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September 24, 2011

The Road to the U.S. Supreme Court (or What Is A Lawsuit, Really?)

    The Institue for Justice has produced the fantastic video below.  Interested in the steps of a lawsuit? This incredibly informative and entertaining video lays it all out from filing a lawsuit (i.e. suing someone) to trial to appeals to the ultimate arbiter of justice, the U.S. Supreme Court.

Further comments or questions? Call or e-mail me. I'd love to discuss this with you.  Hey, I'm a lawyer.  It's what I do!


Hat Tip to Ilya Shapiro at the Cato Institute

September 22, 2011

Car Rental Tips After An Accident: You're Entitled to Dollars and/or An Equivalent Vehicle

Insurance companies oftentimes do their best to not treat you fairly or equitably.  One example of this is when the at-fault driver's insurance carrier provides you with a rental car with a "take it or leave it" attitude.


In California, you are entitled to be provided with a vehicle of equal value to the vehicle that was damaged as a result of another driver's negligence.  For example, let's say that you get rear-ended in your new Toyota Prius.  The other person's insurance company says "yep, our driver was at fault" and then allows you $20 a day for rental car.  Well, an equivalent Prius may rent for $50 a day.

You are entitled to rent a $50-a-day car and have the other party's insurance company pay for it (subject to, among other things, his or her property damage policy limits).  Period.

Now, let's change that scenario a bit: For whatever reason, you don't want to rent a car during the time that your car is in the shop.  You're entitled to make that choice.  Let's take it one step further: Your car is in the shop for six weeks (42 days).  You will be entitled to $2,100 in real dollars to compensate you for the time that your car is in the shop.  In other words, you do not have to actually rent the car in order to be compensated for your loss of use.

OR what if you rent a car for $25 a day?  You'll be entitled to the difference in cash (well, in check).  So, you rent a car for 42 days at $25 a day for $1,050 but you were entitled to a car renting for $50 a day. The insurance company should pay you the difference of $1,050 in the form of real dollars.

Here's the law (CACI 3903M): To recover damages for loss of use, [name of plaintiff] must prove the reasonable cost to rent a similar [item of personal property] for the amount of time reasonably necessary to repair or replace the [item of personal property].


September 16, 2011

You, My Dear Client, Are Entitled to Know Everything About Your Case!

From the fine folks at The Lawyerist: "Teach your clients the law, and you’ll have clients for life. Hide the ball in some vain attempt to make yourself indispensible, and you’ll be viewed like an auto mechanic—most people are always looking for a new one that will get the job done more quickly, reliably, and for less money." 

From me, your attorney Lowell Steiger: You, my dear clients, are entitled to know the ins and outs, the ups and downs, the pluses and minuses, of your case.  You need to be able to make an informed decision.



September 02, 2011

Happy Labor Day 2011 with DUI Checkpoints

Happy Labor Day 2011.  There are many DUI checkpoints in and around Los Angeles this holiday weekend.  More importantly, though, is to have a Designated Driver. They're listed in the video which is actually the premier video in my Legal Lowdown With Lowell Steiger series


In case you're wondering, though, here are the checkpoints:

Friday: Manchester Avenue and Hoover Street, South Los Angeles, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

-Friday, Sunset Boulevard and Sutherland Street, Echo Park, 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

-Friday, Slauson Avenue and Olive Street, South Los Angeles, 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

-Saturday, Jefferson Boulevard and Western Avenue, South Los Angeles, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

-Saturday, Washington Boulevard and Stanford Avenue, Venice, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

-Saturday, Reseda Boulevard and Ventura Boulevard, Encino, 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

-Sunday, Harbor Boulevard and 1st Street, San Pedro, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

-Monday, Venice and Abbot Kinney boulevards, Venice, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Who's Your Designated Driver?

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