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Serrano v. Stefan Merli Plastering Co., Inc., B215837

In plaintiffs' suit seeking attorneys' fees under the private attorney general statute, Code of Civ. Proc. section 1021.5, from a deposition reporter company, arising from a dispute about the reasonableness of fees a deposition reporter sought to charge a nonnoticing party for expedited copies, trial court's denial of attorney fees is affirmed where: 1) trial court's determination that Serrano I was private litigation and did not result in the enforcement of an important public right is entitled to deference and is affirmed; and 2) trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying plaintiffs private attorney general fees because plaintiffs failed to show the first element of the section 1021.5 test.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/28/2010
  • Published 04/28/2010




  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Law Offices of David B. Bloom, Edward Idell, Stephen Monroe, and James Adler for Plaintiffs and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • John L. Dodd & Associates and John L. Dodd; Chambers, Noronha & Kubota and Peter A. Noronha for Objector and Respondent.
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