Tort Litigation

GMSR’s appellate work has been on the leading edge of important tort issues, running the gamut from duty to breach to causation and damages.  GMSR’s substantive experience includes personal injury, property damage, fraud and misrepresentation, products liability, landowner liability, vicarious liability, defamation and invasion of privacy, and construction defects.

Johnson v. Williams (July 7, 2021, C088920) 2021 WL 2819851 [nonpublished opinion]

GMSR’s client admitted negligence arising out of a low speed rear-end collision, but denied that plaintiffs suffered any resulting damages.  The Court of Appeal affirmed the jury’s judgment of no damages, and rejected the claim that the trial court abused its discretion by allowing questions

Court Of Appeal Affirms No-damages Judgment In GMSR Client’s Favor

GMSR’s client admitted negligence arising out of a low speed rear-end collision, but denied that plaintiffs suffered any resulting damages.  The Court of Appeal affirmed the jury’s judgment of no damages, and rejected the claim that the trial court abused its discretion by allowing questions

Court Of Appeal Orders Trial Court To Vacate Erroneous Stay Order

Plaintiffs opted out of a consumer class action to pursue individual relief. The trial court, however, mistakenly believed that plaintiffs were still members of the class. During the hearing on defendant’s demurrer, the trial court stayed the case on its own motion, refusing to hear

Almendarez v. Superior Court (May 11, 2021, G059881) 2021 WL 1881641 [nonpublished opinion]

Plaintiffs opted out of a consumer class action to pursue individual relief. The trial court, however, mistakenly believed that plaintiffs were still members of the class. During the hearing on defendant’s demurrer, the trial court stayed the case on its own motion, refusing to hear

Ninth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment For GMSR Clients, Holding A Claimed “Dying Declaration” Inadmissible

Plaintiff’s attorney in this asbestos case presented a declaration just before plaintiff’s death, purporting to identify the manufacturers of products he was exposed to decades earlier.  Plaintiff signed the document the day before he died.  The Ninth Circuit held that the document did not fit

Varney v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (9th Cir. 2021) 838 Fed.Appx. 777816

Plaintiff’s attorney in this asbestos case presented a declaration just before plaintiff’s death, purporting to identify the manufacturers of products he was exposed to decades earlier. Plaintiff signed the document the day before he died. The Ninth Circuit held that the document did not fit

GMSR Obtains Reversal Of $15 Million Punitive Damages Award

GMSR convinced the Court of Appeal to reverse a $15 million punitive damages award against GMSR’s client in a case involving alleged exposure to asbestos-cement pipe. The Court of Appeal rejected plaintiffs’ argument that there was an exception to the “officer, director, or managing agent”

Morgan v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc. (2021) 60 Cal.App.5th 1078

GMSR convinced the Court of Appeal to reverse a $15 million punitive damages award against GMSR’s client in a case involving alleged exposure to asbestos-cement pipe. The Court of Appeal rejected plaintiffs’ argument that there was an exception to the “officer, director, or managing agent”

GMSR Secures Win For Its Public Utility Client: Court Of Appeal Affirms Summary Judgment

A construction worker was electrocuted when his crewmember moved the aerial lift basket he was riding in close to a 60-foot power line owned by GMSR’s client, Southern California Edison.  The construction worker sued, alleging that Edison had negligently failed to remove or de-energize the

Carracela v. Southern California Edison Co. (Dec. 11, 2020, B294297) 2020 WL 7296575 [nonpublished opn.]

A construction worker was electrocuted when his crewmember moved the aerial lift basket he was riding in close to a 60-foot power line owned by GMSR’s client, Southern California Edison.  The construction worker sued, alleging that Edison had negligently failed to remove or de-energize the

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