Alta Bates v. Stubblebine

Sacramento Superior Court – 1978. Class action by California Hospital Association against Medi-Cal program for 10% reduction in out-patient reimbursement due to budget crises. Demand $3.75 million. Offer $2.75 million. Five day court trial on claims defense and damages. Court had entered partial summary judgment on liability before I was assigned case. At trial, court ruled 90% of class barred from relief and reduced damages. Plaintiffs appealed from verdict, with cross-appeal on liability. Judgment reversed on appeal with Third District Court of Appeal holding no liability, i.e., judgment for defendant.