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June 25, 2020

First-person view of motorcycle handlebars

In the state of California, you must either pass a CHP-approved motorcycle safety course or a driving test issued by the DMV to obtain a motorcycle license. If you are under the age of 21, you must also hold a motorcycle instruction permit for at least six months and successfully complete a motorcycle training course before you can apply for a license.

California Motorcycle Safety Equipment Requirements

All motorcyclists in the...

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June 01, 2020
Woman looking at scooter, confused as to why it's broken

California’s lemon laws are designed to protect consumers from the economic losses and frustrations that accompany the purchase of a poorly designed or manufactured vehicle. Under California lemon law, consumers are entitled to a refund of the vehicle purchase price or to an equivalent vehicle exchange when first sold a lemon. However, while a protection all...

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May 13, 2020

Thousands of lives are lost or significantly altered by distracted drivers every year, yet many states don’t weigh distraction as a factor in motor vehicle accidents heavily enough. This is one of the most compelling reasons to hire a personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer will pour over every detail of your accident to uncover all possible causes.

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May 05, 2020

The Courtroom Warriors at Kirtland & Packard represent victims of serious injury on a contingency fee basis. This means that there are no up-front costs for representation.

At Kirtland & Packard, we cover all litigation fees, court costs, and associated expenses while working on your case. You only pay for our services if you win.

Is a Contingency Fee a Trap?

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April 22, 2020

 

Infographic: Do the FiveCalifornia was the first state to issue stay at home orders. And, despite a number of states looking to reopen, our state is holding firm with these restrictions until public health officials deem it safe to do otherwise.

This approach saves lives, but has caused some confusion amongst workers – particularly as regards being required to work and sick leave entitlements. Below, we address some concerns about workers...

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February 06, 2020

On January 8st, 2020, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) went into full effect. Serving to codify, clarify, and provide certain exemptions to the Dynamex Decision, AB5 makes it harder for companies like Uber, DoorDash, Lyft, and InstaCart to classify employees as independent contractors.

What’s the Difference Between an Employee and an Independent Contractor?

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January 21, 2020

An older employee with a box of his personal belongings after facing age-related workplace discriminationBoth California and federal employment laws protect individuals who are over the age of 40 from workplace discrimination. If you suspect you have experienced workplace discrimination based on your age, you may have legal options that offer redress and help ensure you are treated fairly in the...

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December 19, 2019

Man and Woman with Broken Down Car on HighwayIn 2018, nearly one in four vehicles on the road was under active recall, translating to around 47 million recalled vehicles in the U.S. last year. The domestic manufacturers who saw the highest number of recalls were, in order:

  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors (GM)
  • Fiat Chrysler (FCA)

The international manufacturers who saw the highest number of recalls were, in order:

  • BMW
  • ...
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December 09, 2019

Christmas Tree With Fire in the BackgroundMany of our most cherished and intimate holiday celebrations require fire. From candles on the table to lights on the tree, both open flame and electricity can pose risk for serious burn injury. Taking steps to prevent burn injury and home fires is an important part of ensuring the holidays are enjoyed by all.

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November 12, 2019

Are you driving a lemon? In the state of California, there are some pretty simple ways to find out. Has your car:

  • Been in the shop more than twice for the same issue?
  • Been in the shop for more than 30 days, cumulatively, for the same issue?

If you can answer yes to either of these questions and your vehicle is newer than three years old or has been driven for fewer than 18,000 miles, you may be entitled to a replacement or a repair.

Most Lemon Law cases involve vehicles that are still under the manufacturer’s...

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