Monthly Archives: December 2012

Building Defects Lead to Involuntary Manslaughter Trial

The Superior Court of Los Angeles announced on November 28, 2012 that Gerhard Albert Becker will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.  Mr. Becker designed, built, and owns a home that went up in flames in February 2011, killing a firefighter.  … Continue reading

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Good News Regarding “Settle and Sue” Malpractice Actions: Plaintiffs Must Prove a “Case-Within-A-Case”

On November 20, 2012, the California Court of Appeal for the First District issued an opinion in Filbin v. Fitzgerald (No. A128544) that is good news regarding “settle and sue” legal malpractice actions.  The court hold plaintiffs in such actions … Continue reading

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12-0 Defense Win for Insurance Agent

Last week, Jampol Zimet obtained another defense verdict in a three day jury trial in Ventura, California (that’s 6 trial defense wins and no losses this year!).  It was a claim for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and financial … Continue reading

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Potential Expansion of Legal Malpractice Claims Circumventing the Mediation Privilege

As the California Judicial Branch budget crisis deepens, more and more cases will be resolved in mediation rather than in the courtroom.   Meanwhile, the rules regarding mediation confidentiality are under close scrutiny.  Currently, lawyers who commit malpractice during mediation are … Continue reading

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