California Supreme Court

Niedermeier v. FCA US LLC (2024) 15 Cal.5th 792

California Supreme Court: GMSR’s consumer client is entitled to full statutory restitution under California’s lemon law—without offset

Feb 13, 2024 Alana H. Rotter
What Makes A Good Petition For Review?

Clients who lose in the Court of Appeal often ask about pursuing review in the California Supreme Court.  The Court grants just a small fraction of the petitions for review that it receives each year.  Here are some factors to consider in assessing the likelihood

GMSR’s Cindy Tobisman appears in front of California Supreme Court

On December 5, GMSR’s co-managing partner, Cindy Tobisman, argued on behalf of car consumer, Lisa Niedermeier, at the California Supreme Court. GMSR’s client sued an auto manufacturer under California’s Lemon Law (the Song-Beverly Act) for failing to repair or replace her defective vehicle despite sixteen

GMSR to California Supreme Court: The Song-Beverly Act’s Express Warranty Protections Apply To Used Cars Sold With Active Manufacturer Warranties

Earlier this year, GMSR convinced the Supreme Court to grant review of Rodriguez v. FCA US LLC’s novel holding that the Song-Beverly Act’s express warranty protections don’t apply to consumers who purchase or lease used cars with active manufacturer warranties.  The grant of review strips

The California Supreme Court Thanks GMSR For Its Pro Bono Service

The California Supreme Court recently invited and appointed GMSR lawyers Jeffrey Raskin and Stefan Love as pro bono counsel to argue in support of a Court of Appeal opinion—Guardianship of Saul H.—in which the Supreme Court had granted review.  The case involved important issues concerning

Aug 10, 2022
Wing v. Chico Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP, S274939.

#22-226 Wing v. Chico Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP, S274939. (B310232; 78 Cal.App.5th 22; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BC719077.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal affirmed an order denying a petition to compel arbitration in a civil action. Petition for review granted;

Aug 10, 2022
Sanchez v. MC Painting, S274780.

#22-225 Sanchez v. MC Painting, S274780. (D078817; nonpublished opinion; San Diego County Superior Court; 37-2020-00030754-CU-OE-CTL.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal affirmed an order denying a petition to compel arbitration in a civil action. Petition for review granted; briefing deferred: 8/10/2022 “The court

Aug 10, 2022
Romero v. Shih, S275023.

#22-218 Romero v. Shih, S275023. (B310069; 78 Cal.App.5th 326; Los Angeles County Superior Court; EC064933.) Petitions for review after the Court of Appeal affirmed in part and reversed in part a judgment in a civil action. This case presents the following issue: Did the trial

Jun 19, 2022 Kent L. Richland
Kent Richland’s Legacy to the California Supreme Court Historical Society

GMSR’s Kent Richland, longtime member and former president of the California Supreme Court Historical Society, is congratulated and recognized by the Society for his multiple achievements: CSCHS Review-Spring/Summer 2022, Kent Richland’s Legacy  

“A ‘clear and convincing’ appellate standard,” Daily Journal (August 4, 2020)

Daily Journal “A ‘clear and convincing’ appellate standard” article by GMSR appellate lawyers Robert Olson and Ted Xanders. In a recent opinion, the California Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision authored by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, resolved over a century of uncertainty over how appellate

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