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May 2016 Archives

Valet driver kills 1 in San Francisco car wreck

A fast-growing nationwide valet parking service was involved in an April San Francisco car accident that cost the life of a woman, according to news reports. Like ride-share companies Lyft and Uber, Luxe uses contract drivers. When crashes like this one happen, it raises legal questions about the ability to hold the company paying the driver's salary responsible for the harm caused in the course of its business enterprise.

Bay Area man walking on the shoulder killed by drunk driver

Walking on the shoulder of the road is not ideal, but sometimes it is necessary. Many roads lack sidewalks, making the shoulder the safest option available for getting to your destination on foot.

FDA warns that antipsychotic may cause compulsive sex, eating

A drug commonly used to treat mental illness has a frightening side effect, the Food and Drug Administration announced recently. The agency says the drug, Abilify ( aka aripiprazole ) can cause compulsive behavior, including overeating, gambling and an uncontrollable desire for sex, TIME reports.

Medical study says malpractice is 3rd-highest cause of death

Think medical malpractice isn't a serious health crisis in this country? A bold new study from Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests it kills more people in the U.S. each year than just about every major disease. But you would not know it from the death certificates issued by negligent doctors.

Michael Kelly reflects on 40 years practicing law

Recently, Lawdragon Press interviewed Michael Kelly, our firm's managing partner. Kelly, who has been practicing personal injury law in his hometown of San Francisco for 40 years, discussed his law school experience, how his practice has changed over the years, and, of course, the San Francisco Giants.

Mike Kelly keynote speaker at OCCA & IECA annual meeting

Smaller Orange County Consumer Attorneys.pngMike Kelly was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Orange County Consumer Attorneys (OCCA) and the Inland Empire Consumer Attorneys Association (IECA) which was held at the Omni Las Palmas resort in Palm Springs May 21-23. The event, a continuing legal education program for attorneys specializing in representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases throughout the southern part of the state, broke historic attendance records and featured a roster of outstanding speakers. Mike's address focused upon issues of professionalism and the trial lawyer's responsibility to respect and promote the principles that the Constitution's founding fathers thought so important when they included the Eighth Amendment ( right to a civil jury trial ) among the Bill of Rights. At the Saturday night awards ceremony, Michael Bidart, of Claremont, was presented with the OCCA's Trial Lawyer Of The Year Award, and Judge Janet Frangie of the San Bernardino Superior Court was honored as the areas Trial Judge Of The Year.