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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Downtown Location Closed Thursday, October 9

By Benita on September 25, 2014//Leave a comment

On Thursday, October 9, our downtown location will be closed for a special event. For reference questions on this day, you may contact us by phone (619-531-3900), email (refdesk@sdlawlibrary.org) or chat live with us.   For all other services, you may visit the following locations:   Vista 325 S. Melrose Drive, Suite 300 Vista, CA 92081 T: (760)…

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Oktoberfest Celebration at the Annual Witkin Dinner

By Benita on September 25, 2014//Leave a comment

The prestigious Witkin Award Dinner is an annual event held to celebrate the public service accomplishments of members of the San Diego legal community. This year’s Witkin Awards recipients are:     Excellence in the Adjudication of the Law: Honorable Julia Craig Kelety, Excellence in the Practice of Law: Thomas Sharkey, Excellence in Legal Education: Dean Stephen…

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Early Bird MCLE Tickets

By Benita on September 25, 2014//Leave a comment

Don’t delay! Purchase your MCLE tickets now for classes offered in December, January and February and pay only $10 per one-hour MCLE credit. After November 1, the price increases to $20 per one-hour MCLE credit.   View our events calendar for the list of classes.

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Effort to Promote Good Faith Tactics in the Courtroom

By Benita on September 25, 2014//Leave a comment

Starting January 1, 2015, trial courts will be able to award reasonable expenses and attorney fees incurred by a party due to the bad-faith actions or frivolous tactics used by the other party. Thanks to Assembly Bill No. 2494 trial courts will now have a tool to correct bad behavior during litigation. The hope is that this law will discourage…

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Primer on Class Action Lawsuits – CANCELLED

By Benita on September 19, 2014//Leave a comment

Note: We are canceling this class and will reschedule it at a later date.   Learn how to bring a class action lawsuit in either federal or California courts from successful class action litigator, Mr. Manfred Muecke. As a member of the Bonnett, Fairbourn, Freidman and Balint class action litigation group, Mr. Muecke is experienced in class action…

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Landmark Groundwater Legislation in California

By Benita on September 19, 2014//Leave a comment

Due to the severe drought and lack of surface water in California, groundwater is providing about 60% of the state’s water supply. Unregulated groundwater usage has resulted in further depletion of our aquifers. Another problem is that over-pumping is sinking lands which in turn can damage roads, canals and other structures.   As a result, Governor Jerry Brown signed three new laws…

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The Yelp Bill: Your Right to Give a Bad Review

By Benita on September 19, 2014//Leave a comment

Most individuals freely give their honest opinions about services and products. A smart business will welcome the feedback as an opportunity to improve customer service. However, not all companies welcome negative feedback. For example, the Union Street Guest House in Hudson, NY warned wedding parties that they would be charged $500 for each negative review….

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California Workforce Entitled to Paid Sick Leave

By Benita on September 19, 2014//Leave a comment

A new California law, Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, requires employers to provide paid sick leave for employees who work 30 days or more a year. Employees can earn a minimum of 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. The employer may also limit an employee’s use of paid sick leave to 24 hours or 3 days in…

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Recognizing Excellence in the San Diego Legal Community

By Benita on September 11, 2014//Leave a comment

Every year, the Law Library Justice Foundation hosts the Witkin Award Dinner to honor the amazing accomplishments of members of the legal community.         This year’s Witkin Award Honorees are: Excellence in the Adjudication of the Law: Honorable Julia Craig Kelety, Excellence in the Practice of Law: Thomas Sharkey, Excellence in Legal Education:…

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Deterring Smartphone Thefts

By Benita on September 11, 2014//Leave a comment

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law the “kill-switch” bill. Starting July 1, 2015, all smartphones manufactured and sold in California must have a “kill-switch” software and/or hardware capability. This anti-theft technology allows a smartphone owner to disable their phone remotely and wipe out all data. Lawmakers hope this new law will deter the increase in…

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