GMSR has a stellar track record and reputation as writs and appeals attorneys. Below is a sample of recent wins for our clients.

Court of Appeal affirms dismissal of movie theater’s property insurance claim for pandemic-related business losses

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Starlight Cinemas suffered business losses as a result of government closure orders and reduced ticket and concession sales.  Starlight sued its property insurer (GMSR’s client) to cover these losses, claiming the closures and reduced attendance constituted “direct physical loss” to its

Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment, finding no duty in case alleging inadequate streetlighting by public utility

While on their nightly walk to a neighborhood park, the plaintiffs’ parents were hit in a crosswalk.  The plaintiffs sued Caltech and GMSR’s client, the public utility that provided streetlighting in the area.  The plaintiffs contended that because of Caltech’s efforts to mitigate light pollution

GMSR notches another appellate win in high-stakes COVID insurance litigation

Plaintiff In-N-Out Burgers sought coverage from its property insurer for losses it argued were sustained as a result of the COVID-19 virus.  Like dozens of other unsuccessful COVID-19-era lawsuits against insurance carriers, it argued there was “direct physical loss of or damage” to its property

Court of Appeal affirms defense verdict in $40 million case alleging false financial statements, finding no prejudice from claimed instructional error

GMSR’s clients sold their Mercedes dealership to plaintiffs for $100 million.  Several years later, plaintiffs sued, claiming that the financial statements the clients gave them were inaccurate and led them to overvalue the dealership’s good will by $40 million.  After the clients defeated plaintiffs’ fraud

GMSR secures reversal of “arbitrary” attorney fee award

GMSR’s client sued a loan servicer for quiet title and related claims, alleging the loan servicer recorded documents that interfered with the client’s right under the Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL) to take free-and-clear title to property at a court-ordered sale.  The parties stipulated to a

Court of Appeal affirms dismissal of wrongful foreclosure, contract, and quiet title claims against GMSR’s client

A rental property owner with a mortgage from GMSR’s client defaulted on the mortgage.  GMSR’s client tried to foreclose on the property, but the owner resisted at every turn.  He and his agents filed four bankruptcy actions ultimately deemed to be bad faith efforts to

GMSR secures another Court of Appeal win holding that manufacturers cannot offset their Song-Beverly Act damages by amounts the plaintiff receives for trading in a “lemon” vehicle

The Song-Beverly Act requires car manufacturers to promptly buy back defective cars without the consumer having to sue.  Consumer advocates have long argued that manufacturers may not offset damages for amounts that plaintiffs are credited when they sell or trade in a defective car under

Court of Appeal reverses denial of alter ego motion

Code of Civil Procedure section 187 permits trial courts to disregard the corporate shield by amending judgments to include alter egos of the original judgment debtor.  Invoking section 187, GMSR’s client moved to add two individuals to a judgment against the individuals’ LLCs.  The trial

Court of Appeal reverses custody order barring GMSR client from contacting her children while they attend an intensive family reunification program

A family law judge ordered that a father was permitted to enroll himself and his two teenage children in “a week-long program such as Family Bridges.”  Purporting to merely “implement” this order, father asked the court to order the children to attend Family Bridges, which

Court of Appeal affirms judgment for GMSR’s client, ordering enforcement of its Beverly Hills ground lease through 2102

In 2003, GMSR’s client purchased the ground lease of a prime Beverly Hills commercial property.  The lease was set to expire in 2058, but after a few years the landlord agreed to extend it through 2123, in return for a $1.5 million up-front payment. Ten

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