Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP

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555 South Flower Street
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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

Ownership is Not a Conclusive Factor for Ongoing Operations Additional Insured Coverage

In McMillin Management Services v. Financial Pacific Ins. Co. (No. D069814, filed 11/14/17), a California appeals court held that an insurer had a duty to defend a general contractor under an “ongoing operations” additional…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Insurance

Lack of Informed Consent May Support an Elder Abuse Claim

In Stewart v. Superior Court, No. E067316, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, recently held that a hospital’s failure to obtain informed consent from the patient or the patient’s guardian prior to…more
 /  Health

Hotel Housekeeper Overcomes Workers’ Compensation Exclusivity to Maintain FEHA Action for Assault

In M.F. v. Pacific Pearl Hotel Management LLC (Cal. Ct. App., Oct. 26, 2017, No. D070150) 2017 WL 4831603, a hotel housekeeper (known as M.F. to preserve her privacy) was assaulted and raped at work by a trespasser known to her…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Understanding the Details: Suing Architects and Engineers Can Get Technical

Before suing an architect or engineer for professional negligence, a plaintiff must obtain a “certificate of merit” (“Certificate”) under Code of Civil Procedure section 411.35. Boiled down to the basics, the Certificate…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Construction Law

San Diego Health Care Provider Defeats Class Certification in Lawsuit Challenging Legality of Medical Bills

In Kendall v. Scripps Health (D070390), filed 10/18/17, publication order 10/23/17), the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District held that a motion for class certification was properly denied in a case where the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Health

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions: A.B. 1701’s Requirement that General Contractors Pay Subcontractor Employee Wages Will Do More Harm Than Good

Tales of subcontractors who close up shop before paying their employees are not all that uncommon, but they are certainly not common enough to require General Contractors to pay for that same labor twice. Last month, the…more
 /  Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law

Plaintiff's Self-Serving Testimony Coupled with Purely Circumstantial Expert Testimony Held Sufficient to Defeat Summary Judgment

In Lyons v. Colgate-Palmolive Co. (filed October 19, 2017, A150567), the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, held that a plaintiff’s testimony regarding use of a particular manufacturer’s product, joined with…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Products Liability

California Court Declines to Accept Broad Exception To Going & Coming Rule

In Morales-Simental v. Genentech, Inc. (A145865, filed 9/22/17, publication order 10/19/17), the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District rejected the plaintiffs’ broad interpretation of the “special errand”…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

San Diego Developer Strikes Out on “Disguised Taking” Claim

In Dryden Oaks, LLC v. San Diego County Regional Airport Authority et al.(D068161, filed 9/26/17, publication order 10/19/17), the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District held that the County of San Diego (County)…more
 /  Constitutional Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Court Holds That Self-Insured Retentions Exhaust Vertically And Awards Insured Mandatory Prejudgment Interest in Stringfellow Site Coverage Dispute

In State of California v. Continental Ins. Co. (No. E064518; filed 9/29/17), a California appeals court ruled that after Continental was ultimately held to pay its policy limits for remediation of the Stringfellow hazardous…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Insurance

Appeal of an Attorney Disqualification Order Results in Partial Automatic Stay of Trial Court Proceedings

In URS Corporation v. Atkinson/Walsh Joint Venture (No. G055271 filed September 26, 2017), Division Three of the Fourth Appellate District dealt with, for the first time, the question of whether an appeal of an attorney…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Construction Law

Duties Owed to All by a Healthcare Provider Sound in Premises Liability, Not Medical Malpractice

In Johnson v. Open Door Community Health Centers, No. A143992, the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Four, recently held that MICRA did not apply where a patient who was attempting to exit a clinic after the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Health, Personal Injury

Montrose III: Appeals Court Rejects “Elective Vertical Stacking,” but Declines to Find “Universal Horizontal Exhaustion” Absent Proof of Policy Wordings

In Montrose Chemical Corp. v. Superior Court (No. B272387; filed 8/31/17) (Montrose III), a California appeals court found that excess insurance is not triggered for continuous and progressive losses until there has been…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Insurance

Appeals Court Finds Manuscript Additional Insured Endorsements Ambiguous Regarding Completed Operations Coverage for Additional Insured

In Pulte Home Corp. v. American Safety Indemnity Co. (No. D070478; filed 8/30/17), a California appeals court found that manuscript additional insured endorsements on construction subcontractors’ policies were ambiguous…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Insurance

Prevailing HOAs Not Entitled to Attorneys’ Fees in Enforcement Actions Brought Under Davis-Stirling

In Retzloff v. Moulton Parkway Residents’ Ass’n, (2017) Cal. App. LEXIS 727, the Fourth District Court of Appeal considered the novel question of whether attorneys’ fees can be included as part of the cost award to a ‘prevailing…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Real Estate - Residential
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