FORD v. NORTON, F032740
Under the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, a psychologist who releases an involuntarily hospitalized mental patient before the end of the 72-hour treatment and evaluation hold is not exempt from civil liability when that patient thereafter injures another person.
- Decided 06/08/2001
- Published 06/08/2001
- California Court of Appeal
- For Appellant:
- Hunt & Associates, Paso Robles, and Eric J. Parkinson, San Luis Obispo, for Plaintiff and Appellant., Catherine I. Hanson and Astrid G. Meghrigian, San Francisco, for California Medical Association as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant., Daniel H. Willick, Los Angeles, for California Psychiatric Association as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant.
- For Appellees:
- Marderosian, Oren & Paboojian Fresno, and Michael E. Lehman, for Defendant and Respondent Robert Norton., Baker, Manock & Jensen, Fresno, Gayle D. Hearst and Michelle E. Guardado, for Defendant and Respondent Harvey Biala., Koenig Caprile & Berk, William J. Koenig, Sacramento, and Jeanne L. Vance, for California Psychological Association and California Association of Psychology Providers as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Respondents., Nathalie Gilfoyle; Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, Christian E. Mammen, San Francisco, and Jonathan R. Dowell, for American Psychological Association as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Respondents.