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Donna Bader

Donna Bader’s Legal Cases

4 total

  • Grassilli v. Barr (2006) 142 Cal.App.4th 1260

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Outcome:
    Affirmed in part; reversed in part
    Description:
    Civil rights action against California Highway Patrol. Jury found CHP retaliated against plaintiff, awarding him $500,000 in general damages and $4 million in punitive damages. Judgment affirmed on general damages but punitive damages were found to be excessive and reduced.
  • Presta v. Tepper

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Outcome:
    Affirmed judgment
    Description:
    Surviving partner sued to enforce partnership provision requiring sale of partnership interest on death of deceased partner. The surviving spouse refused to comply. The court held the trustees were the partners, not the trusts, and they could enter into such an agreement.
  • Nguyen-Lam v. Cao

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Outcome:
    Affirmed.
    Description:
    Plaintiff, the first female Vietnamese appointed to be the City of Westminster's superintendent of public schools, was terminated when the defendant spread a rumor that she was a Communist. She sued for defamation and he filed an anti-SLAPP motion. The court permitted her to amend her complaint according to proof and allowed the action to proceed.
  • Bernard v. Foley

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Outcome:
    Court of Appeal judgment affirmed.
    Description:
    Relatives who were beneficiaries under the decedent's living trust sued to invalidate trust amendment, which designated decedent's friends as residual beneficiaries. The California Supreme Court held that personal friends who provided health services were not excepted from statutory scheme that presumptively disqualified care custodians from receiving testamentary transfers.