Issue By: Leeh A. DiBello Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Superior Court California, San Francisco County, et al. United States Supreme Court (June 19, 2019) More than 600 plaintiffs (most of whom were not California residents) brought product liability claims against Bristol Myers-Squibb Co. (“BMS”) in a California state court. Plaintiffs alleged personal injuries from ingesting…

Issue By: Charles S. Redfield Carmen Zubillaga v. Allstate Indemnity Company Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (June 19, 2017) The “genuine dispute doctrine” provides an insurer a defense against a bad faith claim when there is a genuine dispute with the insured as to the existence of coverage or the amount of the insured’s…

Edited by: Charles Redfield Alan Heimlich v. Shiraz M. Shivji Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (May 31, 2017) Must a party that has served a statutory offer to compromise pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 998 present it to the arbitrator before the arbitration in order to recover post-offer costs? Under what circumstances…

Issue By: Rachel Ostrander CRST, Inc., et al. v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (May 26, 2017) In CRST, Inc., et al. v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County, the California Court of Appeals held that an employer’s admission of vicarious liability does not shield it…

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