We know what it's like when a business is threatened with a large judgment in a commercial dispute, one that may threaten its very existence. We know that threat affects every aspect of a business, from its day-to-day operations to its relations with suppliers, customers, and regulators. We know the looming threat of a large judgment can sometimes require a coordinated media strategy. And we know this threat demands prompt, decisive legal action tailored to the unique demands of a company's industry and financial position.
We know all of this because we regularly represent companies appealing the largest verdicts in California. In past years, we've handled appeals from more than half of the ten largest California verdicts in a particular year, and we regularly represent businesses in precedent-setting appeals on key issues affecting their industries. (For our experience with strategic litigation planning and consulting, see our Trial Consultation practice page.)
Whether your company is facing such a verdict in a commercial dispute—or seeking to preserve one—we can help. Businesses and individuals turn to us because they want the assurance of appellate representation from a firm with long experience in such high-stakes litigation. Our track record of success in such appeals provides that assurance.
Contact Barry R. Levy or David M. Axelrad for more information about our Business & Commercial Law practice.
Washington 111, LTD v. Kelsey
Trial court grants motion for new trial in breach of lease case, finding insufficient evidence to support verdict that invalidated lease based on mutual mistake of fact.Read More
Catalina Media Development, LLC v. Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corp.
California Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment for Horvitz & Levy’s client, holding indemnity agreement did not require client to pay other parties’ defense costs in underlying personal injury action.Read More
Colonial Van & Storage v. Superior Court
California Court of Appeal grants Horvitz & Levy’s writ petition, holding that employer had no duty to protect its employee and her invitees from mass shooting inside the employee’s home.Read More
Viasat v. Acacia Communications
California Court of Appeal affirms $49 million breach of contract verdict in complex commercial dispute involving misuse of intellectual property.Read More
Estate of Lamerle Johnson, Sr. v. Mayacamas Holdings LLC
California Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment for resort operator and property owners in a wrongful/death survival action arising out of a tragic canoe accident.Read More
Carradine v. iDrip Vape LLC
California Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment, holding the “going-and-coming” rule precludes vicarious liability against a business for a car accident that occurred during the business owner’s commute.Read More
Jogani v. Jogani
California Court of Appeal affirms judgment in favor of Horvitz & Levy client in partnership dispute, holding all of plaintiffs’ claims were time-barredRead More
Holistic Supplements, LLC v. Stark
Court of Appeal reverses judgment and remands for a new trial in dispute over ownership of a Los Angeles marijuana dispensaryRead More
A&S Metal Recycling, Inc. v. Wilson's Metal Exchange, Inc
California Court of Appeal affirms denial of anti-SLAPP motion in defamation case arising out of commercial dispute between business competitorsRead More
Green Gate Services, LLC v. Daniel Koetting
Horvitz & Levy obtains reversal of judgment confirming multimillion dollar arbitration awardRead More
Handlers-Bryman v. El Pollo Loco
Horvitz & Levy secures stipulated reversal of multimillion dollar judgment and injunction restricting El Pollo Loco’s franchise operationsRead More
Hann v. Hallberg
The Supreme Court grants motion to dismiss review, reinstating a favorable Court of Appeal’s opinion that prevented a forced partnership buyout and established that living trusts may serve as partners under California lawRead More
Little Cottage Caregivers v. Meiri
California Court of Appeal reinstates ownership interest in a medical marijuana collectiveRead More
Carr v. AutoNation
Ninth Circuit affirms dismissal of trade secrets action against Horvitz & Levy's clientRead More
Blas v. U.S. Sports Camps
Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment for American Golf Corporation in personal injury caseRead More
Napolitano Holdings v. Touchstone Climbing
Horvitz & Levy secures reversal of summary judgment in a commercial landlord’s breach of lease actionRead More
Han v. Hallberg
California Court of Appeal holds that living trusts may serve as partners under California law.Read More
Villa Riviera Condominium Association v. Spectra Company et al.
California Court of Appeal affirms judgment for subcontractor in construction defect action.Read More
Strategic Concepts, LLC v. Beverly Hills Unified School District
California Court of Appeal applies conflict of interest law to reverse $23 million breach of contract judgment against school district.Read More
PSM Holding Corp. v. Nat'l Farm Fin. Corp.
Ninth Circuit rules on consequences of enforcing a money judgment pending appeal.Read More
Simers v. Los Angeles Times Communications, LLC
Court of Appeal rejects constructive discharge claim.Read More
Rainwater v. Sergio's El Ranchito, Inc.
Court of Appeal upholds summary judgment.Read More
Sheron Doll v. Mahin Ghaffari
California Court of Appeal affirms order denying attorney fees in landlord-tenant dispute.Read More
Acqua Vista v. MWI, Inc.
California Court of Appeal reverses $24 million judgment against pipe supplier in construction defect caseRead More
Haynes v. Kim
California Court of Appeal affirms defense verdict for corporation in auto accident case, rejecting agency theoryRead More
Central Metal v. Center Bank
California Court of Appeal affirms grant of anti-SLAPP motion in action arising from commercial lender’s receivership actionRead More
Transbay Auto Service, Inc. v. Chevron USA, Inc.
Ninth Circuit reverses judgment under Petroleum Marketing Practices Act.Read More
Ironridge Global IV, Ltd. v. ScripsAmerica, Inc.
California Court of Appeal dismisses opposing party’s appeal under the disentitlement doctrine.Read More
Aghaian v. Minassian
California Court of Appeal reverses order granting forum non conveniens motion, holding that Iran is not a suitable alternative forum.Read More
RunflatAmerica, LLC v. Michelin North America, Inc. et al.
California Court of Appeal rules for defendants in a shareholder derivative action brought by the former CEO of a company, who alleged his company should have sued the defendants for perceived business torts.Read More
Mobasser v. Yermian
California Court of Appeal vacates jury’s award of emotional distress damages and punitive damages in family business dispute.Read More
Guo v. American Plus Bank N.A.
California Court of Appeal reverses fraud judgment against community bank.Read More
Jankey v. Lee
California Supreme Court holds that prevailing defendant in disability access action is entitled to mandatory award of attorney fees.Read More
Don Johnson Productions, Inc. v. Rysher Entertainment
California Court of Appeal reduces judgment in favor of actor Don Johnson from $53.2 million to $15 million in dispute arising out of a production contract’s copyright provision.Read More
Bison Builders Inc. v. ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation
California Court of Appeal holds that elevator company is not required to indemnify general contractor for construction accident.Read More
Burlington Coat Factory v. Bella Terra Associates
California Court of Appeal upholds landlord’s interpretation of novel lease provision.Read More
Logix v. Faherty
California Court of Appeal reverses $40 million judgment in dispute over satellite television royalties.Read More
Pauma Band of Luiseño Mission Indians v. Harrah's Operating Company, Inc.
California Court of Appeal reverses $30 million judgment in business dispute arising from negotiations to develop and manage a hotel and casino on an Indian reservation.Read More
PSM Holding Corp. v. National Farm Financial Corp.
Ninth Circuit reverses $43 million judgment in contract dispute.Read More
City of Hope Nat. Medical Center v. Genentech, Inc.
California Supreme Court affirms $300 million compensatory damages award for underpayment of patent royaltiesRead More
Sterling v. Taylor
California Supreme Court affirms judgment for defendant in dispute over real estate transaction.Read More
Tutor-Saliba-Perini v. Metropolitan Transit Authority
California Court of Appeal reverses $60 million False Claims Act judgment against construction contractor.Read More
Kanno v. Marwit Capital
California Court of Appeal opening brief arguing for enforcement of parol evidence rule under California and Delaware law in business dispute involving alleged oral agreement.Read More
Southern Track and Pump, Inc. v. Terex Corp., et al.
Third Circuit amicus brief arguing that state statute unconstitutionally took business's private property without due process of law or just compensation.Read More
Transbay Auto Service, Inc. v. Chevron USA, Inc.
Ninth Circuit opening brief arguing that trial court committed evidentiary error in case arising under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act.Read More
Shell Oil Co. v. United States
United States Supreme Court amicus brief arguing that "arranger" liability under CERCLA is limited by the statute's plain language and legislative history to those who arrange for the disposal or treatment of "waste."Read More
Boeken v. Phillip Morris USA
California Supreme Court brief for Phillip Morris arguing that the doctrine of res judicata bars a plaintiff's claim for noneconomic damages in a wrongful death action that she brought after the death of her husband, because she had dismissed with prejudice a claim for loss of consortium while he was alive.Read More