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May 1, 2024

Hon. H. Chester Horn, Jr. (Ret.)

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Hon. H. Chester Horn, Jr. served on the Los Angeles Superior Court for 21 years presiding over a broad range of cases. He earned his law degree from UCLA School of Law in 1972 and subsequently joined the California Department of Justice in its Antitrust Section litigating complex cases in state and federal courts. Among those were several dealing with large supermarket mergers, including California v. American Stores Co. which resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court’s first opinion allowing states to enjoin mergers affecting interstate commerce. He also handled several multi-district class action price fixing cases on behalf of governmental agencies resulting in multimillion settlements. Judge Horn also worked on complex cases involving the electric utility industry on behalf of the California Department Water Resources.

Later, Judge Horn transferred to the Charitable Trusts Section where he handled a range of investigations and cases involving will contests and charity fraud cases. He oversaw the review of 18 transactions involving the sale of non-profit hospitals, leading to the creation of charitable foundations totaling of $1 billion in assets.

In 2002, Judge Horn was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court. He presided over an Unlimited Jurisdiction Trial Court for the last 11 years of his judicial career, handling a wide spectrum of civil cases, including asbestos, business, civil rights, complex litigation, insurance, landlord-tenant, habitability, medical malpractice, and personal injury cases.

Judge Horn has authored several articles dealing with antitrust issues, including the “States’ View or Regional and National Mergers”, 58 Antitrust Law Journal 233, (1989). He also co-authored a book dealing with the issues involved in in converting or selling the assets of non-profit entities to private ownership. [Health Care Alliances and Conversions: A Handbook for Nonprofit Trustees, James R Schwartz and H. Chester Horn, Jr., Jossey-Bass Inc., 1998.] (310) 201-0010


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