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June 15, 2007

Expansion Pointe Properties LP, v. Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP (2007)

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Download Publication The Fourth District holds that the Supreme Court’s decision precluding underlying punitive damages as compensatory damages in a legal malpractice action can be applied to attorney-client relationships that were initiated prior to that decision.  In addition, the court found no reason not to honor a choice of law provision between an attorney and […]

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May 31, 2002

O’Connor Agency, Inc. v. Brodkin (2002) 99 Cal.App.4th 488

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Download Publication Division Three of the Fourth District has ruled that “lost” punitive damages are recoverable as compensatory damages in a legal malpractice action.  It also ruled that the statute of limitations does not begin to run until a Court of Appeal decides against a party who succeeded in the trial court.  The O’Connor Agency […]

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March 14, 2001

Piscitelli v. Friedenberg (2001) 87 Cal. App. 4th 953

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Download Publication The Fourth Appellate District has ruled on five significant legal malpractice issues.  First, there is a constitutional right to a jury trial in legal malpractice cases, even if a court or arbitrator would have decided the underlying case.  Second, expert testimony on the likely result of an underlying case invades the province of the jury […]

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