Next week, on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 9:00 a.m., the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Oakland Raiders v. National Football League, no. S132814, which raises the following issue:
Petition for review after the Court of Appeal reversed an order granting a new trial and otherwise affirmed the judgment in a civil action. This case presents the following issue: If the trial court fails to specify its reasons for granting a new trial (see Code Civ. Proc., § 657), is the trial court’s order granting a new trial reviewed on appeal under the abuse of discretion standard or is the order subject to independent review?
We can expect a decision within 90 days thereafter, or by July 3, 2007. The argument will take place in downtown Los Angeles at the Ronald Reagan State Office Building. If anyone would like to attend and provide a report to be posted here, please drop me a line. Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal's opinion is Oakland Raiders v. National Football League, 126 Cal.App.4th 1497 (2005).