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G033868

G033868

COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

FOURTH APPELLATE DISTRICT

DIVISION THREE

ROBERT J. COHEN,

) G033868

) OCSC No. 02CC13219

Plaintiff and Appellant,

)

)

vs.

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)

HEALTH NET OF CALIFORNIA, INC., and )

LOS ALAMITOS MEDICAL CENTER, INC. )

)

Defendants and Respondents. )

_______________________________________)

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APPELLANT’S SUPPLEMENTAL BRIEF RE PROPOSITION 64

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Appeal from the Judgments of the Orange County Superior Court

Honorable Clay Smith, Judge Presiding

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Richard L. Spix (SBN 109109)

1505 E. 17th St., Ste. 229

Santa Ana, California 92705

TEL: (714) 835-5112

FAX: (714) 835-8897

Attorney for Appellant Robert J. Cohen

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Table of Authorities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii-vii

SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

1. Appellant Continues to Have Standing

Under Existing Allegations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

2. Appellant Proved All Elements of

a Representative Action. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

A. Common, typical, and numerous

membership was established. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

B. Common, typical, and numerous false

advertising/false policy terms were proven. . . . . 5

C. Common, typical, and numerous

covered care was present. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

D. Common, typical, and numerous

under funding exists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

E. Common, typical, and numerous

breach of duty was cast on

appellant and other members. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

F. Representation is Adequate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

3. Appellant Alleged All Elements for

Representational Relief. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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TABLE OF CONTENTS (CONTINUED)

4. Application of Civil Procedure Section 382

Invites Mischief that Should be Avoided. . . . . . . . . . . . 16

A. There is Public Interest in Directions to the

Lower Court on Representational Issues. . . . . . 16

B. Appellant Substantially Complies with

Representational Relief. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

5. Prop 64 Does Not Apply Retroactively Since

Voters Never Considered the Issue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

6. The Doctrine of Statutory Repeal Cannot be

Divorced from Voter Intent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

CONCLUSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

CERTIFICATE OF APPELLATE COUNSEL . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

TABLE OF AUTHORITIES

CASES

Aetna Ca. & Surety Co. v. Ind. Acc. Com.

(1947) 30 Cal.2d 388 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

American Pipe & Constr. Co. v. Utah (1974) 414 U.S. 538 . . . . 17

Benson v. Kwikset Corp. 2/10/2005 (Fourth District, Div. 3)

(prior opinion reported at 120 Cal.App.4th 301) . . . . . . . passim

Borden v. Division of Medical Quality

(1994) 30 Cal.App.4th 874 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Branick v. Downey Savings and Loan

2005 Cal.App. LEXIS 201 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . passim

Brenton v. Metabolife International, Inc.

(2004) 116 Cal.App.4th 679 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Briseno v. City of Santa Ana (1992) 6 Cal.App.4th 1378 . . . . . 13

Broughton v. CIGNA HealthPlans of California, Inc.

(1999) 21 Cal.4th 1066 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Brown v. Kelly Broadcasting Co. (1989) 48 Cal.3d 711. . . . . . 33

Californians for Disability Rights v. Mervyn’s, LLC

2005 Cal.App. Lexis 160 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . passim

Callet v. Alioto (1930) 210 Cal. 65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Camp v. Board of Supervisors (1981) 123 Cal.App.3d 334 . . . . 19

Cisneros v. UD Registry (1995) 39 Cal.App.4th 548 . . . . . . . . . 17

City of San Jose v. Superior Court (1974) 12 Cal. 3d 447 . . . . . 19

Concerned Citizens v. 32nd District (1986) 42 Cal.3d 929 . . . . . 13

TABLE OF AUTHORITIES (CONTINUED)

Consumers Union v. Alta‑Dena Certified Dairy

(1992) 4 Cal.App.4th 963 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Consumers Union v. Fisher Devl.

(1989) 208 Cal.App.3d 1433 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Cruz v. PacificCare (2003) 30 Cal.4th 303 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Daar v. Yellow Cab Co. (1967) 67 Cal.2d 695 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Dawson v. Toledano (2003) 109 Cal.App.4th 387 . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Estate of Mendenhall (1960) 182 Cal.App.2d 441 . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Evangelatos v. Superior Court (1988) 44 Cal.3d 1188 . . . . . . . . passim

Fernwood Mobilehome Park v. Almeyda (2002) G029345 . . . . 13

Garcia v. City of Tustin (2003) G031492 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Gonzales v. City of Santa Ana Redevelopment Agency

(1993) 12 Cal.App.4th 1335 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Governing Board of Rialto Unified School District v. Mann

(1977) 18 Cal.3d 819 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29, 32

Hernandez v. Atlantic Finance Co. (1980) 105 Cal.App.3d 65 . . 17

Hodges v. Superior Court (1999) 21 Cal.4th 109 . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Horwich v. Superior Court (1999) 21 Cal.4th 272 . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Hustedt v. Workers' Comp. Appeals Bd.

(1981) 30 Cal.3d 329 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

In re Estrada (1965) 63 Cal.2d 740 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

TABLE OF AUTHORITIES (CONTINUED)

In re Lance W. (1985) 37 Cal.3d 863 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21, 28

Javor v. State Board of Equalization (1974) 12 Cal. 3d 790 . . . . 20

Jolly v. Eli Lilly & Co. (1988) 44 Cal.3d 1103 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Kraus v. Trinity Management Services, Inc.

(2000) 23 Cal.4th 116 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18, 19, 26

Landgraf v. USI Film Products (1994) 511 U.S. 244 . . . . . . . . . 22

Massey v. Bank of America (1976) 56 Cal.App.3d 29 . . . . . . . . 17

McClung v. Employment Development Dept., et al.

S.Ct. No. S 121568 (Nov. 4, 2004) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21, 23

Myers v. Philip Morris Companies, Inc.

(2002) 28 Cal.4th 828 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . passim

Ochs v. PacificCare of California

(2004) 115 Cal. App.4th 782 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

People v. Collins (1978) 21 Cal.3d 208 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

People v. Rossi (1976) 18 Cal.3d 295 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine v.

Tyson Foods (2004) 119 Cal.App.4th 120 . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Perdue v. Crocker National Bank (1985) 38 Cal.3d 913 . . . . . . . 17

Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Shutts (1985) 472 U.S. 797 . . . . . . . . 18

Robert L. v. Superior Court (2003) 30 Cal.4th 894 . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Russell v. Superior Court (1986) 185 Cal.App.3d 810 . . . . . . . . 23

TABLE OF AUTHORITIES (CONTINUED)

Santa Barbara Optical Co. v. State Board of Equalization

(1975) 47 Cal. App. 3d 244 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Sav-On Drug Stores, Inc. v. Superior Court

(2004) 34 Cal.4th 319 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Smith v. Swormstedt (1854) 57 U.S. 288 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Spears v. County of Modoc (1894) 101 Cal. 303 . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

United States v. Heth (1806) 7 U.S. 399 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20, 24

United States v. Security Industrial Bank

(1982) 459 U.S. 70 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21, 23

Vasquez v. Superior Court (1974) 4 Cal. 3d 800 . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Weaver v. Pasadena Tournament of Roses Assoc

(1948) 32 Cal.2d 833 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

White v. Western Title Ins. Co. (1985) 40 Cal.3d 870 . . . . . . . . 21

Yoshioka v. Superior Court (1997) 58 Cal.App.4th 972 . . . . . . 22

Younger v. Superior Court (1978) 21 Cal.3d 102 . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS

Cal. Constitution Article 2, Section 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Cal. Constitution Article 1, Section 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

U.S. Constitution, 14th Amendment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

TABLE OF AUTHORITIES (CONTINUED)

STATUTES

Business and Professions Code Section 17200 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Business and Professions Code Section 17204 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Civil Code Section 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Civil Code Sect

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