Nos. B108792, B110750.

75 Cal.Rptr.2d 639 (1998)

John Woodruff KESSEL, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. David Keene LEAVITT, Defendant and Respondent. John Woodruff KESSEL, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. David Keene LEAVITT, et al., Defendants and Respondents.

Court of Appeals of California, Second District, Division One.

Review Denied October 14, 1998.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Dobrin & Bronner, Brian L. Dobrin and Deborah R. Bronner, Los Angeles; Lascher & Lascher and Wendy C. Lascher, Ventura, for Plaintiff and Appellant.

Horvitz & Levy, Ellis J. Horvitz, Calabasas, and Stephanie Rae Williams, Costa

ORTEGA, Acting Presiding Justice.

This appeal involves a California attorney's (defendant) manipulation of different state and foreign adoption notice requirements to help an unmarried and pregnant West Virginia client arrange a private adoption in a jurisdiction that, unlike West Virginia, required no notice to the biological father (plaintiff). Defendant's client sought to keep plaintiff, who had filed a West Virginia paternity action, from locating his newborn...

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