Two recent California Court of Appeal decisions–one of them published–address the procedure for requesting a trial de novo following the issuance of an arbitration award under the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Act (MFAA) (Bus. & Prof. Code section 6200 et seq.).
Georgianni v. Crowley, (2011) 197 Cal.App.4th 1462, involved a dispute over fees billed by the attorney for handling a family law proceeding. The attorney asserted that he was owed money and the client claimed that she had been overcharged. The arbitrator sided with the client, and issued an award in her favor for $29,000.
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