Hofler v. Aetna US Healthcare of California, Inc., 296 F.3d 764 (9th Cir. 2002)

Published Appellate Opinions

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Jeffrey I. Ehrlich, Certified Appellate Specialist
California Civil Appeals Attorney

US Court of Appeals 9th CircuitHofler v. Aetna US Healthcare of California, Inc., 296 F.3d 764 (9th Cir. 2002).


In this case Mr. Ehrlich convinced the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that bad-faith claims against Medicare HMOs were not preempted by the Medicare Act, and could not be removed to federal court on the basis of federal preemption.

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Legal Writing for the Plaintiffs’ Trial Bar

Few attorneys can match Mr. Ehrlich’s appellate experience. His skill is in analyzing complex legal and factual issues, and presenting them to the court in a clear, persuasive manner. We can help plaintiff’s attorneys with any appellate matter in either the state or the federal appellate courts.

We can defend favorable verdicts and attack unfavorable ones. We can draft writ petitions to seek appellate review of a devastating – but unappealable – trial court ruling, or respond to petitions filed by an opponent. We are experienced in seeking reversals in cases where the defendant has prevailed on summary judgment.