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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – Bay Area courthouses are currently closed as a result of the Carona Virus pandemic. The following is our understanding of closures as of March 20, 2020:

ALAMEDA COUNTY –  Closed for civil matters through at least April 7. All eviction matters postponed.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY – Most operations closed through April 1.

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY –  Court operations significantly reduced through April 15. All eviction matters (except due to violence) stayed for 90 days.

SAN MATEO COUNTY – Most operations closed until through April 14. Current eviction matters postponed to at least April 9.

SANTA CLARA – Santa Clara County has suspended most functions indefinitely – to check status, see: http://www.scscourt.org/online_services/case_info.shtml.

A LEGAL INFORMATION RESOURCE FOR CALIFORNIA CONSUMERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS

Bayconsumerlaw.com is a public service sponsored by the Law Office of David W. Martin that provides an introduction to the litigation process and an overview of a variety of legal issues frequently faced by consumers and small businesses. The information contained herein is intended to educate visitors about important fundamental legal concepts and issues.

The general information provided on this website is intended to introduce the reader to the litigation process and provide and introduction to various bodies of business and consumer-related law. The information contained on this site is not intended as a substitute for legal advice.

Relevant Issues / Meaningful Content

The topics and situations discussed on this site are the result of a compilation of  real-life issues confronted by actual clients, from questions posed by visitors to the site, and from the practical experiences of contributing legal professionals. The outline below summarizes the topics discussed in the various site-navigation categories.

     OVERVIEW     

OVERVIEW OF THE LITIGATION PROCESS

The OVERVIEW section of this site contains general information about the litigation process, as well as possible alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options, and common-sense strategies that may help to avoid legal conflicts. We also discuss collection of judgments and tips for finding the right lawyer for your particular case.

     BUSINESS    

BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION TOPICS

Our BUSINESS section discusses entity formation for corporations, LLCs and other business forms, and circumstances where the law can  “pierce the veil” of limited liability protection. This section also provides an overview of contract disputes, as well as shareholder/partnership issues, and provides information about the risks associated with third-party tort liability.

    CONSUMER    

CONSUMER RIGHTS & PROTECTIONS

The CONSUMER section provides an introduction to various bodies of law that are designed to enhance fairness for consumers and public safety such as antitrust, fair debt collection, financial elder abuse, lending regulations, and products liability law; and provides links to federal and state consumer protection agencies.

  EMPLOYMENT 

EMPLOYMENT & WORKPLACE ISSUES

The EMPLOYMENT section covers a wide-range of job-related topics. There is a section discussing prohibited types of employment discrimination, and an overview of wrongful termination / “at will” employment under California law. We discuss a variety of common employment contract provisions, and summarize California’s wage & hour restrictions and regulations.

      HOUSING     

RIGHTS OF HOMEOWNERS AND RENTERS

The HOUSING section provides vital housing-related information. The HOMEOWNERS section discusses lending regulations, strategies to avoid foreclosure, and other relevant issues. For RENTERS, there is an overview of landlord / tenant law and a discussion of various rights and responsibilities applicable to rental properties such as local rent control, the implied warranty of habitability and rules governing security deposits.

      INJURIES      

COMPENSATION FOR INJURIES & ACCIDENTS

Our INJURIES section provides an introduction to accidents and the law of negligence, as well as strict products liability for manufacturing, design and warning defects. There is a section discussing liability for dog and other animal-related damage, as well as an overview of workplace injuries & workers’ compensation law. We also outline the legal framework that determines whether punitive damages might be awarded.

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    While this website attempts to provide up-to-date and practical information, it is not intended as legal advice and should not be relied on for any specific legal problem. If you are confronted with a situation that requires the advice of an attorney, you should consult with a qualified specialist in the relevant area. Many county bar associations have legal referral services, and the California State Bar will provide a list of authorized legal referral services that can help you find a qualified specialist in the relevant field of law.