Chris Dolan

Protesters rally in support of data privacy outside the Apple store in San Francsico on Feb. 23. in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Protect yourself from digital intrusion

This week’s question comes from Joel F. in Berkeley, who asks: Q:…

Protesters rally in support of data privacy outside the Apple store in San Francsico on Feb. 23. in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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A brazen approach to autonomous vehicles

This week’s question comes from Adrian H. in San Francisco, who asks:…

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has refused to comply with FBI demands to provide a "backdoor" into the company's technology for fear of how the access could be used in the future. (Richard Drew/2015 AP)

Taking a byte out of the FBI

This week’s question comes from Angie W. in San Francisco, who asks:…

Apple CEO Tim Cook has refused to comply with FBI demands to provide a "backdoor" into the company's technology for fear of how the access could be used in the future. (Richard Drew/2015 AP)
A woman, later identified as a Berkeley resident, was hit by a car driven by an employee of the City and County of San Francisco on Feb. 5. She died from her injuries the following day. (Courtesy Brittany Hopkins/Hoodline)

Exempt license plates only absolve taxes, fees

This week’s question comes from the family of a young woman who…

A woman, later identified as a Berkeley resident, was hit by a car driven by an employee of the City and County of San Francisco on Feb. 5. She died from her injuries the following day. (Courtesy Brittany Hopkins/Hoodline)
The passage of Proposition 213 in 1996 restricted the rights of uninsured motorists recovering for pain and suffering under certain circumstances. (Courtesy photo)

Prop 213 limits victim’s ability to recoup damages

This week’s question comes from T.J. in the Outer Sunset, who asks:…

The passage of Proposition 213 in 1996 restricted the rights of uninsured motorists recovering for pain and suffering under certain circumstances. (Courtesy photo)
California law protects employees, who are parents or legal guardians, from being discriminated against when it comes to taking off time from work for the purpose of participating in school-related activities. (Courtesy photo)

Dolan: Parental rights protected in the workplace

This week’s question comes from Anna K. in The Avenues, who writes:…

California law protects employees, who are parents or legal guardians, from being discriminated against when it comes to taking off time from work for the purpose of participating in school-related activities. (Courtesy photo)
Senate Commerce Committee member Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. holds an example of the defective airbag made by Takata of Japan that has been linked to multiple deaths and injuries in cars driven in the U.S. during a November 2014 hearing on Capitol Hill. (J. Scott Applewhite/2014 AP)

Dolan: Stay informed about airbag deployment dangers

This week’s question comes from Randolf G. in the Sunset, who asks:…

Senate Commerce Committee member Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. holds an example of the defective airbag made by Takata of Japan that has been linked to multiple deaths and injuries in cars driven in the U.S. during a November 2014 hearing on Capitol Hill. (J. Scott Applewhite/2014 AP)
A California Highway Patrol investigator examines the scene of a fatal Greyhound bus crash on Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose. The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101, according to the San Jose Fire Department. (Noah Berger/AP)

Driver fatigue a significant safety threat

This week’s question comes from Marisol S. in South San Francisco, who…

A California Highway Patrol investigator examines the scene of a fatal Greyhound bus crash on Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose. The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101, according to the San Jose Fire Department. (Noah Berger/AP)
California has recently enacted new laws to govern the use of hoverboards. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Hoverboard laws comparable to vehicle code

This week’s question is about last week’s column on hoverboards. It comes…

California has recently enacted new laws to govern the use of hoverboards. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Emergency rooms across the nation have seen a spike in patients who have injured themselves riding hoverboards. (Stephen Brashear/AP)

Manufacturer may be liable for hoverboard injuries

This week’s question comes from Gary in Berkley, who writes: Q: I…

Emergency rooms across the nation have seen a spike in patients who have injured themselves riding hoverboards. (Stephen Brashear/AP)

Dolan: ‘Reasonable’ force an increasingly relevant topic

This week’s question comes from Marvin in the East Bay, who asks:…

Actor Charlie Sheen appears during an interview, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 on NBC's "Today" in New York.  (Peter Kramer/NBC via AP)

Dolan: Sheen case prompts disclosure questions

This week’s question comes from Jerry K. of the Castro, who asks:…

Actor Charlie Sheen appears during an interview, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 on NBC's "Today" in New York.  (Peter Kramer/NBC via AP)
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Arbitration agreements tend to favor authors

After my article on arbitration in the Oct. 29 issue of the…

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The Americans with Disabilities Act says employers must allow a person with a disability to keep working with reasonable accommodations. (Courtesy Photo)

Dolan: Communication is key to workers’ compensation

This week’s question comes from Marcus L., who asks: Q: I hurt…

The Americans with Disabilities Act says employers must allow a person with a disability to keep working with reasonable accommodations. (Courtesy Photo)
A lawsuit may be brought against a business that refuses to provide services or sexually discriminates against a potential customer in any way. (Courtesy of Dolan Law Firm)

Dolan: Law protects from sexual discrimination

This week’s question comes from Gina J. of Los Angeles, who asks:…

A lawsuit may be brought against a business that refuses to provide services or sexually discriminates against a potential customer in any way. (Courtesy of Dolan Law Firm)
A Labor Commission's ruling on a case where an Uber driver was named an "employee" doesn't apply to all drivers. (Courtesy Dolan Law Firm)

Dolan: Labor ruling has little impact on Uber drivers

This week’s question comes from Alicia M. in Berkeley, who asks: Q:…

A Labor Commission's ruling on a case where an Uber driver was named an "employee" doesn't apply to all drivers. (Courtesy Dolan Law Firm)
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Time short to find new facility for Jahi McMath

The family of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from…

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