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Glitch Keeps First District Opinions Out of View

December 19, 2005
Computer problems may have contributed to opinions from the First District Court of Appeal not reaching the California Courts Web site on Monday.  

That’s what Division Three clerk Jacqueline Alameda surmised when the lack of both published and unpublished opinions was pointed out to her Monday afternoon.

One of the missing opinions was San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association v. Health Net of California, A104458, in which the insurer argued that it was in its rights to decline to renew health coverage to the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. The case’s docket says there was an unpublished opinion authored by Justice Carol Corrigan on Monday.

But without that opinion, all that is known is just what’s on the docket: “The granting of the preliminary injunction is affirmed. The denial of the petition to compel arbitration is reversed. The matter is remanded for reconsideration of Health Net’s petition. The parties shall bear their own costs on appeal. (also for A104459).?

— Candice McFarland

Justice Isn’t Colorblind

November 16, 2005

An ad agency’s analysis of how the 200 most profitable law firms use color on their Web sites shows a surprising trend: Blue is hot.

According to a Boston Globe story on the survey, 116 of the firms predominantly use blue — seen as a “low arousal? color — in logos, Web sites, business cards and other marketing materials. On the other hand, only 19 firms use high-arousal red in their brand identity, according to Boston-based Partners + Simons.

But California, a state that’s always been more interested in making, rather than following, trends, doesn’t sync up with the rest of the country.

A quick look at the Web sites of 12 big Golden State firms paints a different picture — one might even call it a rainbow coalition.

  • Latham & Watkins: red and gray
  • O’Melveny & Myers: blue and green
  • Gibson, Dunn: earth tones
  • Paul, Hastings: blue
  • Morrison & Foerster: black and blue
  • Orrick, Herrington: green and gray
  • Heller Ehrman: red, black and yellow
  • Pillsbury Winthrop: red, white and gray
  • Wilson Sonsini: yellow and blue
  • Cooley Godward: red, white and gray
  • Thelen Reid & Priest: blue and white
  • Sheppard, Mullin: blue, white and orange

I can see it now: Cravath, Swaine & Moore will redesign its site using an orange and pink motif.

Candice McFarland