Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment for GMSR clients, upholding trial court’s rejection of plaintiff’s untimely opposition.

Krishnan v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (2008) 2008 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 561 (California Second District Court of Appeal, Division Eight) [unpublished]. Defendants moved for summary judgment on a medical malpractice claim. Plaintiff filed his opposition more than a week late, asking the trial court to excuse the lateness because of an unspecified calendaring error by his counsel’s office. The trial court denied the request and granted summary judgment as unopposed. Representing the defendants on appeal, GMSR attorneys Robin Meadow, Jens Koepke, and Alana Hoffman argued that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in rejecting the late opposition and that the defendants would have been entitled to summary judgment even with the opposition. The Court of Appeal agreed on both counts, accepting all of GMSR’s arguments and affirming the summary judgment for defendants.