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R. Sebastian Gibson

R. Gibson’s Legal Guides

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  • Despite The New Calorie Information Law In Restaurants in California, Menus Are Still Calorie-Laden

    While states have been passing laws requiring restaurants to post the calories in the foods they serve, a new study has come out that indicates that the menus at these same restaurants are nearly the same in terms of calories than they were before the laws were passed. While th...

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  • Ban on Plastic Bags at Stores Is Getting Closer to Becoming Law in California

    When AB 1998 was passed last week in late May 2010, a ban on plastic bags from grocery stores and other types of stores became a little closer to becoming law. Every year Californians alone use 19 billion plastic bags and only 5% of them are recycled. In the past few years ...

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  • New Seat Belt Violation Fees in California Are Now Up to $445 If A Child Under 16 Is Unbelted

    Seat belt violation fines have gone up in California. Again. The minimum fine for an adult is now $142. But that's not the half of it. The fine for children under the age of 16, however, is now $445 for a first time offense. No, the child won't be fined. Their piggy banks w...

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  • The Legal Responsibility of BP to Pay for Damages Caused by the Oil Spill

    In view of the magnitude of the catastrophe off the coast of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida caused by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it is almost inconceivable that under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, an oil company's liability for economic damages to communiti...

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  • Russia’s New International Law of the Sea in Dealing with Pirates

    Leave it to Russia to come up with a new way of dealing with pirates off the coast of Somalia. When a merchant ship was attacked by pirates in May 2010, a Russian naval destroyer came to the rescue. The Russians demanded that the pirates give up. They refused. The Russians o...

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  • California RESPA Law and the California Act's Prohibition Against Kickbacks And Fee Splitting

    RESPA In 1974, Congress enacted RESPA, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act primarily to address abusive practices, promote greater understanding to home buyers and to prohibit practices such as kickbacks or referral fees that result in higher costs. Efforts began in ear...

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  • The Changing Publishing Industry in American and Internationally

    The publishing world is changing rapidly. No one knows what the book publishing and book selling landscape will look like if another major book chain closes all their stores. Then there is the affect on the publishing business by the "big-box" merchandisers such as Wal-mart, T...

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  • Dental Scams and Dentist Fraud, Rip Offs and Dental Malpractice in California

    According to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, most dentists are honest and ethical dental practitioners who provide their patients with professional and caring treatment. We agree wholeheartedly. Most dentists would never consider being part of a scam, rip off or any type o...

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  • Do You Need A Wedding Lawyer to Plan Your Wedding? Without One, You May Have Problems.

    Do you need a wedding lawyer to help you plan your wedding? Many couples find in planing their Wedding, that without a California Wedding Lawyer, or a wedding lawyer in the state where the wedding is to be held, they become overwhelmed in legal contracts with vendors and other l...

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  • How A California Vehicle Code Section 22350 Violation Affects An Accident Claim.

    In traffic collision reports, a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 22350 is one of the Vehicle Code Sections that can be cited as being the primary collision factor for an auto accident in California. This is true whether the accident only caused injuries or if the acci...

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