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The shareholders, associates, and counsels of Boutin Jones provide insight into the legal matters most pertinent to the members of our California business community.

No Fees Without Receipts: Seeking Brandt Fees From Insurers Waives Attorney-Client Privilege.

The attorney-client privilege is touted as one of the strongest privileges in litigation. Codified in Evidence Code,…

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Could Drafting — and Executing — a Good Settlement Agreement Be the Key to Being a Good Trial Attorney?

Wisdom teaches that one should be as cautious at the end of an important endeavor as at…

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Court of Appeal Rules This Hot Potato Leaves Everybody Burned

Before Grayot v. Bank of Stockton, no published California case answered the question of whether a lender…

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Amend Your Complaint Before It’s Too (Re)Late!

In the rush to get a complaint on file, attorneys sometimes believe they can amend the complaint…

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What is the Trial Court’s Role as Gatekeeper of Expert Testimony? New Opinion Sheds Light

On January 4, 2024, the Fourth Appellate District issued an opinion reversing a trial court order excluding…

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Santa Judge is Comin’ to Town

“He’s making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…” Uncivil behavior will…

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Spooky Legal Development: Penal Code § 496 Makes Attorneys’ Fees & Treble Damages Available In Civil Business Fraud Cases

The California Supreme Court recently expanded the money damages available to civil plaintiffs in business fraud actions….

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COUNT AND RECOUNT: DON’T LET CALENDARING ERRORS DOOM YOUR MSJ

The field of civil litigation is littered with numerous pitfalls for the uninitiated. One of the most…

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VRBO Owners Fought the Law – and the Law Won

The market for VRBO, Airbnb, and other short-term rentals has boomed in California as owners use them…

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