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Issue 63 | November 2021

SB 447 Set to take effect in January 2022, Raising Concerns for Future Jury Verdicts

Last month, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 447 (“SB 447”) into law, and in so doing, amended California Code of Civil Procedure 377.34, expanding the scope of recoverable damages to include those relating to a decedent’s pain, suffering, or disfigurement when brought as part of a survival action.

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By:  Kathleen “Katie” Simers

California Court of Appeal Provides Clarity on “Tort of Another” Doctrine

A recent California Court of Appeal case gave clarity on the evidentiary procedures for asserting and proving the “tort of another” doctrine, which is a lesser-known claim that permits recovery of attorneys’ fees when a party is required to prosecute or defend a lawsuit that involves a tort committed by another person.

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By:  Jason A. Benkner

Featured Truck V. Auto Verdict

On August 18, 2021 a jury entered a verdict of $141 million after a default prove-up hearing in favor of Plaintiff Jesse Equihua. Plaintiff, a 58 year old truck driver was t-boned by an automobile being driven by defendant Shayna Nas

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