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It was largely a run-of-the-mill letter case, regarding whether the Defendant complied with Camacho’s validation notice requirements (it didn’t).  But, Judge Koh took time from her busy schedule in the Apple v. Samsung mega-trial to find that California’s elder-abuse statute allowed trebling of a statutory penalty under the Rosenthal Act.  (Johnson v. CFS II, Inc., 2013 WL 1809081 (N.D.Cal. 2013)… Read More

In HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A. v. Aguilar, --- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, 2012 WL 1813379 (Cal.Super.A.D. 2012), the Appellate Division of the Superior Court required the superior court clerk to enter default judgments in debt collection cases.  Once a default has been entered on proper service of process, no further prove-up is necessary and the court clerk’s requirement as a condition of… Read More

In an unpublished decision involving a purportedly defective yacht, the California Court of Appeal held in Andersen v. Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc., 2012 WL 130473 (Cal.App. 4 Dist. 2012) that the Song-Beverly Act does not afford loss-of-use damages in the absence of actual expenses expended to cover.  The facts were as follows.  In April 2003, Andersen entered into a contract… Read More

In Reilly v. Ceridian Corp., --- F.3d ----, 2011 WL 6144191 (3rd Cir. 2011), the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that fear of identity theft is not a compensable loss conferring Article III standing litigants in federal court.  The case arose from the following facts.  Ceridian is a payroll processing firm.  To process its commercial business customers'… Read More

In American Home Services, Inc. v. A Fast Sign Co., Inc., --- S.E.2d ----, 2011 WL 1782083 (Ga.App. 2011), the Georgia Court of Appeal held that the measure of damages under the TCPA (in a fax case) is based on receipt, not sent.   In reviewing a $459 million verdict, the Court of Appeal explained:    Even assuming—without deciding—that the evidence… Read More

In Nelson v. Pearson Ford Co., --- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, 2010 WL 2779307 (2010), the California Court of Appeal dealt with the issue of re-written contracts, the “single-document rule”, and remedies available under the Rees-Levering Automobile Sales Finance Act.  In Nelson, the Dealer sold car to buyer on Day 1.  The original contract was signed that day and the customer drove… Read More