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Motorcyclist Lashes Out With His Boot on the 14 Freeway in Santa Clarita

"We need to get the motorcyclist's side of the story to see what led up to this incident. We're not sure what happened farther back."

  • California Highway Patrol

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As the CHP quote above indicates, something must have led up to what you see on video, and that something was evidently enough to provoke the motorcyclist into lashing out right there on the 14 Freeway in Santa Clarita.

Pure speculation: Perhaps the car driver "didn't see" the motorcyclist and cut him off (not to excuse the motorcyclist's actions).

A Conversation with Los Angeles Lawyer David Lira

Attorney David Lira.jpgDavid Lira's advice to aspiring PI lawyers:

"Roll up your sleeves, read the file, don't delegate, and always be respectful of your client's situation. And believe in what you're doing."


Girardi | Keese's go-to products liability lawyer was born in Blytheville, Arkansas, and now makes his home in Pasadena. In eighth grade, it was prophesied that David would become a lawyer - and that's exactly what happened. David is now a partner at the Los Angeles law firm of Girardi | Keese.

In this interview, David covers a lot of ground, ranging from where he likes to get his morning coffee, to what he thinks of Tom Girardi's forays into reality TV on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Most importantly, he explains what it means to be a personal injury trial lawyer, and why his tools of choice are an assortment of felt pens and a plethora of Post-It notes.

The Push to Privatize Makes Headway in the Aviation Industry

"FAA air traffic controllers have led one of the safest aviation programs in the world," reports ABC News. President Trump now wants the FAA to step aside.

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"I hear we're spending billions and billions of dollars," Trump said, "and it's a system that's totally out of whack."

In February, the Chicago Tribune reported on Trump's efforts to privatize and modernize the U.S. aviation industry. In a meeting at the White House, Trump referred to "obsolete" systems and airports. Airline executives apparently walked out of that meeting in high spirits.

Volkswagen's 'Electrify America' Re-Branding Program

In the weeks and months following the revelation of VW's emissions cheat, advertising/marketing people like Sylvia Long-Tolbert of Johns Hopkins had a lot to say about VW's recovery.

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In a Johns Hopkins Q&A in late 2015, Tolbert says:

"[T]wo or three years ago, [VW] started building this market positioning around clean diesel technology, and people recognized them as being a market leader. Their inability to deliver on this CO2 emissions promise or benefit seems to suggest there may be something else amiss..."

Tolbert recommended rebranding both inside and outside the company in order for VW to regain its prior level of consumer trust, which brings us to the automaker's "Electrify America" program.

Memorial Day Weekend One of the Most Dangerous Times to Drive

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CBS News reports that Memorial Day weekend is the "deadliest holiday for car accidents," followed by Labor Day and July 4 in the second and third slots, respectively. Citing statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Jerry Edgerton reported a yearly 312-fatality average on Memorial Day weekend over 2011-2015. This doesn't count the many people who are injured in wrecks over the holiday.

California Highway Patrol Doubts Uber's Claim about Its Autonomous Big Rigs

There seems to be a discrepancy between what Uber says it does and what it actually does. An internal memo revealed that Uber tests its autonomous big rigs on California highways - even though it tells state authorities otherwise.

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If there's a time to decide not to test autonomous vehicles on public roads, it's with big rigs and semi-trailers, which weigh a lot more than cars, and often cause more damage in a crash. At least, you'd want some level of oversight to ensure a reasonable level of safety, which is why the California Highway Patrol and the DMV plan to make an "unscheduled" stop on Uber's campus.

California's Pollution Permits

What are pollution permits?

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A pollution permit is an example of emissions trading, or the cap-and-trade approach to environmental protection. Wikipedia and others refer to this as a "market-based approach." In economic terms, the government's cap-and-trade programs give companies a financial incentive to reduce greenhouse gases. Essentially, pollution permits give companies the legal right to pollute (up to a certain point).

Some California Lawmakers Take Serious Steps toward Fighting Climate Change

At the risk of stating the obvious, environmental pollution is a serious health concern.

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As lawyers who represented the sickened residents of Hinkley, Calif. (a case made infamous by the film Erin Brockovich), we understand how important it is that we protect the environment and the human beings who live in it.

Report on Self-Driving Cars: 'Sometimes the Vehicles Crash'

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The Sacramento Bee reports on the ongoing saga of self-driving cars (although it's not so much a saga, as a widely anticipated technological development). From a safety standpoint, it's hard to argue against a transportation system that will no longer have error-prone human beings behind the wheel.

But a self-driving car future is still a ways off. Jim Miller with the Sacramento Bee attributes two general factors on this:

· That sometimes the vehicles crash

· The autonomous tech disengages on its own from time to time

Courtroom Sketch of Tom Girardi Part of New Library of Congress Exhibit

The Columbia Journalism Review has a May 9 piece detailing everybody's favorite works of art: Courtroom sketches. The first is Bill Robles' sketch of Tom Girardi in court with his client Bryan Stow. Stow was the victim of a brutal assault at Dodger Stadium in 2011.

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Attorney Tom Girardi in court with client Bryan Stow.

To see many of the courtroom sketches, read the full CJR piece here.

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