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By advancing inspiring arguments grounded in practical realities, our attorneys have earned a reputation for the highest quality advocacy amongst appellate court judges. In addition, the firm has a stellar record of favorable results before the California Supreme Court and in every district of the California Court of Appeal. We also handle cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and have submitted briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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On July 31, 2023, the 2nd Appellate District issued its decision in Pollock v. Superior Court of Los Angeles holding that, unlike a response to a production demand, a document production does not have to be verified
August 28, 2023 (San Francisco, CA) – On August 3, 2023, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in Chevron, et al. v. County of Monterey, et al. in which the Court unanimously affirmed the prior Sixth District Court of Appeal and Monterey Superior Court decisions finding that Monterey County Measure Z is preempted by superior state law and is invalid. A team from Hanson Bridgett represented Aera Energy LLC in this case.
Gary Watt takes a deep dive into the hearsay rule in a recent case, People v. Portillo, a case of possible grand theft auto.
Court of Appeal Rules An Elected Sheriff's Personnel Records May Be Discoverable Through A Public Records Act Request
The California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, issued a decision on June 29, 2022, holding that internal investigation records of an elected peace officer do not constitute 'personnel records' exempt from California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests.
Gary Watt and Patrick Burns discuss the recent United States Supreme Court opinions in arbitration cases and how these opinions will impact arbitration going forward.
In a victory for policyholders, a decision by a California appellate court opens the door for businesses to recover financial losses caused by the pandemic.
California Supreme Court issues important ruling for public entities reaffirming that work on board rolling stock is not public works subject to the state’s prevailing wage law
Supreme Court Clarifies Application of Procedural Requirements of Proposition 218 to Revenue Measures Adopted by Initiative
Three Important New Actions Taken By San Francisco Board of Supervisors To Control Medical and Recreational Cannabis Facilities
Supreme Court Clarifies Application of Proposition 218 Requirements to Franchise Fees