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Priceline.com Inc. v. City of Anaheim, No. G041338

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By FindLaw Staff on January 06, 2010 10:36 AM

In plaintiff's request for writ of mandamus seeking to compel the City of Anaheim to litigate tax assessment proceedings without the assistance of outside counsel retained pursuant to a contingency fee agreement claiming that the fee arrangement violates a government lawyer's duty of neutrality, trial court's denial of the writ petition is affirmed as, Clancy does not bar contingency fee lawyers from assisting government lawyers as co-counsel in ordinary civil litigation such as this, and the tax assessment proceeding is a civil administrative action that does not require the delicate weighing of values described in Clancy.   

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Appellate Information

Filed January 5, 2010

Judges

Opinion by Judge Ikoa

Counsel
For Appellant:   Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Darrel J. Hieber, Stacy R. Horth-Neubert, Daniel M. Rygorsky and Raoul D. Kennedy

For Appellee:   Cristina L. Talley, City Attorney, Moses W. Johnson, Assistant City Attorney

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