Marina Pacifica Homeowners Assoc. v. Southern California Financial Corp.Annotate this Case
The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's postjudgment order concluding that neither plaintiff nor defendant was the prevailing party in litigation over an assignment fee, and thus neither of them was entitled to attorney fees or costs. The court held that the trial court did not err by determining that there was no prevailing party in this case. The court reasoned that a party's failure to obtain its preferred litigation objective did not mean that the other party was ipso facto the prevailing party. The court also held that the trial court had discretion to allow costs, or not to allow costs, under the circumstances of this case where plaintiff recovered monetary relief and obtained declaratory relief.