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Are We Ready For the World of Self-Driving Cars?

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Five short years. That's the prediction Alex Davies reports about Google's self-driving car. In his Wired article, Davies says that Google plans to eliminate human driving in five years - no small feat, he admits, but one that suits the tech giant's ambition and penchant for embarking on daring projects that don't necessarily resemble Google's core search business. (For years, Google has sponsored the Lunar X Prize, as one example, in a privately funded effort to send a robotic spacecraft to the moon.)

The 'Epidemic' of Bully Doctors

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California has made it tougher in recent years to file successful medical malpractice cases against health care providers who do wrong against their patients, but we continue to represent injured patients who deserve a chance at justice.

The defeat of Prop. 46 is one such example of our state making it tougher. Last year, Prop. 46 (had it succeeded) would have raised the cap on damages for pain and suffering, which is currently set at $250,000. Its defeat puts seriously injured malpractice victims at a disadvantage. Mistakes happen, sometimes very serious ones, and those who suffer from those mistakes should have an opportunity to obtain justice.

LA Women Leaders in the Law

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More and more firms, such as those featured in this post, are making the commitment to hiring and retaining women attorneys. Their dedication to these efforts and the women featured here are both noteworthy and needed. Should you ever be in need of an attorney, the women profiled here represent many in the greater Los Angeles area who are out there waiting to represent you.

Trouble in Silicon Valley: The Ellen Pao Gender Discrimination Case

One of California's biggest legal cases right now (at least in terms of media coverage) is that of Ellen Pao, former venture capitalist with the well-known Silicon Valley firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Pao, currently interim CEO at Reddit, claims discrimination against KPCB on account of her gender. But as Elizabeth Weise reports for USA Today, Mary Meeker - KPCB partner and "one of the most powerful women in venture capital" - recently testified that she did not see any gender discrimination at KPCB.

'Superbug' Infects Patients of UCLA Medical Center

CBS Los Angeles reports that a deadly superbug - carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae - has apparently caused the deaths of two patients and has at this point infected five others at UCLA Medical Center. As per the report: "CRE germs are resistant to almost all antibiotics and are more deadly than the more widely-known superbug MRSA." Read on to learn more about this recent exposure.

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant Explore What It Means to Speak While Female

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One month ago today, the New York Times published an article titled "Speaking While Female," written by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. Sandberg, as many are aware, is Facebook's COO, and Adam Grant is a writer and the youngest tenured professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In their piece, they describe the phenomenon of women staying quiet at work because they perceive that "less is more."

But why would they feel that way? Why would women stay quiet in the workplace?

Small-Plane Pilot Risks It All - And Loses - For a Selfie

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USA Today's Mara Montalbano calls it "death by selfie," but there's nothing cute about what happened to 29-year-old Amritpal Singh and his passenger, who lost their lives when their Cessna 150 - the fifth most produced civilian plane ever, according to Wikipedia - went down in a field. The National Transportation Safety Board believes the evidence suggests the pilot was taking selfies on his smart phone shortly before the plane crashed.

In other words, this appears to be a case of distracted flying.

Super Bowl Sunday: Californians Risk Injury or Worse from DUI

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Super Bowl Sunday, the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. It's the biggest game of the year in pro football on Feb. 1. But this Sunday is also the biggest day of the year for alcohol-related car wrecks, at least in California. As Jerry Hirsch reports for the Los Angeles Times, Sunday is the Super Bowl of drunk driving, and Hirsch shows us the numbers to prove it.

"Your chance of being involved in a crash tied to drunk driving," Hirsch writes, "can be as much as double that of a normal Sunday in January or February," based on crash data.

The 'Most Important' California Laws in 2015

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The annual KQED News "California Report" has spelled out the most important new state laws for 2015 (based on the opinion of its editors). Most important and/or interesting, according to KQED. Bearing in the mind the inherent subjectivity of such a list, it is fair to say that at least a few of these laws will have an impact on Girardi | Keese clients. They run the gamut from employment to sports-related injury to assisted living.

Out of roughly 900 new laws, KQED called out 26 of them. In this post, we call out just a few that we believe have the most potential to affect our clients.

Supervisory Pharmacist Criminally Charged in Case Involving Tainted Drugs

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This is perhaps one of the most striking examples of "malpractice," if you can call it that, perpetrated by a pharmacist. Indeed, the authorities took it a step further by calling it racketeering. The two terms generally aren't related, but in this case, supervisory pharmacist Glenn Chin is alleged to have caused the deaths of 25 people in seven states because of his "wanton and willful disregard," as Denise Lavoie reports for the Associated Press on Wednesday.

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