Good luck getting your civil suit on the Superior Court docket. Plans to shut down 56 courtrooms and lay off 350 workers are certain to delay cases for months, possibly years. There are alternatives to the courts, such as arbitration, mediation, and flat-out settlements, but they each have drawbacks. Also, a look at how the state of California is faring on the busiest tax month of the year. Available at kpcc.org and podcast (Business Update with Mark Lacter). Transcript is after jump
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