Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Hanson Bridgett litigators provide custom solutions to help clients achieve results that matter. We balance cost effective litigation management tools with time tested techniques to find advantages during all phases of the dispute, whether it be discovery, trial, arbitration, mediation or otherwise. The firm’s litigation practice spans many substantive areas and includes deep experience at all levels of research and investigation, discovery, project management, alternative dispute resolution, trial, and appeal. When problems arise, we work closely with the client to identify and master the key issues and objectives, mapping a strategy for resolving the dispute in keeping with the client’s goals and means.
By taking a proactive approach, we identify and create choices for resolving disputes while helping the client to identify and manage the risks and benefits of each particular path. We are no strangers to the courtroom and have won many important victories that have generated headlines. However, time has shown that our greatest victories are those that came through the careful planning, strategic analysis and open communication that has produced satisfied, well informed, clients who continue to work with Hanson Bridgett.
Major Areas of Focus:
- Banking and Finance
- Governmental/Public Agency
- Health Care and Senior Housing & Care
- Insurance Recovery
- Intellectual Property
- Labor and Employment
- Product Liability
- Real Estate
- Transportation and Logistics
- Trust & Estates
News & Resources
California Court Decision Creates Uncertainty as to the Ownership of Aggregate Resources on Land Subject to General Mineral Reservations
The recent California Court of Appeals decision in Vulcan Lands Inc. et al. v. Victoria Older Currier et al. 2023 WL 8821307 challenges the long-standing interpretation of mineral rights in land deeds. Contrary to the Bambauer v. Menjoulet (1963) 214 Cal.App.2d 871 precedent, which excluded sand and gravel from general mineral reservations, the Vulcan decision recognizes these aggregates as "minerals" included in such reservations. This shift in legal interpretation impacts landowners and aggregate mining companies in California, introducing uncertainty in land use rights and potential legal disputes regarding the ownership and mining of aggregate resources.
Two recent decisions out of the Sixth Appellate District and one out of the First Appellate District provide helpful guidance for public agencies when responding to California Public Records Act (PRA) requests for investigative records, preparing for potential PRA litigation, and maintaining records responsive to PRA requests.
Partner, Gary Watt, and Senior Counsel, Stella Padilla, explain how California Evidence Code Section 352.2 became effective January 2023 – a code that directly modifies section 352 in criminal cases.
SB 235 requires most civil litigants to share information and documents supporting their claims and defenses at the outset of any case filed after January 1, 2024. Upon demand, parties will have 60 days to produce supporting witness information, documents, and insurance details. Intended to bring efficiency and swifter resolution to civil process, the new law adds to available discovery methods and may bring unsupportable claims to light early in the litigation process.
Dan Spector provides a practical guide to mediations of disputes involving trust, estate (which is used broadly to include contested conservatorships), and civil financial elder abuse (“FEA”) claims.
Hanson Bridgett Prevails for Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District and Bay Area Toll Authority
October 10, 2023 (San Francisco, CA) – On October 5, 2023, a litigation team led by Hanson Bridgett partner Alexandra Atencio secured dismissal of a putative class-action lawsuit on behalf of long-time clients the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District (District) and the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA).
Ninth Circuit finds commercial landlord has standing to sue for alleged impairment of his contractual rights by LA County’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium.
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
David Casarrubias, Thomas Rivera, Bianca Velez, Brenda Quintanilla, and Cynthia Loyola discuss the large majority of California courts that do not reflect the Latinx communities they serve.