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  • Mar
  • 2019
Thank you to Women in LAVA

Thank you to Women in LAVA and Green LAVA for hosting ‘Women in Cannabis: Women Entrepreneurs Forging New Paths in The Cannabis Industry’.  […]

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  • Mar
  • 2019
Women in LAVA presents: Women in Cannabis: Women Entrepreneurs Forging New Paths in The Cannabis Industry

Women in LAVA in conjunction with the newly defined Green LAVA, which is now solely focused on cannabis, will be jointly hosting […]

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  • Nov
  • 2018
Midterm Votes Reveal Cannabis Support

Initiatives supporting the legalization of cannabis continue to gain support during midterm votes.  More and more states see candidates supporting a regulated […]

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  • Nov
  • 2018
KVK Cannabis Clients Begin To Receive First Annual Licenses

On Friday, November 2, 2018, California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) announced that it had granted the state’s first annual cannabis licenses.  […]

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  • Oct
  • 2018
Cannabis Summit: Developing a Sustainable Cannabis Economy in NY

Congratulations to Yelena Katchko and Capalino+Company for a fantastic and informative cannabis summit held on October 16, 2018!  Capalino+Company brought together policymakers, […]

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  • Jun
  • 2018
California Insurance Commissioner Has Approved Cannabis Insurance

Katchko, Vitiello & Karikomi, PC is heavily involved in California’s cannabis movement.  What once was a rush to acquire storefront or warehouse […]

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  • Apr
  • 2018
City of Pasadena Succeeds on Appeal Rendering Cannabis Dispensaries a Nuisance

The City of Pasadena filed a nuisance abatement action against several medicinal cannabis dispensaries and associated individuals.  Pasadena argued that “This use […]

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  • 2018
Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Grapples With Cannabis Issues

  As commercial cannabis operations take hold in legal states, Courts are increasingly called upon to adjudicate rights that impact the industry […]

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  • Feb
  • 2018
A Landmark Marijuana Lawsuit against Jeff Sessions and the DEA

Cannabis remains a Schedule I narcotic substance under the Controlled Substances Act.  This presents tremendous obstacles for cannabis businesses, researchers, medical patients […]

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  • Feb
  • 2018
California is Proposing New Cannabis Legislation

Two major issues have plagued (and continue to plague) California’s cannabis industry.  The first is the limited availability of banking institutions to […]

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  • Jan
  • 2018
Foreclosure Changes In The California Homeowner Bill of Rights (“HBOR”)

On January 1, 2018, certain provisions of the HBOR expired. However, the expiration date did not apply to all of the HBOR’s […]

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  • Jan
  • 2018
Overview of California’s New Labor & Employment Laws

The State of California is welcoming 2018 with new Labor Laws. Hiring and Enforcement processes will see significant changes, including compliance with […]

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  • Jan
  • 2018
California Reacts to Jeff Sessions

In response to Jeff Sessions’ recent repeal of the Obama-era Cole memo, California lawmakers are taking a stand.  California will not tolerate […]

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  • Dec
  • 2017
The Bureau of Cannabis Control Is Open For Applications!

The long awaited overhaul to California’s cannabis laws has culminated on the launching of the state’s new licensing system.  We are proud […]

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  • Nov
  • 2017
BREAKING: California’s Emergency Cannabis Regulations

California’s three cannabis licensing authorities, the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the Department of Food and Agriculture, and the Department of Public Health, […]

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  • Nov
  • 2017
Do I Have to Suffer Provable Economic Damages to Make a Claim Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act?

Do I Have to Suffer Provable Economic Damages to Make a Claim Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act? One of the main […]

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  • Oct
  • 2017
Identity Theft FAQ

What Can Happen if Someone Steals My Identity?   When your identity is stolen, the identity thief usually does so with the […]

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  • Sep
  • 2017
Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

What is Identity Theft? “Identity theft,” sometimes referred to as “identity fraud,” refers to the act of another person impersonating you, usually […]

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  • Aug
  • 2017
What Remedies or Relief Are Available Under The Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”)?

You followed our FCRA blog posts and understand how accurate credit reporting is important for your financial future.  You sensed that something […]

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  • Aug
  • 2017
Fair Credit Reporting Act – After You Find An Inaccuracy

If you find incorrect or inaccurate information on your credit report, you need to take action immediately. The best way to protect […]

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  • Jul
  • 2017
“How Do I Check My Credit Report?”

More and more, we are approached by clients interested in pursuing a case under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).  Often, they […]

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  • Jul
  • 2017
Protect Your Credit With The Fair Credit Reporting Act

HOW DO I CHECK MY CREDIT REPORT? If your credit report contains errors, inaccuracies or incorrect information it can have a significant […]

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  • Jun
  • 2017
Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch Issues First Opinion on Debt Collection

“Disruptive dinnertime calls, downright deceit, and more besides drew Congress’s eye to the debt collection industry.”  That is how the most recently […]

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  • Jun
  • 2017
The Justice Department Will Stop Setting Aside Settlement Funds for “Special-Interest” Groups

A new article by the Los Angeles Times discusses that, under President Trump appointee Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department will no longer set […]

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  • May
  • 2017
U.S. Supreme Court Confirms That States Can Sue Banks For Foreclosure Crisis

Today, in the matter of Bank of America Corp v. City of Miami Florida, the United States Supreme Court has decided by […]

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  • Apr
  • 2017
Abovethelaw.com Posts Informative Primer on California’s Upcoming Cannabis Framework

Medical and recreational cannabis are two very different industries.  With lawful medical cannabis use being the first recognized under the Medical Cannabis […]

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  • 2017
Yahoo News Publishes Touching Medical Cannabis Piece

Yahoo News’ April 17, 2017 story about Maggie Selmeski and her journey to treat intractable epilepsy with medical marijuana is a touching […]

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  • 2017
New Los Angeles Civil Court Judicial Assignments

Judge Debre Weintraub, Supervising Judge of Los Angeles Superior Court’s Civil Division, has distributed an updated chart of the current Civil Court […]

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  • 2017
Credit – Part 3: Remedies Available For Violations of The Fair Credit Reporting Act

This is Part 3 of 3 on our series regarding credit disputes and related claims.  In Part 1, we shared an overview […]

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  • 2017
Credit – Part 2: So You Found Inaccurate Information on Your Credit Report. Now What?

This is Part 2 of our 3 Part Series on credit reporting and associated claims. Your credit report contains the information provided […]

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  • Feb
  • 2017
Trump Administration’s Warning Re: Recreational Cannabis

On Thursday, February 23, 2017, the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer warned states that have legalized recreational marijuana that the Trump […]

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  • 2017
Credit – Part 1: Your “Credit Report” And Your “Credit Score” Explained

Your “credit report,” and the “credit score” based on that report, are very important and can have a significant effect on your […]

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  • Feb
  • 2017
Medical Malpractice Victims Rejoice: Katchko, Vitiello & Karikomi, PC Wins Landmark Appeal For Misdiagnosed Patient

On October 31, 2016, The Court of Appeal of California, Second Appellate District, Division Seven, ordered a reversal in full of the […]

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  • Jan
  • 2017
California’s Framework for Recreational & Medicinal Cannabis

California’s new cannabis economy has been valued at 7 billion according to the Los Angeles Times. The following are important highlights from […]

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  • Jan
  • 2017
Ocwen Admits it Places Borrowers on a “Dual Path” to Foreclosure

We recently obtained a jury verdict and judgment against Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC (“Ocwen”) in the United States District Court for the […]

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  • Jan
  • 2017
Explaining HBOR’s requirement of a Single Point of Contact

California Civil Code §2923.7, which is part of the set of laws commonly referred to as the Homeowner Bill of Rights (“HBOR”), […]

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  • Jan
  • 2017
Survivor Bill of Rights Will Curb Foreclosure On Heirs In 2017

SB 1150, also known as the Homeowner Survivor Bill of Rights (SBOR) takes effect in January 2017 after being signed by Gov. […]

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  • Oct
  • 2016
The Verdict Is In – Updated

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (PRWEB) OCTOBER 26, 2016 A federal jury in Bakersfield, California awarded $39,642 in economic and statutory damages and $300,000 in […]

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  • 2014
BofA Unveils New Principal Reduction Program

Bank of America has unveiled a new program that will forgive up to 30% of principal for distressed borrowers. “Bank of America […]