Aguilar and the New Face of Summary Judgment Our Embattled Right to Trial By Jury

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Since March of 2001, our Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal have published four important opinions redefining the law of summary judgment. In reverse chronological order, they are: Aguilar v. Atlantic Richfield Co. (June 15, 2001); Bahl v. Bank of America (May 23, 2001) 107 Cal.Rptr.2d 270; Krantz v. BT Visual Images, L.L.C. (May 18, 2001) 107 Cal.Rptr.2d 209; and Basich v. Allstate Ins. Co. (March 16, 2001) 105 Cal.Rptr.2d 153.

Out of these four opinions, two are most charitably described as anti-consumer, anti-jury. Aguilar, the sole decision from the Supreme Court, is now the controlling law regarding the burden of bringing and opposing summary judgment in California.

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