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Alliance of California Judges Blasts AOC Treatment of Information Requests; Carolyn Kuhl Elected Assistant Presiding Judge; Girardi & Keese / Engstrom Mishandled $100M Earthquake Settlement Suit Says

The Alliance of California Judges yesterday criticized the way the Administrative Office of the Courts handles requests for information, saying the alliance is being discriminated against.

Judicial branch leaders, the alliance said in an email blast, have “now confirmed” that the AOC, and the Judicial Council of California “have implemented a policy treating information requests from the Alliance differently from those of others.”

The email cited a Courthouse News Service story entitled “Battle of Information in Judiciary.” The article dealt with the complaint, previously made by the alliance, that instead of dealing promptly with requests for information, the AOC funnels them to Third District Court of Appeal Justice Harry Hull, who insists that requests be sent to him by “snail” mail, and in responding in the same manner. Please continue@: http://www.metnews.com/articles/2012/alli100512.htm

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carolyn Kuhl has been elected assistant presiding judge of the court for 2013 and 2014, court officials said yesterday. Kuhl, a judge since 1995, defeated Judge Dan T. Oki. In keeping with the court’s longstanding practice, vote totals were not disclosed.  Please continue@: http://www.metnews.com/articles/2012/kuhl100412.htm

 Girardi & Keese and two other law firms were hit with a lawsuit Friday for allegedly mishandling a purportedly more than $100 million settlement with State Farm Insurance Co. that resolved claims from the 1994 Northridge earthquake that devastated Los Angeles.


Mr Tom Girardi of Los Angeles-based Girardi & Keese. Per findings adjudicated by the Ninth Circuit, Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi have resorted to employing “the persistent use of known falsehoods” and “false representations” were made “knowingly, intentionally, and recklessly” during years of litigation. Subsequnet to those findings, the State Bar of California appointed Howard Rice’s Jerome Falk to serve as special prosecutor against Girardi, Lack, and their respective firms. None mentioned that Girardi and Lack are actually clients of Jerome Falk and Howard Rice. See story here. For additional allegations of misconduct leveled against Girardi, please see here, and here , and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here. For the latest on Walter Lack, please see here. (image and nerrative not part of original story)

In a complaint filed in California state court, the plaintiffs who were clients of Girardi & Keese, Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack and Shernoff Bidart Darras & Arkin in the dispute with State Farm claim — please continue @: <a href="http://www.law360.com/articles/383045/law-firms-mishandled-100m-earthquake-settlement-suit-says.

http://www.law360.com/articles/383045/law-firms-mishandled-100m-earthquake-se…&gt;

 

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