The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals provides an outline that all attorneys practicing before it should read when filing or responding to an appeal. The document, entitled “Ninth Circuit Appellate Jurisdiction Outline,” reviews the numerous grounds that the Ninth Circuit will consider in rejecting an appeal on procedural grounds. For example, did you or your opposing […]

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The Supreme Court’s decision to grant certiorari in Law v. Siegel to a self-represented bankruptcy debtor who committed numerous frauds on the court and filed over 25 appeals took many observers by surprise. As explained herein, the High Court may (and would be well-advised to) use this case to explain the extent of a bankruptcy […]

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California courts should allow unpublished opinions to be cited as persuasive authority under statutory judicial notice, despite the no-citation Rule of Court.

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Court rules that arbitrators need not live in splendid isolation!

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Modified Seller Held Note Subject to Anti-deficiency Statutes

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Can the selection of a roommate give rise to a legal claim for discrimination? The Ninth Circuit recently weighed in.

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A recent decision regarding commercial property in Orange County, California addressed one rare situation in which payment of property taxes may be required to establish a prescriptive easement.

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Should the California Public Records Act allow free access to high-tech mapping databases maintained by governments? The California Court of Appeal says no, concluding the governments may charge for access to these databases maintained at taxpayer expense.

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Public employee pay and benefits have been hot topics of late, exacerbated by the fiscal crisis in California at all levels of government. This topic reached the courts when one of the state’s leading newspapers sought the records of a public employee retirement system.

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The IRS provides a forum for appealing a proposed income tax deficiency known as IRS Appeals, the only level of administrative appeal within the IRS.

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