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.
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.
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.
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.