In Jae Kim v. Toyota Motor Corporation, 6 Cal. 5th 21 (2018), the California Supreme Court broke with 40+ years of court of appeal precedent barring manufacturers from using evidence of their compliance with industry custom and practice to prove their designs were not defective. The Court held that such evidence is not inadmissible, but…

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A prominent law firm, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (Sheppard), failed to inform the world’s largest PVC pipe manufacturer, J-M Manufacturing (J-M), that it had an ongoing relationship with a municipality that was a party to a whistleblower suit the firm was hired to handle. The California Supreme Court held that an engagement agreement (including…

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