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The Legal Lessons Learned from the Fight against Big Tobacco

You may have heard the commercials, the ones that end with the dramatic warning: NICOTINE IS BRAIN POISON.

Launched by the Tobacco Control Program of the California Department of Public Health, the Flavors Hook Kids campaign seeks to educate the public about the country’s newest epidemic-teen vaping. Listeners learn that…


A Case of Gender Pay Discrimination in Silicon Valley

As a Director of Sales Operations of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company (HPE), R. Ross regularly encountered financial and personnel documents, some of which revealed confidential details about the salaries of her male colleagues.

She began to notice a pattern.

It appeared as…


How the Community Redevelopment Law Paves the Way for a Gentrified Los Angeles

Its design resembles an ocean liner, with rounded edges and porthole windows. The building is surrounded by a small village of bungalows, a commercial complex constructed in 1936 by Robert V. Derrah, the architect behind the Coca-Cola Building in Los Angeles. This is the Crossroads of the World.

This cluster…


Gilead Sciences, HIV Antiretrovirals, and the Pursuit of Profit

Over the summer, a series of pharmaceutical product liability actions have been brought to California state courts against Gilead Sciences, Inc., …


A new law will go into effect across California on January 1, 2020. California Senate Bill 188 revises the definition of race articulated in the Fair Employment and Housing Act (1959). This definition will now include hair texture and protective hairstyles-traits historically associated with race.

Senate Bill 188 creates an…


(Visit here for my first look at 170.6.)

Everyone knows that a lawyer must understand the legal thresholds applicable to their cases. However, it is just as important that a lawyer understands their judge-their background, their preferences, their tendencies. This is the information through which a lawyer can map an…


“What’s happening all across this country is that lawyers are filing baseless suits against hospitals and doctors,” began George W. Bush to a room filled with medical professionals and industry allies. “That’s just a plain fact. And they’re doing it for a simple reason. They know the medical liability system…


Enacted in 1957, Section 170.6 of the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) granted litigants the opportunity to peremptorily disqualify a superior court judge from presiding over their case. This disqualification requires no justification other than a litigant stating that the assigned judge is prejudiced against the attorney, the attorney’s…


As the legal tech sector intensifies its global expansion, governments around the world are grappling with ethical, technical, and political questions about public access to electronic court records. The digitization of these records has allowed artificial intelligence and machine learning companies to collect this public data, synthesizing it in ways that allow them to model how individual judges rule on particular types of matters.

On March 23, 2019, the French government intervened in the debate, passing a law that bans the publication of statistical information derived from judicial analytics. Article 33 of the Justice Reform Act prohibits anyone from revealing the patterns of a judge and their rulings, threatening a five-year prison sentence as the maximum punishment.

Mon dieu!

(Thankfully Trellis isn’t planning on going abroad….)

Originally published at https://blog.trellis.law.

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