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Issue 56 | January 2013
Santa Clarita County Superior Court Closes Courtrooms

The Santa Clarita County Superior Court continues to operate under substantial financial constraints and recently announced layoffs, court closures, and the consolidation of different types of cases across the county in an effort to save money. This restructuring and layoffs will primarily take place during the first six months of 2013 and conclude by September 2013.


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By: Brian R. Tinkham
A New Standard for Expert Testimony

The California Supreme Court recently established a new standard regarding expert testimony for civil cases filed in the State of California. In Sargon Enterprises, Inc. v. University of Southern Cal. (2012) 55 Cal.4th 747, the Court unanimously adopted a uniform expert testimony admissibility standard wherein the trial courts have a duty to act as a “gatekeeper” and exclude speculative expert testimony.


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By: Ann-Margaret Boyadjian
Chemicals That Are "Possibly" Carcinogenic Cannot Be Added to California Proposition 65 List

The California Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion holding that chemicals, including styrene and vinyl acetate, that are “possibly” carcinogenic could not be included on the Governor’s list of chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity, a.k.a. Proposition 65.

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By: Jennifer E. Miller