Is a convenience store that sells alcohol to a minor liable for injuries caused when the minor, drunk and driving, injures or kills another? The answer is likely "yes."  I had an interesting call about such a fact pattern and did a little research to find a similar fact pattern, and there are plenty of them out there.

Generally, a


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 This week I had to write that "sorry, but I cannot take your civil rights case" letter to a man who had been badly assaulted in prison.  In Idaho over the past year there have been a number of lawsuits filed by prisoners and lawyers on their behalf for damages they received when the prison failed to protect them from


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 Almost forgot about this one – Charles Hartman – pled guilty to sexual abuse of a minor in 2007. On January 13th a jury awarded his victim $1.9 million. Boise lawyer Walt Bithell represented the victim, who was 16 at the time she was molested. Speaking about the role of the civil case:

"The civil case is designed to do


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 When I was at the Trial Lawyers College I met Daniel Rodriguez – a mild mannered civil rights lawyer from Bakersfield CA. He showed me there that he was simply one of the greatest story tellers in the class and undoubtedly one of the great trial lawyers in the country. He has a home town style that quickly captivates those


Continue Reading Jury Awards $31M for Drunk Driving Victim

 In another one of those confusing 9th Circuit fraud decisions – the Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions and sentences of three men who summoned the likes of Charles Ponzi and swindled 1700 investors out of $40 million. In US v. Treadwell the Court upheld an instruction  that “intent to defraud is an intent to deceive or cheat,” and


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 In the past week or so, two men were killed while riding their bikes in Boise.  Tonight, a third cyclist was struck by a car near Fairview and Amber streets.  How does it happen that drivers continue to injure and kill persons riding their bikes lawfully, on Boise streets? I have to confess that I ride on Boise streets almost


Continue Reading A Third Bicyclist Hit – This Time Injured

 I had an interesting call this past week inquiring about potential civil liability for a wrongful death at a ski area. This call reminded me of the tragedy surrounding Natasha Richardson’s death last March when she suffered head injuries at a ski area. A few years ago, Mel Orchard (an attorney at Gerry Spence’s shop) and I tried a similar


Continue Reading Off Topic – Ski Area Liability for Wrongful Death

 I am working on my response to a motion to dismiss a civil case under Rule 12(c), which permits a judgment on the pleadings to be granted when, taking all the allegations as true, the moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.  This is a civil case, and the practice in civil cases is different than


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