Calif. High Court Upholds 'Coercive' Palma Notices

Law360, New York (February 2, 2010, 4:00 PM EST) -- The California high court has upheld a practice under which appeals courts quickly muscle lower courts into revising their opinions, ruling that an appeals court acted appropriately in advising a lower court to reimpose a stay for an insurance case involving now-defunct law firm Brown Winfield Canzoneri Abram Inc.

The Supreme Court of California issued a split ruling on Monday in which the majority found that appeals courts’ use of “suggestive” or “coercive” Palma notices in alerting lower courts to intended reversals of rulings — unique...
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