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Ixchel Pharma, LLC v. Biogen, Inc. (Aug. 3, 2020, No. S256927) __ P.3d __ [2020 WL 4432623]

Plaintiff had an at-will contract with a non-party to develop a drug based on a certain active ingredient.  Defendant Biogen reached its own deal with that non-party to settle patent disputes and to license the same active ingredient—requiring that the at-will contract with Plaintiff be

Hishmeh Enterprises, Inc. v. City of Porterville (June 22, 2020, F074356, F074357, F077323) 2020 WL 3410926

Plaintiffs were struck by a car while crossing a street near an inoperative streetlight. GMSR’s client, Southern California Edison, serviced the streetlight. Plaintiffs sued, alleging that Edison was negligent in allowing the light to be off. On summary judgment, the trial court ruled that Edison

Quincy Jones v. MJJ Productions, Inc. (May 5, 2020, B285986) 2020 WL 2140759 [nonpublished opinion]

Quincy Jones sued MJJ Productions, claiming it owed him money related to three Michael Jackson albums he produced in the 1970s and 1980s.  A jury awarded Jones $9.4 million.  As co-counsel for MJJ on appeal, GMSR challenged $6.8 million of the award, arguing they were

Estate of Sun Mi Choi (Mar. 27, 2020, B298467) 2020 WL 1482403 [nonpublished opinion]

Court of Appeal affirms GMSR clients’ appointment as general administrators of a large estate. The probate court had appointed GMSRs’ clients — professional fiduciaries — as special administrators to manage decedent’s businesses after her death. When the special administrators examined the companies’ finances, they discovered

Picazzo v. C.W. Driver, Inc. (Feb. 28, 2020, B289070) 2020 WL 967087 [nonpublished opinion]

GMSR’s client, a workers’ compensation carrier, paid benefits to an injured employee of its insured, a security company. The employee sued others for negligence, including the university where he had been assigned to work for a number of years. The jury found the university at

Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship v. County of Riverside (9th Cir. 2020) 948 F.3d 1172

In Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship v. County of Riverside, the Ninth Circuit affirmed judgment for GMSR’s client, the County of Riverside, in a suit asserting that a County zoning ordinance was facially invalid under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) as purportedly disallowing

Endurance American Specialty Insurance Company v. Bennington Group, LLC (Jan. 31, 2020, B285909) 2020 WL 502631 [nonpublished opinion]

In a unanimous unpublished opinion, the Second Appellate District, Division Five has affirmed a summary judgment in favor of GMSR’s carrier client on the ground that a misrepresentation in the insurance application entitled the insurer to rescind the insurance policy. Rescission allows the carrier to

In re Marriage of Liu (Jan. 28, 2020, A155732) 2020 WL 477616 [nonpublished opinion]

Representing the husband in a post-dissolution family law proceeding, GMSR prevailed on wife’s appeal from the superior court’s order denying her motion to set aside their marital settlement agreement.  Wife and her counsel  had prepared and presented to then-unrepresented husband all preliminary disclosures and the

Gamerberg v. 3000 E. 11th St., LLC (2020) 44 Cal.App.5th 424

In a published opinion, the Court of Appeal reversed a judgment against GMSR’s client and directed the trial court to enter judgment in its favor.  GMSR’s client purchased a commercial warehouse property in 1994 without actual or constructive notice of an unrecorded 1950 agreement that

McKindra v. Tharaldson Financial Group, Inc. (Nov. 11, 2019, E069896) 2019 WL 6125912 [nonpublished opinion]

GMSR’s client, the defendant hotel, admitted negligence after plaintiffs were briefly exposed to bed bugs in their hotel room.  The jury returned a verdict awarding substantial compensatory damages and punitive damages on an intentional infliction of emotional distress claim for one plaintiff, and compensatory damages