2nd Guessing Good Faith Settlement Determinations

Law360, New York (June 21, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT) -- How, and when, should you seek appellate review of an order finding that a settlement between other parties was made in good faith? This is a high-stakes question: Get the answer wrong, and the court will turn you away without ever reaching the merits.

The short answer: File a writ petition in the Court of Appeal, quickly.

The longer answer: Under California Code of Civil Procedure section 877.6, a trial court’s determination that a settlement was made in good faith directly affects the parties who remain...
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