Clients' Case Makes New California Law!
BIG NEWS LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON…
The California Supreme Court DENIED the defendants’ petition for review and depublication of a jury trial verdict we obtained for some wonderful clients last year. The end result is that our clients’ case has made new California law and we’re proud to have been a small part of it!
For the first time in California history, damages are now available to the owner of a pet when the owner experiences emotional distress, injury and harm after perceiving (watching, hearing or otherwise observing) his or her pet being intentionally harmed by another person. In this case a neighbor struck our clients’ little dog with a baseball bat. After being hit, the little dog yelped in pain and tumble head over heels down the backyard slope into a tree. Surgery was required to repair the dog’s damaged leg and knee.
If you’re a pet owner, then we know you can appreciate what our clients and their little dog went through. The official California Appellate Court published citation is 208 Cal. App. 4th 1590.
A big thanks to appellate specialist, Donna Bader, for doing such a great job handling the appeal!