To do the best job possible as a mediator, arbitrator and referee, I keep up with and summarize the new published California civil cases. In this blog I discuss a new civil case that was published last month.
In UIM arbitrations the trial court, not the arbitrator, decides discovery issues. Last month, in a case of first impression, the First District Court of Appeal published a new decision addressing whether a party in a UIM arbitration can appeal a discovery ruling after the trial court confirms the arbitration award. In the video above I briefly discuss this new case. Below is my summary of the case.
New Arbitration Decision
State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co. v. Robinson (2022) _ Cal.App.5th _ , 2022 WL 765906: The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's judgment confirming an uninsured motorist arbitration award against defendant. In uninsured-motorist arbitration proceedings discovery disputes are resolved by a trial court, not the arbitrator. (Insurance Code, section 11580.2(f).) In this case, the trial court had earlier deemed admitted requests for admission that plaintiff State Farm had propounded on defendant. Ruling on an issue of first impression, the Court of Appeal held that trial court discovery orders in uninsured motorist proceedings are not reviewable on appeal from a judgment confirming the arbitration award. Civil Code section 1286.2 sets forth the exclusive grounds upon which appellate courts may vacate a judgment confirming an arbitration award, and a trial court error in issuing a discovery ruling is not among them. As a result, a party's only recourse to challenge an allegedly improper discovery ruling in an uninsured-motorist arbitration proceeding is through a timely filed petition for a writ of mandamus. (C.A. 1st, March 14, 2022.)
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California courts are constantly publishing new civil case decisions. Last year in 2021, the California Supreme Court published 22 new civil or family law decisions and the Court of Appeal published 483 new civil or family law decisions, for a total of 505 new civil or family law cases!
While you don't need to read new case decisions outside of your civil practice area, it's clear that there are lots of new case decisions each year that you need to know about to keep current in your practice areas.
I keep up with the new case law, and I help California lawyers easily keep up with the new case law by publishing California Case Summaries™ with short summaries (one paragraph), organized by legal topic, of the new published civil or family law decisions. I publish monthly, quarterly, and annual publications, giving you several options for mastering the new case law.
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Monty A. McIntyre, Esq.
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