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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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Premises liability litigation involves complex issues arising from the relationships between landowners and those permitted on the owner’s land, whether as tenants, guests, or contractors. Our appellate experience spans a wide variety of situations, from mobile home park owners’ liability for gang-related shootings to an oil refinery’s liability for contract workers’ exposure to asbestos.  We have particular expertise in representing property owners sued by contractors' employees for work-related injuries, and have successfully handled many appeals involving the California Supreme Court's landmark decision in Privette v. Superior Court (1993) 5 Cal.4th 689.  Our knowledge of the law and the policy behind the law, developed over many years, assures you expert representation on appeal in this ever-changing area of the law.

Contact Stephen E. Norris or John A. Taylor, Jr. for more information about our Premises Liability practice.

Johnson v. The Raytheon Co.

California Court of Appeal issues published opinion affirming summary judgment in premises liability action.

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Hais v. Universal Protection Service LP

Horvitz & Levy successfully defends summary judgment in premises liability case.

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Jabo v. YMCA of San Diego County

Court of Appeal upholds finding that YMCA owed no duty to use automated external defibrillator.

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Wang v. Nibbelink

Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment in favor of property owners on the basis of recreational immunity.

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Ludwig v. Hacienda Paraiso

California Court of Appeal reverses $10 million judgment against H&L client.

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Bertsch v. Mammoth Community Water District

California Court of Appeal issues published opinion affirming summary judgment for community association and water district in skateboard injury case.

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Lozano v. AWI Management Corporation

California Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment that found apartment manager not liable for shooting rampage.

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Donaho v. County of Yuba

California Court of Appeal rules that public entity is not liable for placement of bus stop near freeway.

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Cohen v. Sterling

Court of Appeal upholds order granting new trial following $17 million verdict arising out of apartment building fire.

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Monroe v. Yurosek Farms LLC

California Court of Appeal holds that recreational use immunity applies to licensees as well as landowners.

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Finley v. Club One, Inc.

Court of Appeal holds health club member’s personal injury lawsuit is barred by liability waiver in membership agreement.

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Gonzalez v. Southern California Gas Company

California Court of Appeal reverses judgment in wrongful death/premises liability case based on absence of legal duty.

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Seabright Insurance Company v. US Airways, Inc.

California Supreme Court limits recovery by contractors’ employees for injuries arising from alleged violations of Cal-OSHA regulations.

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Tverberg v. Filner Construction, Inc.

California Supreme Court limits scope of hirer liability to self-employed contractors.

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Castaneda v. Olsher

California Supreme Court holds that mobile home park owner is not liabile for gang-related violence and has no duty to profile prospective tenants for possible gang affiliation.

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Kinsman v. Unocal Corp.

California Supreme Court limits landowners’ liability to contractors’ employees.

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24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. v. Superior Court

Petition for writ of mandate successfully arguing that a fitness center's liability release barred plaintiffs' claim for ordinary negligence, and that the fitness center's failure to dial 911 sooner did not constitute gross negligence as a matter of law.

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Laico v. Chevron, U.S.A., Inc.

Appellant's opening brief arguing a property owner was not liable for injuries caused by chemicals on premises leased by plaintiff's employer from landowner, where landowner had no knowledge of dangerous condition and exercised no control over leased premises.

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Saelzler v. Advanced Group 400

California Supreme Court amicus brief arguing that the plaintiff could not show that the failure to provide additional security guards was a substantial factor in causing her injuries; a speculative possibility that additional daytime security guards or functioning entrance gates might have prevented the assault on the plaintiff was insufficient to show causation.

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