Associate attorney Melanie O’Brien has been selected as an Outstanding Volunteer for her work in 2015 for the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC). She has been recognized as part of the top 15 percent of volunteers who have made extraordinary contributions to the JDC. We congratulate Ms. O’Brien…

Issue By:  David L. Blinn Larry Haering v. Topa Insurance Company Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (February 3, 2016) Uninsured (“UM”) and Underinsured Motorist Coverage (“UIM”) were created by statute (Insurance Code §11580.2), and are required, with certain minimal limits, in all primary automobile liability policies.  The statutory requirement does not apply to excess…

Issue By:  Christine B. Reed Supreme Court Approves Public Entity Design Immunity Defense Randall Keith Hampton, et al. v. County of San Diego Supreme Court of California (December 10, 2015) In California, a public entity can be liable for injuries caused by dangerous conditions of public property – including roads.  However, the public entity may…

Issue By:  Guy W. Stilson William Jae Kim, et al. v. Toyota Motor Corporation, et al. Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (January 19, 2016) William Jae Kim and Hee Jon Kim filed a strict products liability action against Toyota Motor Corporation after William lost control of his 2005 Toyota Tundra pickup and was involved…

Issue By:  David L. Blinn Varadanyan v. Amco Insurance Company Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (January 7, 2016) Insurance Code section 530 codifies the “efficient proximate cause doctrine” in resolving first party insurance disputes involving multiple risks or perils, some of which are covered, others of which are not.  That section provides for an…

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