Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pro hac vice order appeal?

Reviewing the output of California's appellate courts, you start to see certain patterns among the final judgments and appealble orders on appeal. For appealable orders, you expect to see plenty of post-trial motion orders, injunctions, anti-slapp rulings, orders quashing service or addressing venue, and the other usual suspects.

Today brings one that at first blush seems out of the ordinary: an appeal from an order denying a motion for revocation of pro hac vice status.
Without fanfare, however, the court simply treats this as an order regarding disqualification of counsel -- which is indeed one of the usual suspects.

Oh, and for you YellowBook geeks out there, even though pro hac vice is an extremely common latin term, yes, it is supposed to be italicized. (Cal. Style Manual § 4:36[C].)