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Do we have access PG&E case files?

Is there any way to have access to PG&E cases in the recent bankruptcy court? Are they public?
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Has anyone dealt with issues with non-compliance of CRC 8.124(c) in California appellate cases?

The appeal proceeds with 8.124 appendix. The opposing party / counsel (appellee) has been withholding trial exhibits (which were returned after the trial). A 8.124(c)(2) notice was filed in the ...
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Ethics related to representation of a person with impaired judgement

We have a family member who has hired an attorney in the state of California. The family member is the beneficiary of a special needs trust (an SNT). The family member wishes to break the trust, and ...
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Who (apart from the beneficiary) has standing to sue when a trustee violates the terms of the trust?

The jurisdiction here is California, USA. This is a (sort of) hypothetical - I heard (third hand) of someone with a trust like this. I'm not terribly confident that I have all the details correct, ...
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Retroactive Child support across country lines

Let's say the Family initially lived in Australia (NSW) in the mid-90s. After the divorce, the rate of child support was calculated and fixed. Sometime later the father (paying the child support) ...
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What does it mean if your apartment is in two cities at once

I discovered that the border between two cities runs through an apartment that I am renting. There are two official parcels, one in one city (City A) and one in another (City B), they are both in the ...
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How can someone sell their car in California whilst overseas?

How can someone sell a car in California without being present to sign the required documents (title etc)? Selling a car in California requires the seller to sign documents such as the title, when ...
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In Los Angeles can I defend my own property against looters?

Currently, there is looting being done in Los Angeles by many people who are pretending to protest against the killing of George Floyd (some others are actually protesting and a few people are helping ...
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Which US states penalize an employer if they withhold taxes for the wrong state for one of the employees?

Which US states penalize an employer if they withhold taxes for the wrong state for one of their employees? (withhold in California, but employee was in a different state: I'm interested in any US ...
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What taxes would a major corporation have to pay for their first remote hire inside of California?

Let's say there was a billion-dollar company. And they wanted to hire someone who was paid $100,000 in California as a W-2 employee. They previously had no one employee in California. What fees are ...
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Why all caps first and last names in id cards / passports?

I am wondernig what is the reason, if any, that in the national identification cards the names (first and last) are written in ALL CAPS?
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Did Cliff Booth commit crime by killing Tex and Katie?

In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Cliff Booth defends himself and his friends from intruders Tex, Sadie and Katie (the Manson Family killers). First, Tex fails to shoot Cliff as Cliff's dog takes Tex ...
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Has anybody else taken legal action against California's “only 26 letters in names” rule?

This is inspired by another question: Is Elon Musk's child name valid in California? The accepted answer quotes the a handbook from California Department of Public Health, Vital Records, p. 112: ...
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Are passengers allowed to record the audio of their interactions with the US immigration officers when clearing the immigration as they enter the US?

Are passengers allowed by law to record the audio of their interactions with the US immigration officers at the airport when clearing the US immigration as they enter the US via air travel? If state-...
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Is Elon Musk's child name valid in California?

Elon Musk and his partner want to name their child X Æ A-12. Is that name allowed in California, US?
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How to convince Google to fix a problem that caused few thousand $ damage?

Edited for less mystery. Sorry Google, I wanted to keep your name out of it. I'm an independent software developer, a solo entrepreneur, publishing apps at Google Play. About a month ago, Google ...
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What tenant laws apply if there is a non-code compliant living situation in CA?

I'm living in an RV in El Dorado County, CA where like in many counties, it is illegal to occupy a motorhome on residential property. Of course, El Dorado County is so rural that many people do it. ...
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What are my rights if my neighbor is belligerent in his own home?

I live in a condo and my neighbor with a shared wall has violent and profane outbursts. We believe he has a mental problem and has episodes of loud yelling and slamming doors/throwing furniture. It ...
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Why is RKelly being sent to Prison and not my case?

I live in CA and I was sexually assaulted by my sister father around 1985 or 1986. I went to the police and made a report regarding my sister father sexually assaulting me without using a condom I ...
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Can a market store refuse service and kick me out because I asked other customer to cover mouth after coughing with no mask protection amid COVID-19

Today while inside a Farmers Market in California, I asked a shopper to cover her mouth after coughing with no mask protection. The owner of the store came to me asking me to get out of the store and ...
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Employer very sporadic with paydays, not sure what to do

My girlfriend works for a large chain restaurant, of which I believe she works for a franchise location. I found it very weird that they down right refused her request to set up direct deposit, but ...
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Is it legal for a non-lawyer to help another party with their California arbitration case?

With the cost of lawyers being exorbitant in most cases, what alternatives are there for people who are willing to pay a reasonable amount for help navigating the process of arbitration? Presumably I ...
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Under which conditions after winning a trial in California you can claim for compensation to cover attorney expenses?

I have been menaced to be brought to court in a case where the other part has largely more resources than I do. I am not worried about the veracity of the claims, but I am worried about being dragged ...
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Waiving my right to not be evicted in a San Francisco lease

I am seeking for a new place in San Francisco. After chatting with a home owner who liked me as a potential tenant, we disagreed on the price, and his reasoning is that since this is a unit under the ...
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Are video consent forms needed for minors to participate in live video conferencing?

Since many classes are going online, do children under 18 require their parent/guardian to sign a consent form so they can participate? Would it be different from a video release consent form since ...
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Does the current ban on evictions apply to expiring leases?

My friend is currently in a pickle. Their lease expires in a couple of weeks and they were originally planning to move to a different property. However given the lockdown in California, moving is no ...
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Prosecuting prison escapees

Would the actual escape from a state prison ever incur federal investigation, federal charges, and/or federal prosecution? If not, who investigates, charges, and prosecutes escapees for escaping from ...
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Illegal to threaten suicide in California?

I live in California and today I was at a store where they overcharged me for a product (the product was literally marked a different price than what they keyed in). I didn't catch it until it had ...
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Fifth Amendment and Mandatory Shelter in Place

Several counties in California have issued a shelter in place order due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For example, see a Santa Clara’s order here. The order states that individuals have to ...
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What laws apply to Visa holders in the US?

I'm a French citizen currently staying in Los Angeles for studies under an F1 Visa. I was told that in the US, only federal law applies to foreigners which is why despite Pot being legalized in ...
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Apartment lease clause where landlord can unilaterally amend lease (with 30 days' notice) without tenant's approval

While reviewing a lease (in Sunnyvale, California) for an apartment-hunting friend, I saw this clause: New policies and rules or amendments to this document may be adopted by Owner/Agent upon ...
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Does California allow prescription window tints?

Prescription window tints = window tints that are darker than typically allowed due to a medical reason. I read in the California Assembly Bill no. 1303 (September 2017) – amended medical exemptions: ...
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Is a letter from a non-US licensed physician legally valid to use prescription tint windows in California?

I read in the California Assembly Bill no. 1303 (September 2017) – amended medical exemptions: (10) Sun screening devices meeting the requirements of Section 26708.2 installed on the side windows ...
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Can an individual in California file a small claims case and NOT serve the defendant (or defer the serving)?

Does California allow a plaintiff to file a small claims case and either not serve the defendant or defer the serving until some time in the future (perhaps the plaintiff has 6 months to serve the ...
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Statute of Limitations on Prosecution

What is the Statute of Limitations for prosecution in CA,USA on Penal Code #308a? I have tried everything. Please help?
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Can I force my ex-spouse to remove my name from a loan?

In California, my girlfriend is on a mortgage with her ex-husband. In the divorce, she agreed that the property was his, but her name remained on the loan. Later, the ex-husband re-financed the house ...
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Rights to documents sent on your behalf by an insurance company

I recently had my insurance company file subrogation against a government entity for the recovery of my deductible (and presumably their expended cost) after my vehicle was damaged on government ...
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Car towed from shopping center, can prove towing company is lying about the time my car was parked

My car was towed from a shopping center in Santa Clara county. I had parked at the said location around 8pm. I got my car released from the towing company after paying $450. The release document says ...
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If insurer defends insured under Reservation of Right then can they seek reimbursement for legal costs?

Let's assume insurance company in California agreed to defend its insured and picked a legal counsel to represent their insured. But at a later date sent a reservation of rights letter with following ...
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Product Liability and Consumer Expectation Test Regarding Cannabis Edibles [California]

There's a case where a first time edible user takes a gummy and incurs permanent health damage. I have to argue the stance that the consumer expectation test fails and there's a design flaw with the ...
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California news media defamation damages and actual malice

California Civil Code 48a concerns libels in news media: (a) In any action for damages for the publication of a libel in a daily or weekly news publication, or of a slander by radio broadcast, ...
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Do old buildings have to conform to “modern” building code in California?

I've only got the 2016 building codes on me, but there don't seem to be major changes in the relevant 2019 building codes according to what information I've been able to find. Section 402.5 (Chapter ...
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Can a US firm legally hire someone as intern after they have graduated from school/university and aren't enrolled in any school/university?

Can a firm US based in the United States legally hire someone as intern after they have graduated from school/university and aren't enrolled in any school/university anymore? If state-dependent, I ...
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Is it legal for a District Attorney to choose a policy to not prosecute certain crimes?

San Francisco DA announced that he won't prosecute certain crimes like public camping or public urination (second source). "San Francisco's new district attorney has chosen social justice over the ...
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Cosmetology salon workers status in California from 2020?

I have been reading at various sources that beauty salon workers that have independent contractor status would be reclassified as employees starting from 2020 throughout the California. Presumably ...
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Michigan-Registered Car driving in California Front License Plate Question

I am moving from Michigan to California. I am shipping my car, it is in transit. The car is registered in Michigan and Michigan does not require the car to have a front license plate, so my car does ...
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How to handle an existing business' income and expenses when incorporating

I'm looking at incorporating my sole proprietorship as an S Corp. (An alternative I'm also looking into is an LLC taxed as an S Corp). My existing company already has income and expenses in 2020. ...
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How does AB 375 (and its FCRA carveout?) address tokenized data brokering/APIs?

As I'm sure has happened to a few others this week, the bits of AB 375 (The California Consumer Protection Act) that came into force this month blindsided me a bit. I've tried to wrap my brain around ...
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Should insurer ignore exclusions when extrinsic evidence contradicts allegations?

Commercial general liability insurance has exclusions that insurer doesn't have duty to defend or indemnify the insured in case claim arises of criminal activities, misappropriation of intellectual ...

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