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Can I Sue Someone for Making a False CPS Report in California?

By Andrew Ritholz |

Child abuse is a terrible thing. Unfortunately, it is a serious problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as 1 in 7 U.S. children have endured child abuse or child neglect within the past 12 months. Reporting abuse to Child Protective Services (CPS) is the responsible thing to… Read More »

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What are the Consequences of a Breach of Contract in California?

By Andrew Ritholz |

A violation of a binding contract’s terms is called a breach of contract. Breaches can range from a failure to deliver an agreed-upon service or could be as simple as a late installment payment. In California, contracts can be either written or oral in some circumstances. While some people might think that a breach… Read More »

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How Do You Prove Unfair Competition in California?

By Andrew Ritholz |

Most states have enacted unfair competition and/or deceptive trade practices statutes. California’s unfair competition law (UCL) dates back to 1872 and has since been updated and broadened. Today, the UCL prohibits a business from engaging in unfair, unlawful, or fraudulent business practices. The UCL also bans misleading, false, or deceptive advertising. Finally, the UCL… Read More »

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Can You be Sued for Credit Card Debt in California?

By Andrew Ritholz |

If you miss a credit card payment, you will quickly hear from your credit card company and they will try to work with you to bring your account current. If you miss multiple payments and you do not respond to the emails, letters, and phone calls from the credit card company, your account will… Read More »

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How Does a Plaintiff Prove Negligent Misrepresentation?

By Andrew Ritholz |

When one party’s actions cause another party to suffer financial losses, the financially injured party has the right to file a civil lawsuit, asking the court to order the defendant to reimburse the injured party for those losses. Fraud is one of the reasons that you can sue someone for damages, but while it… Read More »

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Can You Get Punitive Damages for Breach of Fiduciary Duty in California?

By Andrew Ritholz |

Business relationships can go sour for a variety of reasons, and sometimes it is no one’s fault; the business projects that become profitable and remain that way are the exception to the rule. When one party intentionally causes financial harm to the other in a business relationship, the party that has suffered financial losses… Read More »

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What Does California’s SB 447 Mean for Plaintiffs Seeking Damages?

By Andrew Ritholz |

A bill signed into law last year, SB 447, changed who can receive damages in California after a personal injury lawsuit. The new law brings California in line with many other states across the country, ensuring that injury victims and their loved ones receive the compensation that they deserve after an accident. At the… Read More »

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What Businesses and Consumers Should Know about California’s New Debt Settlement Law

By Andrew Ritholz |

After years of economic upheaval, many people throughout California are facing significant debt and have turned to debt settlement companies for assistance. However, some debt settlement companies do not have their clients’ best interests at heart, and a new law in California seeks to protect consumers that have been preyed upon and regulate this… Read More »

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Are California Roads Becoming More Deadly?

By Andrew Ritholz |

Despite increases in vehicle safety and improvements to infrastructure, there are still thousands of people across California who are injured and killed in auto accidents every year. With daily reports of serious auto accidents around the Pasadena area, people cannot help but wonder whether the California roads are becoming more deadly. According to the… Read More »

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Why are Pedestrian Accidents Still on the Rise?

By Andrew Ritholz |

With smarter vehicles and smarter infrastructure in California, the expectation is that there should be fewer accidents on the roadway involving vehicles and pedestrians. However, Los Angeles has seen a surge in pedestrian injuries and fatalities over the last few years. Why are pedestrian accidents still increasing? There seems to be a number of… Read More »

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