Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Right to Appeal Lost for Fast and Loose Debtor

Blumberg v. Minthorne, No. G050428 (D4d3 Feb. 4, 2015)

Defendant in a probate court action disobeyed the trial court’s order to provide an accounting and to convey some property to plaintiff by quitclaim. She generally obstructed the trial court’s efforts to enforce its own orders. Under the circumstances, her appeal is subject to the disentitlement doctrine—an inherent authority of appellate courts to dismiss an appeal when a litigant has disobeyed the orders of lower courts.

Appeal dismissed.

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