Recent Wins

GMSR obtains reversal of order denying its client’s arbitration petition.

Advanced Air Management, Inc. v. Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Seven (Sept. 6, 2017, No. B265723, unpublished).  After GMSR’s client, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, performed maintenance on a business jet, the jet’s charter operator sued for breach of contract and negligence.  

Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment in favor of GMSR’s client in medical malpractice case.

Topete v. Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region (unpublished, 3rd Civ. C074716):  Plaintiff brought a medical malpractice action against GMSR’s client, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, and several individual physicians.  She sought to hold Sutter Health liable for negligent hiring or retention of one of the

Court of Appeal strikes punitive damage claim against employer of truck driver.

CRST, Inc. v. Superior Court, California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Four [published] Plaintiff sued the employer of a truck driver for negligent hiring/retention and sought punitive damages.  The trial court refused to strike the punitive damages allegations, but the Court of Appeal granted

GMSR successfully defends nurses and Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in summary judgment appeal arising from jail death.

The Ninth Circuit today affirmed summary judgment in favor of GMSR’s clients—the County of Los Angeles and a group of its employees—who were accused of deliberate indifference to a jailed patient’s medical needs.  The trial court found that the plaintiffs failed to produce evidence to

GMSR successfully defends judgment for husband in wife’s challenge to his accounting for marital property worth tens of millions of dollars.

After nearly three decades of marriage, husband (GMSR’s client) obtained dissolution. Wife, a former successful international banking and finance lawyer at a major law firm, claimed that during the marriage, husband, also a successful lawyer, hid marital assets worth millions of dollars. After a lengthy

The Ninth Circuit Holds That The ADA Does Not Preempt A City’s State-Law Contribution Claims Against Designers And Builders Of Deficient Public Facilities.

City of Los Angeles v. AECOM Services, Inc. (April 24, 2017, Ninth Circuit No. 15-56606)  __ F.3d __,  2017 WL 1431084.  This landmark preemption decision will benefit municipalities across the country.  Two disabled persons sued GMSR’s client, the City of Los Angeles, under Title II

GMSR successfully defends dismissal of action in favor of public entity.

In a second attempt by a restaurant owner to sue GMSR’s client, the County of Los Angeles, for allegedly imposing excessive and illegal health inspection fees, GMSR again prevailed in obtaining an affirmance of the judgment in the County’s favor based on res judicata principles. 

GMSR Successfully Defends Insurer In Bad Faith Action

An insured of GMSR’s client, Farmers Insurance, was injured when another driver rear-ended his car.  He sued the other driver, and she sued him back, not for the accident, but for an alleged verbal assault that occurred after the accident.  Farmers declined to defend the

GMSR wins affirmance of judgment for insurer in insurance coverage dispute.

An insured and his wife held two policies with a particular insurer, GMSR’s client:  a homeowners’ policy covering their own home and a special-dwelling policy covering a subdivided rental home.  The insured also had an auto coverage policy with a different carrier.  Both houses were

GMSR obtains reversal of summary judgment in Home Improvement profit-participation case, enabling the creators/producers to proceed to trial.

GMSR’s clients, the creators and producers of the hit television show Home Improvement, sued Disney for underpaying their profit participation.  Disney obtained summary judgment on the basis of an “incontestability clause” in its contract with plaintiffs that, Disney claimed and the trial court found, absolutely

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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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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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