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Findleton v. Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians  
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: A142560

Justia Opinion Summary: The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians and Findleton entered into the Construction Agreement for a gaming facility. In 2008 (10 months later), the Tribe suspended construction because the financial meltdown had adversely...

In re Alexander P.  
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: A146040

Justia Opinion Summary: After his stepfather, Donald, assaulted his mother, Heidi, in Alexander’s presence, Alexander, then three years old, became the subject of a dependency petition. At the time, Donald, Alexander’s biological father, Joel,...

People v. Falaniko  
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: B259918

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant challenged his convictions arising out of three separate shooting incidents. The court affirmed defendant's convictions for murder in count 1, attempted murder in counts 4, 9 and 10, and shooting at an occupied...

Osborne v. Yasmeh
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: B262043A
Yhudai v. Impac Funding Corp.  
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: B262509

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against his lender, Impac, and others, alleging causes of action arising from the nonjudicial foreclosure sale of his residence. The trial court sustained defendants' demurrer to the entire pleading...

Nam v. Regents of UC  
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: C074796

Justia Opinion Summary: "The facts as alleged in the complaint and in plaintiff’s declaration in opposition to the motion to strike are not at all clear." Plaintiff Un Hui Nam, a new medical resident in the anesthesiology department at UC Davis...

California v. Bryd  
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: C077269

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found defendant Dywon Levell Byrd guilty of first degree murder (court 1), and driving in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property while fleeing from a pursuing police officer (court 3). T...

People v. Curry  
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: A145922

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, an Almeda County resident, pled no contest to second-degree burglary; a felony charge of petty theft with a prior, was dismissed. The court admitted defendant to three years probation with a condition that sh...

Osborne v. Yasmeh  
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Numbers: B262043, B265530

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff John Flowers, a parapalegic, along with his wife and stepsons, filed suit alleging violations of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, Civil Code 512, and intentional infliction of emotional distress when defendants refu...

Heidi S. v. David H.  
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: B263933

Justia Opinion Summary: After the family court ordered that sole legal and physical custody of the child would remain with father, mother appealed. The court concluded that the family court did not abuse its discretion in refusing to grant moth...

Santa Clarita Org. v. Castaic Lake Water Agency  
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: B264284

Justia Opinion Summary: SCOPE filed suit alleging that the trial court erred in denying its writ of mandate claim because the Agency’s acquisition of Valencia Water Company is unlawful. The court concluded that the court does not have to dismis...

No Toxic Air, Inc. v. Lehigh SW Cement Co.  
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: H040047

Justia Opinion Summary: The Permanent Quarry, a 3,510-acre surface mining operation producing limestone and aggregate for the manufacture of cement, is located in unincorporated Santa Clara County. The Quarry, owned by Lehigh, has been in exist...

People v. Lexington Nat'l Ins. Corp.  
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: H041573

Justia Opinion Summary: Duffy was charged with misdemeanor child endangerment. On August 23, 2013, Lexington Insurance posted a $50,000 bail bond for Duffy’s release from custody. Duffy appeared in court on August 29, 2013, at which time the co...

People v. Putney  
Date: July 27, 2016
Docket Number: A142012

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1990, Putney sexually molested his two- and four-year-old cousins, with whom he lived, and a nine-year-old neighbor. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison. In 2002, before Putney was due to be released on parole, the...

Friends of the Hastain Trail v. Coldwater  
Date: July 27, 2016
Docket Numbers: B249841, B251814

Justia Opinion Summary: This litigation involves two parallel fire roads, an older one and its newer replacement. On appeal, defendants challenged the trial court's judgment declaring a public trail easement was established by public dedication...

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