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Business litigators need to know about the civil-theft remedies under Penal Code section 496. In your next fraud, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty, or even breach of contract case, consider whether your facts fit Siry Investment, L.P. v. Farkhondehpour (Cal. Jul. 21, 2022 No. S262081). If so, treble damages and attorney fees under section 496 may be supported.
Jeff and Tim also discuss what to do when after a judgment is reversed but an appeal of a post-judgment fee award is still pending. Mid-Wilshire Property, L.P. v. Dr. Leevil, LLC (D4d3 Juul. 20, 2022 no. G059899) 2022 WL 2824967 (nonpub. opn.).
Finally, two appellate courts suggest different attitudes toward appellate sanctions: Shiheiber v. JPMorgan Chase Bank (D1d2 Jul. 26, 2022) No. A160188, urging attorney to think twice about “clogging the docket”; and Pop Top Corp. v. Rakuten Kobo Inc. (Fed. Cir. July 14, 2022) No. 2021-2174, in which the dissent suggested the majority had imposed $107,000 in sanctions merely for filing a “weak case.” As the dissent warned, the right of appellate review applies even to weak cases.
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Links & other items discussed in the episode:
- Supreme Court Affirms the Use of Powerful Civil-Theft Remedies Under Penal Code 496 in Business-Tort Cases
- What Happens to a Fee Award After the Judgment Is Reversed? Try a Stipulated Reversal
- Should Bad Arguments Be Sanctionable? Some Recent Takes
- California Enacts Gun Control Law Modeled on Texas' SB 8 Anti-Abortion Law
- CA and TX’s new statutes allowing private rights of action (on guns & abortion, respectively);
- School officials cannot block constituents from social media
- Can footnotes get you sanctione