Wednesday, June 7, 2017

On orders, final orders, and judgments

Perhaps no issue more consistently perplexes litigants (and sometimes, it must be said, judges) than whether a particular order is merely an order, a "final order," or a "judgment." The distinction matters a great deal, and in this case it (for now, at least) cost the plaintiff a shot at almost 8 million bucks.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Potential conflict in arbitration case

The Ninth District has just released a decision in Kelsey v. Carrington Homes, Inc., in which it held that a trial court must conduct an evidentiary hearing before compelling the parties to arbitrate a dispute.

This holding appears to conflict with that of at least one other appellate district, and may be a candidate for review by the Supreme Court as a certified conflict.

Monday, June 5, 2017