July 2, 2014

Architect liability, unemployment insurance opinions filing tomorrow, but 25 more cases remain in the pipeline

Tomorrow morning, the Supreme Court will file two civil law opinions.  Both cases were on the court’s early-May calendar.

In Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP, the court will decide whether an architect who provides services to a residential developer can be liable to the eventual purchasers of the residences for negligence in the rendition of those services.  [Disclosure:  Horvitz & Levy represents the defendant in this case.]

Paratransit Inc. v. Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board presents this issue:  Did the trial court properly find that employee misconduct within the meaning of Amador v. Unemployment Ins. Appeals Bd. (1984) 35 Cal.3d 671 disqualified a discharged employee from receiving unemployment insurance benefits?

The opinions can be viewed tomorrow starting at 10:00 a.m.

The court has been filing opinions at a steady clip as of late, but there are still over two dozen argued and opinion-less cases remaining in the pipeline.  This is due to the court’s (typical) extra-heavy calendars before July and August, when the court hears no arguments.  Because of that — and the 90-day rule — there remain, after tomorrow’s filings, 8 opinions to be filed by August 4 from the court’s early-May calendar, 12 opinions to be filed by August 25 from the court’s late-May calendar, and 5 opinions to be filed by August 28 from the court’s June calendar.  (The filing deadlines are based on the assumption that the opinions will be issued only on the court’s normal Monday and Thursday filing days.)

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