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Associate Justice William W. Bedsworth of the Court of Appeal, State of California. Photographed in his office in Santa Ana, California, on May 8, 2003. Photo: Alan J. Duignan

A California appellate court has overturned a $1 million default judgment against an Orange County family lawyer finding that opposing counsel ran afoul of the requirement in the state’s Code of Civil Procedure that parties “cooperate” in bringing an action to trial or disposition.


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