Ehrlich Law Firm wins published opinion affirming denial of motion to disqualify trial counsel

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Ehrlich Law Firm wins published opinion affirming denial of motion to disqualify trial counsel

California Court of Appeal Second Appellate District Los AngelesOn April 26, 2011, Division 8 of the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District certified for publication its opinion in Liberty National Enterprises, LP v. Chicago Title Ins. Co., no. B222455. In the underlying bad-faith action by Liberty against its title insurer, Chicago Title, Chicago moved to disqualify Liberty’s trial counsel after the second phase of a three-phase trial. Chicago Title argued that Liberty’s trial counsel had formerly represented other insureds to whom Chicago Title had issued coverage, and was improperly using his knowledge of Chicago Title’s claims practice to Chicago Title’s prejudice.

The trial court denied the motion to disqualify, finding that it was not brought timely. The Court of Appeal affirmed, finding that it was not timely, and that Chicago Title was unable to show any basis for disqualification.

Read the Decision: Liberty National Enterprises, LP v. Chicago Title Ins. (.pdf)


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Southern California appeals attorney, Jeffrey I. Ehrlich, is an appellate specialist certified by the State Bar of California’s Committee on Legal Specialization. He is the principal of the Ehrlich Law Firm, in Encino, Los Angeles County, California.