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.

GMSR wins affirmance of judgment enforcing prospective liability waiver

Murphy v. Richardson (2016) 2016 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 1732 (California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One) [unpublished]. Plaintiff sued a religious sober-living home where he resided, for injuries he suffered in a car accident when a home employee was driving him to apply for

Court of Appeal holds that GMSR’s landlord clients had no duty to inspect tenants’ unit for dangerous bombmaking activities

Garcia v. Holt (2015) 242 Cal.App.4th 600 (California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One) [published]. GMSR’s landlord clients rented their single family home to a couple month to month. The landlords had no reason to suspect that one of the tenants was manufacturing

Garcia v. Holt (2015) 242 Cal.App.4th 600

Court of Appeal holds that GMSR’s landlord clients had no duty to inspect tenants’ unit for dangerous bombmaking activities

GMSR obtains writ directing summary judgment in favor of UCLA in student’s negligence lawsuit

The Regents of the University of California v. Superior Court (2015) 240 Cal.App.4th 1296 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven) [published]. Plaintiff was an undergraduate student at UCLA. Unprovoked, another student in her chemistry lab class pulled a kitchen knife and stabbed

Regents of the University of Cal. v. Superior Court (2015) 240 Cal.App.4th 1296

GMSR obtains writ directing summary judgment in favor of UCLA in student’s negligence lawsuit

Wilson v. Southern Cal. Edison Co. (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 123

Court of Appeal reverses $4 million emotional distress judgment

Court of Appeal reverses $4 million emotional distress judgment

Wilson v. Southern California Edison (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 123 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Four) [published]. The plaintiff experienced what she called a “tingling sensation” at her showerhead that turned out to be stray voltage emanating from the next-door power substation owned

Breeden v. Superior Court, 2014 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 7216

Two pet pit bulls mauled an animal control officer who was attempting to impound them. The animal control officer sued the dogs’ owner and the owner’s landlord. The trial court denied the landlord’s motion for summary judgment. On behalf of the landlord, GMSR petitioned the

Court of Appeal rules that animal control officer assumes the risk of being bitten in directing that summary judgment be entered for GMSR’s client

Breeden v. Superior Court (2014) 2014 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 7216 (California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two) [unpublished]. Two pet pit bulls mauled an animal control officer who was attempting to impound them. The animal control officer sued the dogs’ owner and the

Barrett v. Leech, 2014 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 5185

A horse owner hired a farrier to trim his horses’ hooves in the owner’s outdoor corral. While the farrier was trying to secure one of the horses, the horse bumped into him. He fell backwards and hit his head on one of many obvious sharp

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PUBLIC ENTITIES

Whether on appeal, assisting trial counsel, or advising government officials contemplating legislative action, GMSR provides unique insight into the complex laws that impact public entities.

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INSURERS

Where coverage may exist, GMSR represents insureds on appeal effectively and efficiently. Where it does not, the firm protects insurers’ right to deny claims.

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GMSR vigorously advocates the rights of individual plaintiffs and defendants, in both state and federal appellate courts.

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