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Posts on Jan 1970

New Deposition Time Limits Merely Presumptive

The recent time limits for deposition of opposing party witnesses had created quite a concern among litigation attorneys – especially defense attorneys – that the new law would unduly hamper what is otherwise pretty broad rights to discovery in lawsuits filed in California. Most concerning were the apparent “set in stone” time limits for depositions in complex cases – situations which would seemingly call for the greatest amount of leeway given the number of parties and issues involved. The Second District Court of Appeals, in its recently issued Certainteed Corporation v. Superior Court (decision filed January 8, 2013) has swiftly responded with an opinion that reads into the law the flexibility that many trial attorneys have been seeking (albeit largely by defense focused counsel).

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Proposition 65 Is Coming to Your Town!

As featured in the SLO County Bar Bulletin:

You’ve likely seen the retail signs and product labels telling you something like this:  “WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.”  Those warnings are the result of efforts by businesses to comply with California’s Proposition 65 – and to avoid expensive enforcement actions.  The Proposition requires businesses to provide “clear and reasonable” warnings to individuals prior to exposing them to specified carcinogens and reproductive toxicants. In the 25 years since Proposition 65 was enacted by California voters, those enforcement actions have mostly missed San Luis Obispo County businesses.  But it looks like that’s changing, and local businesses should beware:  Proposition 65 enforcement is coming to your town.

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Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance – Prop 65 Warning

Click here for a great article by the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance regarding the Proposition 65 warnings/lawsuits. An important issue-especially in our community where wineries and wine related industries make up so much of our local economy. In fact, you can read C&N Managing Partner Ziyad Naccasha’s article on the subject in the current issue of the SLO County Bar Bulletin.

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