A state appeals court has overturned a ruling that a former Glendale mayor acting as a private attorney was negligent for failing to properly defend the United Community Church of Glendale from multimillion-dollar lawsuits.
The three-member panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles last week overturned a $2.1-million summary judgment against Robert W. Garcin, head of the Burbank Airport board and twice mayor of Glendale.
The judgment was made in 1989 by Glendale Superior Court Judge Joseph R. Kalin after the congregation sued Garcin for malpractice.
Court documents indicate that Garcin had agreed to represent the church in 1984 but allowed the church to lapse into automatic default because he took no action to defend it for more than a year. Kalin said he granted the judgement against Garcin without a trial because "there is no defense" for Garcin's failure to protect the church.