News & Publications

Jun 19, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects California’s Assertion Of Personal Jurisdiction Over Drugmaker

In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court (June 19, 2017, Case No. 16-466), the United States Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 that California lacks “specific” personal jurisdiction over a pharmaceutical company, reversing a 4-3 decision last year by the California Supreme Court.  The case arises

Alana Rotter and Cindy Tobisman warn what lawyers should avoid when voluntarily dismissing claims to hasten appellate review

After a significant adverse ruling, lawyers may attempt to hasten appellate review by stipulating to voluntarily dismiss the remaining claims and have judgment entered.  But not all stipulated dismissals will result in an appealable judgment.  In the Spring 2017 ABTL Report, Alana Rotter and Cindy

Three GMSR Attorneys Selected to the 2017 Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars List

Super Lawyers has named GMSR appellate lawyers Alana Rotter, Gary Wax, and David Hackett to its list of 2017 Southern California Rising Stars.  Alana and Gary have been included on the list for several years, and GMSR is proud to have David join them for

Jun 05, 2017 Alana H. Rotter
Alana Rotter offers tips on what defense lawyers need to know about anti-SLAPP appeals

Anti-SLAPP motions are a popular way to nip lawsuits in the bud, both in state court and in federal court cases that involve state law claims.  But different rules govern the appealability of anti-SLAPP rulings in state and federal court, and the federal rules are

GMSR Receives Top Rankings for 2017 from Chambers and Partners USA

GMSR once again has been ranked Band 1 in California for Litigation: Appellate Law by Chambers and Partners USA, one of only three firms to receive that ranking.  Additionally, partners Kent Richland and Robin Meadow both received top rankings (Band 1) in California, among a

May 22, 2017 Alana H. Rotter
Alana Rotter Admitted to the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers

GMSR is proud to announce that partner Alana Rotter has become a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (CAAL).  Academy membership is limited to highly experienced and skilled appellate lawyers in California.  To be considered, a candidate must have a minimum of ten

May 05, 2017 Robin Meadow
The National Law Journal Designates GMSR partner Robin Meadow as a “Trailblazer”

GMSR partner Robin Meadow has once again been recognized for his role as the petitioners’ counsel in Estate of Duke (2015) 61 Cal.4th 871.  He previously received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award.  Now, the National Law Journal has designated Robin as

Is The Pendergrass Rule Greener On The Other Side?: The Need For Strict Limits On Promissory Fraud Claims After Riverisland.

GMSR partner Ted Xanders provides an in-depth look at the myriad promissory fraud issues that remain unresolved after Riverisland Cold Storage, Inc. v. Fresno-Madera Production Credit Association, 291 P.3d 316 (Cal. 2013) (Riverisland) abrogated the Pendergrass rule.  The Pendergrass rule had barred evidence of fraudulent

Apr 26, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
SCOTUS Hears Specific-Jurisdiction Case From California

No clear leaning emerges from a review of the April 25 U.S. Supreme Court argument in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California. The “specific” personal jurisdiction issue presented:  whether a defendant can be sued in a state court for injury claims that would be

Apr 17, 2017 Robert A. Olson
Wretched Excess – Working with Umbrella and Excess Coverage to Manage the Large Claim

Originally prepared and presented at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) 2017 Annual Conference—GMSR partner Robert Olson explores the law affecting the rights and duties of primary and excess carriers vis a vis each other.

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