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Following Kim v. Reins Internat. California, Inc. (2020) 9 Cal.5th 73, this decision holds that the fact that the plaintiff's individual claim is time-barred does not prevent him from bringing a PAGA action to collect civil penalties as to the employer's Labor Code violations as to other employees within the limitations period.  Lab. Code 2699(c) requires only that the plaintiff… Read More

Under CCP 12, courts must use the "anniversary method" of computing statutes of limitation periods, excluding the first day of the period and including the last (unless it is a holiday or weekend).  Thus, for a personal injury suit by a minor, the limitations period begins on the minor's 18th birthday.  That day is excluded, and the 2-year personal injury… Read More

The nature of the right sued upon and not the form of action nor the relief demanded determines the applicability of the statute of limitations.  So, in this case where plaintiff alleged that the seller's disclosures regarding real property sold to plaintiff were inaccurate or incomplete, the action was governed by the 3-year limitations period for fraud even though the… Read More

Under 28 USC 1367(d), an applicable state statute of limitations is tolled for a period of 30 days after the claim is dismissed from a federal lawsuit on the ground that the district court declines to exercise jurisdiction over the case.  This decision holds that the 30 day period does not begin to run on entry of the judgment of… Read More

This decision holds that a suit filed by the decedent's heirs under CCP 377.32 was timely since it was filed within the limitations period even though the heirs didn't file the required declarations until after the limitations period expired and even though after probate proceedings were begun on the decedents' estates, the complaint was amended to name as an added… Read More

Molfetta was White's criminal defense lawyer.  After White was convicted, he requested Molfetta's files so he could prepare habeas corpus petitions.  Molfetta failed to turn over the files.  While some of the files were confidential and could not be turned over, most were not and should have been timely provided once White requested them.  While condemning Molfetta's actions, this decision… Read More

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