Partner, Dawn B. Eyerly, was quoted in the September 29th edition of the Daily Journal after she was successful in defeating a motion to lift the stay on a bad faith/interpleader case pending in the United States District Court. In that case, Ms. Eyerly represents a former attorney of now-defunct law firm, Rutter, Hobbs & Davidoff. Her client has a right to the insurance money that has been interplead by the excess insurance carrier. Ms. Eyerly successfully stayed the action in 2012 pending the completion of related State Court litigation. Although the State Court litigation is not fully concluded, Rutter, Hobbs & Davidoff recently sought to lift the stay. Due to the potential disclosure of sensitive information in discovery in the bad faith portion of the case, along with the premature nature of the interpleader portion of the case, Ms. Eyerly argued that the stay should remain in place to avoid significant prejudice to the individual attorneys involved. The Court agreed, and denied the Motion.
“We’re not trying to stop anyone from having this litigation proceed,” Ms. Eyerly said to the Daily Journal. “But it doesn’t make any logical sense to have it proceed until all the other pending cases are over.”
Ms. Eyerly is a trial attorney with substantial litigation experience, including several jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and mediations. She also has extensive appellate experience in both State and Federal courts. Ms. Eyerly represents individuals as well as entities, ranging from small, family-owned businesses to multi-million dollar international corporations. She specializes in a variety of areas, including contract disputes, real estate litigation, employment matters, construction disputes, and negligence/premises liability litigation. She also has extensive experience representing self-storage facilities in all aspects of litigation.