$1.3 million reduction in judgment reversed in published opinion; California Supreme Court denies review

Shuler v. Capital Agricultural Property Services, Inc. (2020) 49 Cal.App.5th 62, review denied (July 29, 2020)
Plaintiffs’ home and horse ranch were destroyed in a landslide precipitated by defendant’s negligent modifications to the slope above the plaintiffs’ property. Plaintiffs were awarded $1,756,499 in economic damages, but the trial court reduced this amount to $460,283 when it entered judgment, based on an improper application of doctrine of res judicata. The appellate court reinstated the full award and the California Supreme Court denied review.