bite statistics and why, with the majority of dog bite victims being children. California’s strict liability dog bite laws are also examined which provide a possible explanation as to why dogs who are protective of their owners, would probably want to bite most dog bite lawyers.

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 How to Avoid Needing a Lawyer for Your Child’s Accident?

The author provides his insight as to the underlying cause of most bicycle accidents involving injuries to children. In this article, he provides his thirty years of experience as a lawyer to explain why most bicycle accidents involving children occur and what a parent can do to safeguard their children.

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 Aircraft and Helicopter Accident Investigations

This aviation attorney looks at the many causes of aircraft accidents and the rash of EMS helicopter accidents in the U.S. to determine the primary causes of these unfortunate crashes. Once you read a few crash investigation reports and realize how many ways it is for a pilot to crash a plane or helicopter, you may never want to fly again.

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 Causes of Auto Accidents in California

Experienced auto accident attorneys have seen it all - every type of car and auto accident imaginable and with decades of experience, the best car accident lawyers know how to obtain a great settlement for their clients in nearly every situation and put a high percentage of the settlement into the hands of their client. This thirty-year experienced attorney gives his insight into the most important thing a client can do to obtain the maximum settlement of their case.

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 Secrets of How to Settle a Personal Injury Claim without an Attorney in California for Auto, Car, Motorcycle, Bicycle, Pedestrian or Truck Accident, Wrongful Death or Dog Bite

As a personal injury attorney in California, the author knows that hundreds of thousands of people try to settle their own auto, car, bicycle, truck, motorcycle and pedestrian accident claims, wrongful death cases and dog bite injuries by themselves without an attorney. In this article, he provides his thirty years of experience that has resulted in millions of dollars in settlements to offer advice as to how you can obtain the maximum value for your claim.

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 California Toxic Tort Fumes Exposure Injuries and Wrongful Deaths at Hospitals

The risk of toxic Exposure at hospitals, medical offices, schools and other public places has never been more prevalent. The author looks at this growing problem and sounds a clear warning about the misuse of disinfectants that can cause life-threatening injuries to patients, medical staff, workers, visitors and children.

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 California and International Celebrity and Employee Invasion of Privacy

Today, Celebrity and Workplace Invasions of Privacy are occurring on a daily basis. The right of publicity, the right to control the commercial use of their identity, is constantly infringed. Now individual citizens are also having their privacy invaded in the work place by their employers. The author analyzes what can be done to stop this growing problem.

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 A California Attorney Explains Insurance Company Bad Faith Settlements

An analysis of insurance company bad faith in California pedestrian, bicycle, car & motorcycle accidental injury & death accidents by an experienced personal injury attorney and former insurance company defense lawyer and what you can do to stop their bad faith actions.

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 Dental Group Scams, Dentist Fraud, Rip Offs and Malpractice in California and What Consumers Can Do to Help Attorneys Protect Dental Consumers

An Analysis of Dental Group Scams, Dentist Fraud, Rip Offs and Dental Malpractice in California and how a few bad apples in the Dental Profession are tarnishing ethical and caring dentists with the same toothbrush.

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 The Changing Publishing Industry Discussed

Perspective on the changing book publishing industry and the effect of big box retailers, online booksellers and electronic publishing.

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 How Literary Super Agents Sell Manuscripts to Book Publishers Using Auctions

Perspective on the use of “Best Bid” and “Best Offer” Auctions as well as “Rolling” and “Rounds” auctions in the sale of manuscripts and projects to publishers in the book publishing industry.

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 DFEH Complaints, EEOC Complaints, DLSE and DIR Complaints for Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation - How A California Labor Attorney Can Decide Which to File

A California labor attorney has a real quandary when it comes to choosing the right state or federal agency to file a complaint for discrimination, harassment or retaliation. Choices facing the California labor lawyer include the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). This article seeks to guide California attorneys and their clients in that selection.

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 Filing Age Discrimination Complaints in California - Choosing the Right Agency to File the Complaint

A California labor lawyer has a difficult decision when it comes to filing an age discrimination complaint. Should the California labor attorney file the client’s complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE)? And how long does the victim and his or her California lawyer have to file? This article answers those questions.

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 Is there a Contract, has there Been a Breach of Contract, and What Damages can a California Contract Lawyer Recover?

This article shows how a contract lawyer in California determines if a contract exists under California law, whether there has been a breach of that contract and what damages the performing party is entitled to recover. As this California contract attorney shows, just as there are different types of contracts, written, oral and implied, there are also different types of damages that may be available if there is jurisdiction in California and if the statute of limitations has not run out.

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 Discrimination Against Hispanics, Latinos and Mexican Americans, and the Need For More Civil Rights Lawyers in California

As this California Civil Rights Lawyer shows, discrimination remains and there is an increase in hate crimes against Hispanics, Latinos and Mexican-Americans, as one of the perceived symbols of that discrimination, the U.S.-Mexico Border Fence, nears completion. Instead of pulling together in these difficult times, we may see a greater polarization of attitudes, only increasing the need for more civil rights lawyers to protect the civil rights of Hispanics, Latinos and Mexican-Americans.

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 California RESPA Law and the California Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Prohibition Against Kickbacks And Fee Splitting

RESPA, the California Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act has been amended and the changes take effect January 1, 2010. However, as this California RESPA Attorney explains, the key provisions of Section 8 of RESPA prohibiting kickbacks and fee splitting. strongly prohibit such violations of RESPA and are punishable by fines and imprisonment, and in civil court a defendant can be subject to treble damages and significant attorney fees.

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 Life Insurance Claims Denials in San Diego and Orange County and ERISA Appeals in California - You and your Insurance Lawyer Only Get One Chance

As this San Diego and Orange County Life Insurance Lawyer explains, when a life insurance company denies a beneficiary’s claim for the life insurance policy on the death of a loved one, you have a right to appeal that decision. And while you or your California ERISA attorney may still be able to file a lawsuit in federal court, unless your appeal was prepared properly, you will have little chance of prevailing in federal court.

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 Dog Bite Law in California - Can a Dog Bite a Lawyer in California and Get Away with it?

Let's assume that a dog had an overwhelming desire to bite an attorney in California. Perhaps the lawyer stole the dog’s bone or sued the owner of the neighbor dog. Could the dog get away with it without subjecting its owner to liability? This California dog bite attorney looks at the dog bite law in California, the various causes of action available to recover damages for dog bite victims and defenses that can be raised, not to mention the standard defense, my dog ate my homework.

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 Charity and Non-Profit Organization Law in California - How to Hold A Charitable Raffle or Poker Tournament in Orange County

There is a growing trend by California Charities and Non-Profit Organizations to hold raffles for dream homes worth millions of dollars and poker tournaments to increase donations in these tough economic times. However, there are a considerable number of rules which must be followed by such charity organizations and violation of those rules can lead to a charity being referred to county prosecutors as this Orange County Charity attorney explains.

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 California Art Law, Maritime Shipwreck Treasure Law and International Antiquities Law - It is Not a Case of Finders, Keepers

The recent flurry of shipwrecks found with gold and other treasures and the continuous flow of stolen art into the U.S. and London is an area of law that is full of competing legal issues which complicate determinations of rightful ownership of stolen art, antiquities and treasure that is found on shipwrecks.

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 Palm Springs Attorney Unveils A 250 Trillion Dollar Bailout Uber-Rescue Plan and Stimulus (BURP) for Lawyers That Makes TARP and the Bank Rescue Plan Look Small By Comparison

In a sweeping 250 Trillion Dollar Proposal, Palm Springs Attorney Sebastian Gibson unveiled the Bailout Uber-Rescue Plan and Stimulus (BURP or BURPS as it is known) designed to give a boost to the nation’s misunderstood and stressed-out lawyers. Designed to provide maximum relief, BURP provides simultaneous releases (both large and small BURPS) to various segments including personal injury lawyers, business and real estate attorneys.

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 A California Employment Lawyer’s Arsenal of Laws that can Save a Person’s Job, Obtain Damages or Increase the Employee’s Severance Package

Never have there been so many tools for California Employment Lawyers to help the newly fired to either win damages for discrimination or retaliation, save their job or to obtain a better severance package. As discussed by this California Women’s Rights Attorney, the employee manual can be a gold mine in terms of assistance as are the laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner and Federal Rules such as the Fair Pay Act of 2009.

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 The Fair Pay Act of 2009 and Equal Pay for Women in California

It will still require litigation by attorneys enforcing the Fair Play Act of 2009 according to this Palm Springs California women’s rights lawyer before the Act results in providing fair pay for women in California. As this employment lawyer writes, the Fair Pay Act of 2009 signed into law January 29, 2009 takes effect retroactively, however, employers may still be slow to increase the salaries of women employees until lawsuits begin to fly.

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 California Personal Injury Court Victory Against Balance Billing by Emergency Rooms That Will Benefit Auto Accident Victims and Assist their Lawyers

There is news in California that the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled against balance billing, a practice utilized by emergency room doctors to bill patients and auto and motorcycle accident victims for the amounts their HMOs don't pay. This personal injury lawyer applauds the decision and the fairness it brings in no longer causing car accident victims to wonder if their HMO will pay their emergency room bill in full or if they may even be put into collection for the unpaid balance.

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 Preventing California Auto Accidents - California Adopts New DUI Rules and a Lawmaker Proposes an Even Tougher Law

Drunk driving offenders who cause auto accidents and personal injuries in California now face even tougher laws as explained by this Palm Springs lawyer. DUI laws in California have become more strict as of January 1, 2009 and if a lawmaker's proposed new bill passes, the costs and regulations imposed on first time DUI offenders will increase again. California is determined to stop drunk drivers from causing car accidents and injuries as a result of driving while under the influence.

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 California Auto Accident and Personal Injury Liability of Good Samaritans After The Recent California Supreme Court Decision

Auto Accident and Personal Injury Good Samaritans in California now face the prospect of being served with lawsuits by San Diego car accident attorneys and Orange County auto accident lawyers for injuries they cause to victims in California auto, truck, motorcycle, pedestrian or bicycle accidents or in any type of personal injury from Newport Beach to Palm Springs and throughout CA as this Palm Desert attorney discusses in this article.

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 California Loan Modification Scams & Foreclosure Consultant Frauds - Regulations Followed by the CA Department of Real Estate

This article looks at the loan modification and foreclosure consultant statutory regulations that apply in this heavily regulated field from the viewpoint of a what a California real estate fraud attorney looks for and what a Realtor must do to avoid lawsuits. The writer also discusses the damages that can be obtained in California by lawyers for unwitting victims of unscrupulous loan modification and foreclosure consultants and against real estate agents who fail to follow these regulations.

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 Real Estate Scams, Loan Modification Rip-Offs and Foreclosure Consultant Frauds in Southern California

The legal author of this article looks at real estate scams, loan modification ripoffs and foreclosure consultant frauds being perpetrated against homeowners in California from the viewpoint of a California real estate attorney and Realtor. The writer also shows how you and others facing foreclosure can avoid becoming a victim of such scams and who the ripoff artists are targeting. In addition, this article shows you circumstances that should serve as red flags you are about to be fleeced.

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 Republican 2008 Presidential Election Tactics, Robo Calls and Negative Attack Ads

A discussion of some of the tactics being employed in the 2008 Presidential Election to sow seeds of distrust and fear. The author asks whether the backlash against these tactics that are generating anger and fear among voters at political rallies will yet cause John McCain, a decent man with an honorable past, to repudiate the results of his own negative campaign ads and strategies.

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 Thoughts on the Largest Class Action in the History of the World

A look at what could be the largest class action case in the history of mankind. The author analyzes how we all became part of this class and where we might find a defendant who is large enough and not in debt.

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 The Top Ten Mistakes You Should Avoid in Drafting and Safeguarding Your Will

A look at the top ten mistakes you can make in drafting and safeguarding your will. The author also reminds individuals that they need to leave sufficient copies of their wills with trusted friends so unscrupulous relatives don’t destroy their only copy.

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 When Living Trusts Are Most Useful In Estate Planning

A look at how living trusts can, depending on the size of your estate, reduce your estate taxes. As the author indicates, trusts can reduce your estate taxes and eliminate the need for probate and avoid probate fees. Trusts are not as complicated as people think but a will is still useful for property that falls outside of the trust.

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 A Comparison of Contribution Limits in the 2008 Presidential Election

An in depth look at the specific contribution limits in the 2008 Presidential Election under current campaign election finance laws. The article also provides the latest news regarding contribution figures to the Obama campaign and allegations by the Democratic National Committee being made to the Federal Election Commission of donations received by the Republican candidate in excess of the individual contribution limit.

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 Current Campaign Finance Laws for the 2008 Presidential Election

A look at the current campaign election finance laws and current campaign contribution limits for the 2008 Presidential Election. The amounts that can be contributed to election campaigns have become even more important as the outcome of this election has become crucial to solving the current economic crisis.

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 What Psychiatrists Can Do to Reduce Malpractice Claims in California

The need for psychiatrists is on the rise. The author looks at what psychiatrists can do to limit their exposure to psychiatrist malpractice claims and lawsuits in California and ways in which they can violate the standard of care.

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 The Risks of Serving Alcohol to a Minor in Hotels, Restaurants, Nightclubs and Bars in California

The author looks at the what can happen to a restaurant, hotel, nightclub or bar that serves alcohol to a minor. Using the example of two restaurants in the Coachella Valley caught after the fact having serving liquor to minors, the author discusses the facts of two cases to show the deadly results that can follow from such actions.

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 The Homeschooling Court Victory for Parents in California - Can Parents Rest Easy?

The author examines the recent homeschooling court victory for parents in California. While he concludes that parents of homeschooled children can rest easy for now, he also warns there may be further court rulings and regulations to come in the future.

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 Allegations of Publishing and Broadcast Media Bias In the 2008 Presidential Election

The author of this article examines the allegations of publishing and media bias in the 2008 Presidential Election to determine if they were either fair or of any assistance to the Republican candidate. For the most part, the author concludes, such allegations have not been accurate, have been recognized as unfruitful and have fallen on deaf ears. Finally, as newspaper make their endorsements of the candidates they support, such allegations fall by the wayside completely.

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 Psychotherapist Malpractice Claims and Litigation Defense in California

The author discusses how important it is for psychotherapists accused of malpractice to avoid relationships with their patients and warns that psychotherapists need to take extensive notes, and maintain boundaries with their patients in order to avoid the huge damages that can be awarded in these cases.

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 An Analysis of the New Country of Origin Labeling Law in California

This article further discusses and explains the new Country of Origin Labeling Law (COOL) and the discrepancies in the application of the law. The writer also goes behind the law to investigate some of the opponents to the law and the discretion retailers will have in implementing the law in California.

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 The Rash of EMS Helicopter Crashes in the U.S. - What is Causing Them and How Can They Be Prevented in the Future

This aviation analysis looks at the rash of horrific EMS helicopter accidents in the U.S. to determine what is causing these unfortunate crashes. The author also provides the latest news regarding these accidents and explores the reasons behind these all too frequent helicopter crashes and what can be done to avoid them in the future.

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 The New Country of Origin Labeling Law (COOL) and How it Will be Applied

This article discusses and explains the new Country of Origin Labeling Law (COOL) and describes the impact COOL will have on shoppers, food producers and retailers. The author also unwraps what foods the law covers and what foods and retailers are not regulated by this new law.

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 What Makes A Real Estate Lease Legal in California?

The author of this article looks at the legal requirements that make leases legal or invalid, including the statute of frauds. The writer also focuses on some of the key terms of leases including security deposits, and late charges. As one who is familiar with the real estate industry in California, the author recommends that commercial lessees retain legal counsels who are also California Realtors so they obtain advice from someone familiar with both the legal and practical aspects of leases.

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 Answering Deposition Questions Like A Political Candidate In An Interview - Risky Business

The author shows how a politician, or a client acting like a politician in an interview, would answer deposition questions in this article. As cautioned by the author, attempts to evade the questions in a deposition by a deponent can lead to the filing of motions and fines being assessed against the deponent, but answers that are simply incomprehensible as some politician’s are, can be harder for a judge to evaluate.

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 California Publicity and Privacy Rights Law - The Right to Control the Use of Your Image and Likeness

This article explains the right in California to control the use of your image and likeness. The author looks at what celebrities need to be prove in a privacy or publicity rights case and how civil publicity rights and privacy rights cases differ from criminal actions for identity theft.

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 Does Anyone Have an Airsick Bag? - The Growing Financial Crisis and What it’s Doing to Financial Situations in America and People’s Psyches

A look at the financial crisis that is causing people to reach for their air sick bags. As the author shows in this humorous article, despite the financial problems this country is facing, and the effects the credit crisis is having on the financial industry, we are not (yet) in a second depression and we will make it through this crisis, if someone can find the Tums.

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 The Looming California Rental Crisis - Coming to a Town near You

This article uncovers the next real estate crisis, a shortage of affordable rental properties. As someone familiar with the real estate market in the Coachella Valley of California, the author examines this area of California in particular and uncovers what could be a silver lining soon for the construction industry especially in light of the decline in new construction. While real estate agents are also suffering, and brokerage houses are closing, the rental industry may be ready for a boom.

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 The State of the Construction and Building Industry in California - More Problems on the Horizon

The author of this article discusses some possible new problems the construction industry may face in the current economic crisis. As one familiar with real estate and construction issues in California, the author discusses constractor lending problems, construction defect and lender lawsuits and looks at what could be an even more perfect storm heading for the construction industry in California.

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 The Looming Crisis Facing Homeowner Associations in California

The author of this article discusses the looming crisis facing homeowner associations in California. He examines how the real estate crisis and high foreclosure rate will affect homeowner associations forcing them to cut back on services, delay or eliminate projects and levy special assessments.

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 The Person Responsible For the Mortgage and Real Estate Crisis in California, Uncovered At Last

Forget the Congressional Hearings into the Mortgage Crisis. The author of this article uncovers, at last, the person responsible for causing the real estate meltdown and mortgage crisis in California and the rest of the nation. As we learn in this humorous and fictional (we think) article, the crisis all began with just a few white lies by someone named Steve.

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 The Real Estate Crisis in California and Lawsuits in the Wake of the Credit Crunch

The author of this article discusses some possible new problems the real estate market may face in California as the economic crisis and credit crisis grows. The article also focuses on some new construction law problems in California related to the credit crisis and the relates the type of calls attorneys are now getting from the public in fear of losing their homes.

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 The CBS Janet Jackson Super Bowl Halftime Wardrobe Malfunction Fine, an FCC Brain Malfunction

The author examines the 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction fine and the FCC brain malfunction in this article. As the author notes, the FCC fine has been overturned and the case remanded to the FCC with severe limitations on future actions by the FCC to chill free speech and broadcasters.

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 Allegations of Media Bias In The 2008 Presidential Election - What’s New?

The author discusses the allegations made of media bias in the 2008 Presidential Election and finds that although some of the biased attacks have been in new forms, bias by news channels and broadcasters is, for better or worse, becoming more accepted in the media.

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 The Marketing Of Presidential Candidates Using Trademarks and Campaign Slogans

The author of this article analyzes how candidates use slogans to market themselves to the voters. The writer also looks at trademarking and copyrighting slogans and advertising materials in the past and what might be tried in future election campaigns.

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 The Truth about Toxic Torts - Everyone is Vulnerable to Toxic Exposure

The author discusses how all of us are vulnerable to toxic exposures in our daily lives and warns that what people and their physicians often relate a simple health-related problem such as skin rashes or hair loss as being due to aging or hereditary genes or allergies, may actually be a symptom of toxic exposure.

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 The Business of Being A Sports and Entertainment Lawyer

The author explains what a sports attorney does and what type of clients a sports lawyer represents. As this legal writer explains, sports law requires knowledge in a large number or areas and usually requires a wealth of experience.

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 Modeling Contracts - Answers to Common Questions of How Models Can Protect Themselves

The author in this informative article provides a wealth of information about the modeling industry and how models can protect themselves. In answering four common questions of models, this legal author helps models to understand the different types of contracts in the modeling industry, what to pay attention to in their modeling contracts, and model release forms and when cancellation of a contract is possible.

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 What New Artists and Musicians Can Do to Keep from Being Taken Advantage of

From the perspective of someone who has represented musicians both in London and in California, a looks at how the entertainment industry takes advantage of new artists and musicians who don’t have legal representation. The author warns new musicians and artists in this article that signing a bad contract can end your career before it's begun.

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 Draft TARP Bailout Forms For The $700 Billion Dollar Troubled Asset Relief Program

The author has prepared these draft forms for use in TARP, the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. While the forms may need some tweaking, in this humorous article the author provides draft forms not just for TARP 1, but also for TARP 2 when financial institutions need to request additional funds.

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 The $700 Billion Bailout - The Start of $700 Billion in Regulations for Lawyers to Figure Out

This legal author discusses the $700 Billion Bailout Plan, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and what it means for federal regulations lawyers who will be called to interpret the law and the truckloads of new regulations that will likely follow. After years of deregulation in the U.S. and internationally, one thing is certain in these uncertain times. There are going to be a great deal more regulations put on the financial and other industries.

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 A Look At Deceptive Television Advertisements - Watch Out, The FCC Is Coming

This article shows the dangers of deceptive television advertising. In this fictional conversation between a client and an attorney, the author shows how the constant barrage of television advertisements for products that seem too good to be true are making some people think they too should stretch the envelope. This article shows why advertisers need to be truthful in their adverising.

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 Internet Privacy, Internet Hackers and the Law

This article looks at internet privacy and recent internet hacking crimes involving public figures. The author provides some safety tips and shows how easy it is for anyone's private information to be obtained by hackers.

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 An Inside Look At What Biotechnology Can Do For Mankind

This article examines what biotechnology is and how it relates to the medical field, agriculture, bio processes, industry and the aquatic field. The author notes that as the planet becomes more polluted and more in need of clean water and food, the field of biotechnology will become even more important.

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 Trademark Infringement And Why The “Likelihood of Confusion In The Public” Test Fails

The author looks at trademark infringement and the test of whether there is a likelihood of confusion in the public to determine if there has been an infringement. In this humorous article the writer shows how most of the public are somewhat confused with things to start with.

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 Trademarking Slogans and Phrases - It’s Child’s Play

The author of this article shows in this fictional discussion with a potential trademark client how a throw away phrase can make a great trademark. It is the everyday phrase that consumers can relate to, but at the same time, you must find a slogan or phrase that others have not already protected.

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 A Business Guide to Making Money In This Tough Economy

The author gives his advice as to where businesses and creative persons can make money in this difficult economy and recommends trying to have an invention or an improvement over an existing invention patented. The author also provides some valuable advice of business ventures to stay away from.

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 Ten Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know When You Are Negotiating a Settlement of a Personal Injury Case

The author divulges ten secrets about insurance companies you should know when trying to negotiate a personal injury settlement. This experienced negotiator warns how insurance companies try to take advantage of people without attorneys.

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 A Guide to Swimming Pool Accident and Drowning Prevention and to Saving Lives Afterwards

The author looks at swimming pool accidents and other drownings and notes that it doesn't take much water for a child to drown. For every child that drowns, five more are left with brain damage or damage to their respiratory system. But drownings can be prevented. The article advises what steps should be taken after a drowning, or near-drowning, even if the accident victim thinks he or she is unhurt.

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 Accidents And Children - A Guide To Avoiding Injuries To Your Child

The author provides a helpful list of ways in which children can get injured as a guide of what parents need to protect their children against. The author, who has championed a new tort for negligent endangerment of a child as a means to protect children, reminds the reader not to turn your back on a child for an instant.

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 Slip & Fall Accidents - Why It’s So Dangerous Out There

This personal injury accident attorney looks at slip and fall accidents to explain why these cases are so difficult to handle in California. The author explains why the danger you face before a slip continues after your fall.

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 How Accident Victims Should Hire Attorneys in the Aftermath of the Metrolink Chatsworth Train Accident, and Recent Legislation to Prevent Future Train Accidents

The author takes a look at how accident victims should choose their attorneys in the aftermath of the Metrolink Chatsworth Train Accident. He also looks at new legislation passed to prevent future train accidents and warns claimants they need to remember that they have only a six month statute of limitations to make their claims despite new train legislation.

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 Estate Planning - Estate Taxes And How To Reduce Them

This overview of estate planning shows how you can reduce your estate taxes and also previews the changes to the estate taxes that are scheduled to take effect in the years 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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 The Current 2008 Presidential Political Campaign Election Finance Laws

This article discusses the current political campaign election finance laws and the sources of campaign contributions. It also looks at what are the current campaign contribution limits that can be contributed to election campaigns and the different limits for PACs.

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 California Food Poisoning and the New Country of Origin Labeling Law (COOL)

This article discusses how the new Country of Origin Labeling Law (COOL) will affect restaurants and foodborne disease investigations throughout California. It also explains what foods the new Country of Origin Labeling Law covers and what foods and retailers are not regulated by this new law.

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 Real Estate Contracts in California - The Law, What Makes them Legal, and Damages in the Event of their Breach

A look at the legal requirements that make real estate contracts legal or invalid and the damages that can be awarded for breach of a real estate contract in California.

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 The Different Types of Arbitrations Available to Settle Personal Injury, Business, Real Estate, Construction and Civil Litigation in California

A discussion of the different types of arbitrations available in California and why none of them compare to mediations. This article also warns that when arbitrations are binding, there is little opportunity to have the award corrected or reviewed.

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 The Effect on Natural Resources and Oil Drilling in California From The Lifting of the Ban on Offshore Drilling

This article examines what will be the effect of the lifting of the ban on offshore drilling in California and shows why the “Drill Now” movement is not likely to produce a single extra barrel of oil from new offshore drilling platforms off the coast of California.

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 Joint Ventures and Political Running Mates - It’s the Economy That Usually Makes Them Work or Not

A comparison of joint ventures and political running mates finds that it is usually the economic conditions that makes them work or not.

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 The Difference Between What You Can Copyright and What You Can’t Is What Allows Us to Talk to Each Other Without Being Sued

This article shows in these fictional examples what can be copyrighted and what can’t. It also demonstrates the difference between trademarking slogans for products and daily conversation.

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 Making Sense Of Patents And Encouraging Inventors in California

This article demonstrates in this fictional discussion between an attorney and a potential inventor and patent applicant the difference between simply having an idea and having a device, process or design that can be patented. This article also shows how an actual inventor can take a dream and create a device that can be the hope of people around the world.

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 The Difference An Attorney Can Make in Catastrophic Accident Cases and The Statute of Limitations in California

This article explains where a personal injury attorney looks for additional coverage in catastrophic injury cases. The article also warns that there is a short six month statute of limitations if public entities are defendants in catastrophic injury cases.

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 Preventing Car Accidents and Auto Accident Injuries

The author of this article gives this preview of what could some day be new laws to prevent car accidents. He also shows how legislators can be influenced by various interests in drafting such car accident laws and notes that simply because there isn’t a law against doing something in your car, doesn’t mean that one shouldn’t still use common sense to prevent distractions while driving.

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 Constitutionality of the U.S. Treasury's $700 Billion Bailout Plan

The author examines the constitutionality of the U.S. $700 billion bailout proposal as it was first presented to Congress. The author also discusses why the proposal had to be changed by Congress to avoid a violation of the non-delegation clause of the Constitution.

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 California’s Water Bank And The Severe Water Drought in California

The author discusses California’s Water Bank program to deal with the drought in California. He explores how the plan will work and what other bills are being considered by the state legislature.

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 An Indian Law, Tribal Law and Native American Law Overview

This article provides an overview of Indian Tribal Law. The author describes the makeup of Tribal Law and the Tribal Court System in place with most Tribes and explains how Tribal Sovereignty acts as a shield against state law intrusion.

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 Your Rights Under the Jones Act Maritime Law in the United States

This article provides a brief overview of the Jones Act and how it applies to seamen injured working on ships out of California’s busiest ports including San Pedro and Long Beach. With legal experience and education in Europe, and Jones Act experience in San Diego for many years, the author describes some of the benefits available under the Jones Act.

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 The New Calorie Count Menu Law for California Restaurants

This article discusses how the new law passed in California requiring restaurants to post caloric information will affect restaurants throughout California including the Palm Springs, Palm Desert Coachella Valley, San Diego and Orange County. The author describes what some restaurants are doing already to implement this new law in California and similar laws being passed in other states.

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 The Value Of Mediations to Settle Personal Injury, Business, Real Estate, Construction Disputes and Other Civil Litigation in California

This article discusses the importance of mediation to settle personal injury, business, real estate, construction and other civil litigation cases. The author also notes that the right mediator can make the difference between settling the case at a figure that makes a client feel good about the resolution and not settling the case at all.

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 Some of the Dumbest Questions That Can Be Great to Ask in the Courtroom

The author provides some of the funniest and best questions to ask in a courtroom either to confuse a witness or to get a laugh from the jury. As he evidenced, you can find something funny to ask in almost any situation and producing a little laughter in court is a great way to get the verdict you are looking for.

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 How Employers Can Protect Themselves Against Meritless Employee Lawsuits

The author discusses how some employees try to extort money by threatening to make false claims.

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 The Harry Potter Case Ruling - An Intellectual Property and Copyright Law Analysis

The author of this article discusses the recent ruling involving the Harry Potter novels author, J.K. Rowling. In this interesting look at how authors and publishers must always be on guard to protect their intellectual property, the author of this article looks at what this ruling means to the publishing world.

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 Global Warming - It's Not Just A Human Issue But Is Also An Environmental Problem for Animal Species Around the World

The author of this article discusses global warming and how mankind's misuse of the planet's resources is risking the lives not just of humans in California and around the world but risks the extinction of one out of four mammal species. The author suggests this can no longer be allowed to be a political issue but one for all of mankind to work to save our planet's environment.

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 A Discussion of The Broken Worldwide Patenting System And How It Affects Medical and Scientific Research in California and the World

This article discusses the manner in which patent laws and patent licensing are acting as a barrier to research and preventing advances in science. The article also looks at what the patent barrier is doing to prevent sharing among scientists and biotech companies.

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 A Preview of New Technologies that May Be Here in the Future

This article discusses some possible new technologies for the future that will face difficult tests but which could be some of what the future holds in store for industry. The article also discusses the changes we may soon see as energy research goes into high gear and how it could help prevent auto accident injuries.

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 A Discussion of Wrongful Death Cases - When You Should Make a Claim

This article discusses how you should know when you're emotionally ready to speak with an attorney about a wrongful death accident case. However, the article also warns, you have only two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit in California, and less if a public entity is involved.

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 A View of International Trade and the Global Financial System after the Economic Crisis

This article notes the changes to the world's financial system that are likely as a result of the global financial crisis. The author describes the concerns of the European Union with the U.S. and the effect America's mortgage meltdown is having on the countries in Europe.

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