Laurie

Dec 21, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
National Survey on Excess Liability For An Insurer’s Good-Faith Breach Of The Duty to Defend

Based on a brief Laurie wrote for the Nevada Supreme Court, this article in FDCC Insights (December 2017) surveys the law nationwide on whether an insurer’s liability for breaching the duty to defend can exceed policy limits, where there was no bad faith and no

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects California’s Assertion Of Personal Jurisdiction Over Drugmaker

In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court (June 19, 2017, Case No. 16-466), the United States Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 that California lacks “specific” personal jurisdiction over a pharmaceutical company, reversing a 4-3 decision last year by the California Supreme Court.  The case arises

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects California’s Assertion Of Personal Jurisdiction Over Drugmaker

In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court (June 19, 2017, Case No. 16-466), the United States Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 that California lacks “specific” personal jurisdiction over a pharmaceutical company, reversing a 4-3 decision last year by the California Supreme Court.  The case arises

Apr 26, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
Is This Appealable?

It’s April, and time for ASIC’s semi-annual installment of “Is This Appealable?” — a selection of adverse orders that arise frequently for trial counsel and litigants. As usual, these answers apply 95% of the time in California state courts; there are sometimes exceptions. 5. Is

Apr 26, 2017
SCOTUS Hears Specific-Jurisdiction Case From California

No clear leaning emerges from a review of the April 25 U.S. Supreme Court argument in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California. The “specific” personal jurisdiction issue presented:  whether a defendant can be sued in a state court for injury claims that would be

Mar 03, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
Laurie Hepler becomes GMSR’s second partner to hold FDCC membership

GMSR is proud to congratulate partner Laurie Hepler on becoming the firm’s second partner selected for membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel.  FDCC membership is by election only.  Nominated attorneys must have achieved professional distinction, and must enjoy the respect of opposing

Nat’l Fire Ins. Co. of Hartford v. Great American Ins. Company (March 1, 2017, B264238) 2017 WL 784661 [nonpublished opinion]

Hundreds of diners developed hepatitis, and several died, after consuming tainted green onions.  Two insurers of a company in the distribution chain agreed to transfer control of (at least) that company’s defense to the insurer with greater policy limits.  Years later, a jury found that

Tips: Critical New Trial Motion Deadlines, Daily Journal (February 27, 2017)

There are many deadlines to keep track of when moving for a new trial.  Which ones are jurisdictional, such that missing them will automatically result in the Court of Appeal reversing the grant of a new trial?  Laurie Hepler and Alana Rotter provide an overview

Feb 14, 2017 Laurie J. Hepler
Don’t Dive In—Wade

Appellate justices are generalists.  Last week on a single Court of Appeal calendar, I listened to arguments that debated whether the justices should: Require a retroactive increase in child support; Reverse a personal injury judgment for re-trial, due to the improper discharge of a juror;

Dec 16, 2016 Laurie J. Hepler
A Holiday Poem

Hone your prose and keep it short As you approach appellate court Prune the verbiage, Pitch your story! Yacking earns you zero glory   Hook ’em soon with why you win Own the high road, limit spin Lead with strength and deal with snags Inspire

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