Somewhat Of A Pyrrhic Victory For Plaintiff.
Wilson v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC, Case No. D070965 (4th Dist., Div. 1 Jan. 20, 2017) (unpublished) was somewhat of a pyrrhic victor for plaintiff on appeal. What happened below was that a trial judge erroneously failed to honor plaintiff's dismissal of an action, striking it and then going forward to award discovery sanctions and attorney's fees against plaintiff and in favor of the defendant. The appellate court agreed with appellant Wilson that the trial judge lacked jurisdiction to strike and dishonor the dismissal, but critically found the lower court retained jurisdiction to enter discovery sanctions and attorney's fees (the latter, subject to any Santisas limitations) post-dismissal anyway. So, those sanctions and fees award stuck on appeal.