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Update on our appeal in the 9th Circuit Volkswagen Diesel Fraud Case

The Appellate Panel consolidated our Bosch appeal with the Volkswagen appeal and a decision should be announced soon.  If successful the appeal would set aside the largest consumer fraud settlement in history while leaving Volkswagen on the hook.  The settlement allowed Volkswagen to "hide and conceal" claims from the Court and Settlement Master Robert Mueller. 
We filed an action in Butte County yesterday with the intent of having a jury decide punitive damages. We would be the first party to bring the defeat device case to jury trial.  Peer reviewed studies proved thousands of people with lung diseases died from the fraud.  


Happy Mother's Day!

May 13, 2018
The strongest force in the Universe is the Love of a Mother. There's a scene in Disney's African Cats where a cheetah mother defends her cubs from two male lions. I can't watch this scene without losing it. Happy Mother's Day! 


Our Nanny Media

May 4, 2018

"By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community."

-Oscar Wilde

"Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it."

- John Hersey

"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."

- Thomas Jefferson

Sadly, our community is losing a battle with criminals, unethical politicians, judges who commit perjury for money, and  lawyers who...

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Open Letter to Judge Killoran

April 30, 2018

Our community is flooded with pedophiles because Humboldt is an oasis for child molesters thanks to corrupt judges who share your ideology.  A search on Megan’s List will demonstrate how grave this problem is in our community.  Your children are grown so perhaps this does not concern you. 

I have practiced at the Humboldt Court for 5 years and other courts for 13 years.  The Humboldt Court is absolutely corrupt. Your firm markets itself as a premier criminal defense firm.  Last year, your...

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Humboldt's Identity Crises

April 21, 2018
The only reason Humboldt County is on anyone's cultural map is because a few hippies planted some cannabis seeds here in the 1970's. The Founders brought the seeds back from Afghanistan, planted the seeds, and nurtured the seeds into Humboldt cannabis, creating a legend. Their culture of denying modern society's routines and customs enabled the Founders to focus on a plant. Their livelihood was tied directly to their ability to produce a quality product. On this level, the Founders were no di...
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County's NOV Process is a Fiscal Disaster

April 14, 2018
The County has a new NOV process. The County voted to impose fines of $10,000 a day while having a new side business of McGeorge Law School serve as administrative judge via a Skype connection. 

Nearly all of the NOV's are supported by aerial images from Terra Server.  Because the bulk of legal issues in Humboldt are criminal in nature, the County has a deficit of lawyers with civil litigation experience, including the private sector. For some time, the County did not realize the Terra Server ...
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The Problem with Easy Money

March 31, 2018
Humboldt has a new industry of consultants and professionals soliciting the cannabis industry. When talking to most of these folks they throw out the term "easy money" as their motivation.  Easy profit is their end game.  

Profits are made quarterly but reputations are formed over years.  The seduction of easy money causes professionals to chase a dollar instead of developing a long term strategy for their clients and themselves. Manhard Consulting is a good example

Easy money will start to c...

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Congress passes the Cloud Act clouded in secrecy

March 28, 2018
The DOJ has not been able to reach data from US citizens stored in foreign servers. Microsoft stores data from US clients including emails offshore in places like Ireland. Microsoft is before the Supreme Court challenging the DOJ's right to access the data stored on foreign servers. With the passage of the Cloud Act last night this case will likely be dismissed as moot. 

Privacy right's groups are saying the Cloud Act will expose US citizens to privacy breaches, since emails can be handed over...
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The First Amendment is still First

March 24, 2018
The expansion of the First Amendment over the past decade has eclipsed all the other fundamental rights. Only one Court can universally expand the boundaries of the First Amendment, which is the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court is hearing argument on Nation Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra.  The case involves a California law requiring religious based pregnancy centers to display notices for access to state funded abortions. The centers argue the law infringes on their right o...
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Do you have a conflict with conflict?

March 22, 2018

"A soul is forged in the fires of adversity, not comfort" - Jana Oliver

I've been a lawyer for 13 years and it took me 10 years to stop avoiding conflict.  My fear of conflict was not the result of making others angry. I feared conflict because it exposed my own inner demons. 

When attempting to obtain a goal through conflict, your weakness are exposed to yourself, and potentially your adversary.  Your adversary will attempt to exploit weaknesses which acts as a mirror to your objective self. E...
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Has the Court-Clog Crises Been Solved?

March 17, 2018
Last week, Humboldt Superior Court opened the jury assembly room to conduct a civil jury trial. Previously, the Court blamed the court-clog problem on not having enough rooms. The Court informed media outlets last year that it was desperately seeking more room to conduct civil trials. The lack of a venue to resolve civil disputes has caused a dramatic spike in crime, which is profitable to many including the Court. 

The Court recently agreed to use the jury assembly room as a courtroom as a fa...
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Humboldt Behind the Fog

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