Jon Schwalbach wins anti-SLAPP motion

Jon Schwalbach prevailed in an anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss a malicious prosecution claim against his client, a lawyer. Owners of an apartment building (the plaintiffs) argued that Jon’s client pursued habitability claims against them in bad faith without any factual or legal basis. In his winning brief, Jon pointed out that his client beat a…

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Jon Schwalbach wins legal malpractice trial by judicial reference

After a 7-day trial by judicial reference in front of a distinguished retired Superior Court judge, Jon obtained a complete a defense award for his law firm client. The plaintiff claimed Jon’s client committed legal malpractice and breached its fiduciary duty in an underlying family law case. In his trial brief and closing argument, Jon…

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Defense award in favor of Jim Kjar and Hanna Dunn upheld on appeal

The Los Angeles Superior Court recently upheld a defense award in a medical malpractice case tried in 2019 by Jim Kjar and Hannah Dunn. Please see The 2019 Results section of our website for a detailed discussion of the case. Claimant requested a significant 7 figure award of damages and un her appeal alleged several…

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Erica Levitt and Alexandra Martino’s 4th Demurrer sustained without leave to amend foreclosing non-MICRA claim against healthcare provider

Erica Levitt and Alexandra (Ali) Martino secured a dismissal for their healthcare provider client without leave to amend by way of a 4th Demurrer. The plaintiffs alleged civil rights violations under Section 1983. To be liable for federal civil rights violations under Section 1983, a private party must act “under color of state law.” Erica and…

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