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Murchison & Cumming Prevails at California Supreme Court

Posted by Murchison & Cumming LLP on Sep 12th 2018

On August 23, 2018 the California Supreme Court issued a far-reaching decision in the case of King v. CompPartners, Inc. (S232197) which positively impacts the workers' compensation system and represents a significant victory for the utilization review industry and the physicians with whom they work. The Riverside County Superior Court sustained a demurrer, without leave to amend, on behalf of defendants, a utilization review company and a utilization review physician, to a complaint filed by an
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There Are No Small Conflicts: Due to Undisclosed, Known Conflict, Supreme Court Agrees that Engagement Agreement Is Unenforceable but Keeps Door Open to Law Firm Receiving Compensation Under Equitable Principles

Posted by Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP on Sep 12th 2018

In Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP v. J-M Manufacturing Co., Inc. (8/30/2018 No. S232946), the California Supreme Court held that the conflict of interest of the law firm (“Sheppard Mullin”) rendered its engagement agreement, including an arbitration provision, with its client (“J-M”) unenforceable because the agreement violated the California Rules of Professional Conduct (“RPC”). Although the agreement included an “advance” conflict waiver, the Court deemed it ineffective because She
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Statute Requiring Automatic Revocation of Ex-Spouse’s Primary Beneficiary Designation In Life Insurance Policy Does Not Violate Contracts Clause Of The Constitution

Posted by Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP on Aug 12th 2018

Statute Requiring Automatic Revocation of Ex-Spouse’s Primary Beneficiary Designation In Life Insurance Policy Does Not Violate Contracts Clause Of The Constitution
n Sveen v. Melin (No. 16-1432, filed June 11, 2018) (“Sveen”), the United States Supreme Court held that a statute which automatically revoked life insurance beneficiary designations following the policyholder’s divorce did not violate the Contracts Clause of the United States Constitution. (U.S. Const. Art. I § 10, cl. 1.)In 2002, the Minnesota Legislature passed a statute that automatically revokes the designation of a spouse as the beneficiary of life insurance policy if the policy is purchas
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Accident/Occurrence Requirement Does not Preclude Coverage for Vicarious Liability or Negligent Supervision

Posted by Law Firm of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP on Aug 12th 2018

Accident/Occurrence Requirement Does not Preclude Coverage for Vicarious Liability or Negligent Supervision
In Liberty Surplus Ins. Corp. v. Ledesma & Meyer Construction Co., Inc. (No. S236765, filed 6/4/18) (L&M), the California Supreme Court ruled that the liability insurance requirement that injury be caused by an “occurrence,” defined as an “accident,” does not preclude coverage of an employer’s independent tort liability for injury deliberately caused by its employee.In L&M, Liberty insured a construction company that contracted to manage a construction project at a middle school in S
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Need and Prejudice: An Eleventh-Hour Trial Continuance Where A Key Witness Is Unexpectedly Unavailable

Posted by Law Firm of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP on Aug 12th 2018

Need and Prejudice: An Eleventh-Hour Trial Continuance Where A Key Witness Is Unexpectedly Unavailable
In Padda v. Superior Court (GI Excellence), No. E070522, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, recently held that a trial court abused its discretion in denying Defendants/Cross-Complainants’ request for a trial continuance where their key expert witness suddenly became ill twelve days before trial and before his deposition had been taken.The case arose from an employment-related contract dispute between two Gastroenterologists (hereafter “Petitioners”) and Plaintiff/Cros
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