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Author: Tim Kowal & Jeff Lewis

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An appellate law podcast for trial lawyers. Appellate specialists Jeff Lewis and Tim Kowal discuss timely trial tips and the latest cases and news coming from the California Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court.
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Jeff Calkins, a recently-retired senior research attorney with the Court of Appeal, talks with appellate attorneys Jeff Lewis and Tim Kowal about what it is like working at an appellate court ("like a monastery," in a good way), about how the writ panel works, cultural differences in the different district Courts of Appeal, and why the California appellate courts may tend to go easier on trial courts than federal appellate courts. Jeff also shares his theory on why California appeals are not as much "fun" as federal appeals (hint: it has to do more with the legislatures than the judges), and disagrees with Tim's proposal that Rule of Court 8.1115 be amended to allow parties to cite unpublished opinions.Appellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography, LinkedIn profile, and Twitter feed.Appellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biography, LinkedIn profile, and Twitter feed.Sign up for Tim Kowal’s Weekly Legal Update, or view his blog of recent cases.Cases and other resources mentioned in this episode:John Hasnas, The Myth of the Rule of Law: http://faculty.msb.edu/hasnasj/GTWebSite/MythWeb.htm.Tim's blog post discussing Howard J. Bashman, The Recurring Problem of Unpublished Opinions and What to Do About It?, ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers, Appellate Issues, Fall 2017, at 23: https://tvalaw.com/publication/still-more-ways-to-mention-unpublished-appellate-opinions.The Syufy Rosetta Stone: http://alex.kozinski.com/articles/The_syufy_rosetta_stone.pdf.
Missouri appellate attorney John Reeves  joins Tim and Jeff to discuss Marin Housing authority v. Reilly, a case pending possible review by the United States Supreme Court. At issue there:  whether a public housing authority, in calculating a family’s annual income, is required to exclude Medicaid-funded payments made to a family by a State agency to allow the Section 8 tenant to provide personal caregiving services in order to keep a developmentally disabled family member at home. John, Tim and Jeff also discussed amicus briefs and other aspects about practicing appellate law.Appellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography and Twitter AccountAppellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biography and Twitter AccountSign up for Tim Kowal’s Weekly Legal UpdateJohn Reeves' bio.Cases and other resources mentioned in this episodeSCOTUS Blog's coverage of the Marin Housing case.Statistics regarding California amicus briefs. Michaels v. Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Mar. 26, 2021, B300093) ___ Cal.App.2d ___Sargon Enterprises, Inc. v. University of Southern California (2012) 55 Cal.4th 747Nicholson v. Southern California Edison Co. (D2d7 Jun. 22, 2021) no. B302287 (nonpub. opn.)California statistics of disposition of appeals and other legal proceedings.
Georgia appellate attorney Frank Lowrey joins Tim and Jeff to discuss Williams v. Harvey, a recent decision by the Georgia Supreme Court concerning preservation of error and motions in limine. Frank, Tim and Jeff also discussed civility and other aspects about practicing appellate law.Appellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography and Twitter AccountAppellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biography and Twitter AccountSign up for Tim Kowal’s Weekly Legal UpdateFrank Lowrey's bioCases mentioned in this episodeWilliams v. Harvey (Ga., May 17, 2021, S20G1121)Warner Constr. Corp. v. City of Los Angeles (1970) 2 Cal.3d 285Salsbury Eng'g, Inc. v. Consol. Contracting Servs. (In re Mahoney) (June 10, 2021, G057832) ___ Cal.App.4th ___
Hosts Tim Kowal and Jeff Lewis discuss legal writing with Judge Robert Bacharach of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Bacharach has written a new book on legal writing: A Judge’s Perspective on the Science and Rhetoric of the Written Word. We discussed his perspective from the bench on legal writing and appellate practice. Appellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography and Twitter AccountAppellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biography and  Twitter AccountSign up for Tim Kowal’s Weekly Legal UpdateBriseño v. Henderson (9th Cir., June 1, 2021, No. 19-56297) [The recent 9th Circuit case referring to new Star Wars movies as mediocre] ABA Press is offering a 20% discount through 12/31/2021 on Judge Bacharach's book: Legal Writing: A Judge’s Perspective on the Science and Rhetoric of the Written Word. You can purchase the book by using the code LGLFBRA when using the ABA website here or by calling 1-800-285-2211.
Hosts Tim Kowal and Jeff Lewis discuss recent appellate decisions and share tips for trial lawyers to maximize their chances of prevailing on appeal.Appellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography and Twitter AccountAppellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biography and  Twitter AccountSign up for Tim Kowal’s Weekly Legal UpdateWells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Agak (Apr. 12, 2021) no. B300635 (unpublished).Satanic Temple, Inc. v. City of Scottsdale, No. 20-15338 (9th Cir. May 19, 2021). Brown v. County of San Bernardino, 2021 WL 1054561 (9th Cir. Mar. 19, 2021).Epstein v. Prescott Neighborhood Partners, LLC (D1d1 May 13, 2021) no. A159185 (non-pub.)Yuzon v. Contra Costa County Comm. Coll. Dist. (D1d2 Mar. 29, 2021) no. A161834 (unpublished)Brownstone Lofts, LLC v. Otto Miller (D1d1 May 11, 2021) no. A160616 (non-pub.)Evans v. Hood Corp. (2016) 5 Cal.App.5th 1022, 1049People v. Morales (2001) 25 Cal.4th 34, 48 fn.7
Alan Yockelson joins Tim and Jeff to discuss Alan's cases involving genetic testing of the remains of Charles Manson and the right to a jury trial in statutory unfair competition cases. Alan shares his decades of experience on the value of tentative opinions, does oral argument matter and other appellate tips. Appellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography and Twitter AccountAppellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biography and Twitter AccountSign up for Tim Kowal’s Weekly Legal UpdateCases mentioned in this episodeFreeman v. Channels (In re Estate of Manson) (Apr. 13, 2021, B303594)  ___ Cal.App.2d ___Estate of Stoddart (2004) 115 Cal.App.4th 1118Nationwide Biweekly Admin., Inc. v. Superior Court (2020) 9 Cal.5th 279
Episode 9:  Cory Webster joins Tim and Jeff to discuss the differences in state and federal appellate procedure. The  three appellate attorneys discuss postjudgment motion tips, oral argument, and the growing influence of appellate decisions. Jeff and Tim then discuss recent appellate news, including a recent decision that suggests civility may be a grounds for increasing a lodestar fee award. Appellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography and Twitter AccountAppellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biographySign up for Tim Kowal’s Weekly Legal UpdateCory Webster’s biography.Cases and Laws mentioned in this episodeKarton v. Ari Design & Construction (March 9, 2021 B298003)  Estate of Foster through Foster v. American Marine SVS Group Benefit Plan (9th Cir., Mar. 11, 2021, No. 20-35023) 2021 WL 930257 Lubke v. Automobile Club of S. Cal. (Jan 6, 2021 B302782) Ventura Cnty. Deputy Sheriffs' Ass'n v. Cnty. of Ventura (Mar. 3, 2021 B300006) Langere v. Verizon Wireless Services, No. 19-55747 (9th Cir. Dec. 29, 2020)
Episode 8 – This episode includes an interview with appellate attorney MC SungailaAppellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography and Twitter AccountAppellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biographyMC Sungaila's biographySign up for Tim Kowal’s Weekly Legal UpdateCases and Laws mentioned in this episodeApex LLC v. Korusfood.com (2013) 222 Cal.App.4th 1010Barmapov v. Amuial (11th Cir., Feb. 3, 2021, No. 19-12256)Brownback v. King (Feb. 25, 2021, No. 19-546)Doe v. Westmont Coll. (Jan. 25, 2021, 2d Civ. B303208)People v. Gentile (Cal. Dec. 17, 2020) S256698Robinson v. SSW (2012) 209 Cal.App.4th 588 Letter Requesting that California Supreme Court Transfer Cases from the Third DistrictSCAN Blog Article re Oral ArgumentTim’s Article discussing Apex and WestmontTim’s Article discussing citation of unpublished decisions
Episode 7 – This episode discusses stays and bonds in California appealsAppellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biographyAppellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biographySign up for Tim Kowal’s Weekly Legal UpdateCases and Laws mentioned in this episodeBuechler v. ButkerBuzgheia v. Leasco Sierra Grove Chamberlinv. Dale’s R. Rentals, Inc. Changsha Metro Group Co., Ltd. v. XufengDowling v. ZimmermanEast Bay Regional Park Dist. v. Griffin Estate of Dabney Foggy v. Ralph F. Clark & Associates, Inc.,Gold v. Superior CourtGrant v. Superior Court Lang v. Petaluma Hills Farm, LLC Morales v. HarrisProvost v. Yourmechanic, Inc.Quiles v. Parent Renfro v. Kai-Lieh ChenVarian Med. Systems, Inc. v. DelfinoWeisenburg v. Molina Young v. Tri-City Healthcare Dist.
This episode discusses appeals and writs in family law cases.Appellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography Appellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biographySign up for Tim Kowal’s Weekly Legal UpdateCases and Laws mentioned in this episodeCalifornia Rules of Court, Appendix I re CovidCalifornia Rules of Court, Rule 8.104Code of Civil Procedure, section 170.6Code of Civil Procedure, section 904.1Code of Civil Procedure, section 916Family Law Code, section 2025Senate Bill 1146 Conservatorship of O.B., (2020) 9 Cal.4th 989In re Marriage of DeSouza (2020) 54 Cal.App.5th 25In re Marriage of Hein (2020) 52 Cal.App.5th 519Olson v. Cory (1983) 35 Cal.3d 390Segal v. ASICS America Corp. (Review Granted Sept. 30, 2020 Case No. S263569). Court statistics for 2019
This episode discusses California cases and procedures in impacting making and challenging peremptory challenges to jurors and motions for reconsideration.Appellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography Appellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biographySign up for Tim Kowal’s Weekly Legal UpdateCases and Laws mentioned in this episodeAB 3070 – New law governing Peremptory ChallengesRule 8.108 – Appellate Extensions for Motions for ReconsiderationBranner v. Regents of Univ. of Cal. (2009) 175 Cal.App.4th 1043Marshall v. Webster (Aug. 27, 2020, No. C088240) 2020 WL 5051525Alan v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (2007) 40 Cal.4th 894Rowan v. Kirkpatrick (Sept. 4, 2020, No. A160568). King v. U.S. Bank National Association (2020) 52 Cal.App.5th 728Pankey v. Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. (2020) 51 Cal.App.5th 61 [depublished]Bolger v. Amazon.com, LLC (2020) 53 Cal.App.5th 431Conservatorship of O.B. (2020) 9 Cal.5th 989Thurston v. Fairfield Collectibles of Georgia, LLC (2020) 53 Cal.App.5th 1231Margeson v. Ford Motor Co. (Sept. 22, 2020 Case No. B287445)Martinez v. O'Hara (2019) 32 Cal.App.5th 853 Pavone v. State Bar of California (2:20-cv-07193)Bus. & Prof. Code, § 6068
This episode discusses cases and procedures in appealing preliminary injunctions. Appellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography. Appellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biography .Cases mentioned in this episodeABBA Rubber Co. v. Seaquist (1991) 235 Cal.App.3d 1 Abbott Laboratories v. The Superior Court (2018) 24 Cal.App.5th 1 (2018)Amgen v. Health Care Services (2020) 47 Cal.App.5th 716 Ashburn v. AIG Fin'l Advisors, Inc. (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 79Bearden v. Ballad Health (2020) DOE v. Regents of the University of California (2020) 51 Cal.App.5th 531Fletcher v. Superior Court (2002) 100 Cal.App.4th 386Global Protein Products, Inc. v. Le (2019) 42 Cal.App.5th 352Hayworth v. City of Oakland (1982) 129 Cal.App.3d 723Ligon v. New York (2013) 925 F.Supp.2d 478Luckett v. Panos (2008) 161 Cal.App.4th 77Newsom v. Superior Court of Sutter County (July 10, 2020, No. C092070) People v. HomeAdvisor (May 14, 2020 No. A154960)People v. Tyson Theodore Mayfield (2020) 50 Cal.App.5th 1096PV Little Italy v. MetroWork Condo Association (2012) 210 Cal.App.4th 132 (2012)Welsch v. Goswick (1982) 130 Cal.App.3d 398Yost v. Forestiere (Jun. 29, 2020 No. F078582) Other Resources Mentioned in the Episode
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Summary Judgment

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This episode of California Appellate Law Podcast discusses cases, procedure and common pitfalls in appeals involving summary judgments.Appellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography and background. Appellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biography and background.Cases mentioned in this episodeUng v. Koehler (2015) 135 Cal.App.4th 186Mosley v. Pacific Specialty Ins. Co. (2020) 49 Cal.App.5th 417 Sosa v. CashCall, Inc. (2020) 49 Cal.App.5th 42 Union Bank v. Superior Court (1995) 31 Cal.App.4th 573 Bayramoglu v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC (July 1, 2020, No. C084299) Ayon v. Esquire Deposition Solutions, LLC (2018) 27 Cal.App.5th 487 D'Amico v. Board of Medical Examiners (1974) 11 Cal.3d 1 McAlpine v. Norman (June 22, 2020, No. C088327) Lowery v. Kindred Healthcare Operating, Inc. (2020) 49 Cal.App.5th 119 Bahl v. Bank of America (2001) 89 Cal.App.4th 389, 395 Levin v. Ligon (2006) 140 Cal.App.4th 1456 Rush v. White Corp. (2017) 13 Cal.App.5th 1086 Lourick v. Hunt & Henriques, (June 26, 2020 No. C086203 [unpublished] Pacifica First National, Inc. v. Abekasis (June 15, 2020, No. B298292)Other Resources Mentioned in the Episode111 N. Hill Street Blog of Civil Procedure Latest LA Superior Court press release about COVID-19 and trials California State Bar announcement regarding Fall 2020 Bar Exam
This episode of California Appellate Law Podcast discusses cases finding that orders generally considered not appealable to be appealable, such as demurrer orders, summary judgment orders, and statements of decision.Appellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography and background.Appellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biography and background.Cases mentioned in this episodeBrown v. Butler (Cal. Ct. App., May 19, 2020 No. D075348) [unpublished]Fidelity National Home Warranty Co. Cases (2020) 46 Cal.App.5th 812Alan v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (2007) 40 Cal.4th 894Valero Refining Company - California v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District Hearing Board (2020) 49 Cal.App.5th 618Lowery v. Kindred Healthcare Operating, Inc. (Cal. Ct. App., Mar. 20, 2020, No. A153421) [unpublished]Nguyen v. Ford (2020) 49 Cal.App.5th 1Weimer v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC (2020) 47 Cal.App.5th 341Coleman v. Arnswald (Cal. Ct. App., Apr. 15, 2020, No. C082882) [unpublished]Marriage of Wilcox (2004) 124 CA4th 492Dumas v. Los Angeles County Bd. of Supervisors (2020) 45 Cal.App.5th 348Renfro v. Chen (Cal. Ct. App., Apr. 6, 2020, No. F076083)[unpublished]Blumenthal v. Jones (Cal. Ct. App., May 27, 2020, No. G057864) [unpublished]Galen v. Redfin Corporation (Cal. Supr. Ct. No. S220936)Insalaco v. Hope Lutheran Church of West Contra Costa County (2020) 49 Cal.App.5th 506Other Resources MentionedAssembly Bill 3366SCAN Blog Post with Links to Video Argument in Second DistrictPlease send feedback and suggestions for future episodes to CALPodcast@gmail.com
The inaugural episode of California Appellate Law Podcast discusses California's anti-SLAPP law, Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16 and several key decisions by the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. In 1992, California enacted Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16 which provides a mechanism for quickly dismissing frivolous lawsuits and awarding attorney’s fees to the defendant. The law applies to lawsuits that arise from free speech or petitioning activity, such as filing a lawsuit.Appellate Specialist Jeff Lewis' biography and background.Appellate Specialist Tim Kowal's biography and background.California Supreme Court Cases on “Prong One” of the Anti-SLAPP Analysis:City of Cotati v. Cashman (2002) 29 Cal.4th 69.Park v. Board of Trustees (2017) 2 Cal.5th 1057.Wilson v. CNN (2019) 7 Cal.5th 871.Recent Cases on “Prong Two” of the Anti-SLAPP Analysis:Gruber v. Gruber (2020) 48 Cal.App.5th 529.Standard General v. Charney (Cal. Ct. App., May 4, 2020, No. B294313)  [unpublished].Recent Cases on “Prong One” of the Anti-SLAPP Analysis:South Coast Property Services, Inc. v. Caelus (Cal. Ct. App., May 6, 2020, No. G057785) [unpublished].Gotterba v. Travolta (2014) 228 Cal.App.4th 35Recent Case on Anti-SLAPP Applied to a Federal Claim:Patel v. Chavez (2020) 48 Cal.App.5th 484.Hilton v. Hallmark Cards, 599 F.3d 894, 901 (9th Cir. 2010).Other Cases Mentioned:Varian Medical Systems, Inc. v. Delfino (2005) 35 Cal.4th 180.Dowling v. Zimmerman 85 Cal.App.4th 1400.Westreich v. Higa (Cal. Ct. App., May 5, 200, No. B293726) [unpublished].Third Laguna Hills Mutual v. Joslin (Cal. Ct. App., May 5, 2020, No. G057230) [unpublished].Please send feedback and suggestions for future episodes to CALPodcast@gmail.com.
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