Recent Wins

GMSR obtains reversal of summary judgment in Home Improvement profit-participation case, enabling the creators/producers to proceed to trial.

GMSR’s clients, the creators and producers of the hit television show Home Improvement, sued Disney for underpaying their profit participation.  Disney obtained summary judgment on the basis of an “incontestability clause” in its contract with plaintiffs that, Disney claimed and the trial court found, absolutely

GMSR wins appeal in contract dispute between insurers

National Fire Ins. Co. of Hartford v. Great American Ins. Co. (Mar. 1, 2017, B264238).  Hundreds of diners developed hepatitis, and several died, after consuming tainted green onions.  Two insurers of a company in the distribution chain agreed to transfer control of (at least) that

GMSR Wins Affirmance Of Anti-SLAPP Ruling

Melamed v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Feb. 27, 2017, B263095) __ Cal.App.5th __. A physician sued a hospital and some doctors, alleging that the summary suspension of his medical staff privileges was motivated by retaliatory animus.  The Court of Appeal affirmed the dismissal of the suit under the anti-SLAPP statute. 

California Supreme Court rules in favor of GMSR’s client in holding that attorney invoices in pending legal matters are completely protected by the attorney –client privilege

L.A. County Bd. of Supervisors v. Superior Court (Dec. 29, 2016, S226645).  In a 4-3 decision in Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court (ACLU) the California Supreme Court agreed with GMSR’s client in holding that everything in attorney invoices in pending cases,

GMSR obtains dismissal of appeal from summary judgment

Malbrue v. County of Los Angeles, 2016 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 8977.  Plaintiff sued for the wrongful death of his father who died while in police custody.  The court granted summary judgment for GMSR’s client, the County of Los Angeles, after plaintiff failed timely to introduce

GMSR secures another win on appeal, this time in Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment v. Castaic Lake Water Agency

Santa Clarita Org. for Planning & Environment v. Castaic Lake Water Agency (2016) 1 Cal.App.5th 1084. In a published opinion, Division 2 of the Second DCA upheld the right of GMSR’s client, the Castaic Lake Water Agency, to acquire all of the stock of a privately

GMSR obtains reversal of summary judgment against its client

Michelson v. Proskauer Rose, LLP, 2016 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 4701. GMSR’s client sued a law firm for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice, based upon the firm’s issuance of opinion letters regarding purportedly tax-advantaged investments that the Internal Revenue Service later determined were

GMSR obtains the vacating of a default judgment and award for attorney fees against one client, and affirmation of a finding of qualified immunity in favor of another

Figueroa v. County of Los Angeles (9th Cir. 2016) 651 Fed.Appx. 709. In an action alleging excessive force arising out of an incident in the Visitor’s Center of the Men’s Central Jail, the Ninth Circuit vacated a default judgment against one of two GMSR clients

Maine Supreme Judicial Court adopts proof standards for product liability

Grant v. Foster Wheeler, LLC, et al. (2016) 2016 ME 85 (Maine Supreme Judicial Court) [published]. Announcing new law in Maine, the court affirmed summary judgment for GMSR’s client Warren Pumps, LLC, and other manufacturers on whose behalf we briefed the key issues. Maine’s highest

GMSR successfully defends judgment enforcing settlement agreement

Martinez v. Southern California Edison Company (2016) 2016 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 3945 (California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three) [unpublished]. The plaintiff was injured while trimming trees and sued GMSR’s client, Southern California Edison, and one of Edison’s subcontractors. When the subcontractor’s default

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