Monthly Archives: August 2014

Matthew Izzi

How Will California’s Decision on the Death Penalty Affect Capital Punishment Nationwide?

In a recent decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned California’s death penalty. For the rest of the nation, a decision deeming California’s specific death penalty unconstitutional may not initially seem like big news. However, seeing as California had … Continue reading

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Brandon Rose

Adam Carolla’s Crowd Funding Campaign Disrupts Patent Troll’s Hopes of Easy Money

Companies who viciously litigate patents, known as patent trolls, often extract easy money by bullying startups and small businesses. In most instances, this tactic would have worked for Personal Audio. However, they evidently didn’t know what they were getting into … Continue reading

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Matthew Izzi

New California Legislative Bills That Affect the Legal Community

This past month has seen many amendments and changes to California’s laws. While changes in the legislature are nothing new, many of the recent changes mark rather interesting and significant departures from existing laws. Some of the More Significant Changes: … Continue reading

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Roxanne Minott

Extrinsic Evidence Can No Longer Alter the Terms of Trust Instruments

Prior to January 1st, 2014, the law forbade extrinsic evidence from changing the terms of a written contract. The parol evidence rule states that a court will not contemplate any evidence beyond the four corners of a written contract to change … Continue reading

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Matthew Izzi

Confusion over Obamacare Means More Work for Tax Lawyers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, has seen trouble since the beginning. When the Act was set in motion, the Obama administration refused to acknowledge the bill as a tax, even though many of its provisions were taxes. Only … Continue reading

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