2021

Court of Appeal Voids Conviction Based on ‘Impossibility’
(June 11, 2021)

Ninth Circuit Rejects Lenore Albert’s Plea to Retain Assets Despite Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
(June 11, 2021)

Wrong Statute Invoked in Awarding $3.20 in Attorney Fees
(June 10, 2021)

Putative Class Action Reinstated Over Dissent That Says Two Stabs at Pleading Are Enough
(June 10, 2021)

Attorney-Fee Award Not Limited to What Insurer Paid
(June 9, 2021)

DDA’s Remarks on Innocence Presumption Doesn’t Require Issuance of Habeas Relief
(June 9, 2021)

Subcontractor Has No Claim Based on Ouster From Project
(June 8, 2021)

$5.5 Million Judgment Must Fall for Instructional Error—Court of Appeal
(June 8, 2021)

Court Must Consider Acts Occurring After DVRO Filing
(June 7, 2021)

Defendant’s Immigration Status, Deportations Properly Admitted to Show Motive—C.A.
(June 7, 2021)

Fraud Action Reinstated Against Allegedly Tricky Model
(June 4, 2021)

LASC Judge Robert J. Schuit to Retire June 20
(June 4, 2021)

Ann I. Park Becomes LACBA’s 2021-22 President-Elect
(June 4, 2021)

CHP Not Liable for Shooting by Drunken Off-Duty Officer
(June 3, 2021)

LACBA Says Election Results Aren’t Immediately Available
(June 3, 2021)

Settlement of Class Action Over Wesson Oil Claim Invalid
(June 2, 2021)

Woman Barred From Classes for 14 Months Has No Due-Process Claim—Ninth Circuit
(June 2, 2021)

Order Snipping Sentence-Boosting Allegations Is Dumped
(June 1, 2021)

State Bar Must Bare Non-Confidential Parts Of Documents on Bar Exam Grading
(June 1, 2021)

Appeals Court Orders Recusal of Santa Clara D.A.’s Office
(June 1, 2021)

‘Beneficial Relationship’ With Parent Bars Adoption
(May 28, 2021)

Time to Appeal Starts With the Granting of Anti-SLAPP Motion
(May 28, 2021)

Judge Disqualifies Incoming Prosecutor As Defense Lawyer
(May 27, 2021)

§998 Offer Contemplates Entry of Judgment Unless It’s Specified to Contrary—C.A.
(May 27, 2021)

Iran Remains Unsuitable Forum Though Plaintiffs Sued There
(May 26, 2021)

Rejection of §998 Offer Improperly Invoked in Denying Attorney Fees in Lemon-Law Case
(May 26, 2021)

Lawyer’s Withholding of File Wrongful—but No Damages
(May 25, 2021)

Action Against Landlord for Protesting Use of Bedroom by Unauthorized Guest Was SLAPP
(May 25, 2021)

Putative Class Action Against Rite Aid Won’t Be Arbitrated
(May 24, 2021)

LAUSD Not Subject to Treble Damages Law
(May 24, 2021)

ID Procedures Validated in 1999 Can’t Be Re-Determined
(May 21, 2021)

Grace Calls for Action in Pursuing Interests of Members, Park Puts Forth Four-Point Plan
(May 21, 2021)

LASC Judge Byrdsong Elected CJA President
(May 21, 2021)

Fraud Action Against Uber, Founder, Properly Dismissed
(May 20, 2021)

Judge Michael D. Abzug to Retire Next Month
(May 20, 2021)

Former Court Administrator Jack C. LeVan Dies
(May 20, 2021)

C.A. Upholds $25 Million Noneconomic-Damage Award
(May 19, 2021)

Plaintiff’s One-Liner at Deposition Was Sufficient to Defeat Summary Judgment
(May 19, 2021)

Suit Against German Insurer Might Be Triable in LASC
(May 18, 2021)

Law Firm Not Disqualified Based on Hiring Secretary Who Worked for Opposing Counsel
(May 18, 2021)

$20 Million Punitive-Damage Award Was Not Excessive
(May 17, 2021)

C.A. Rejects Challenge to Judge’s Method in Setting Attorney Fees in Lemon-Law Case
(May 17, 2021)

Salesman’s Racist Wisecracks Can Be Unruh Act Violation
(May 14, 2021)

Delivering Money to Gambler’s Bookie Is Money-Laundering
(May 14, 2021)

Declares Deportation Order ‘Unconscionable’
(May 13, 2021)

Officers’ ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Right Doesn’t Extend to Searching Detainee’s Pocket
(May 13, 2021)

Judge Abused Discretion in Refusing to Hear Argument
(May 12, 2021)

Board Is Obliged to Grant Compensation to Former Inmate Based on Federal Finding
(May 12, 2021)

LACBA Candidate Accuses Rival of Racial Insensitivity
(May 11, 2021)

ADDA Files Grievance Against D.A. Gascón
(May 11, 2021)

37.2 Percent of Applicants Pass February State Bar Exam
(May 11, 2021)

Prosecutor, Not Judge, Must Give Reasons for Challenges
(May 10, 2021)

C.A. Division Skips Discussion of First Prong of Anti-SLAPP Statute, Flits to Second Prong
(May 10, 2021)

Warrantless Search of Motel Room of Parolee Was Justified—Court
(May 10, 2021)

California-Run IRA Program Is Not Preempted by ERISA
(May 7, 2021)

Alleging Arbitrator Was Affected by Medication Can’t Be Raised for First Time in Court
(May 7, 2021)

Governor Validly Exercised Emergency Powers in Pandemic
(May 6, 2021)

No Sparks Fly at Second LACBA Candidates Debate
(May 6, 2021)

LACBA President-Elect Candidate Accuses Rival of Conflict
(May 5, 2021)

No Federal Preemption Where Action Can Be Resolved Entirely Under State Law Without Resort to CBA
(May 5, 2021)

Judicial Misconduct Invalidates Death Sentence of Slayer
(May 4, 2021)

Appeals Court Says ALADS Entitled to $7.8 Million Award
(May 3, 2021)

C.A. Bars Nonclass Actions by Associations Under UCL
(April 30, 2021)

Lawsuit Seeking Damages From Archdiocese Alleging Abuse by Priest Not a SLAPP—C.A.
(April 30, 2021)

Suit Over Disclosing Officer’s Personnel File Not a SLAPP
(April 29, 2021)

Presiding Justice Tricia A. Bigelow to Retire
(April 29, 2021)

Supreme Court Committee Cautions Judges to Be Careful in Use of Social Media
(April 29, 2021)

Amazon Might Be Liable Under Strict Products Liability
(April 28, 2021)

Insurer Might Be Liable Under Policy Not in Effect When Fire Occurred—C.A.
(April 28, 2021)

Equal Protection Not Denied Those Charged With Illegal Entry
(April 27, 2021)

Judge Anderson Erred in Barring Defendant, Born a Male, From Using ‘Nadine’ Socially
(April 27, 2021)

Alimony May Be Cut Based on Paying Son’s College Costs
(April 26, 2021)

Interest Runs on Costs From Date of Judgment Though Set Later
(April 26, 2021)

21-Month Pre-Trial Detention Justified by Pandemic
(April 26, 2021)

Judge Properly Ordered Doctor to Pay USC’s Attorney Fees, Costs Based on No-Suit Vow
(April 23, 2021)

No Jury Misconduct in Awarding Attorney Fees As Damages
(April 23, 2021)

‘American Idol’ Contestant Waived Any Potential Liability
(April 22, 2021)

Reasonable Jury Could Find Officer Liable for Breaking Woman’s Arm During Arrest
(April 22, 2021)

Dropbox May Be Liable for ‘Reverse Confusion’ Infringing
(April 21, 2021)

Arbitrator in Non-Consumer Dispute Need Not Make Meticulous Disclosures—C.A.
(April 21, 2021)

Two Are in Contest for LACBA’s President-Elect Position
(April 20, 2021)

Can’t Torpedo Contradictory Complaint Based on One of Its Allegations—C.A.
(April 20, 2021)

Obtaining Surveillance Documents Might Rate Fee Award
(April 19, 2021)

City/Lessor Had No Duty to Accommodate Man With Disability Who Paid No Rent
(April 19, 2021)

Punitives May Be Predicated on Uncompensated Damages
(April 16, 2021)

California Law Barring Defense of Insured in UCL, FAL Actions by State Is Constitutional
(April 16, 2021)

Non-Insured Under Policy May Not Sue for Bad Faith
(April 15, 2021)

Lack of Mention of Statutory Claims Does Not Necessarily Exempt Them From Arbitration
(April 15, 2021)

Threat to Bring Sham Lawsuit Was Attempted Extortion
(April 14, 2021)

C.A.: Judge Had No Authority to Order Genetic Testing in Probate Case
(April 14, 2021)

Mere Denial of Electronically Signing Document Sufficed
(April 13, 2021)

Santa Clara Custody Order Is in Effect, Contrary Chinese Order Isn’t—C.A.
(April 13, 2021)

$6 Million Attorney-Fee Award Would Not Create ‘Windfall’
(April 12, 2021)

Insurer Had No Duty to Defend Woman Sued by Sumner Redstone for Undue Influence
(April 12, 2021)

Plausible Motive Averment Weighty in Securities Fraud Action
(April 9, 2021)

Statute Benefitting Persons Found ‘NGI’ Is Constitutional
(April 8, 2021)

Bryant Garth to Become Interim Law School Dean
(April 8, 2021)

Order Certifying Classes in Tuna Price-Fixing Case Vacated
(April 7, 2021)

Ninth Circuit Ups Attorney-Fee Award Against California From $4 Million to $8.2 Million
(April 7, 2021)

Missing Appeal Deadline Not Fatal in Parental Ties Case
(April 6, 2021)

Parties That Skipped Mediation Properly Excluded From Share of Trust—C.A.
(April 6, 2021)

Bar on Parole Hearing for Youthful Rapist Is Invalid
(April 5, 2021)

Inmate With History of Violence Wrongfully Denied Child Custody, C.A. Declares
(April 5, 2021)

S.C. Broadly Interprets Cordless/Cell-Phone Privacy Act
(April 2, 2021)

No Duty to Protect Against Third Parties Exists Absent ‘Special Relationship’
(April 2, 2021)

Dog Can Be ‘Service Animal’ Without Being ‘Certified’
(April 1, 2021)

Ninth Circuit Denies Emergency Relief Permitting In-Home Bible Studies
(April 1, 2021)

Attorney Fees Improperly Awarded Based on Proviso in Note
(March 30, 2021)

Veteran Attorney Robert S. Warren, 89, Dies
(March 30, 2021)

New Trial Required in Action Over Death of Tased Suspect
(March 29, 2021)

Court May Reconsider Sanction Order After Action Has Been Dismissed, C.A. Holds
(March 29, 2021)

Pre-Trial Detention Is Unlawful Absent Dangerousness
(March 26, 2021)

Newsom Appoints Four to L.A. Superior Court
(March 26, 2021)

USC Settles Abuse Suits With 710 Women for $852 Million
(March 26, 2021)

Ninth Circuit Scraps $1.8 Billion Award for Infringement
(March 25, 2021)

Presiding Judge Taylor Derides Hate Crimes
(March 25, 2021)

Jobless Man Reasonably Told to Pay $50,000 to Ex-Wife
(March 24, 2021)

11-Year Delay Between Filing of Petition Under SVPA and Decision Permissible
(March 24, 2021)

Board Votes to Hire Middleton
(March 24, 2021)

Klausner Erred in Kicking Case Back to Superior Court
(March 23, 2021)

Board of Supervisors Is Slated to Act Today on Request by Gascón to Hire Special Prosecutor
(March 23, 2021)

‘Non-Infringement’ Judgment Against L.A. Porn Studio Stands
(March 22, 2021)

Commissioner Campos Says DA’s Policy Doesn’t Override C.A.’s Remand Order
(March 22, 2021)

Legality of Order for Hearing in Juvenile Court Questioned
(March 19, 2021)

Verdict Stands That Battery by Lawyer Was in Course and Scope of Employment—C.A.
(March 19, 2021)

Rodriguez Named Acting State A.G.
(March 19, 2021)

‘The Herbal Chef’ Is Not Protectible Mark for Caterer
(March 18, 2021)

Child Molester Did Not Shed Dangerousness at Age 74
(March 17, 2021)

Judge Erred in Not Honoring Interest Rate on Judgments Set by Foreign Nation—C.A.
(March 17, 2021)

Judge John A. Torribio to Retire
(March 17, 2021)

ADDA Wages Challenge to Gascón’s Hiring of Deputy PDs
(March 16, 2021)

Attorney-Fee Award in Conservatorship Case Improper Where Conservator Not Appointed
(March 16, 2021)

Arbitrator’s Award Marked by ‘Bizarre’ Aspects Can’t Stand
(March 15, 2021)

Judge Norman Tarle to Depart Superior Court
(March 15, 2021)

Four Months Was Too Long in Seeking Relief From Default
(March 12, 2021)

Judge Clifford L. Klein Slates Retirement
(March 12, 2021)

Gascón’s Office Appears to Sidestep Preliminary Injunction
(March 11, 2021)

Troubles for Beleaguered Girardi Mount As State Bar Strips Him of Active Bar Status
(March 11, 2021)

Attorney Fees May Be Shaved Based on Lawyer’s Incivility
(March 10, 2021)

California Has Specific Jurisdiction Over Blogger Who Resides in Canada—C.A.
(March 10, 2021)

$10 Million Verdict Voided in Bad-Faith Insurance Action
(March 9, 2021)

Defaming California Lawyer Does Not, Alone, Create Jurisdiction in California Courts
(March 9, 2021)

2016 Law Did Not Bar 2016 Firing Based on 2015 Conduct
(March 8, 2021)

California State University System Not Exempt From PAGA, C.A. Declares
(March 8, 2021)

Day-of-Trial Substitution of Attorney Wrongfully Denied
(March 5, 2021)

Judge Chalfant Failed to Yield to Discretion of Licensing Agency, Appeals Court Holds
(March 5, 2021)

Judgment Based on Acceptance of Faulty §998 Offer Is Void
(March 4, 2021)

Man Who Impregnated His Ex-Pupil, 18, in 2006 Properly Stripped of Teaching License
(March 4, 2021)

Government Agency Can’t Slip in Attorney-Fee Provision
(March 4, 2021)

Green Light to Outdoor Restaurant Dining Was Improper
(March 3, 2021)

Sellers Have No Claim Against PayPal Based On 180-Day Buyer Protection Policy—C.A.
(March 3, 2021)

Church Not Exempt From Property-Related Special Tax
(March 2, 2021)

Judge Did Not Abuse Discretion in Denying Probation to 73-Year-Old Assailant—C.A.
(March 2, 2021)

Decision Had Preclusive Effect Though Testimony Barred
(March 1, 2021)

Judge Didn’t Abuse His Discretion in Ordering Civil Trial to Commence Despite Pandemic
(March 1, 2021)

Taylor Points to Positive Outgrowth of Pandemic Response
(February 26, 2021)

Judge Rules Victims Lack Standing to Seek Recusal of District Attorney’s Office
(February 26, 2021)

Law Barring Trial of 14- and 15-Year-Olds As Adults Is Valid
(February 26, 2021)

Prostitute Has Reasonable Expectation of Privacy—C.A.
(February 25, 2021)

Allegations in Exhibit to Complaint Take Precedence Over Pleading’s Averments
(February 25, 2021)

Gascón Seeks Applications for Chief Deputy Post
(February 25, 2021)

C.A. Revives Suit Over Ouster From Disney’s Private Club
(February 24, 2021)

Blacknell to Hop From P.D.’s Office to D.A.’s
(February 24, 2021)

Defendant in D.A. vs. D.A. Clash Pleads Guilty to Murder
(February 23, 2021)

Third District C.A. Differs With Opinion Calling for Independent Review of Record
(February 23, 2021)

Judge’s Use of ‘Please’ Didn’t Signify Request, Was Order
(February 22, 2021)

L.A. County Bar Nears Accord Enabling Avoidance of Bankruptcy Filing
(February 22, 2021)

Precedent Did Not Require That Judge Decide Anew Arbitrated Issue of Contracts’ Validity
(February 22, 2021)

$15 Million Punitive Damage Award in Asbestos Case Scrapped
(February 22, 2021)

C.A. Reinstates Claim Based on Wi-Fi-Induced Illness
(February 19, 2021)

Retired Superior Court Judge DiLoreto Dies
(February 19, 2021)

S.C. Justice’s ‘Statement’ Is Appended to 2020 C.A. Opinion
(February 19, 2021)

CJP Publicly Admonishes Ex-Butte Judge
(February 19, 2021)

Classification of Instacart Shoppers Must Be Redecided
(February 18, 2021)

Apparent Effort to Evade Police Attention by Seeming to Tie Shoe Lace Justified Detention
(February 18, 2021)

Judges Advised They May Exchange Gifts With Staff Members, With Provisos
(February 18, 2021)

Threat to Contact State Bar for Help Wasn’t ‘Extortion’
(February 17, 2021)

Judge Can’t Bar Entry of Judgment Pursuant to Settlement, Ninth Circuit Declares
(February 17, 2021)

Insurer May Exclude UM Coverage to Domestic Partner
(February 16, 2021)

Superior Court Judges Perry, Tynan to Retire
(February 16, 2021)

$350,000 Restitution Award Proper to Cover Attorney Fees
(February 12, 2021)

Judge Properly Awards Attorney’s Fees, at Lawyer’s Normal Rates, for Clerical Work
(February 12, 2021)

Superior Court Candidate Says Consultant Cheated Him
(February 11, 2021)

Gascón Issues Special Directive in Light of Preliminary Injunction; ‘Script’ Abandoned
(February 11, 2021)

Forgetfulness Doesn’t Excuse Late Naming of Defendant
(February 10, 2021)

Justice Halim Dhanidina, 48, to Retire From Court of Appeal on April 1 After Short Stint
(February 10, 2021)

Judge Determines Some of Gascón’s Edicts Are ‘Unlawful’
(February 9, 2021)

Superior Court Issues Minute Order
(February 9, 2021)

Woman With No Monetary Injury Has Standing Under UCL
(February 8, 2021)

Juror Miscoduct Can’t Be Shown Based on Declaration by Attorney AS to What Juror Told Him— Appeals Court
(February 8, 2021)

D.A. Press Releases to Spotlight Gascón, Not His Office
(February 5, 2021)

Difficulty in Collecting on Judgment Doesn’t Justify Appointment of a Receiver—C.A.
(February 5, 2021)

L.A. Judge Properly Declined to Award $0 in Attorney Fees
(February 4, 2021)

Committee Floats Draft Opinion on Judges Giving Legal Help to Family Members
(February 4, 2021)

No Ruling Made on ADDA’s Bid to Block Gascón’s Policies
(February 3, 2021)

Action Challenging Removal of Statue Depicting Indian Properly Dismissed
(February 3, 2021)

Billionaire Was Collaterally Estopped From Denying Article Dealt With Public Issue
(February 2, 2021)

Award Under CC §1717 Proper Though Action Was on Tort
(February 1, 2021)

MOU Between County, ALADS, Prevails Over Bar on Recouping Wage Overpayments
(February 1, 2021)

D.A. Gascón Appears to Sever Relations With CDAA
(January 29, 2021)

State High Court Denies Review of Justice Johnson’s Ouster
(January 28, 2021)

Judicial Misconduct in Bolstering Case for Prosecution Requires Reversing Conviction
(January 28, 2021)

Non-Participants in Mediation to Get No Share of Trust
(January 27, 2021)

Suit Alleging Supposed Sex-Enhancing Pills Are Ineffective Won’t Be Revived—C.A.
(January 27, 2021)

Wife Exercised Undue Influence by Securing Husband’s Assent to Revocation of Prenup
(January 27, 2021)

LACBA Nears Filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
(January 26, 2021)

California May Ban Indoor Worship Services During Epidemic
(January 26, 2021)

Veteran Jurists Ramona G. See, Gary Ferrari to Depart Their Posts on L.A. Superior Court
(January 26, 2021)

Supervisor Barger Lectures Gascón on Constitutional Responsibilities
(January 25, 2021)

Order Allowing San Diego Restaurants to Reopen Invalidated
(January 25, 2021)

Restitution in Criminal Case Can Include Attorney Fees
(January 22, 2021)

Child Molester Must Be Resentenced Based on L.A. Superior Court Judge’s Remarks
(January 22, 2021)

Improper Argument Requires Reversal of $14.4 Judgment
(January 21, 2021)

D.A. Gascón Disclaims Duty, Under Statutes, to Allege Priors
(January 20, 2021)

Blacknell Is Not to Become a Gascón Advisor; Trujillo Gets Post She Was Expected to Fill
(January 20, 2021)

No Cease-Fire Yet in A.G. Becerra’s Assaults on Trump
(January 20, 2021)

HARRY L. HATHAWAY: He’s Been an ‘Ace Lawyer’ and a Bar Leader Who Made a Difference
(Person of the Year, January 20, 2021)

NOWLAND C. HONG: Lawyer Is Leading Force in Bar Group Which Denied His Father Membership
(Person of the Year, January 20, 2021)

JOHN L. MORIARITY: Music and Military, Law Enforcement and Reagan, Are Trial Lawyer’s Interests
(Person of the Year, January 20, 2021)

Cause of Action Against Eye Doctor Erroneously Tossed Out
(January 19, 2021)

Dynamex Holding Applies Retroactively to Non-Final Cases
(January 15, 2021)

Trial Should Have Proceeded in Absence of Defendant in Civil Case—Appeals Court
(January 15, 2021)

Label for Vitamin Need Not Disclose General Uselessness
(January 14, 2021)

No Equitable Tolling Based on Lawyer’s Blunder
(January 14, 2021)

Statewide Prosecutors Group to Aid ADDA’s Battle Against Gascón
(January 13, 2021)

Gascón Urges Federal Ban on Death Penalty
(January 13, 2021)

Sacramento D.A. Slams Gascón Over His ‘Extreme’ Directives
(January 12, 2021)

L.A. Superior Court Offers Remote Access to Court Proceedings, With Audio-Only
(January 12, 2021)

Allegation of Strike As to One Count Applies to Others
(January 11, 2021)

San Diego District Attorney Withdraws Consent for Trial of Charges in L.A.
(January 8, 2021)

Requiring Daily Visits to Probation Officer by Homeless Probationer Was Valid—C.A.
(January 8, 2021)

Deported Alien Who Reenters U.S. Legally, but Stays Too Long, Commits ‘Unlawful Reentry’
(January 8, 2021)

Tort Action Restored Against Auto Club for Delay of Truck
(January 7, 2021)

Resentencing May Be Denied Based on Facts Recited in C.A. Opinion Affirming Conviction
(January 7, 2021)

Arbitrator Has Authority to Act on Demurrer—C.A.
(January 7, 2021)

Deputy D.A. Speaks Out Against Gascón’s No-Strikes Policy
(January 6, 2021)

Gascón Speaks Out Against Cash Bail System
(January 6, 2021)

DDA Tells Off Gascón; Message Gains Wide Circulation
(January 5, 2021)

Irma J. Brown, Co-Founder of BWL, to Retire As Superior Court Judge
(January 5, 2021)

New Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Are Sworn In
(January 5, 2021)

DA Extends Olive Branch to Deputies; DDA Scoffs at Gesture
(January 5, 2021)

Tributes Offered to Joan Dempsey Klein, Former Presiding Justice, Who Dies at 96
(January 4, 2021)

Justice Stanley Mosk’s Abhorrence of Sentences for ‘Ghosts’ Again Rejected
(January 4, 2021)




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