New CA Partnership Case

 
 
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Great lawyers and judges keep current with the new published civil case law in their practice areas. It's easy if you find an excellent case summary subscription service. You'll save time and easily keep up with the new cases in your practice areas to win more and make more money. I offer just such a case summary service with California Case Summaries™, where I provide short summaries (one-paragraph), organized by legal topic, of every new published civil case in California in monthly, quarterly and annual publications.   
 
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Below is a discussion of a new CA civil case published last month.

Partnerships

Last month, the California Supreme Court decided whether a plaintiff alleging fraudulent diversion of partnership profits can obtain treble damages and attorney fees under Penal Code section 496(c). A video discussing the case is above and my summary of the case is below.

New Partnership Decision  

Siry Investment, L.P. v. Farkhondehpour (2022) __ Cal.5th __ , 2022 WL 2840312: The California Supreme Court affirmed in part, and reversed in part, the Court of Appeal's decision in plaintiff's[1] action alleging fraudulent diversion of partnership profits. After a prior appeal, the case was remanded to the trial court. Defendants failed to respond to discovery responses, ever after being ordered to do so. The trial court issued an order granting terminating sanctions striking defendants' answers and entering their default. The trial court later issued a default judgment against defendants in the total sum of $12,023,067.10 (compensatory damages, with interest, of $956,487; treble damages of $2,869,461 pursuant to Penal Code section 496(c); punitive damages of $4 million (plus $1 against only against defendant 416 South Wall Street); attorney fees totaling $4,010,008.97; and costs of $187,109.13). The California Supreme Court, addressing conflicts in the Courts of Appeal, ruled that (1) a party in default has standing to file a motion for a "new trial" asserting legal error relating to calculation of damages and (2) a trial court may award treble damages and attorney fees under Penal Code section 496, subdivision (c) in a case involving, not trafficking of stolen goods, but instead, fraudulent diversion of a partnership's cash distributions. The Court of Appeal, applying Code of Civil Procedure section 657(7), properly determined that defendants' challenges to the damages awarded in the original and amended default judgment raised, and constituted, errors in law that were properly brought to the court's attention via defendants' motion to vacate the trial court's decision and to grant a new trial / judgment hearing. Treble damages and attorney fees are available under Penal Code section 496(c) when property has been obtained in any manner constituting theft, and the Supreme Court concluded that the statute's unambiguous words apply to fraudulent diversion of partnership case distributions. (July 21, 2022.)

[1] Plaintiff was a limited partner.

 


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I still take a few select civil cases where I represent plaintiffs or defendants in business, insurance bad faith, personal injury, real property and wrongful death actions. Using my experience as a California civil trial lawyer since 1980, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 1995, my goal is to get each client the best possible result. My clients get the benefit of big firm experience with small firm attention and reasonable rates. To discuss a potential case, email me at [email protected], or call me at (619) 990-4312.


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I also help attorneys and their clients by serving as a mediator, arbitrator and referee at ADR Services, Inc., handling cases in the areas of business, commercial, employment, insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, landlord-tenant (commercial and residential), legal malpractice, medical malpractice, personal injury, real property and wrongful death. To schedule an ADR matter with me, contact my case manager at ADR services, Haward Cho,  [email protected], (213) 683-1600.  



Until my next blog post, stay safe and healthy.


Best regards,
Monty A. McIntyre, Esq.
Lawyer Master Mentoring™
Civil Trial Attorney  
Mediator, Arbitrator & Referee
California Case Summaries™
CA Civil Trial Attorney Since 1980
ABOTA Member Since 1995
Past President San Diego County Bar Assn., SD ABOTA Chapter
Phone: (619) 990-4312. Email: [email protected] 

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