Low, Ball & Lynch

Settlement – Recovering Costs Under CCP § 998 – Multiple Defendants’ Settlement Offer

Brian Kahn v. The Dewey Group, et al. - California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (September 8, 2015) - Code of Civil Procedure section 998 (§ 998) is a tool that allows litigants to further settlement…more

Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Cal Code of Civil Procedure, Hazardous Waste, Mistrial

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Weekly Law Resume: Labor Law – Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies Required

Aaron MacDonald v. State of California, et al. - Court of Appeal, Third District (August 27, 2013) - In this case, the Third District of the Court of Appeal acknowledged and clarified the question that troubled many…more

Administrative Remedies, Retaliation, Whistleblowers

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Torts – Negligence Per Se and Causation/CCP 998 Offers

Anthony Toste v. CalPortland Construction et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (March 2, 2016) - In many tort actions, plaintiff will argue that the defendant violated some statute or ordinance and was…more

Causation, Motor Carriers, Negligence, Workplace Hazards, Wrongful Death

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Weekly Law Resume - January 2014: Torts – Defamation and the Anti-Slapp Statute

Anthony K. Hui v. Beth Sturbaum - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (January 9, 2014)- California’s anti-SLAPP statute (Code of Civil Procedure §425.16) was passed in 1992 because of the legislature’s concerns…more

Anti-SLAPP, Car Accident, Defamation, Fraud

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Insurance Coverage – Equitable Contribution – “Other Insurance” Clauses

Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, London v. Arch Specialty Insurance Co. - Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District - (April 11, 2016) The original purpose of “other insurance” clauses was to prevent multiple…more

Commercial Insurance Policies, Duty to Defend, Equitable Contribution, Excess Policies, KB Homes

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Primary Assumption of Risk – Subjective Awareness and Increasing Risk Beyond Inherent Risk

Scott Griffin v. The Haunted Hotel, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (November 20, 2015) - Since the landmark case, Knight v. Jewett (1992) 3 Cal 4th, 296, it has been held in California that the…more

Amusement Parks, Appeals, Assumption of the Risk, Implied Consent, Recreation

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Weekly Law Resume: The Court Re-Affirms that the Litigation Privilege of Civil Code Section 47(b) is Absolute

Leslie Falcon, et. al. v. Long Beach Genetics, Inc. et. al. - Court Of Appeal, Fourth District (March 18, 2014) - Civil Code Section 47(b), known as the litigation privilege, provides that a ‘publication or…more

DNA, Genetic Materials, Human Genes, Litigation Privilege, Paternity

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Settlement Agreements That are Silent Concerning Allocation of Costs Can Result in Costs Awarded to Plaintiff

Maureen DeSaulles v. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula - Supreme Court (March 10, 2016) - In an action for alleged disability discrimination and related claims, the Supreme Court had to determine whether a…more

Allocation of Funds, Cal Code of Civil Procedure, FEHA, Prevailing Party, Settlement Agreements

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Privilege not Waived for Inadequate Privilege Log

Catalina Yacht Club, et al. v. The Superior Court of Orange County, et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three (December 4, 2015) - Courts have broad discretion to impose sanctions of various…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Cal Code of Civil Procedure, Discovery, Motion to Compel, Work-Product Doctrine

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Civil Rights – Unruh Civil Rights Act – Standard to be Applied

Daniel Javorsky v. Western Athletic Clubs, Inc. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (December 11, 2015) - The Unruh Civil Rights Act (“Act”) provides that all persons are free and equal, and no matter what…more

Age Discrimination, Discount Pricing, Disparate Treatment, Unruh Civil Rights Act

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The Second Appellate District Finds UCLA Not Liable For Third Party Criminal Acts of a Student With a Known Mental Illness

The Regents of the University of California, et al. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County Katherine Rosen, Real Party in Interest - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District(October 7, 2015) - The issue in this case…more

Appeals, Colleges, Duty of Care, Mental Illness, Premises Liability

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Sophisticated User Defense Does Not Extend to Salesman

Richard Moran III v. Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (April 13, 2016) - In 2008, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that the “sophisticated user” defense…more

Asbestos, Asbestos Litigation, Expert Testimony, Failure To Warn, Jury Instructions

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Torts – Effect of The Howell Decision on Liens Brought Under The Hospital Lien Act

Dameron Hospital Association v. AAA Northern California, Nevada, and Utah Insurance Exchange et al. - California Court Of Appeal, Third Appellate District (September 4, 2014) - In Howell v. Hamilton Meats ( 2011)…more

Allstate, Appeals, Health Insurance, Hospitals, Kaiser Permanente

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Weekly Law Resume: Torts – Product Liability – Consumer Expectation Test

Jaklin Mikhal Romine v. Johnson Controls, Inc. et al. Court Of Appeal, Second District (March 17, 2014) - Product liability cases can involve complex mechanisms of injury, and multiple design and manufacturing…more

Consumer Expectations Test, Joint and Several Liability, Nissan, Personal Liability, Risk Assessment

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Intervention by Individual Homeowners Deemed Timely

Ziani Homeowners Association v. Brookfield Ziani LLC, et al. - Court Of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three - (December 22, 2015) - The Court of Appeal considered the issue of timeliness of a motion…more

Appeals, Cal Code of Civil Procedure, Construction Defects, Homeowners' Association, Motion To Intervene

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Asbestos Alert: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts and Legislation

When asbestos litigation became extremely costly to defend, to settle and to pay judgments, companies began filing for protection under the Bankruptcy laws. In the three decades since Johns Manville and UNR Industries filed the…more

Asbestos, Asbestos Litigation, Asbestos Trust Claims, Commercial Bankruptcy

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Dismissal of Class Action – No Community of Interest

Jeffrey Schermer, et al. v. Thomas T. Tatum, et al. Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (March 18, 2016) Class actions are permitted “when the question is one of a common or general interest, of many persons,…more

Class Action, Community of Interest, Mobile Homes, Rent Control, Residential Leases

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Childhood Sexual Abuse – Delayed Accrual of Plaintiff’s Claims Against a Public Entity

Latrice Rubenstein v. Doe No. 1, et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (March 22, 2016) - Generally, a civil cause of action for child molestation accrues at the time of the molestation, but delayed…more

Cal Code of Civil Procedure, Cause of Action Accrual, Child Abuse, Jurisdiction, Public Entities

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Police Immunity From Civil Liability Resulting From Vehicular Chases

Rosemary Morgan, et al. v. Beaumont Police Department, et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (April 4, 2016) - Police Departments have historically enjoyed statutory immunity from any civil lawsuits…more

Law Enforcement, Policy Manuals, Public Entities, Statutory Immunity, Vehicle Code

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Jury Must Decide Whether Facts Exist to Suspend the Accrual of the Statute of Limitations Under The Discovery Rule

Ismael Rosas v. BASF Corporation, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Five (May 21, 2015) - he general rule regarding statutes of limitation is that they do not begin to run until a cause of…more

Appeals, Cause of Action Accrual, Discovery Rule, Manufacturers, Statute of Limitations

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Enforcement of Settlement Agreement – Satisfaction of Liens as a Condition Precedent

Keith Karpinski v. Smitty’s Bar, Inc. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (April 12, 2016) - Code of Civil Procedure § 664.6 provides that the court may enforce a judgment where the parties in litigation have…more

Bodily Injury, Cal Code of Civil Procedure, Medical Liens, Negligence, Settlement Agreements

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Five-Year Dismissal Statute not Tolled by Order Staying the Case

Milton Howard Gaines v. Fidelity National Title Insurance Company - Supreme Court of California (February 25, 2016) - Code of Civil Procedure (hereafter “C.C.P.”) § 583.310 requires an action to be brought to trial…more

CA Supreme Court, Foreclosure, Rules of Civil Procedure, Successor Interests, Tolling

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Supreme Court Approves Public Entity Design Immunity Defense

Randall Keith Hampton, et al. v. County of San Diego - Supreme Court of California (December 10, 2015) - In California, a public entity can be liable for injuries caused by dangerous conditions of public property –…more

CA Supreme Court, Governmental Immunity, Public Property, Roads, Summary Judgment

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C.C.P. § 998 Offers – Invalid When Settlement Agreements Required

Charles Steven Sanford v. Jacy Leann Rasnick, et. al. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (April 25, 2016) - The effect of a valid Code of Civil Procedure section 998 offer that is not accepted is to establish…more

Bodily Injury, Cal Code of Civil Procedure, Car Accident, Fee-Shifting, Section 998

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Terminating Sanctions for Attorney Misconduct

Rebecca Osborne v. Todd Farm Service, et. al. - Court Of Appeal, Second Appellate District (May 2, 2016) - An attorney, as an officer of the court, has the obligation to respect and follow court proceedings and orders…more

Expert Testimony, Inadmissible Evidence, Professional Misconduct, Sanctions, Trials

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Evidence of Industry Custom and Practice May Be Admissible in Strict Products Liability Cases

William Jae Kim, et al. v. Toyota Motor Corporation, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (January 19, 2016) - William Jae Kim and Hee Jon Kim filed a strict products liability action against…more

Auto Manufacturers, Car Accident, Corporate Counsel, Motions in Limine, Product Defects

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