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Author Archives: Geoffrey Stover

COVID-19 Litigation Update

The first wave of COVID-19 litigation has already started working its way through the courts. The federal dockets are jammed with habeas corpus petitions from inmates seeking early release from custody based on coronavirus health risks. Civil litigants have also fired their first proverbial shots in state and federal courts. This article focuses on three […]

“Irresistible Superhuman Cause”

Contractual Rights and Obligations in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic (For the full blog with citations please click here) As of this writing in early April 2020, we are witnessing a deepening global health and economic crisis.  We are all focused on our loved ones and groceries and the latest news.  But this too […]

A Practical Guide to the Anti-SLAPP Statute: How to Avoid Litigation Purgatory (or Shorten Your Stay)

In 1992, California enacted the anti-“SLAPP” (strategic lawsuits against public participation) statute to combat “lawsuits brought primarily to chill the valid exercise of the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and petition for the redress of grievances.”[1]  By definition, a SLAPP suit is an abuse of the judicial process — the plaintiff does not expect […]

What to Do When an Employee Becomes a Competitor

A Guide for Businesses Large and Small. Immediate First Steps When key personnel leave to start or to join a competing business, there is often a scramble to save clients and to focus on damage control.  The company should also immediately undertake two measures to preserve its legal rights. First, the company should take steps […]