Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP

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555 South Flower Street
Forty-Fifth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071, United States
Phone: 213.542.8000
Fax: 213.542.8100
Areas of Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Torts
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Education
  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation
  • Worker’s Compensation
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Other U.S. Locations
  • California
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Ninth Circuit: EEOC Has Broad Subpoena Powers

On remand from the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit again vacated a District Court’s Order denying enforcement of an administrative subpoena issued to an employer by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Court Finds No Bar On Rescinding Workers’ Compensation Insurance, Even After Filing of Claim

In Southern Ins. Co. v. WCAB (No. B278412, filed 5/10/17), a California appeals court, reversing a workers’ compensation arbitrator’s decision, held that a workers’ compensation policy can be rescinded for material…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

Third Appellate District Holds Right to Repair Act Precludes Certain Common Law Claims for Damages Caused by Construction Defects

In Gillotti v. Stewart (No. C075611, filed 4/26/17, publication order 5/18/17), the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District held that the Right to Repair Act, Civil Code section 895, et seq. (the “Act”)…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential

SB 496 – New California Law Affecting Indemnification Duties for Design Professionals

SB 496, approved by Governor Jerry Brown on April 28, 2017, amends California Civil Code Section 2782.8 to apply to all design service contracts entered into by design professionals on or after January 1, 2018. The amendment…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Education

Executing a Contract Can Constitute Protected Conduct Under California’s Anti-SLAPP Scheme

In San Diegans for Open Government v. San Diego State University Research Foundation, et. al. (No. D069189, filed 5/3/17) the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District held the act of contracting to provide…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law

Medical Board Investigations Transcend the Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege

In Cross v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County, No. B277600, the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Five recently held that (1) the psychotherapist-patient privilege does not protect the subpoenaed records…more
 /  Health

25 Years after the LA Riots

On April 29, 1992, a not-guilty verdict for the four Los Angeles Police Department officers who had been charged with assault and the use of unreasonable and excessive force on Rodney King, sparked the LA Riots. Today, in an…more
 /  Criminal Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Attorney Risks Disqualification If After Receiving Presumptively Privileged Communication Fails to Notify Privilege Holder and Uses Document Pending Privilege Determination by Court

In McDermott Will & Emery LLP v. Superior Court (4/18/2017 – No. G053623), the Fourth Appellate District, in a 2-1 decision, considered two distinct issues: 1. Whether the attorney-client privilege for a confidential e-mail…more
 /  Civil Procedure

“Business Errand” Exception to the “Going and Coming Rule” Generally Presents Question of Fact Making Summary Judgment Rare

In Sumrall v. Modern Alloys, Inc., 2017 WL 1365089 (April 13, 2017), the Fourth Appellate District was presented with another circumstance where the “business errand” exception to the going and coming rule was at issue…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Are We There Yet? Paving the Way for Autonomous Vehicle Claims

Autonomous or self-driving vehicles (AVs), once confined to the realm of science fiction, are now a reality. Most vehicles on the road today rely on some aspect of autonomous technology. Vehicles of the future will be entirely…more
 /  Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

Employer’s Refusal To Allow Rescission of an Employee’s Voluntary Resignation Does Not Constitute Adverse Employment Action Under the FEHA

In Featherstone v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group, (No. B275225, filed 4/19/17), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held absent evidence an employee’s resignation was coerced, an…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Poor Pleading Leads to Loss of Claim for Trespass Due to Relation-Back Doctrine, Statute of Limitations

In Scholes v. Lambirth Trucking Co. (No. C070770, Filed 4/6/2017), the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District held that the relation-back doctrine could not save a property owner’s trespass claim against an…more
 /  Civil Procedure

“To Indemnify, or Not to Indemnify, that is the Question: California Court of Appeal Addresses Active Negligence in Indemnity Provisions”

In California, it is well-established that the extent of a party’s obligation under an indemnity agreement is an issue of contractual interpretation, and it is therefore the intent of the parties that should control. What is the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Legislature's Plenary Power Trumps Constitutional Attacks As Court Upholds IMR Process

A second district of the California Court of Appeal has now upheld utilization review (UR) and independent medical review (IMR) as constitutional means to manage medical treatment in California's workers' compensation system. In…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Affordable Care Act Gets Uncertain Prognosis

After many weeks of lobbying both lawmakers and voters, Republican leaders in Washington struggled to obtain votes for the proposed replacement healthcare legislation known as the American Health Care Act, culminating in heated…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Health
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