No In Camera Review of Bills and Time Entries

John Cu 
John Cu
February 28, 2014

This is the third in our series of recent case reports:

California Civil Code section 1747.08 (Song-Beverly Credit Act of 1971) prohibits retailers from requesting or requiring as a condition of accepting a credit card as payment that the cardholder provide “personal identification information” that is then recorded in some fashion. In Pineda v. Williams Sonoma (2011) 51 Cal.4th 524, 527-528, the Supreme Court held that a person’s ZIP code constitutes “personal identification information” within the meaning of CC section 1747.08.

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Actual Knowledge Won’t Cure Defective Service of Process

Michele Trausch 
Michele Trausch
February 21, 2014

Homeward designated CT Corp. System as its agent for service of process. Ramos filed suit against Homeward and sent his process server to Homeward’s Irvine branch office. The process server asked for the person in charge, handed her the summons and complaint–despite her statement that she was not authorized to accept service–and then mailed a copy to the Irvine office addressed only to Homeward, as he had not obtained the woman’s name.

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Consequences for Late Responses to Requests for Admission

Michele Trausch 
Michele Trausch
February 19, 2014

St. Mary v. Superior Court (Schellenberg) 14 CDOS 1242 (1/31/14)

Lisa St. Mary gave her life savings to a company based on a radio ad she had heard; the company promised to invest in renovating real property. St. Mary lost her investment, the company went bankrupt, and she sued its principals for fraud.

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