California Supreme Court Watch

Apr 27, 2016
#16-130 Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc., S232946

#16-130 Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc., S232946. (B256314; 244 Cal.App.4th 590, mod. 245 Cal.App.4th 63b; Los Angeles County Superior Court; YC067332.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal reversed the judgment in a civil action. This case presents the following issues: (1) May a court rely on non-legislative expressions of public policy to overturn an arbitration award on illegality grounds? (2) Can a sophisticated consumer of legal services, represented by counsel, give its informed consent to an advance waiver of conflicts of interest? (3) Does a conflict of interest that undisputedly caused no damage to the client and did not affect the value or quality of an attorney’s work automatically (i) require the attorney to disgorge all previously paid fees, and (ii) preclude the attorney from recovering the reasonable value of the unpaid work?

Review granted 04/27/2016 | Oral argument: 06/05/2018

See the Petition for Review

See the Court of Appeal opinion

See the Petition for Review

GMSR represents J-M Manufacturing Co.