Christopher B. Dolan

California law has strict legal prohibitions against inappropriate behavior during therapy. (Courtesy photo)

Patients hurt by abuse of power

This week’s question comes from Harriette in Marin, who asks: Q: “I…

California law has strict legal prohibitions against inappropriate behavior during therapy. (Courtesy photo)
If a plaintiff dies during the process of bringing legal action against another, the “survival statutes” prevent the extinction of the cause of action of the injured person and provide for its enforcement by or against the representative of the deceased. (Courtesy photo)

Survival actions and wrongful death scenarios

This week’s question comes from Mike B., who asks: Q: “What happens…

If a plaintiff dies during the process of bringing legal action against another, the “survival statutes” prevent the extinction of the cause of action of the injured person and provide for its enforcement by or against the representative of the deceased. (Courtesy photo)
With probable cause, a storekeeper may detain a shoplifting suspect for a reasonable amount of time to conduct an investigation in a reasonable manner. (Courtesy photo)

The thin line between lawful detention and false imprisonment

This week’s question comes from Lionel T. in South San Francisco, who…

With probable cause, a storekeeper may detain a shoplifting suspect for a reasonable amount of time to conduct an investigation in a reasonable manner. (Courtesy photo)
California Civil Code makes it illegal to sell a gift certificate that contains an expiration date. (Courtesy photo)

California law protects gift card users

This week’s question was first published in 2013, and comes from Kim…

California Civil Code makes it illegal to sell a gift certificate that contains an expiration date. (Courtesy photo)
Questions about salary history can perpetuate the pay gap between men and women. (Courtesy photo)

Employers soon prohibited from asking about wage history

This week’s question comes from Sharon in Santa Rosa, who writes: Q:…

Questions about salary history can perpetuate the pay gap between men and women. (Courtesy photo)
A proposed amendment to California Vehicle Code would require that the registered owner of an autonomous vehicle take responsibility for ensuring the latest manufacture updates are installed in the vehicle. (Courtesy graphic)

Manufacturers should stand behind automated vehicle technology

This week’s column is the second in my series on current and…

A proposed amendment to California Vehicle Code would require that the registered owner of an autonomous vehicle take responsibility for ensuring the latest manufacture updates are installed in the vehicle. (Courtesy graphic)
A “driverless” Uber vehicle is seen during a test drive in San Francisco. (Aleah Fajardo/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Software companies race against car manufacturers to corner automation market

This week’s column covers recent developments in laws and regulations concerning automated…

A “driverless” Uber vehicle is seen during a test drive in San Francisco. (Aleah Fajardo/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Pedestrians stroll though a rainbow crosswalk at 18th and Castro streets in San Francisco on June 1, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

California stands firm in affording equal rights to all

This week’s question comes from Debbie D. in the Castro, who writes:…

Pedestrians stroll though a rainbow crosswalk at 18th and Castro streets in San Francisco on June 1, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Employers in California must allow leave of up to four months, as needed, to pregnant employees. (Courtesy photo)

Employers must provide leave to pregnant employees

This week’s question comes from Trish W. in West Portal, who writes:…

Employers in California must allow leave of up to four months, as needed, to pregnant employees. (Courtesy photo)
Firefighters watch a fire burn along the slope on Highway 29 in Calistoga on Oct. 12, 2017. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

If PG&E knew of unsafe conditions, utility company may be liable in North Bay fires

This week’s question comes from Tom M. in the Excelsior, who writes:…

Firefighters watch a fire burn along the slope on Highway 29 in Calistoga on Oct. 12, 2017. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
In California, road-rage is treated as an assault with a deadly weapon, and the punishment is imprisonment for up to four years in jail and fines of up to $10,000 per incident. (Courtesy photo)

Violent crash in Marin highlights severity of road-rage penalties

This week’s question comes from John in Marin, who asks: Q: “I…

In California, road-rage is treated as an assault with a deadly weapon, and the punishment is imprisonment for up to four years in jail and fines of up to $10,000 per incident. (Courtesy photo)
Employers cannot prohibit employees from disclosing their own wages, discussing the wages of others, inquiring about another employee’s wages or aiding or encouraging any other employee to exercise his or her rights. (Courtesy photo)

Legal steps to combat wage discrimination

This week’s question comes from Tina in Noe Valley, who asks: Q:…

Employers cannot prohibit employees from disclosing their own wages, discussing the wages of others, inquiring about another employee’s wages or aiding or encouraging any other employee to exercise his or her rights. (Courtesy photo)
To ride a Scoot vehicle, new members must participate in an in-person tutorial or watch an online 20-minute instructional video. (Kevin Kelleher/2015 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Scoot vehicles cruise through legal loophole

This week’s question comes from James in the Sunset, who asks: Q:…

To ride a Scoot vehicle, new members must participate in an in-person tutorial or watch an online 20-minute instructional video. (Kevin Kelleher/2015 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Assembly Bill 51 would prompt the California Highway Patrol to develop educational guidelines relating to motorcycle lane-splitting. (Courtesy photo)

Lane-splitting, minimum wage among California’s top new laws

At about this time every year, the legislative session in California is…

Assembly Bill 51 would prompt the California Highway Patrol to develop educational guidelines relating to motorcycle lane-splitting. (Courtesy photo)
If your neighbors treat their property like a junkyard, San Francisco’s blight reduction ordinance may be able to provide some relief. (Courtesy photo)

Landowners have an obligation to address ‘blighted’ conditions

This week’s question comes from Jim J. in the Excelsior, who asks:…

If your neighbors treat their property like a junkyard, San Francisco’s blight reduction ordinance may be able to provide some relief. (Courtesy photo)
Statistics show that as much as 25 percent of the vehicles on the road are uninsured. (Courtesy photo)

Insurance premiums well worth the protection

This week’s question comes from Bob in Los Angeles, who writes: Q:…

Statistics show that as much as 25 percent of the vehicles on the road are uninsured. (Courtesy photo)
A counter protester who got hit with a stick by an alt-right member is covered with blood on his face on Aug. 12, in Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va. (Go Nakamura/Zuma Press/TNS)

Free speech is test of faith in US Constitution

This week’s question comes from Craig in San Francisco, who writes: Q:…

A counter protester who got hit with a stick by an alt-right member is covered with blood on his face on Aug. 12, in Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va. (Go Nakamura/Zuma Press/TNS)
In the wrong combination, cars, water, soap and machinery can be deadly. (Courtesy photo)

Can I collect from a car wash collision?

This week’s question comes from Karen in the East Bay, who writes:…

In the wrong combination, cars, water, soap and machinery can be deadly. (Courtesy photo)
Most personal car insurance policies have exceptions that deny coverage if the vehicle is used for a commercial purpose. (Courtesy photo)

Coverage confusion for injured delivery driver

This week’s question comes from Ray in the Sunset District, who writes:…

Most personal car insurance policies have exceptions that deny coverage if the vehicle is used for a commercial purpose. (Courtesy photo)
San Franciscans gathered at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro District last week to decry tweets by President Donald Trump about his intentions to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Can Trump legally ban transgender people from military service?

This week’s question comes from Dustin in San Francisco, who writes: Q:…

San Franciscans gathered at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro District last week to decry tweets by President Donald Trump about his intentions to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)