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Volume32013verdict33amicuscommitteereportcontinuedonpage34ASCDCsAmicusCommitteecontinuestoworkenergeticallyonbehalfofitsmembership.ASCDCsAmicusCommitteehassubmittedamicuscuriaebriefsinseveralrecentcasesintheCaliforniaSupremeCourtandCaliforniaCourtofAppealandhashelpedsecuresomemajorvictoriesforthedefensebar.RecentAmicusWinsTeAmicusCommitteehasrecentlyparticipatedasamicuscuriaeintheollowingcasesWisev.DLAPiper2013__Cal.App.4th__DonWillenburgGordonReesandMichaelColtonsubmittedasuccessuljointrequestonbehaloASCDCandtheAssociationoDeenseCounseltohavethislegalmalpracticedecisionpublished.Teopinionaddressestherequirementthattheunderlyingjudgmentmustactuallybecollectableinordertoormthebasisoralegalmalpracticeclaim.TeopinionalsohasanextendeddiscussionotherequirementsorexpertwitnessesinlightotherecentCaliorniaSupremeCourtopinioninSargon.Alamov.PracticeManagement2013219Cal.App.4th466J.AlanWareldMcKennaLongAldridgewroteasuccessulrequestorpublicationothisemploymentdecision.TecourtheldthatormerversionsoCACIjuryinstructions243025002505wereerroneousinlightoHarrisv.CityofSantaMonica201356Cal.4th203wereprejudicialandrequiredanewtrial.Schaeferv.Elder2013217Cal.App.4th1EdithMatthaiKyleKvetonandNatalieKouyoumdjianoRobieMatthaiwroteasuccessulrequestordepublicationonbehaloASCDC.InthiscasetheCourtoAppealheldthatpanel-appointeddeensecounselowedadutytotheinsurertotrytodisprovethatinsurancecoverageexistedortheinsuredclient.Winnv.PioneerMedicalGroupInc.2013216Cal.App.4th875HarryChamberlainManattPhelpsPhillipssubmittedanamicusletteronbehaloASCDCinsupportothedeendantspetitionorreviewwhichwasgrantedonAugust142013.Plaintifsclaimsareagainstdeendantphysiciansorelderabusearisingoutothecareprovidedbythedeendantstotheplaintifsdeceasedmotherwhodiedattheageo82.TemajorityopinionauthoredbytheCourtoAppealheldthatelderabuseclaimsarenotlimitedtocustodialsituations.TepracticalefectotheopinionwastoblurthedistinctionbetweentrueelderabusecaseswhicharegovernedbytheElderAbuseActandproessionalnegligenceclaimswhicharegovernedbyMICRA.Meddockv.YoloCounty2013220Cal.App.4th170ASCDCjoinedasuccessulpublicationrequestsubmittedbytheAssociationoDeenseCounsel.TeTirdAppellateDistrictinterpretedthenaturalconditionimmunityoundinGovernmentCodesection831.2andheldthatapublicentityisnotliableoratreeinaparkthatduetonaturalcausesallsontoapublicly-maintainedparkinglot.PendingCasesAtTeCaliforniaSupremeCourtandCourtofAppealASCDCsAmicusCommitteehasalsosubmittedamicuscuriaebriesintheollowingcasespendingattheCaliorniaSupremeCourtorCaliorniaCourtoAppealointeresttoASCDCsmembership1.Sanchezv.ValenciaNo.S199119TiscaseincludestheollowingissueDoestheFederalArbitrationAct9U.S.C.2asinterpretedinATTMobilityLLCv.Concepcion2011563U.S.__131S.Ct.1740preemptstatelawrulesinvalidatingmandatoryarbitrationprovisionsinaconsumercontractasprocedurallyandsubstantivelyunconscionableJ.AlanWareldMcKennaLongAldridgesubmittedanamicusbrieonbehaloASCDC.2.Kesnerv.SuperiorCourtPneumoAbexLLC.Tiscaseinvolvestheissueowhetheraplaintifcanmaintainatakehomeasbestosclaimi.e.claimingthattheplaintifwasexposedtoasbestosthroughaamilymemberbringinghomeasbestosbersonclothing.TeCourtoAppealheldinCampbellv.FordMotorCo.2012206Cal.App.4th15thatnosuchclaimcanbeassertedagainstapremisesdeendantwhoowednodutytoamilymembersothosevisitingthepremises.TetrialcourtinthiscaseollowedCampbellanddismissedtheplaintifsclaims.TeissueisnowpendingbeoreadiferentdistrictotheCourtoAppealinawritproceedingintheKesnercasethecourthasissuedanalternativewritindicatingthatitmaydisagreewithCampbell.ASCDCjoinedtheamicusbriesubmittedbyDonWillenburgGordonReesonbehalotheAssociationoDeenseCounseloNorthernCaliorniaandNevada.HowTeAmicusCommitteeCanHelpYourAppealorWritPetitionAndHowoContactUsHavingthesupportotheAmicusCommitteeisoneothebenetsomembershipinASCDC.TeAmicusCommitteecanassistyourrmandyourclientinseveralways1.Amicuscuriaebriesonthemeritsincasespendinginappellatecourts.2.LettersinsupportopetitionsorrevieworrequestsordepublicationtotheCaliorniaSupremeCourt.3.LettersrequestingpublicationounpublishedCaliorniaCourtoAppealdecisions.