A judgment creditor of a $47 million judgment, as part of its efforts to enforce the judgment, propounded requests for production of documents pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 708.030 and later brought a motion to compel. The trial court granted the motion to compel and the judgment debtor appealed. After deciding it is […]
Superior Court Abused Its Discretion In Sanction Order Over Discovery Issue.
In a personal injury action, the trial court granted defendant’s Motion in Limine and excluded three of plaintiff’s proposed witnesses as an evidence sanction for failure to respond completely to an interrogatory. Defendant had sent form interrogatory 12.1 asking about witnesses who witnessed “the incident,” and plaintiff responded with the name and address of one witness.
Disclosure Under Public Records Act Ordered.
A man who was fired by a school district requested documents under the Public Records Act [Government Code section 6250, et seq.], but the school district refused to produce them. The superior court denied his petition because the man already has the documents. The Court of Appeal agreed with the man’s argument that he seeks production under the Public Records Act so he may release the documents to the public without being subjected to claims of improperly disclosing confidential information.
Shame On The Legal Profession.
In a breach of contract/breach of fiduciary duty/elder abuse action, a lawyer representing himself threatened opposing counsel with pepper spray and a stun gun at a deposition. When defendants moved for terminating sanctions, the lawyer plaintiff included in his opposition that the trial judge was a “former D.A. currently masquerading as a Superior Court Judge” and was defense counsel’s “pet dog.”
Even When Privilege Log Is Inadequate, Judicially Forced Waiver Of Privileged Documents Not Authorized.
May a trial court find a waiver of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine when the objecting party submits an inadequate privilege log that fails to provide sufficient information to evaluate the merits of the objections?
Saying “No, You Can’t Have The Documents,” Can Be Costly.
A shipping association requested documents from the port agent for a few California ports under the Public Records Act [Government Code section 6250, et seq.]. A port agent refused and the association filed a Writ of Mandate, which the trial court granted and which order the Court of Appeal declined to overturn.
Personal Email Account Used For Public Business…Why Does That Sound Familiar?
The California Public Records Act [Government Code section 6250 et seq.] provides that “a party” may file a petition for the issuance of an extraordinary writ to challenge an order of the trial court either directing or refusing disclosure under the Act. A group which advocates for open government successfully moved for the trial court to order disclosure of emails from the personal account of a city attorney pertaining to official business over a five year period.
Pre-Class Certification Discovery To Seek Out A Plaintiff.
The trial court also granted plaintiff’s motion to compel discovery of the names and contact information of current and former employees.
NCAA’s Dirty Laundry To Be Aired In Public.
A former assistant football coach at the University of Southern California sued the National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] for breach of contract, defamation and other torts after the NCAA issued its report on infractions about whether or not a running back named Reggie Bush received improper benefits while a student. The NCAA filed a motion […]
Defendant Waived Arbitration By Propounding Discovery.
In a wage and hour case filed as a class action, instead of petitioning for arbitration outright, the employer defendant answered the complaint, asserting the plaintiff’s claims were subject to arbitration. The defendant proceeded to both respond to plaintiff’s discovery and propound discovery of its own. The parties then agreed to stay discovery for the […]
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