2017 SFVBJ WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARDS

May 05th, 2017/By Admin/In Firm News, Firm News

Tharpe  & Howell, LLP‘s support of women in business continues to grow.  Most recently, the Firm proudly sponsored the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s 2017 Women in Business Awards held at the Hilton, Woodland Hills, on April 26th.   This event honored distinguished women professionals throughout industry sectors who have inspired others through their continued success.   [Pictured here left to right is Firm Partner Sherry Shavit, Managing Partner Stephanie Forman, and Senior Counsel Diana Rivera who attended the event.]  

FIRM DEFEATS NATIONWIDE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

April 03rd, 2017/By Admin/In Firm News, Firm News

Tharpe & Howell, LLP, recently defeated a putative nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of a publicly traded manufacturing/distribution client.   In March of 2016, the Firm’s client, a well known personal care products company, was hit with a class action lawsuit for alleged violations of consumer protection and warranty laws.  The representative plaintiff (a resident of New York) claimed that, in 2012, she had purchased an electric heating pad manufactured by the Firm’s client which then burned her in November of 2015.  The Complaint alleged “diminution of value” of the heating pad and overpayment for an allegedly defective product.   On behalf More

CALIFORNIA COURT OF APPEAL UPHOLDS FIRM WIN IN PUBLISHED DECISION!

March 29th, 2017/By Admin/In Firm News, Firm News

Tharpe & Howell’s Coverage and Bad Faith Defense Team and Appellate Team achieved excellent results for an insurance carrier client when the California Court of Appeal upheld the previous granting of a Motion for Summary Judgment in an action alleging bad faith! In the underlying case, an insured of GEICO Indemnity Company (the Firm’s client), was sued for causing an auto accident while operating a company vehicle on a personal errand, and the plaintiff obtained a judgment.  In the subsequent direct action against GEICO for recovery of its policy proceeds, the main issue concerned coverage for “non-owned autos,” and whether More

IN THE NEWS: FIRM’S MANAGING PARTNER STEPHANIE FORMAN NAMED AS INFLUENTIAL LEADER BY SAN FERNANDO VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL

January 03rd, 2017/By Admin/In Firm News, Firm News

We are pleased to announce that Tharpe & Howell’s Managing Partner Stephanie Forman has been named by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as one of the Valley’s 200 most influential leaders of 2016. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Firm, Ms. Forman actively represents clients throughout California, primarily in the areas of employment and labor law, premises liability, product liability, wrongful death, and mass tort. Ms. Forman also has extensive experience in counseling companies on administrative and compliance matters. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Forman on this prestigious recognition. It is well-deserved. Please click here More

WITKIN TREATISE CITES ARTICLE BY FIRM ATTORNEY AS AUTHORITY

December 29th, 2016/By Admin/In Firm News, Firm News, General Litigation

The Firm is pleased to report an article previously published by Firm attorney Eric Kunkel entitled “The Spanish Law of Waters in the United States:  From Alfonso the Wise to the Present Day,” 32 McGeorge L. Rev. 341 (2001), has been cited by the Witkin treatise at 12 Witkin, Summary of California Law, Real Property, § 918 (10th Ed. 2005).  The treatise cites the article as authority addressing the “creation, extension and modification” of the “pueblo water rights doctrine” in California.  Under that doctrine, towns [“pueblos”] formed during the period of Spanish rule had the paramount right to use the More

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