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GMSR’s Alana Rotter Authors Article On Appellate Stays

Alana Rotter’s article Hitting the Pause Button: Stays Pending Appeal offers practical guidance on how to stay judgment enforcement pending appeal.  The article explains which types of orders and judgments are automatically stayed, options for obtaining a non-automatic stay, and the timing for getting a

Counting the minutes… Calculating the deadline for requesting a statement of decision, Daily Journal (June 10, 2019)

Dane-Elec Corp., USA v. Bodokh (2019) 35 Cal.App.5th 761 is a cautionary tale for any proceeding that hovers around the eight-hour mark.  Under Code of Civil Procedure section 632, if a trial concludes “within one calendar day or in less than eight hours over more

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects California’s Assertion Of Personal Jurisdiction Over Drugmaker

In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court (June 19, 2017, Case No. 16-466), the United States Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 that California lacks “specific” personal jurisdiction over a pharmaceutical company, reversing a 4-3 decision last year by the California Supreme Court.  The case arises

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects California’s Assertion Of Personal Jurisdiction Over Drugmaker

In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court (June 19, 2017, Case No. 16-466), the United States Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 that California lacks “specific” personal jurisdiction over a pharmaceutical company, reversing a 4-3 decision last year by the California Supreme Court.  The case arises

In Practice: ‘Kurwa’ Shuts a Door to an Early Appeal

The Recorder (October 17, 2013) When a trial court decides a core issue in a pretrial proceeding but leaves peripheral claims pending, appellate relief is generally unavailable because there is no final judgment.  Litigants have tried to create the necessary finality by voluntarily dismissing the

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