October 13, 2020
In Boermeester v. Carry (S263180), the court granted our petition for review filed on behalf of the University of Southern California. The court will consider whether the common law right to fair procedure requires private universities to provide elaborate procedures, including cross-examination of witnesses at a live hearing, when investigating allegations of domestic violence. As USC’s petition for review explained, requiring cross-examination in university domestic violence cases is likely to have a particularly severe chilling effect on the reporting of domestic abuse, because survivors are vulnerable to retaliation by their abusers, with whom they have an ongoing relationship, and because survivors may fear humiliation in front of their university community.
For more information, or to find out about amicus efforts, contact Jeremy B. Rosen, Mark A. Kressel, or Scott P. Dixler.
The other six pending California Supreme Court cases in which Horvitz & Levy is counsel of record are:
Berroteran v. Ford Motor Co. (S259522)
Brown v. USA Taekwondo (S259216)
Gonzales v. San Gabriel Transit (S259027)
Presbyterian Camp and Conference Centers v. Superior Court (S259850)
Sandoval v. QualComm Inc. (S252796)
Yahoo! Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (S253593)