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

Employee’s Decision To Forego Certain Damages Against Third-Party Does Not Diminish Employer’s Recovery Rights

In Duncan v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Cert. for Pub. on 12/13/17, No. G054220), the California Court of Appeal held that a plaintiff-employee is not entitled to reduce her employer’s lien to recover paid temporary disability,…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

Employer’s False Statements Opposing Workers' Compensation Claim Not Privileged Against Liability Under the Insurance Frauds Prevention Act

In People ex rel. etc. v. Hebb (No. E066471, filed 12/19/17), a California appeals court held that false or fraudulent statements given in opposition to a workers’ compensation claim are not privileged from liability under the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Insurance

Discovery Rule Supersedes Tolling of Certain Limitations Periods Due to Fiduciary Relationship Between Client and Professional Financial Advisor

In Choi v. Sagemark Consulting, et al. (No. H041569, filed 11/16/17, certified for publication 12/11/17), the Sixth Appellate District affirmed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of financial advisor defendants…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Insurer Claiming Reimbursement for Cleanup Costs Entitled to Writ of Attachment Against Insured on Showing Probable Validity of Coverage and Rescission Defenses

In Santa Clara Waste Water Co. v. Allied World Nat'l. Assur. Co. (No. B279679, filed 12/20/17), a California appeals court affirmed the grant of a right to attach order and a writ of attachment against the policyholder for $2.5…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

The Hard Hat Bulletin

On September 13, 2017 the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill No. 1701, which requires the General Contractor of a private construction project to pay all unpaid wages and fringe benefits owed to an employee of a…more
 /  Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law

Court Awards Summary Judgment on Prior Knowledge Limitation of Professional Liability Policy

In Admiral Ins. Co. v. Superior Court (No. D072267, filed 11/21/17, ord. pub. 12/12/17), a California appeals court held that an application question about prior knowledge of facts that could give rise to a “malpractice claim”…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Insurance

Who Has the Authority to Sign Arbitration Agreements on Behalf of a Resident at a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly?

Robin Hutcheson v. Eskaton FountainWood Lodge, et al., 2017 WL 5712590 holds that a resident at a residential care facility for the elderly which provides care beyond that of personal care cannot be bound by an arbitration…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Health

Court Enforces Exclusion of Products Claims From Intercompany Arbitration Agreement

In State Farm General Insurance Co. v. Watts Regulator Co. (No. B271236, filed 11/30/17), a California appeals court held that a manufacturer could not compel intercompany arbitration of an insurer’s subrogation claim, because…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Insurer Reporting of Total Loss to DMV is Subject to Qualified Privilege and Court Explains Admissibility of Claim Documents

In Klem v. Access Insurance Co. (No. 17D070623, filed 11/20/17), a California appeals court analyzed the admissibility of claim file documents as evidence, and held that an insurer’s reporting of a vehicle total loss…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Transportation

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
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