April 24, 2014 Issue By: Ramsey F. Kawar Jaklin Mikhal Romine v. Johnson Controls, Inc. et al. Court Of Appeal, Second District (March 17, 2014) Product liability cases can involve complex mechanisms of injury, and multiple design and manufacturing defendants. In this case, the Court of Appeal addressed a matter where defendants claimed a products…

April 17, 2014 | Author: Kurt Bridgman Issue By: Kurt Bridgman Leslie Falcon, et. al. v. Long Beach Genetics, Inc. et. al. Court Of Appeal, Fourth District (March 18, 2014) Civil Code Section 47(b), known as the litigation privilege, provides that a ‘publication or broadcast’ made as part of a ‘judicial proceeding’ is privileged. It…

April 10, 2014 | Author: David L. Blinn Issue By: David L. Blinn Bock v. Hansen Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (April 2, 2014) 40 years ago in Gruenberg v. Aetna Ins. Co. (1973), the California Supreme Court held that in general, an insurance company’s agents and employees cannot be sued for conspiring with…

April 07, 2014 | Author: Thomas J. LoSavio Paulus v Crane Co. Second District Court of Appeal, Division Three, Action # B246505 (Filed Feb. 21, 2014, modified Mar. 24, 2014) 224 Cal.App.4th 1357 In asbestos-related personal injury cases, the determination of whether a particular defendant’s product was or was not a substantial factor in contributing…

April 04, 2014 | Author: Laura S. Flynn Issue By: Laura S. Flynn Anthony H. Noceti, et al. v. Rex Whorton Court of Appeal, Third District (March 18, 2014) Code of Civil Procedure Section 473 has provisions that allow a court to set aside actions taken against a party through mistake, inadvertence, surprise or neglect,…

April 04, 2014 | Author: Thomas J. LoSavio City of San Jose v. Superior Court of Santa Clara County (Ted Smith, Real Party) Sixth District Court of Appeal, Action # H039498 (Filed Mar. 27, 2014) 2014 WL 1254821 ____Cal.App.4th____ The California Public Records Act, Government Code section 6250 and following (“CPRA”); has as its general…

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