Archive for June, 2010

Latest Developments in California’s Discovery Law

Posted on June 16, 2010. Filed under: Business Law, Consumer, employment law | Tags: , , , , , , |

Alreen Haeggquist, partner at Zeldes & Haeggquist, LLP published her esteemed third annual summary of the latest developments in California’s discovery law.  Alreen keeps the bar abreast of the latest developments from the judiciary. 2009 was a busy year.  Highlights from 2009’s developments:  California courts now have new discovery rules to interpret due to the passage of the California Electronic Discovery Act (the “Act”). The Act, which Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law on June 29, 2009, models the Federal E-Discovery Rules and creates new rules to specifically address issues related to electronically stored information. The Courts also issued key decisions impacting privilege and confidentiality of attorney work product.  For example, last year, the California Supreme Court ruled that a written attorney-client privileged communication that also contain unprivileged information is entirely protected from disclosure and parties are not required to make an in camera disclosure of the information for a ruling on a claim of attorney-client privilege.  The appellate courts also issued a number of decisions affecting the discovery rules in California.  First, the First District Court of Appeal issued sanctions against a party for making meritless objections and providing evasive responses.  Second, the Second District Court of Appeal held that a court must weigh the potential for abuse of the class action procedure against the rights of the parties when a named class action plaintiff who never had standing seeks precertification discovery to identify a substitute class representative.  Finally, the Fifth District Court of Appeal recently held that witness statements taken by an attorney or an attorney’s representatives are not permitted by the attorney work-product privilege.

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Zeldes & Haeggquist Gives Back By Supporting The Basic Dignity Campaign

Posted on June 4, 2010. Filed under: Giving Back | Tags: , , , , |

Zeldes & Haeggquist, LLP was proud to support the Girls Think Tank’s  Basic Dignity Campaign launch to bring public restrooms and drinking water to downtown San Diego.  The Basic Dignity Campaign kicked off at Balboa Park on May 22, 2010, just days after a grand jury report issued by San Diego County found that more outdoor toilets are needed in downtown San Diego.

“We are gratified that the grand jury has made official what our coalition has been stating. To meet public health standards, as well as to respect the basic dignity due to all people, San Diego must take responsibility and increase the number of public bathrooms open 24 hours a day. The need is particularly acute in the East Village, an area with many homeless services and a large homeless population,” said Rachel Jensen, a downtown attorney, President of the Girls Think Tank and a co-director of the Basic Dignity Coalition along with longtime homeless advocate David Ross. Ross received an award at the event.  The San Diego County grand jury released a report entitled Homeless in San Diego, concluding that homelessness has reached the “tipping point” and “not only is the problem a blight on our community, it is a blight on our humanity.” The report says that the City of San Diego could be liable for an “outbreak of illness caused by unsanitary conditions” and that additional toilets would “reduce fecal deposits and urine odors” downtown. Ross says that his two temporary “porta-potty” locations downtown have been used some 300,000 times since their placement in 2008. Ross added, “Several years ago, another grand jury on homelessness in San Diego came to similar conclusions.  I sincerely hope San Diego’s leaders finally take decisive action – then we can proudly call ourselves residents of America’s Finest City.” And City Council seems primed to do just that!  See Memo by Councilwoman Marti Emerald supporting GTT’s proposal and campaign:

Helen Zeldes and Alreen Haeggquist are on the board and advisory board of the Girls Think Tank.

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