June 14, 2013

Delays, Costs Rise As Next Round Of Court Cuts Arrives

Justice won’t be denied, but it’s sure to be delayed as the largest justice system in the state gets smaller this week. Los Angeles County Superior Court is eliminating 511 jobs as part of a plan to close a projected $85-million budget shortfall for the next fiscal year, the Los Angeles Times reports. Layoff notices are expected to be delivered to employees June 14. Some positions will simply go unfilled, 177 people will lose their jobs, and an additional 139 people will receive demotions and pay cuts, while 223 people will be transferred to new work locations, court officials announced June 11. Including this round of cuts, the court has lost 1,398 positions since 2008, according to court spokeswoman Mary Hearn. With its annual operating budget last year of $734 million, Presiding Judge David S. Wesley (pictured at right), said the cuts he’s made address about $56 million of the shortfall. In a deal with legislators, Gov. Jerry Brown agreed this week to restore $63 million to the courts in the state budget that will take effect July 1. But the additional funds — of which L.A. County is projected receive about a third — will not stop the cuts […]
June 14, 2013

EP Congratulates: Law Offices of Bruce G. Fagel

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June 12, 2013

EP Congratulates: Kenneth M. Sigelman & Associates and Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo

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June 3, 2013

EP Congratulates: Law Offices Of Bruce G. Fagel

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May 27, 2013

Ep Congratulates: John J. Vecchione Law, PLLC And Girardi | Keese

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May 17, 2013

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May 15, 2013

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May 7, 2013

Whittier Law School Offers Practice Courtroom For Real Trials

With severe budget reductions drastically affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of California’s court system, one area law school is combating the cutbacks by offering its new $2-million practice courtroom on campus as an official legal venue. Costa Mesa’s Whittier Law School has announced it will host public court proceedings, including trials and arbitration hearings in its recently completed Kiesel Advocacy Center, a 4,400-square-foot courtroom (pictured at right) that contains a 134-seat spectator gallery, a jury deliberation room, and judge’s chamber. The state-of-the-art facility, which opened last month is named after Whittier graduate Paul Kiesel, senior partner with Kiesel + Larson LLP, who serves as co-chair of the Open Courts Coalition a bipartisan group of lawyers actively lobbying Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature to reverse the cuts made to the state’s courts. “In the last five years, the courts’ budget has been cut by $1 billion,” Kiesel, told the Los Angeles Times, adding that the cutbacks have resulted in a backlog of 20,000 personal-injury cases in Los Angeles County alone. Calling it “uncharted territory,” Kiesel said he hopes to ease the stress on the financially burdened court system by hosting public proceedings at the private school. “It should quite frankly be […]
May 6, 2013

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April 16, 2013

Nordella v. Anthem Blue Cross: Doctor Wins Suit Against Healthcare Insurer

In a rare case, a Los Angeles jury has awarded $3.8 million to Dr. Jeffrey Nordella, a primary care physician for 22 years, and an ardent patient advocate. Calling it a “warning to health plans,” Thomson Reuters reports that the verdict last week could encourage future legal challenges by physicians against health insurance companies. “This verdict sends a message to doctors that they have a voice. They can stand up and fight back against insurers,” said Nordella’s lawyer, Theresa Barta, principal at the Law Offices of Theresa Barta in Newport Beach. “This is a huge win, not only for my client, but for all physicians.” Nordella, the medical director of Porter Ranch Quality Care in the San Fernando Valley, sued Anthem Blue Cross in 2010 after the health insurance company turned down his application to join its preferred provider network. In rejecting his application, the largest for-profit health insurer in California said it had no need for another general practitioner in its network. Nordella claimed that Anthem Blue Cross unlawfully excluded him because he advocates for patient care. Graphic: Timeline of Dr. Nordella’s Career (click the image for a larger version). On April 10, after a six-week trial, the jury […]