August 31, 2011

The 2009 Southern California wildfires caused significant property damage throughout the State. In addition to the many valid property damage claims that arose out of that event, there were a myriad of frivolous “soot and ash” claims made as well.

In an action arising out of the 2009 Southern California wildfires filed by fourteen separate homeowners, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth N. Greenfield filed a demurrer on the ground that the plaintiffs were improperly joined. The tentative was in favor of the insurance company. The plaintiffs’ attorney filed a Notice of Related Cases which continued the ruling on the demurrer and threatened a transfer of the case to another judge. The Law Offices of Kenneth N. Greenfield successfully opposed the plaintiffs’ Notice of Related Cases. After a third appearance before the court, the Law Offices of Kenneth N. Greenfield’s demurrer was sustained without leave to amend.

This matter is currently on appeal.