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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  • California
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Privette Doctrine Prevails To Protect Maintenance Contractor

In Alvarez v. Seaside Transportation Services, LLC et al. (No. B275980, filed July 20, 2017), Division Eight of the Second Appellate District affirmed a trial court grant of summary judgment to defendants based on the Privette…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Primary Assumption of Risk Kicks Horseback Riding Injury Claim to the Curb

In Swigart v. Bruno, 2017 No. D071072, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, relied on the primary assumption of risk doctrine in affirming summary judgment against a plaintiff injured by a horse during an endurance…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Personal Injury

Court Declines to Order Arbitration of Bad Faith Case, Applying California Over Federal Law

In Los Angeles Unified Sch. Dist. v. Safety National Casualty Corp. (No. B275597, filed 7/12/17), (“LA Unified”), a California appeals court held that a California state court has the discretion under state law to refuse…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Insurance

Reversal of $48 Million Product Liability Verdict Required Due to Inconsistent Jury Findings on Failure to Warn Claims and Misapplication of Consumer Expectation Test

In Trejo v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. (No. B238339, filed 6/30/2017), the California Second Appellate District held, among other things, that the jury’s finding that defendant was liable for negligent failure to warn was fatally…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Health, Products Liability

Scary Movie: Theatre Developer Axed By Court of Appeal In Prevailing Wage Determination Challenge

The First Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal recently held that the construction of a movie theater, which was performed in furtherance of a city’s redevelopment agenda, constitutes a “public work” within the…more
 /  Construction Law

Court Finds That Split in Underground Storage Tank is Not a Covered Collapse

In Tustin Field Gas & Food v. Mid-Century Ins. Co. (No. B268850, filed 7/3/17), a California appeals court ruled that a split in an underground storage tank, caused by the tank sitting on a rock for years, was not a covered…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Insurance

Ambiguous Application Questions Preclude Summary Judgment on Rescission Claim

In Duarte v. Pacific Specialty Ins. (No. A143828; filed 6/12/17, ord. pub. 6/29/17) a California appeals court held that an insurer was not entitled to summary judgment on its rescission claim because the disputed questions in…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Insurance

Court Orders Retreat From Workers’ Compensation Apportionment To Non-industrial Causes

Workers’ compensation litigation often is driven by disagreement over the apportionment of permanent disability. A vast body of case law exists reflecting the courts’ efforts to resolve conflicts between the provisions of the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

The Privilege Is All Mine: California Appellate Court Finds Law Firm Holds Attorney Work Product Privilege Applicable to Documents Created by Formerly Employed Attorney

In Tucker Ellis LLP v. Superior Court (A148956 – Filed 6/21/2017), the First Appellate District held that (1) the holder of the attorney work product privilege is the employer law firm rather than the former employee attorney…more
 /  Civil Procedure

Title II under ADA Applicable to Public Rights-of-Way, Parks and Other Recreation Areas

Plaintiff Ivana Kirola, who suffers from cerebral palsy, sued the City and County of San Francisco, in a class action contending certain public areas, including rights-of-way, pools, parks and other recreation areas, did not…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights

Health Care Reform Behind Closed Doors

Behind closed doors, Senate aides work furiously on a piece of legislation that will potentially define the trajectory of health care for the next generation of Americans. Despite its potential impact on millions of Americans…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Health

Failure to Have Additional Treatment Records Reviewed by Expert Precludes Summary Judgment on Genuine Dispute Doctrine

In Zubillaga v. Allstate Indemnity Company (No. G052603, filed 6/19/17), a California appeals court ruled that triable issues about the insurer’s reliance on expert medical opinions precluded summary judgment on the genuine…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Insurance

United States Supreme Court Shuts Down Ninth Circuit’s "Provocation Rule"

In an October 2010 use of force case arising out of an incident in Los Angeles County, the Ninth Circuit attempt to expand officer liability with the “Provocation Rule” was struck down by the United States Supreme Court…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law

When Law Enforcement and Community Meet

The divide between law enforcement and the African-American community is a hot topic, but what happens when the two meet? In her Daily Journal article “When law enforcement and community meet,” Partner Angela Powell discusses…more
 /  Civil Rights, Criminal Law

A License to Sue: Appellate Court Upholds Condition of Statute that a Contracting Party Must Hold a Valid Contractor’s License to Pursue Action for Recovery of Payment for Contracting Services

California Business & Professions Code section 7031(a) requires a party to have contractor’s license in order to maintain an action for compensation for services performed for which a contractor’s license is needed. In Phoenix…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law
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