We know we’re not allowed to cite to unpublished Court of Appeal decisions. But what about citing to such cases simply to show ranges of damages in other similar cases (i.e., for factual comparison, not law)? Here’s an unpub’d decision that seems to show that’s ok: Defendants point to several cases where the noneconomic damages award was substantially less than the $4 million award in this case; plaintiff cites cases where the award was substantially…
Today’s DJ profile is Inside Insight: Appellate Justice Carin Fujisaki worked at the State Supreme Court for nearly 30 years. Fujisaki grew up in Los Angeles. Her mother worked at the RAND Corp. and her father, Hiroshi Fujisaki, was a deputy public defender and later Los Angeles County Superior Court judge best known for presiding over the wrongful death lawsuit against O.J. Simpson. Fujisaki’s parents and grandparents had been swept up in one of the…
The DJ reports on yesterday’s Congressional hearing (before the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet) about the federal courts in Federal judges from 2 California districts ask for more judgeships. The hearing was titled “The Need for New Lower Court Judgeships, 30 Years in the Making.” Congress decades ago abandoned its long-standing policy of regularly expanding the federal courts to match population growth. The results have been especially noticeable in fast-growing western…