Wrongful Death Actions: Who Is The Plaintiff?

In California, a wrongful death action (a lawsuit claiming damages against a defendant for wrongfully causing the death of a human being) is strictly a creation of statute (California Code of Civil Procedure [“CCP”] section 377.60).  California’s wrongful death statute creates a cause of action for certain designated survivors of the decedent and permits them to recover for their own … Read More

998 Offers: Tricky Business

Janssen Malloy LLP attorney and partner Michael J. Crowley previously wrote about a particular litigation tool, the California Code of Civil Procedure section 998 offer to compromise, linked to here. A recent decision by the California Second District Court of Appeal underscored why parties in litigation should seek the advice of experienced counsel when such an offer has been made in … Read More