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Ninth Circuit grants GMSR’s motion to dismiss interlocutory appeal from discovery ruling

GMSR, representing the defendant seeking to take the deposition, moved to dismiss the appeal. The motion argued that Ninth Circuit case law precludes a party from appealing an interlocutory discovery ruling, and that the same rationale should apply to non-party IMS because its objections were identical to Valley’s.

Court of Appeal affirms dismissal of nuisance and inverse condemnation claims against GMSR’s water district client

Homeowners sued GMSR’s client, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), as well as other water districts, for nuisance and inverse condemnation, asserting that water provided by MWD to their homes contained disinfectants that caused pinhole leaks in their plumbing. In a published opinion, the Court of

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

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 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. 

California Supreme Court rules in favor of GMSR’s client in holding that attorney invoices in pending legal matters are completely protected by the attorney –client privilege

L.A. County Bd. of Supervisors v. Superior Court (Dec. 29, 2016, S226645).  In a 4-3 decision in Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court (ACLU) the California Supreme Court agreed with GMSR’s client in holding that everything in attorney invoices in pending cases,

GMSR wins dismissal of lawsuit claiming entitlement to a reward

Heltebrake v. City of Riverside (2015) 2015 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 9469 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Five) [unpublished]. Plaintiff sued public entities that had offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Christopher Dorner, claiming that

Court of Appeal holds that attorney bills transmitted to clients are confidential communications protected by the attorney client privilege

County of Los Angeles v. Superior Court (ACLU) (2015) 235 Cal.App.4th 1154 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three) [published]. The ACLU, along with an individual, made a Public Records Act request to the County of Los Angeles, seeking copies of billing statements

Jan 15, 2013 Martin Stein, Gary J. Wax Government Liability
Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment in favor of GMSR’s public entity client in government tort claim dispute

San Jose v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority et al. (2013) 2013 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 297 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Two) [unpublished]. GMSR’s client, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (the MTA) rejected plaintiff’s government tort claim through its duly

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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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BUSINESSES

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