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Brand New Tires Belong on the Back of Your Car

For a variety of reasons, front tires tend to wear out more quickly than rear tires. That’s why even though you start with four new tires on your car when you purchase it, you may find that when it’s time to replace the two front tires, the rear tires still have sufficient tread on them.

Pharmacy Error Cases

Drew Pruitt of our firm recently settled a case on behalf of a gentleman who was given the wrong prescription and, as a result, ended …

Using EDR Data To Prove Liability

Back in 2011, we wrote about the then-emerging technology of automobile event data recorders (“EDRs”), commonly known as black boxes. Since then, EDRs have become …

Booth & Koskoff In The News

We recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 16-year-old who was the victim of sexual abuse by a high school teacher. Roger Booth is …

We’re Handling Defective E-Cigarette Lawsuits

Electronic cigarettes are marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarette smoking. While that may be true from the standpoint of avoiding lung cancer, e-cigarettes …

When Is Marijuana Use Relevant in Auto Accident Cases?

Recreational use of marijuana became legal in California on January 1, as a result of the passage of Proposition 64 in November 2016. It is …

Bringing Tort Cases in the Divorce Arena

Booth & Koskoff attorney Drew Pruitt just concluded a case in which he asserted a claim for the relatively new tort of domestic violence. Civil …

Child Abuse Reporting: It’s Not Complicated

The Dr. Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal presents yet another teaching moment on how institutions should (and should not) respond to sexual abuse allegations. The …

Las Vegas Shooting Cases

We are handling cases arising out of the tragic shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017. In addition to the shooter’s own estate, we …

B&K Welcomes New Attorney – Drew Pruitt

We are thrilled to welcome Drew Pruitt as the newest attorney here at Booth & Koskoff. Drew has spent the last three years at the …

A Hidden Danger in Swimming Pools

We are currently handling (along with our co-counsel Diana Spektor) a case involving the tragic drowning death of a seven-year-old boy in a hot tub. …

Defective EpiPen Devices Trigger Recall

Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerted consumers that Meridian Medical Technologies began voluntarily recalling 13 lots of Mylan’s EpiPen and EpiPen …

Establishing Organizational Liability for Sexual Abuse

It is a sad fact of life that there are sexual predators out there who prey upon vulnerable children. It is therefore incumbent upon organizations …

Dependency Abuse Cases: When Counties Fail Foster Children

Our firm has developed a specialty in dependency abuse cases involving the physical or sexual abuse of children who are in the dependency system. Oftentimes, …

Plaintiff Immigration Status No Longer Admissible in PI Cases

In sharp contrast to the rhetoric heard during the recent presidential campaign, the California legislature has struck a blow for fairness in the treatment of …

Oakland Warehouse Fire Claims Dozens of Lives

Friday night in Oakland turned tragic after a fire claimed 36 lives. The fire started on the first floor around 11:30pm on Friday night, just as a …

13 Muertos y 31 Heridos en Accidente de Autobús en California

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif.– Justo antes del amanecer del domingo por la mañana, un autobús lleno de turistas se estrelló contra la parte trasera de …

13 Dead and 31 Injured in Calif. Tour Bus Crash

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. — Just before dawn on Sunday morning, a tour bus full of tourists slammed into the rear end of a tractor-trailer …

Did LA County Fail Abused Boy?

The story is heartbreaking. A young boy, wrapped in a blanket, dead for hours, showing signs of severe malnutrition and physical abuse. His name was …

Roger Booth Selected for 2016 NADC

Roger Booth, of Booth & Koskoff, has been selected to the 2016 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National …

Power Morcellator Lawsuits

In November 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a warning regarding power morcellators. These are medical devices that are used during hysterectomy …

Defective Airbags Trigger More Takata Recalls

The Department of Transportation has added more than 35 million cars to a list of vehicles that have defective Takata airbags installed in them. The …

Lead Levels Higher in Children Near Tainted Facility

Higher lead levels in children living nearby the now-shuttered Vernon battery recycling facility discovered in new analysis by California health officials. Analysis Shows Higher Lead …

Booth & Koskoff Selected for 2016 Super Lawyers Listing

Congratulations to Richard Koskoff and Roger Booth for their inclusion on the 2016 Super Lawyers list! The list includes the top 5% of practicing attorneys in Southern …

More Clarity re: Medicare Set Asides

We have written in the past about the uncertainty surrounding whether, and under what circumstances, a plaintiff who settles a personal injury lawsuit must set …

Defining the Standards for Institutional Liability in Sexual Abuse Cases

The case of S.M. v. L.A.U.S.D has garnered some attention in the press because the defense lawyer for the L.A. Unified School District argued (successfully) at …

Plaintiffs Dodge a Bullet in Cal. Supreme Court Opinion re: Dangerous Roadway Cases

The California Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Cordova v. City of L.A. (case no. S208130) could have been a disaster for plaintiffs pursuing dangerous roadway …

All New Client Testimonials on Our Website

Recently, a number of our clients have been kind enough to give video testimonials about our firm. In our most recent newsletter, we featured two …

Larry Booth Publishes Second Book

Booth & Koskoff founder Larry Booth has published a book about his college track coach and hero Mel Patton, who died in 2014. Patton won …

Two Booth & Koskoff Settlements Recognized by VerdictSearch

Our settlements in Sanchez v. Agri-Mix and Perez v. Mateut have been recognized by The Recorder legal newspaper and VerdictSearch in the publication “California’s Million-Dollar …

Roger Booth Selected for NADC Membership

We are proud to announce that Roger Booth has been selected to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel for 2015. The list consists of the …

Admissibility of Plaintiff’s Immigration Status

Long before immigration became a hot button political issue, plaintiff’s lawyers worried about how jurors might respond if they learned that a plaintiff was in …

Booth & Koskoff Selected for 2015 Super Lawyers

Congratulations to partners Richard Koskoff and Roger Booth! Both have been selected for the 2015 Super Lawyers list, announced this month, which includes less than …

The Cost of Drowsy Driving

An estimated 100,000 reported accidents are the direct result of driver fatigue each year, which results in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 …

$3 Million Settlement in Job Site Personal Injury Case

Our client Fernando Sanchez worked as a plumber at Grimmway Farms near Bakersfield, one of the largest carrot processing operations in the United States and …

An Explanation of Medi-Cal and Medicare Liens and Settlements

It seems as if every case we settle these days gets bogged down to some degree while we attempt to resolve liens with Medi-Cal and/or …

A Cheat Sheet for Medi-Cal and Medicare Lien Procedures

The process of resolving a Medi-Cal or Medicare lien can be complex and confusing.  We created this “cheat sheet” to help simplify the process. To download this …

Personal Injury Practice: A Checklist for Auto Accident Cases

Oftentimes, the big issue in auto accident cases is where the money is going to come from to fully compensate the plaintiff. If the plaintiff’s …

“The Great Helmet Myth” by Larry Booth published in Advocate

An article written by Larry Booth, a founding partner of Booth & Koskoff, on helmet safety guidelines was published in Advocate, the monthly publication of the …

Welcoming Carly Sanchez Back to Booth & Koskoff

We are thrilled to welcome Carly Sanchez back to Booth & Koskoff. Carly worked as a law clerk at our firm from 2010 to 2012, …

When It Comes to Damages, It’s All in the Details

Over time, trial lawyers can get sloppy. We use terms like “pain and suffering” so often that we can forget what these words really mean …

Record Setting Settlement Featured on Advocate Capital

Our friends at Advocate Capital featured our record-setting settlement we obtained last month in the wrongful death case involving a truck driver who died when he …

More Liberal Telephonic Appearance Rules Adopted

The advent of telephonic court appearances has dramatically changed civil litigation practice. Routine appearances that used to require hours of freeway driving can now be …

Booth & Koskoff at the CAAA 2014 Convention

Last month, attorneys from Booth & Koskoff had the pleasure of attending and displaying at the CAAA Convention in Rancho Mirage, California. The convention is …

Third Party Cases

Dear Workers’ Comp Attorneys, At Booth & Koskoff, we have decades of experience handling the most difficult 3rd party cases involving catastrophic injuries and death. …

2014 Southern California Top Attorneys Announced

Roger E. Booth and Richard B. Koskoff have been named Top Attorneys on the 2014 Super Lawyers Annual List. The well-respected list was announced earlier this …

Schultz Verdict Featured in CACI Handbook

The newest version of California Civil Jury Instruction Companion Handbook has recently been published by Thomson Reuters. Written and compiled by retired Court of Appeal …

Booth & Koskoff Achieves One of the Top “Big Money Wins” of 2013

At the end of 2013, the National Law Journal published a list of the top “Big Money Wins” of the year. Our $5,000,000 settlement in …

Don’t Settle That Intersection Broadside Collision Case Too Quickly!

For many years, lawyers have settled catastrophic side impact collision cases for policy limits, thinking that nothing else could be done for their clients. Some …

Personal Injury Handbook updated for 2013/4

Recent updates to Personal Injury Handbook, released in November, include a wealth of new material, such as: 1. A new chapter on roadway design and maintenance …

Settlement in Boom Lift Accident Case

We just settled (for a confidential amount) a case on behalf of a father and son who were injured while operating a boom lift on …

The Facebook Defense

Social media is no longer just a harmless way to connect with friends and acquaintances. It has become an arsenal of information that defense counsel …

Stricter rules for hospitals trying to collect liens

When a person receives treatment at a hospital, but is unable to pay for that treatment, the hospital may assert a lien against any recovery …

Don’t inadvertently waive your client’s right to a jury trial

There have been some very significant changes recently in the rules affecting when a party must demand a jury trial and post jury fees. This …

eFiling Comes to the O.C.

In a victory for efficiency, cost savings, conservation and common sense, the Orange County Superior Court now requires (effective January 1, 2013) that all documents …

More clarity (and not in a good way) regarding medical bill evidence

Two years ago, the California Supreme Court issued its landmark opinion in Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc. (2011) 52 Cal.4th 541, holding that a plaintiff …

Airbag Cases Take Center Stage Once Again

Last week, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda issued a recall on more than 3 million vehicles because of defective airbags. Auto makers have long denied major …

New Requirement Re: Justifying Privilege Objections

Until recently, when a party in litigation refused to produce certain documents on the grounds of privilege or work product, the opposing party was often …

Five Keys to Success in Dangerous Roadway Cases

The most recent issue of the Advocate, the publication of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, includes an article by Roger Booth entitled, ” Five …

Don’t Procrastinate When It Comes to Hiring Experts

The following is an excerpt from a brand new chapter on experts in the latest edition of our Personal Injury Handbook. This excerpt concerns the importance …

L.A. Superior Court Goes Back to the Future

In response to the budget crisis that is impacting all aspects of state government, the Los Angeles Superior Court announced several weeks ago that it will …

Personal Injury Handbook Revisited

We have substantially revised our practice guide Personal Injury Handbook (James Publishing). The revised version includes, among other things, a new chapter on experts and substantially revised …

Medicare Set Asides – Coming to a Civil Case Near You

For years, I had heard about Medicare Set Asides (“MSA’s”), without really quite understanding what they were or whether I needed to pay any particular …

Duty to advise clients of collateral claims

In Nichols v. Keller (1993) 15 Cal.App.4th 1672, the court held that a workers’ compensation attorney has a duty to advise a client of any …

Personal Injury Handbook favorably reviewed

Our recently-published practice guide, Personal Injury Handbook (James Publishing), received a very favorable review in the Advocate magazine, published by the Consumer Attorneys Association of …

Another blow to personal injury plaintiffs

As we discussed in a newsletter that we sent out at the end of last year, the California Supreme Court has had before it an …

Dr. Yashwant B. Giri OC Anesthesiologist Pleads Not Guilty

Yashwant B. Giri, the OC Anesthesiologist accused of molesting patients while they were unconscious, has pled not guilty to two felony counts of sexual assault. The …

Case selection – Don’t be afraid to say “no”

James Publishing has recently published a practice guide written by Larry and Roger Booth of our firm entitled Personal Injury Handbook. The following is an excerpt …

Use and Abuse of Automobile “Black Boxes”

The Toyota sudden acceleration litigation has focused public attention on the fact that many late model cars contain event data recorders (i.e., “black boxes) – …

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