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2016 Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment v. Castaic Lake Water Agency (2016) 1 Cal.App.5th 1084
Court of Appeal upheld the right of public entity to acquire all of the stock of a privately held water company via inverse condemnation
Timothy T. Coates
2016 City of Petaluma v. Superior Court (2016) 248 Cal.App.4th 1023
GMSR obtains writ of mandate reversing trial court’s adverse discovery ruling
Alison M. TurnerTimothy T. Coates
2016 Rice v. Downs (2016) 247 Cal.App.4th 1213
GMSR prevails in overturning order compelling arbitration
Robin MeadowJeffrey E. Raskin
2016 Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc. (2016) 244 Cal.App.4th 590
Court of Appeal reversed a $1.7 million judgment against GMSR’s client J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Kent L. RichlandJeffrey E. Raskin
2015 Garcia v. Holt (2015) 242 Cal.App.4th 600
Court of Appeal holds that GMSR’s landlord clients had no duty to inspect tenants’ unit for dangerous bombmaking activities
Robert A. OlsonGary J. Wax
2015 Sheridan v. Touchstone Television Productions, Inc. (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 508
Reversing a defense judgment, the Court of Appeal holds that Labor Code section 98.7 does not require an employee to exhaust that statute’s administrative remedies before filing suit
Robin Meadow
2015 The Regents of the University of California v. Superior Court (2015) 240 Cal.App.4th 1296
GMSR obtains writ directing summary judgment in favor of UCLA in student’s negligence lawsuit
Timothy T. CoatesFeris M. Greenberger
2015 21st Century Ins. Co. v. Superior Court (2015) 240 Cal.App.4th 322
GMSR obtains writ directing summary judgment in favor of insurer on bad faith claim
Robert A. OlsonFeris M. Greenberger
2015 Sanchez v. Valencia Holding Co., LLC (2015) 61 Cal.4th 899
California Supreme Court upholds the enforcement of a standard arbitration provision in auto dealers’ sales contracts
Robert A. OlsonEdward L. XandersDavid E. Hackett
2015 In re Estate of Duke (2015) 61 Cal.4th 871
California Supreme Court fundamentally alters probate law
Robin MeadowRobert A. OlsonJeffrey E. Raskin
2015 Novak v. Fay (2015) 236 Cal.App.4th 329
Court of Appeal reverses probate court order dismissing GMSR’s client’s petition for failure to file a creditor’s claim
Robin MeadowDavid E. Hackett
2015 County of Los Angeles v. Superior Court (ACLU) (2015) 235 Cal.App.4th 1154
Court of Appeal holds that that attorney bills transmitted to clients are confidential communications protected by the attorney client privilege
Timothy T. Coates
2015 Wilson, Simona v. Southern California Edison Company (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 123
Court of Appeal reverses $4 million emotional distress judgment
Robin MeadowTimothy T. Coates
2014 Adams v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (2014) 2014 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 5942
Court of Appeal affirms application of anti-SLAPP statute to summary suspension of medical staff privileges
Robin MeadowJeffrey E. Raskin
2014 Bing Crosby v. HLC Properties, Ltd. (2014) 223 Cal.App.4th 597
GMSR wins publicity rights dispute for Bing Crosby’s heirs; Court of Appeal’s decision helps delineate publicity rights of celebrities and their heirs, brings stability to settlements by reaffirming the breadth of releases of claims
Kent L. RichlandCynthia E. TobismanFeris M. Greenberger
2013 Stanton v. Sims (2013) 571 U.S. ____; 134 S. Ct. 3; 187 L.Ed.2d 341
Officer entitled to qualified immunity from suit for warrantless entry into home in hot pursuit of fleeing misdemeanant
Timothy T. Coates
2013 Farmers Insurance Exchange v. Superior Court (Bautista) (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 1199
Court of Appeal holds that motor vehicle exclusion in a homeowners insurance policy applies to negligent supervision of a child killed by the family vehicle
Robert A. OlsonFeris M. Greenberger
2013 Adamo v. Fire Insurance Exchange (2013) 219 Cal.App.4th 1286
Court of Appeal affirms judgment for GMSR’s insurance carrier client in a coverage dispute involving “other structures.”
Robert A. OlsonGary J. Wax
2013 In re Meruelo Maddux Properties, Inc. (2013) 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112105
GMSR successfully defends bankruptcy court order confirming Chapter 11 reorganization plan on appeal
Robin MeadowGary J. Wax
2013 Truck Insurance Exchange v. Superior Court (Golden State Developers, Inc.) (2013) 2013 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 5487
GMSR obtains writ of mandate preventing disclosure of attorney-client privileged documents and communications
Robert A. Olson
2013 Today’s Fresh Start v. Los Angeles County Office of Education (2013) 57 Cal.4th 197
Case challenging the procedures for revoking a charter school’s charter; decision clarifies the standards governing charter school revocation proceedings
Alison M. TurnerTimothy T. Coates
2013 Corona Summit v. SPUS05 Corona Summit (2013) 2013 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 4633
GMSR obtains $66 million reduction of judgment and reversal of alter ego determination
Kent L. RichlandEdward L. Xanders
2013 Corenbaum v. Lampkin (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 1308 (amicus)
Court of Appeal holds unpaid amount of medical bills inadmissible to show future medical or noneconomic damages
Robert A. Olson
2013 Stoltenberg v. Ampton Investments (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 161
Deciding an issue of first impression in a published decision, the Court of Appeal grants GMSR’s motion to dismiss the defendants’ appeal from an $8.5 million fraud judgment under the “disentitlement doctrine”
Marc J. Poster
2013 Brown et al. v. Mid-Century Insurance Company (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 841
Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment for GMSR’s client, rejecting insurance coverage of slow, continuous water leak
Robert A. OlsonGary J. Wax
2013 Bank of America, N.A. v. Danny Lahave, et al. (2013) 2013 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 2161
GMSR obtains reversal in Court of Appeal in commercial guaranty action
Robert A. Olson
2013 Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council (2013) __U.S. __; 133 S.Ct. 710; 184 L.Ed.2d 547
United States Supreme Court held that the Ninth Circuit erred in holding the Los Angeles County Flood Control District liable for violations of the Clean Water Act
Timothy T. Coates
2012 Cardio Diagnostic Imaging, Inc. v. Farmers Group, Inc. et al. (2012) 212 Cal.App.4th 69
Affirming judgment for GMSR’s client, Court of Appeal holds that insurance policy exclusion for damage caused by water that “backs up or overflows” unambiguously applies to damage caused by toilet overflow due to blocked drain or sewer
Robert A. OlsonGary J. Wax
2012 Celador International, Inc. v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., et al. (2012) 499 Fed.Appx. 721, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 24820
Television show creator found contractually entitled to 50% of network’s profits; substantial evidence supported jury’s $269 million damages award
Robin MeadowRobert A. OlsonAlana H. Rotter
2012 Guerrette v. Farmers Group, Inc. et al. (2012) 2012 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 8636
Court of Appeal affirmed jury verdict for insurer, rejecting insured’s argument that denial of his fire damage claim was tantamount to cancelling his insurance policy and finding trial court did not err in admitting evidence of insured’s misrepresentations beyond those the insurer initially specified
Robert A. Olson
2012 Long, William T. v. County of Los Angeles (2012) 2012 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 7890
Court of Appeal rejects reimbursement of employee’s expenses under Labor Code 2802
Martin SteinCarolyn Oill
2012 Aguilar v. Goldstein (2012) 207 Cal.App.4th 1152
Breach of fiduciary duty claim not barred by anti-SLAPP statute, because it did not “arise from” earlier lawsuit filed by defendants
Kent L. Richland
2012 Ginsberg v. Gamson (2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 873
Court of Appeal reverses and directs entry of judgment for GMSR’s client in lease dispute, holding that lease was not perpetual
Robin Meadow
2012 Filarsky v. Delia (2012) 566 U.S. ____; 132 S.Ct. 1657; 182 L.Ed.2d 662 (amicus)
In a case that GMSR identified as a likely certiorari candidate and authored the sole amicus curiae brief supporting the certiorari petition, the Supreme Court reversed, holding that a private individual temporarily hired to carry out a public entity’s work is entitled to assert qualified immunity
Kent L. Richland
2012 Messerschmidt v. Millender (2012) 565 U.S. ____; 132 S.Ct. 1235; 182 L.Ed.2d 47
US Supreme Court held that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies were entitled to qualified immunity and thus could not be held personally liable for civil damages
Timothy T. Coates
2012 Coffee House v. Superior Court (2012) 2012 Cal.App. Unpub LEXIS 263
Shooting victims failed to show that any breach of duty by café proprietor caused their injuries
Robert A. OlsonAlana H. Rotter
2011 Flores v. County of Los Angeles (2011) 2011 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 9332
Wrongful death theory barred based on noncompliance with government claim statute
Martin SteinCarolyn Oill
2011 Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions Co. (2011) 52 Cal.4th 541 (amicus)
Recovery for economic medical damages
Robert A. Olson
2011 Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. v. Superior Court (2011) 196 Cal.App.4th 1263 (amicus)
Court of Appeal confirms broad scope of attorney-client and work product protection
Robin MeadowRobert A. OlsonCynthia E. TobismanJeffrey E. Raskin
2011 Stern v. Marshall (2011) 564 U.S. ____; 131 S.Ct. 2594; 180 L.Ed.2d 475
The Supreme Court held that a bankruptcy court has statutory authority to enter final judgment on a debtor’s state-law counterclaims against a creditor, but that Article III of the United States Constitution makes the statutory grant unconstitutional. It also held that 28 U.S.C. section 157(b)(5), which specifies that district courts must order that “personal injury tort and wrongful death claims” be tried in district court, is not jurisdictional and creditors can consent, through their conduct, to a bankruptcy court resolving such claims.
Kent L. RichlandAlan DiamondEdward L. Xanders
2011 Hill v. Sullivan Automotive Group, LLC (2011) 2011 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 3726
Employer’s failure to add hours on wage statement causes no injury
Robert A. OlsonAlana H. Rotter
2011 Moore v. USC University Hospital, Inc. (9th Cir. 2011) 416 Fed.Appx. 640, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 3860
Expert testimony on causation held insufficient in medical malpractice lawsuit
Timothy T. Coates
2010 Legal Defense Fund v. City of Huntington Beach (2010) 2010 Cal.App.Unpub. LEXIS 9862
Parks Challenges to funding mechanism for and electoral approval of new municipal senior center
Alison M. Turner
2010 Los Angeles County v. Humphries (2010) 562 U.S. ____; 131 S.Ct. 447; 178 L.Ed.2d 460
No declaratory or injunctive relief available in civil rights action against municipality under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 absent wrongful policy, custom or practice approved or knowingly tolerated by local public entity policymakers.
Timothy T. CoatesAlison M. Turner
2010 Delgado v. City of Riverside (2010) 2010 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 9084
Civil rights suit alleging unreasonable use of deadly force in effecting arrest barred where it would necessarily imply the invalidity of resisting arrest conviction
Timothy T. CoatesAlana H. Rotter
2010 Shah v. County of Los Angeles (9th Cir. 2010) 399 Fed.Appx. 305, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 21116
Award of attorney’s fees to successful civil rights defendant
Martin SteinAlison M. TurnerCynthia E. Tobisman
2010 Ra El v. Crain (9th Cir. 2010) 399 Fed.Appx. 180, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 20536
Civil rights suit barred where it would necessarily imply criminal conviction’s invalidity
Timothy T. CoatesJeffrey E. Raskin
2010 Roosen v. Farrell (2010) 2010 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 7115
Application of anti-SLAPP statute to attorney’s filing without express client consent of cross-claims in prior action
Robin Meadow
2010 Price v. Stossel (9th Cir. 2010) 620 F.3d 992
Ninth Circuit holds that district court erred in dismissing GMSR’s client’s express defamation claim against ABC on anti-SLAPP grounds.
Robert A. Olson
2010 Jules Jordan Video, Inc. v. 144942 Canada Inc., et al. (9th Cir. 2010) 617 F.3d 1146
Copyright infringement; work-for-hire doctrine
Marc J. Poster

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