Entries by Crysta Dwyer

CARE TO BE TAKEN WHEN REFUSING A REQUEST FOR ENTRY OF SERVICE ANIMAL

            I have written in earlier columns about the importance of honoring a request made by a disabled person for a guide dog, signal dog or service dog. Apparently, a certain homeowner association did not get the message.             A new Nevada case, Sanzaro v. Ardiente Homeowners Association, underscores the point. ANGEL: NOT A MERE […]

NEITHER UNIVERSITY NOR NATIONAL FRATERNITY LIABLE FOR INJURY TO PARTY GOER

            Underage drinking at fraternity parties and events, a historical reality on college campuses throughout the country is unacceptable and can be legally disastrous – especially when it results in serious injury or death. Today’s column discusses a case resulting from an incident at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (“SAE”) fraternity chapter at the University of […]

REGISTER AS AN ORGAN DONOR – THIS MONTH

As most of you faithful Law Review readers know, more or less every April — National Donate Life Month — we do an organ and tissue donor column. This message bears repeating.             Well over 100,000 people in the United States are in need of an immediate organ transplant. On average, 20 people die every […]

REAL ESTATE AGENT’S (OBVIOUS) DUTY TO DISCLOSE

            As every real estate agent knows, agents have a duty to disclose all material matters affecting the value or desirability of the property that they know of or should know of. So, when I read the case of Ryan v. Real Estate of the Pacific, Inc. (Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty) I was shocked at […]

PARTISAN GERRYMANDERING – RIGGING ELECTIONS – BEFORE THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

            “This case involves the most extreme partisan gerrymander to rig congressional elections that has ever been presented to this court since the one-person/one-vote cases.”             The lawyer challenging North Carolina’s fraudulent and partisan redistricting of Congressional elections to favor Republicans opened his argument with that line. A true statement. “RIGGING ELECTIONS”             Retired Supreme […]

PASSING A VEHICLE IS ONLY LEGAL IF SAFE

Driving in the Sierra, especially in the winter with ice and snow, justifies defensive driving and requires particular attention and unique skill.             After you read today’s column, I hope you will drive a little more carefully and focus on safety, not speed. PASSING TWO CARS AT NIGHT             Defendant Marco Escarcega was driving at […]

ARRESTING HOMELESS – CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT?

“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal their bread.” Anatole France.             I’ve always loved that quote from the Red Lily.             Todays Law Review discusses a federal lawsuit filed by six homeless residents of the City of Boise. […]

RESIDENTIAL LEASES CAN BE TRICKY

Landlords, listen up because many of you are making mistakes in your residential lease notices, which is understandable given the complexity of California laws – forever adding new notice requirements for residential landlords. 30 VERSUS 60-DAY NOTICE For about a million years, residential landlords and tenants in month-to-month tenancies were required to give 30-day notices […]