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LA Women Leaders in the Law

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.

Drunk Driving and Traffic Safety: NTSB Proposes New Limit

Drunk driving has been the center of an enormous amount of advocacy and policy research for decades. Despite all of this work, drunk driving is still one of the primary causes of fatal car accidents in California and the rest of the nation. Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board announced a new proposal that it hopes could help prevent hundreds of these crashes every year: a new standard for drunk driving.

Six Months Later, Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Is Not Over Yet

It has been months since public health authorities registered another fatality related to the tragic fungal meningitis outbreak traced to a contaminated compounding pharmacy last fall. Two people died in the last month alone, bringing the total national fatality count to 51.

Hotel Fire Leaves 14 People Injured, Liability Questions Exist

when an aggressive and fast-moving fire forced them out of the building. Fortunately, none of the guests died in the blaze but 14 people suffered injuries. Three guests were hospitalized in critical condition.

Lawsuits fight global warming on behalf of young people

Water is a big deal in California. Consequently, there is an entire sub-specialty of California law dealing with water and other environmental issues, based in part on the notion that natural resources belong to everyone. This was bolstered by a 1983 U.S. Supreme Court decision in a California case that the government has a duty to protect the "people's common heritage" under the public trust doctrine.

Denied Claim Costs Insurance Company Millions

What could be thought of as a freak accident has led to an $8 million dollar award to a homeowner. This represents a slap in the face for insurance companies that have traditionally denied legitimate claims or responded with lowball offers. Insurance companies hoping to reduce claims paid out would do well to pay attention - what was originally a $220,000 claim became much more costly.

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