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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Hormone Replacement Case

On October 12, 2010, the United States Supreme Court declined to review a published decision in favor of Martin’s clients in In re Prempro Products Liability Litigation, 591 F.3d 613 (8th Cir. 2010).   Martin represented 116 plaintiffs who alleged that they developed breast cancer as a result of their use of prescription hormone replacement therapy drugs.  On consolidated appeals from orders dismissing their cases, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis reversed the dismissals and directed the district court to remand the cases to Minnesota state court where they were first filed.

Defenders Board

On October 6, 2010, Martin was elected to the board of Appellate Defenders, Inc. and Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.

Copyright Act Petition Filed in U.S. Supreme Court

On September 23, 2010, Martin filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court in Bryant v. Media Right Productions, Inc., 603 F.3d 135 (2d Cir. 2010).   The issue raised in the petition is whether statutory damages under the Copyright Act for unlawfully distributing individual songs from an album on the Internet should be calculated on a per-song or per-album basis.

California Supreme Court Grants Review in Vexatious Litigant Case

On July 22, 2010, the California Supreme Court granted Martin’s petition for review in Shalant v. Girardi, No. S182629.  The issue before the Supreme Court is whether a vexatious litigant must obtain permission to proceed in pro per if he or she becomes self-represented while the case is pending.

California Supreme Court Lets Police Captain’s Victory Stand

On June 21, 2010, the California Supreme Court denied the City of Anaheim’s petition for review in Hedgpeth v. City of Anaheim, No. S182325.  In the underlying appeal, Martin represented a former captain of the Anaheim Police Department who had recovered a judgment of $943,000 for unlawful retaliation in violation of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act.  The California Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment against the City of Anaheim on March 23, 2010.

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Products Liability Case Against Mazda

On May 24, 2010, the United States Supreme Court granted Martin’s petition for writ of certiorari in Williamson v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc., No. 08-1314.

Colombian Father Wins Return of Daughter

On April 2, 2010, the California Court of Appeal ruled in favor of Martin’s pro bono client in Ramirez v. Gutierrez-Carreno, No. D055115.  Martin represented a Colombian father whose wife never returned to Colombia after what was supposed to be a temporary visit to the United States with their 10-year old daughter.  The Court of Appeal affirmed an order directing the return of the daughter to Colombia pursuant to the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.