attorney fees

Court of Appeal affirms attorney fee rulings favorable to GMSR’s client, and finds appellant forfeited his merits argument

As part of enforcing a judgment, a bank levied on the judgment debtor’s individual retirement account.  The debtor did not file a timely claim of exemption—and when the institution holding the account asked the trial court for directions on whether to comply with the levy,

Coastline JX Holdings LLC v. Bennett (2022) 80 Cal.App.5th 985

As part of enforcing a judgment, a bank levied on the judgment debtor’s individual retirement account.  The debtor did not file a timely claim of exemption—and when the institution holding the account asked the trial court for directions on whether to comply with the levy,

Court Of Appeal Reverses Order Setting Aside Default Judgment

In a 2013 lawsuit, GMSR’s bank client recovered a default judgment for damages and nearly $400,000 in attorney fees.  Seven years later, the defendant moved to set aside the judgment.  The trial court granted the motion on the basis that there were procedural defects in

May 11, 2022
Melendez v. Westlake Services, S273414.

#22-131 Melendez v. Westlake Services, S273414. (B306976; 74 Cal.App.5th 586; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BC722737.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal affirmed an order awarding attorney fees, costs, expenses, and prejudgment interest in a civil action. The court ordered briefing deferred pending

Success On Appeal In Section 1983 Cases—GMSR’s Tim Coates & Ted Xanders To Appear In Washington D.C. At IMLA’s 2022 Mid-Year Seminar

GMSR is proud to sponsor, and take part in, the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s (IMLA) 2022 Mid-Year Seminar taking place in Washington, D.C. (and online) from April 8-11, 2022. The IMLA is one of the foremost organizations serving the needs of attorneys representing governmental entities

The Ninth Circuit Affirms Attorney Fee Award Reducing Plaintiff’s Recovery In Light Of Her Limited Success

Plaintiff—who was improperly removed by County of Riverside social workers three days after she was born and then returned three days later—filed a Section 1983 putative class action, alleging thousands of other children had been wrongfully seized by the County.  Plaintiff engaged in extensive litigation,

A. A. v. County of Riverside (9th Cir. Mar. 18, 2022, No. 20-55960) 2022 WL 822187

Plaintiff—who was improperly removed by County of Riverside social workers three days after she was born and then returned three days later—filed a Section 1983 putative class action, alleging thousands of other children had been wrongfully seized by the County.  Plaintiff engaged in extensive litigation,

McKindra v. Tharaldson Financial Group, Inc. (Nov. 11, 2019, E069896) 2019 WL 6125912 [nonpublished opinion]

GMSR’s client, the defendant hotel, admitted negligence after plaintiffs were briefly exposed to bed bugs in their hotel room.  The jury returned a verdict awarding substantial compensatory damages and punitive damages on an intentional infliction of emotional distress claim for one plaintiff, and compensatory damages

Court of Appeal reverses compensatory and punitive damages and private attorney general fees in bed bug case

GMSR’s client, the defendant hotel, admitted negligence after plaintiffs were briefly exposed to bed bugs in their hotel room.  The jury returned a verdict awarding substantial compensatory damages and punitive damages on an intentional infliction of emotional distress claim for one plaintiff, and compensatory damages

Martinez v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (2011) 195 Cal.App.4th 1038

Plaintiff accepted a settlement offer under Code of Civil Procedure section 998 from GMSR’s client, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The offer provided that each party bear its own costs, but said nothing about attorney fees. The trial court denied plaintiff’s subsequent motion for

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