Executive Risk Specialty Insurance Company v. Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff, Inc.
On February 14, 2014, Suzelle M. Smith argued an appeal before the Ninth Circuit in the Executive Risk Specialty Insurance Company v. Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff, Inc. case, representing a party who was denied the right to intervene in the District Court action. The Ninth Circuit panel consisted of the Honorable Joseph J. Farris, the Honorable N. Randy Smith, and the Honorable Paul J. Watford. The oral arguments are available online here and below.
Gunn Hill Dairy Properties, LLC, et al. v. Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, et al.
In 2012, Howarth & Smith won an interlocutory appeal reversing the trial court’s exclusion of plaintiffs’ veterinarian expert from testifying as to the harmful effects of stray electricity from Intermountain Power Plant on the local herds. A copy of the unanimous decision of the Utah Court of Appeals can be viewed here.
Dimeff, et al. v. The Estate of Cowan, et al.
In 2012, Howarth & Smith handled a case in the Alaskan Supreme Court concerning whether an Alaska Probate court had jurisdiction to decide betweeen disputed claims to over $2 million dollars that was held by the District Court for the Southern District of California. Ms. Smith's oral argument before the Supreme Court of Alaska can be viewed here.
Commonwealth v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc.
In 2010, the firm successfully defended Life Care Centers of America in a criminal trial in Boston, obtaining an acquittal from the jury, and before trial obtaining a 7/0 opinion from the Massachusetts Supreme Court on the novel "collective corporate intent" theory put forward by the Massachusetts Attorney General. The published opinion appears as Commonwealth v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc., 456 Mass. 826, 926 N.E.2d 206 (2010); Mr. Howarth’s oral argument before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts can be viewed here.