summary judgment

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

Pham et al. v. Southern California Edison Company (May 2, 2023, B316026) 2023 WL 3189810 [nonpublished opinion]

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

Banc of California National Association v. Federal Insurance Company (9th Cir. Dec. 12, 2022, No. 21-56179) 2022 WL 17583056

GMSR gets summary judgment reversed for bank seeking insurance coverage of forgery loss

Beaudreau v. Burnham USA Equities, Inc. et al. (Aug. 23, 2022, G059971) 2022 WL 3593351 [nonpublished opinion]

Court of Appeal reaffirms that businesses with perpendicular parking generally have no duty to protect against curb-jumping vehicles

Ray v. State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. Co. (9th Cir. Oct. 21, 2021, No. 20-55989) 2021 WL 4902357

Ninth Circuit affirms judgment, rejecting plaintiffs’ belated effort to change insurance bad faith theories

Court Of Appeal Affirms Defense Summary Judgment Based On Issue Preclusion As To The Appellant’s Unclean Hands

A rogue employee of a title company promoted a Ponzi scheme in which she obtained investments from the appellant, a real estate entrepreneur whom she knew from handling his escrow business. When the scheme collapsed and the appellant purportedly lost about $9 million, he sued

Lopez v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Dec. 14, 2020, B296598) 2020 WL 7332045 [nonpublished opinion]

GMSR wins affirmance of summary judgment for employer on disability discrimination claims

Coastline RE Holdings Corp. v. Cunningham (June 7, 2019, C076994) 2019 WL 2402272 [nonpublished opinion]

Court of Appeal affirms $3.9 million judgment on commercial guaranty, holding that federal law bars guarantor’s assertion of “sham guaranty” defense

McCormick-Gordon v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Jan. 24, 2005, B172622) 2005 WL 236558 [nonpublished opinion]

Propriety of rejecting medical malpractice expert’s testimony on the basis of the expert’s lack of qualifications and his failure to provide a reasonable basis for his opinions

Nov 29, 2004 Healthcare Law
Slack v. Regents of University of California (Nov. 29, 2004, B164521) 2004 WL 2699976 [nonpublished opinion]

Appropriateness of trial court’s denial of trial continuance

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