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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

Our firm history, honors and awards, and locations speak to our collaborative approach and commitment to serving clients as well as the outstanding legal resources we bring to bear.

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We routinely litigate appeals raising claims under various consumer protection statutes. We have particular expertise in responding to claims under the Unfair Competition Law (Business & Professions Code sections 17200 et seq.), and we have filed briefs in the California Supreme Court in many of the path-breaking UCL cases, including In re Tobacco Cases II (Brown) (2009) 46 Cal.4th 298, In re Tobacco Cases II (Daniels) (2007) 41 Cal.4th 1257, Korea Supply Co. v. Lockheed Martin Corp. (2003) 29 Cal.4th 1134, Kraus v. Trinity Management Services, Inc. (2000) 23 Cal.4th 116, Cel-Tech Communications, Inc. v. Los Angeles Cellular Telephone Co. (1999) 20 Cal.4th 163, Quelimane Co. v. Stewart Title Guaranty Co. (1998) 19 Cal.4th 26, Stop Youth Addiction, Inc. v. Lucky Stores, Inc. (1998) 17 Cal.4th 553, and Bank of the West v. Superior Court (1992) 2 Cal.4th 1254.

In addition to our in-depth work on UCL cases, we handle cases for defendants facing claims under the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), the Automobile Sales Finance Act (ASFA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act (CCRAA), the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA), the Telephone Consumers Protection Act (TCPA), the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, the False Claims Act (FCA), the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (Civ. Code § 1790 et seq.), and more.

Contact Lisa Perrochet or John A. Taylor, Jr. for more information about our Consumer Law practice.

Zubin v. Toyota Motor Sales

Court of Appeal affirms favorable judgment for Toyota in Lemon Law case.

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Steele v. Bell-Carter Foods

California Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment in products liability and warranty action against olive producer.

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Sarkisyan v. Newport Insurance Company

Court of Appeal affirms denial of class certification in favor of insurance company based on plaintiff’s failure to prove existence of ascertainable class and sufficient community of interest.

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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.

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Cryoport Systems v. CNA Insurance Companies et al.

California Court of Appeal holds that a plaintiff without standing of its own under Proposition 64 may not conduct discovery to find a substitute plaintiff in order to keep a UCL action alive.

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Tutor-Saliba-Perini v. Metropolitan Transit Authority

California Court of Appeal reverses $60 million False Claims Act judgment against construction contractor.

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Gavaldon v. DaimlerChrysler Corp.

California Supreme Court holds that replacement or restitution remedy is not required under California’s lemon law for breach of a service contract.

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Sanchez v. Valencia Holding Co., LLC

California Supreme Court amicus brief arguing that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts California unconscionability standard that invalidates arbitration procedures to the extent they unduly favor one party over the other, and that in any event such arbitration procedures are not unconscionable under state law because they do not shock the conscience.

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Nelson v. Pearson Ford

California appellate brief explaining construction of the Auto Sales Finance Act and Unfair Competition Law; challenging a judgment in favor of class action plaintiffs who claimed that aspects of an auto dealer's purchase contracts constituted statutory violations that allowed buyers to both keep possession of their cars and obtain a windfall refund of the purchase payments for the cars.

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Fairbanks v. Superior Court (Farmers)

California Supreme Court amicus brief arguing that insurers provide neither "goods" nor "services," and thus are not subject to the Consumer Legal Remedies Act.

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In re Tobacco II (Brown)

California Supreme Court amicus brief arguing that, under the UCL standing requirements imposed after Proposition 64, a trial court properly denies class certification where standing cannot readily be ascertained by litigation of common questions of law and fact, and courts should not create presumptions of consumer reliance to satisfy the commonality requirement for class certification.

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