California Supreme Court Fall 2016 Round-Up

November 21, 2016

Spearheaded by Daniel M. Kolkey, a former Associate Justice on the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, and former Counsel to the Governor of California, Gibson Dunn’s California Appellate Practice Group has prepared the attached California Supreme Court Fall 2016 Round-Up, which previews upcoming cases and summarizes select opinions issued by the Court.  This edition includes opinions handed down from April through November 2016, organized by subject.  Each entry contains a description of the case, as well as a substantive analysis of the Court’s decision.  The Round-Up provides a resource for busy practitioners seeking an in-depth, timely, and objective report on the California Supreme Court’s actions. 

To view the Round-Up, click here.


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Gibson Dunn’s lawyers are available to assist in addressing any questions you may have regarding developments at the California Supreme Court, or in state or federal appellate courts in California.  Please feel free to contact the following lawyers in California, or any member of the Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group.

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. – Los Angeles (213-229-7000, tboutrous@gibsondunn.com)
Daniel M. Kolkey – San Francisco (415-393-8420, dkolkey@gibsondunn.com)
Julian W. Poon
– Los Angeles (213-229-7758, jpoon@gibsondunn.com)
Theane Evangelis
– Los Angeles (213-229-7726, tevangelis@gibsondunn.com)
Kirsten Galler – Los Angeles (213-229-7681, kgaller@gibsondunn.com)
Jennafer M. Tryck – Orange County (949-451-4089, jtryck@gibsondunn.com)
Lauren E. Lennon – San Francisco (415-393-8313, llennon@gibsondunn.com)


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