Let your neighbor ride that horse across your backyard, but watch out for those mounted police

No trespassing signs. Barbed wire. Concrete blocks. Landowners everywhere are concerned about premises liability. I frequently drive by an empty lot in Camarillo, CA that dirt bike riders use to romp around in and the inner lawyer thinks about putting up a post with a business card holder on the edge of the lot.… Read More

Texas is so conservative they adopted a law just like California

Texans are upset about lawsuits hindering business and increasing costs. This is the latest chapter in the book of Regional Trial Lawyers Association versus Regional Conservative Business Group for Tort Reform. I understand both sides of the fight. Anyone can slap on a neck brace, pour a bottle of water on a few steps, call an ambulance, file suit, and settle.… Read More

Cohabitation worse than divorce?

A recent article in the Washington Times reviews two new research reports that claim cohabitation is worse than divorce. Let’s start by noting that each researching organization has an iron in the “marriage” fire. The American Values’ Center for Marriage and Families and the National Marriage Project are not exactly unbiased.… Read More

Number one cause of divorce in UK is….

What are irreconcilable differences anyway? An article in the Daily Mail (a UK paper) claims that British couples get divorced more from “falling out of love” than any other reason (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2031952/Fewer-couples-divorce-infidelity-main-reason-falling-love.html). Given the fast pace of modern society it is understandable that couples may not have enough or make enough time to foster their love and relationships…resulting in couples falling out of love.… Read More

Wobbler: When petty theft is a felony and that stick of gum will get you three years

Wobbler. Apparently the word “wobbler” can refer to Norwegian progressive rock (http://www.wobblermusic.com/), a disease of the central nervous system in dogs and horses (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wobbler_disease), and a type of fishing lure. However the term “wobbler” can also refer to a crime that is both chargeable as a misdemeanor or a felony.… Read More