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Alan Schimmel Featured in LA Weekly Regarding Bathum Sexual Battery Case

Recently, Attorney Alan Schimmel, who is representing three women in a lawsuit filed against Chris Bathum, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center operator who was accused of sexual battery, spoke with LA Weekly. During the interview, Mr. Schimmel shed light on the lack of regulation in such facilities, stating, "These facilities aren't monitored, they aren't well regulated, and the people running them are usually money makers [...] And a lot of times, something horrible occurs."

Alan Schimmel Representing Three New Plaintiffs in Suit Against Predatory LA Rehab Operator

Alan Schimmel has filed another lawsuit on behalf of three women against Chris Bathum, the rehab facility operator who has been accused of sexual assault against several women in Los Angeles, CA. This is the second lawsuit against Bathum in the past six years alleging sexual battery. Bathum is also party to at least 88 more lawsuits in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles Drug Rehabilitation Center Under Investigation After Owner Allegedly Preys on Patients

The lawyers at Schimmel & Parks, APLC are representing a group of women who were mistreated while seeking treatment at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation and treatment center in Los Angeles, California. The facility, Community Recovery of Los Angeles, advertises itself as a place that protects its patients and helps individuals recover from serious alcohol and drug addictions. The women stated, Christopher Bathum, the owner of the company, had sexually preyed on them, tempting them with drugs.

SoCal Gas Ordered to Permanently Close Natural Gas Leak in Porter Ranch

The Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) was ordered by regulators on Saturday to permanently close the leaking gas well that has been responsible for sickening thousands of residents in Porter Ranch for the past three months. According to an article by Inquisitr, this order is a call for "drastic and immediate action" to put an end to the largest methane gas leak since the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon explosion of 2010.

Researchers Measure Scope of Porter Ranch Gas Leak

Since the beginning of the natural gas leak near Porter Ranch on October 23, more than 83,000 metric tons of methane have been released into the atmosphere. Approximately 2,000 residents of Porter Ranch neighborhoods have been evacuated so far, but new analysis shows that that a much broader area is affected by this area than previously thought.

Alan I. Schimmel Authors Article on Fire Protection in Santa Barbara Independent

Managing Partner Alan I. Schimmel authored the article, "Legal Protection in a Fire-Prone Landscape," published by Santa Barbara Independent advising Santa Barbara homeowners on ways to prepare for the fire season, as well as handling the insurance claims that follow in the aftermath of natural disasters. Mr. Schimmel comments, "Property damage inevitably leads to insurance claims, which can subject homeowners who have already suffered losses to even more headaches and hassles."

Michael Parks Discusses The Buildup Of Construction Defects Claims with San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Schimmel & Parks Partner Michael Parks was quoted in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal article, "Building Up for a Boom in Construction Defects," discussing the 10-year statute of limitations that will soon expire for many homeowners who purchased a home in the mid-2000s. Spending about 40 percent of his time on construction defect lawsuits, Mr. Parks comments, "Tens of thousands of homes and condos were built in the construction boom. As people regain the value in their homes, they will want to protect it. We are anticipating more activity in the residential construction defect practice."

Alan I. Schimmel Discusses Potential HOA Legal Issues with HSH.com

Managing Partner Alan Schimmel was quoted in the article, "5 Tips for Mastering a Homeowners Association," published by HSH.com, the nation's largest publisher of mortgage and consumer loan information. The article discusses the legal and liability issues of joining a homeowners association (HOA). Mr. Schimmel comments, "Homeowners associations are a shared economy, so you need, beforehand, to delve into key documents that include the board records and the covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs)."

Alan Schimmel Advises Attorneys on Sinkhole-Related Legal Issues with Law360

Partner Alan Schimmel was quoted in the article, "4 Tips to Keep Clients From Tossing Money Down A Sinkhole" published by Law360, discussing the preventative measures attorneys should advise of when representing clients looking to develop, purchase or rent land in areas prone to sinkhole activity. Mr. Schimmel recommends hiring a geotechnical engineer to go back through the history of the property and determine whether it has had sinkhole activity. "A typical purchase agreement is not going to have details of known damage from sinkholes, even if there are reports in the history of the property," says Mr. Schimmel.

Alan I. Schimmel Authors Article Advising Homeowners of Construction Defects in Long Beach Beachcomber

Managing Partner Alan I. Schimmel authored the article, "Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset," featured in the Long Beach Beachcomber advising homeowners and potential home buyers of ways to identify, prepare for and manage construction defects. Patent defects can be easily detected by homeowners; however, latent defects create more of a problem. Mr. Schimmel says, "If left undiscovered, latent or hidden defects can seriously compromise the integrity of your home and your investment."

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