In The Press

In recognition of their accomplishments, Maranga | Morgenstern's attorneys have been featured in numerous media outlets both on a regional and national level. Read about the latest awards, appointments, and honors that have been bestowed upon the firm and its attorneys.

Jan17

Client Alerts re Evidence Code Section 351.2 and CCP Section 2034.15

Client Alerts re Evidence Code

Evidence of a Plaintiff’s Immigration Status No Longer Admissible or Discoverable Evidence

On January 1, 2017, Evidence Code section 351.2 was enacted. Section 351.2 now prevents the discovery and introduction of evidence of a person’s immigration status in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Before the law came into effect, a plaintiff’s immigration status was admissible evidence relevant to calculate what an undocumented person would earn in his or her country of origin for a claim of future lost wages. With the passage of 351.2, non-U.S. citizen plaintiffs may claim future lost wages based on earning potential in their California locality.

History of the Bill

In February 2016, California Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego introduced Assembly Bill 2159. The bill was sponsored by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Consumer Attorneys of California. Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2159 into law on August 17, 2016.

Retained Experts Must Produce Files Not Less Than 3 Business Days Before Deposition

No more rummaging through an expert’s materials at the beginning of his or her deposition. Code of Civil Procedure Section 2034.15 requires a retained expert witness to produce any materials, including electronically stored information, called for by the deposition notice no later than three days prior to the date of the expert’s deposition. The addition of Section 2034.15 will allow attorneys more time to review an expert’s findings and should produce more effective depositions.

History of Bill

Assembly Bill 2427 was introduced on February 9, 2016 by Assemblymember Ed Chau of Monterrey Park. The bill was approved by Governor Jerry Brown on September 22, 2016.

Apr30

California Court of Appeal

On April 30, 2013, the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate Distrtict, Division Three, issued its opinion in the matter of Corenbaum v. Lampkin, holding, among other things, that "evidence of the full amount billed [for past medical services] is . . . inadmissible for the purpose of proving non-economic damages." The decision is the latest -- and most significant -- to interpret the California Supreme Court's decision in Howell v. Hamilton Meats, (2011) 52 Cal.4th.541.

Unless the Court of Appeal grants a Petition for Rehearing, or the California Supreme Court grants a Petition for Hearing, it therefore appears that evidence of the full amount billed by a medical provider for past medical services will be inadmissible for virtually any purpose in a personal injury trial, at least within the Second Appellate District.

An amicus brief was filed on behalf of the defense by the Association of California Defense Counsel.

Feb15

Assembly Committee on Judiciary

Dear Mr. Morgenstern:

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to testify before the Assembly Judiciary Committee's Informational hearing entitled "The Access to Justice Crisis Facing California Families." your expert knowlege and thoughtful testimony sigificantly helped educate the Legislature about the budget cuts to the courts and the devastating impacts those cuts are having on the public and California's system of justice.

Feb07

New Supreme Court Committee to Recommend State Bar Trustees

New Supreme Court Committee to Recommend State Bar Trustees

SAN FRANCISCO—The Supreme Court of California announced today the creation of a seven-member State Bar Trustees Nominating Committee to assist the court in selecting appointees to the State Bar Board of Trustees.

Nov25

San Fernando Valley Business Journal

VALLEY NEWSMAKERS

San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Woodland Hills attorney Robert Morgenstern has been named president of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsels (ASCDC) for 2009. "I've been a member my whole 28-year legal career and I've been on the board about 10 years," Morgenstern said. "During my tenure I'm hoping to stress that we are a Southern California organization, not just a Los Angeles County organization." ASCDC advocates for defense attorneys' interests in Sacramento; provides educational programs for its members; and has an expert-witness bank, where members can find authoritative witnesses on a wide-range of topics. Morgenstern is a partner in the law firm Maranga Morgenstern.

Nov25

Association of Southern California Defense Counsel

Association of Southern California Defense Counsel

John F. Peterson addressed the 45th Annual Seminar of the Association discussing "Elder Abuse Litigation: Defense and Damage Control."

Nov25

SuperLawyer Magazine

SuperLawyer Magazine

In 2011, Kenneth Maranga, Robert Morgenstern, and John F. Peterson were recognized by Super Lawyer Magazine as being among California's top 5 percent of all attorneys, which reflects a top 5 percent rating by their peers.

Nov25

Association of Southern California Defense Counsel

Association of Southern California Defense Counsel

Robert A. Morgenstern, who served as Secretary Treasurer in 2006 and President in 2009, has recently been moved into the Chairs of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC).

Nov01

Verdict

Southern California Guy

Verdict

When Bob Morgenstern earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, he enrolled in Southwestern Law School to "give California a try." Thirty years later, the native East Coaster and avid golfer doesn't plan to leave. "Now when I go back East to visit, I'm anxious to come home after three or four days. Living in L.A. I'm the happiest guy in the world. I'm a Southern California guy."