Landowner Liability

When someone is injured, when pollution occurs, when fire, flooding or electric shock emanates from a property, landowners are often sued.  GMSR has broad experience in handling such issues on appeal.  It has successfully represented clients in the California Supreme Court and intermediate appellate courts in cases that have shaped the contours of the law, for example, on landowner liability for others’ criminal conduct and for hiring independent contractors to work on the land, pollution liability, surface water drainage liability, and unwanted electrical current.

GMSR secures affirmance of summary judgment for vacation-rental owners

GMSR’s clients own a rental home in the Palm Springs area.  Two weeks into a stay at the home, the renters’ 12-year old child was injured when she walked full-speed into a sliding glass door dating back to 1958.  The renters sued GMSR’s clients, alleging

Campbell v. Budd (Oct. 18, 2022, B306687) 2022 WL 10252427 [nonpublished opinion]

GMSR secures affirmance of summary judgment for vacation-rental owners

Beaudreau v. Burnham USA Equities, Inc. et al. (Aug. 23, 2022, G059971) 2022 WL 3593351 [nonpublished opinion]

Court of Appeal reaffirms that businesses with perpendicular parking generally have no duty to protect against curb-jumping vehicles

Rosenthal v. City of Oakland (Aug. 27, 2020, A156881) 2020 WL 5051440 [nonpublished opinion]

Court of Appeal affirmed grants for summary judgment for GMSR’s private landowner client

Court of Appeal affirmed grants for summary judgment for GMSR’s private landowner client

Plaintiff tripped and fell over a defect on a municipal sidewalk next to property owned by GMSR’s client, Street 41, LLC.  He sued the City of Oakland and Street 41 for failing to maintain the sidewalk.  The trial court granted the City’s and Street 41’s

Leslie v. Southern California Edison Co. (Aug. 7, 2002, B149677) 2002 WL 1806005 [nonpublished opinion]

Negligent maintenance of easement

Keru Investments, Inc. v. Cube Co. (1998) 63 Cal.App.4th 1412

Duty of contractor who performed negligent earthquake retrofitting to subsequent purchaser who purchased building with notice of damage

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