Appellate Court Confirms Evidence Of Settlement Is Admissible To Prove Bias And Prevent Collusion

While evidence of a settlement is not admissible to prove liability of a settling tortfeasor, it is admissible to prove witness bias and to prevent collusion.  This issue arises when a settlement agreement requires a settling joint tortfeasor to participate in trial even though it has already reached a settlement with the plaintiff.  The justification Read More…

California Supreme Court Boosts Enforcement Of Arbitration Agreements

On August 3, 2015, the California Supreme Court provided greater clarity as to the enforceability of arbitration agreements like those often contained in contracts between businesses and their customers.  In Sanchez v. Valencia Holding Co., LLC, the plaintiff, Gil Sanchez, purchased a car from a car dealership owned by Valencia Holding Co., LLC (“Valencia”). Soon Read More…

Coverage Issues Created By Electronic Data Breaches

According to Identify Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a non-profit national organization providing consumer and victim support and public education on identify theft, as of the end of July 2015, there have been a total of 450 breaches identified and more than 135,000,000 records exposed.   As consumers, most of us at one time or another have Read More…