Month: August 2016

Back injuries

Back injuries have contributed to more than one-quarter of workers compensation losses in California during the past decade. Most back claimants worked in such industries as manufacturing, construction, agriculture and health care.

Amiel Wade Selected as Top California Attorney

(Santa Clara, CA) June 11, 2013 – Amiel Wade founder of Wade Law Group received yet another award this week in recognition of his work as a leading California attorney. The latest award was announced earlier in the week when Wade was informed by American Lawyer Media that he remains on the updated list of California’s top attorneys.

AmericanLawyer.com is the daily destination for people looking to stay on top of the legal industry and is thought by many to be the leading daily news source covering legal business, law firms, and lawyers across the U.S. and around the world.

In an effort to assist people in need of legal representation in their selection of qualified attorneys, the American Lawyer magazine has teamed up with Martindale-Hubbell, the company that has long set the standard for lawyer ratings. Together the American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell generate a list of Top Rated Lawyers. The list is updated from time to time. The rating is based on Peer Review Ratings and the lawyer’s professional skill.

When asked what he thought of being re-selected as one of California’s top rated attorneys, Wade stated: “I am very humbled by having received the award. There are a lot of good attorneys in California and to be selected one of the top few is very rewarding”.

About Wade Law Group

Wade Law Group is a law firm that specializes in civil and business litigation (i.e. lawsuits). The firm is committed to providing superior and distinctive services second to none. The firm’s founder, Amiel Wade, is an experienced business and trial attorney who has handled several high profile cases, resulting in winning trial verdicts, one of which was over $11 million dollars. He has been endorsed by numerous attorneys, both within California and in other states. The firm’s clients include corporations and individuals involved in litigation as well as family law clients and personal injury victims.

Wade Law Group Wins Client Choice Award

The prominent Law Firm of Wade Law Group procured yet another award in the area of client satisfaction. The latest award was announced yesterday when Avvo awarded the firm the Client Choice Award for 2012 as a result of the firm having received a consistent average of 4 star reviews from the firm’s clients.

Avvo is an organization that independently rates attorneys using a mathematical model that considers the lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

When asked how he felt about the award, the Firm’s president Amiel Wade stated that “we are very pleased with the award. Our goal is to build client relationships and achieve client satisfaction second to none.”

Wade Law Group Wins the Client Choice Award

Woman Awarded $6 Million for Injuries Sustained While Crossing Street

A $6 million settlement has been awarded to a woman who suffered disabling brain injury when she was struck by a car while on a pedestrian crossing in Sacramento. Cathy Lui, just 25 years of age in 2007, when the accident occurred, was hit while on or near a crosswalk located in an “S” curve on Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento.

Liu filed a personal injury suit against the City, alleging that the curve impaired motorists’ ability to see the crosswalk. The jury hearing the case agreed with Liu and assigned 51 percent of the blame to the city, with the rest going to Liu and the motorist. It awarded more than $18 million, but the attorneys had previously agreed that Liu’s damages could not exceed $6 million.

If you are involved in a similar situation, contact a professional California civil Litigation Attorney. In the San Jose area or within California, call Amiel Wade or any attorney at Wade Law Group at (888) 909-9430 or email Amiel Wade at awade@wadelitigation.com. You may also follow Amiel Wade on twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/CABusinessLaws

#4: Involved in Litigation But Low On Funds? Retain an Attorney Who can Get Your Case Settled Fast

There are many people who need the services of an attorney, but don’t have the funds necessary to become involved in a long and drawn out lawsuit. If this sounds like you, get an attorney who will get your case ready to settle fast. When you are involved in a lawsuit, there are certain stages during the Select an attorney who will work with your budget and make every effort to get your case resolved fast. At a good law firm, if you lack the funds necessary to become involved in a long and drawn out case, the firm should take the necessary action quickly to get you a winning settlement.

Getting an expeditious and favorable settlement depends a great deal on the manner in which your attorney performs his or her work while working on your case. In order to get you to a settlement fast, your attorney will need to obtain the necessary information from the other side fast and then draft a comprehensive mediation brief which outlines your position of the case. The brief should be comprehensive and make clear why the other side should adhere to your demands. At the mediation, your attorney will need to act as an effective advocate and be able to convince a mediator and opposing counsel that it in the best interest of the other side to adhere to your demands.

The only way you can be sure to get it right is if you are represented by an experienced lawsuit attorney with the knowledge, skill, and training necessary to guide you through your case and handle all the details.

If you are involved in a lawsuit, contact a professional California civil Litigation Attorney. In the San Jose area or within California, call Amiel Wade or any attorney at Wade Law Group at (888) 909-9430 or email Amiel Wade at awade@wadelitigation.com. You may also follow Amiel Wade on twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/CABusinessLaws

#4: Involved in Litigation But Low On Funds? Retain an Attorney Who can Get Your Case Settled Fast

There are many people who need the services of an attorney, but don’t have the funds necessary to become involved in a long and drawn out lawsuit. If this sounds like you, get an attorney who will get your case ready to settle fast. When you are involved in a lawsuit, there are certain stages during the

Select an attorney who will work with your budget and make every effort to get your case resolved fast. At a good law firm, if you lack the funds necessary to become involved in a long and drawn out case, the firm should take the necessary action quickly to get you a winning settlement.

Getting an expeditious and favorable settlement depends a great deal on the manner in which your attorney performs his or her work while working on your case. In order to get you to a settlement fast, your attorney will need to obtain the necessary information from the other side fast and then draft a comprehensive mediation brief which outlines your position of the case. The brief should be comprehensive and make clear why the other side should adhere to your demands. At the mediation, your attorney will need to act as an effective advocate and be able to convince a mediator and opposing counsel that it in the best interest of the other side to adhere to your demands.

The only way you can be sure to get it right is if you are represented by an experienced lawsuit attorney with the knowledge, skill, and training necessary to guide you through your case and handle all the details.

If you are involved in a lawsuit, contact a professional California civil Litigation Attorney. In the San Jose area or within California, call Amiel Wade or any attorney at Wade Law Group at (888) 909-9430 or email Amiel Wade at awade@wadelitigation.com. You may also follow Amiel Wade on twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/CABusinessLaws

About to Become Involved in a Lawsuit? Get an Attorney Who Has Your Best Interest in Mind

f you are about to become involved in litigation, you need an attorney who has your best interest in mind. Unscrupulous attorneys can become conflicted when a client instructs them to try and end their litigation fast so that they can save money on attorney’s fees and costs.

Attorneys who think about their own interest will have no incentive to get their client out of litigation early. Instead, they may try and string the case along in order to bill the client for more fees. A good attorney will not see a conflict in achieving success for a client at the earliest possible point in time. Good attorneys realize that client satisfaction is the hallmark of success. The happier the client is, the more people the client will refer to the attorney.

If you are a client who is concerned about the amount of attorney’s fees that you might be required to pay in connection with your lawsuit, talk to your attorney first about the potential litigation costs and the attorney’s strategy for trying to get you to victory fast.

A good attorney should be able to provide you with an opinion about the strength of your case from the onset, the manner in which he or she will try to get you to victory and the time that it may take for you to get there.

If you are involved in litigation, contact a professional Litigation Attorney. In the San Jose area or within California, call Amiel Wade or any attorney at Wade Law Group at (888) 909-9430 or email Amiel Wade at awade@wadelitigation.com

Make Your Divorce an Amicable One and Save Money by Selecting One Attorney as a Neutral Mediator

If you are faced with the unfortunate circumstance of having to divorce, the smartest way to achieve your divorce, reach an amicable resolution, subject yourself to less stress, and save money, is for the two of you to retain one experienced family law attorney to act as a neutral (to help you resolve all of your issues). The neutral attorney can advise both of you about the divorce process, the custody process, inform you of the manner in which the law requires you to divide your assets, and work out your other disputes. Finally, the neutral will be able to prepare all of the necessary paperwork to help you achieve the divorce in a timely, cost efficient and amicable manner.

Most people assume a divorce means a long battle. However, it is important to keep in mind that even when becoming engaged in a battle, the most important outcome is for you to get at least what you deserve according to the law. Fortunately, you can get what you deserve by using a neutral attorney. The neutral attorney will explain exactly what you are entitled to receive by law and answer any questions that you and your spouse may have about the law and its requirements. Based on the information provided to you by your neutral, you can decide yourself whether you want to give up more than you are entitled to receive by law or instead accept exactly what you are entitled to receive.

Although you both may initially try to dissolve your marriage with a neutral, once it appears clear that a resolution will not be met, you both will need to retain your own experienced attorney, who will fight for your respective rights aggressively and make certain that you receive everything that you are entitled to. The ironic thing is, if the two of you retain experienced and aggressive attorneys, the two of you will most likely end up where you would have been had you used a neutral (a resolution where each of you has received what the law entitles you to receive). Unfortunately, you both would endured more stress and spent much more time and money to reach that resolution.

Even if you anticipate becoming involved in a long battle (because of your spouse’s temperament, attitude and/or motives), it still may be worth it for you to retain a neutral first. By trying a neutral attorney first, it may end in success, allowing you to reap all the benefits of an early and amicable resolution. On the other hand, if your experience with a neutral doesn’t work, at least you will know that you made a valiant effort to save yourself time, money and stress. You will also have educated yourself on the divorce process and your rights and will be well informed before starting your divorce litigation.
For more information on how to approach your divorce in California, contact a professional California Family Law Litigation Attorney. In the San Jose area or within California, call Amiel Wade or any attorney at Wade Law Group at (888) 909-9430 or email Amiel Wade at awade@wadelitigation.com.

California Court Mistakenly Posts Secret PG&E Settlement with Teen Girl

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. agreed to pay more than $2 million to a teenager burned in the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes, according to secret settlement documents mistakenly posted by a California court.

The documents provide the first glimpse at settlements reached by the utility in lawsuits filed by victims of the blast. Details of settlements reached with more than a quarter of the roughly 400 plaintiffs have previously been confidential, the San Mateo County Times reported on Wednesday.

The documents posted on the San Mateo County Superior Court website show the company paid the teenage girl $1.8 million and an additional $677,700 to cover her attorneys’ fees and $19,400 for medical expenses. The girl suffered second and third-degree burns in the blast that was blamed on an inferior pipeline weld. Her injuries required extensive treatment and will likely leave her with permanent scars, the lawsuit states.

The documents, sealed by court order, were filed on July 18. It was not immediately clear how they got online.

“From the clerk’s office to the IT department, something happened,” said Judge Steven Dylina, who is presiding over the girl’s case. “I don’t know where the glitch is.”

The page on the court’s website connected to the San Bruno blast was briefly shut down but was back up on Thursday.

PG&E would not say if the disclosure would impact other civil cases. Some victims have complained that lack of information about other settlement amounts has made it difficult for them to evaluate offers from the utility.

“The contents of any settlement remain confidential but we stay committed in our efforts to resolve these matters as quickly and fairly as possible,” PG&E spokeswoman Brittany Chord said last Thursday.

For information on California Business Law, contact a professional California Business Attorney. In the San Jose area or within California, call Amiel Wade at Wade Law Group at(888) 909-9430.

California Clears Way for Facebook Acquisition of Instagram

Facebook was cleared by the state of California to issue stock for its purchase of Instagram. State officials declared the transaction was “fair, just and equitable” at the conclusion of a hearing in San Francisco before the Department of Corporations. The decision was expected.

The hearing was unusual but not for California. California is one of six states that allows for companies to seek permission to issue stock rather than dealing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Facebook agreed to buy popular mobile photo-sharing app Instagram in April for $300 million in cash and nearly 23 million Facebook shares. The shares were valued at $31, making the purchase worth at the time a cool $1 billion.

The transaction is no longer worth as much after Facebook’s bungled initial public stock offering in May. The social networking giant priced its shares at $38. Since then the shares have dropped below $20.

The deal drew huge headlines because the company was so young (launched in late 2010), has only 16 employees and, as Systrom acknowledged during Wednesday’s hearing, does not make any money. Asked how Instagram makes money, Systrom said: “That’s a great question. As of right now, we do not.” Systrom, like many in Silicon Valley, said he wasn’t focused on generating revenue, just on making “something that people really loved.”

But in the end, the company that had “defaulted” to remaining independent decided the Facebook acquisition was “the right thing to do for everyone involved” considering prevailing market conditions and competition from major players, Systrom said.

None of the details that emerged at the hearing were new. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg negotiated the deal over Easter weekend with Systrom. Systrom said Instagram had talked with potential acquirers big and small but never received a formal offer. The final valuation of Instagram before the Facebook deal was “just south” of $500 million at the end of March, Systrom said.

For information on California Business Law, contact a professional California Business Attorney. In the San Jose area or within California, call Amiel Wade at Wade Law Group at(888) 909-9430.

California Defies High Business Tax Rates with Boost in Job Creation

California, which sent a delegation to Austin, Texas last year to find out how the Lone Star State had beat it in employment growth, surged ahead of Texas to lead the nation in job creation for the last two consecutive months.

Texas led California in job creation in 18 of the last 24 months, since August 2010, the first month both states posted employment gains following the longest recession since the 1930s.

Texas’s economic performance impressed California Assemblyman Dan Logue enough that the Republican from Linda organized a delegation of California lawmakers and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who was San Francisco mayor, to Austin in April 2011.

California added 365,100 nonfarm jobs in the year ending in July, a 2.6 percent increase and the state’s largest 12-month gain since 2000. Texas picked up 222,500, or 2.1 percent, according to U.S. Labor Department statistics. California also outpaced Texas the prior month.

California’s job picture reflects the depth of the recession in the state, where the economy relies more on housing and construction than energy-dependent Texas, said Christopher Thornberg, principal of Beacon Economics LLC in Los Angeles. “California got hit a lot harder than Texas during the downturn,” Thornberg said. “We hit the ground pretty hard, so you’d expect more of a bounce back.”

The increase runs counter to the notion that growth favors states with lower taxes. California, the world’s ninth-biggest economy, has the highest statewide sales tax in the U.S., at 7.25 percent. That would rise to 7.5 percent if voters approve a November ballot initiative. The income tax rate for those making $1 million or more a year, now 10.3 percent, would rise to 13.3 percent, the most of any state.

For information on California Business Law, contact a professional California Business Attorney. In the San Jose area or within California, call Amiel Wade at Wade Law Group at(888) 909-9430.

Failure of Fannie and Freddie Aiding to More California Foreclosures

Home values have fallen so much in California that almost half the people with mortgages there owe more than their homes are worth. So when federal money became available to help stem the tide of foreclosures, the state flagged that group for help. If banks would forgive some of a homeowners’ mortgage debt, the state said it would pay half, up to $50,000 of a $100,000 loan reduction. Despite the generous terms, most banks balked.

Only three homeowners have been approved for debt reduction since the program began in September 2010. A major obstacle has been that the two largest mortgage guarantors, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, will not participate in California. No loans are eligible for the state’s program if they were bought and held or securitized by the two companies, which are now under government control and guarantee more than 70 percent of the country’s home loans.

About one in five homeowners with a mortgage is underwater, and the total amount of negative equity is estimated at $700 billion to $800 billion. While many of those borrowers are coping with self-inflicted wounds, the problem is not limited to subprime loans. Among mortgages backed by Fannie and Freddie, a vast majority of which are prime, the percentage of underwater homeowners is virtually the same as the percentage among all mortgages.

For more information on California Business Law, contact a professional California Business Attorney. In the San Jose area or within California, call Amiel Wade at Wade Law Group at(888) 909-9430.