The California Supreme Court granted review on July 23, 2014. The Court's web site lists the issue presented as follows:
When plaintiff dismissed her action in exchange for the defendant's payment of a monetary settlement, was she the prevailing party for purposes of an award of costs under Code of Civil Procedure section 1032, subdivision (a)(4), because she was "the party with a net monetary recovery," or was defendant the prevailing party because it was "a defendant in whose favor a dismissal is entered"?DeSaulles is case number S219236, and the Court's web site for it is here. As always, you can sign up for automatic notices regarding the proceedings on the case web site. Or you can watch this space. I'll post the result once it comes down.