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California FAIR Plan Association v. Garnes  
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: A143190

Justia Opinion Summary: Garnes’s Richmond home was damaged by a kitchen fire. She had a fire insurance policy, with a limit of $425,000 from FAIR Plan Association, California’s insurer of last resort. Gaines claimed she should receive the amoun...

Chango Coffee v. Applied Underwriters  
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: B267358

Justia Opinion Summary: Chango filed suit against Applied for breach of contract, conversion, and fraud. On appeal, Applied purported to challenge the trial court's order denying its renewed petition to compel arbitration filed pursuant to Code...

CRST, Inc. v. Superior Court  
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: B280270

Justia Opinion Summary: A freightliner driven by petitioners' employee struck a vehicle, causing serious injuries to the passengers, real parties in interest Matthew and Michael Lennig. The Lennings filed suit against the employee and petitione...

City and County of San Francisco v. Regents of the University of California  
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: A144500

Justia Opinion Summary: For over 40 years, San Francisco has had an ordinance that imposes a tax on parking lot users for the “rent” paid to occupy private parking spaces. Since 1980, the amount of the tax has been 25 percent of the rent; parki...

Friends of Outlet Creek v. Mendocino County  
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: A148508

Justia Opinion Summary: Since 1972, Mendocino County has approved aggregate and asphalt production on the site; it approved a 2002 permit after review under the California Environmental Protection Act (CEQA). In 2009, the County proceeded under...

People ex rel. Harris v. Aguayo  
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: B262557

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants appealed a civil enforcement action against them for violation of the unfair competition laws (UCL) arising out of their involvement in a complex real estate scam. The Court of Appeal affirmed and held that de...

Association of Irritated Residents v. CA Department of Conservation  
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: F073018

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a petition for writ of mandate challenging the DOGGR's issuance of permits to Aera Energy for 214 new oil wells in the South Belridge Oil Field of Kern County. The trial court sustained defendant's demur...

Thompson v. Ioane  
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: H042104

Justia Opinion Summary: The property was sold at a 1998 foreclosure sale. The Santa Cruz Superior Court ordered that United take possession from Michael Ioane. Michael’s wife, Shelly, filed for bankruptcy. The two filed an adversary proceeding...

Bartoni v. American Medical Response West  
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: A143784

Justia Opinion Summary: AMR provides ambulance services in more than 15 California counties, employing dispatchers, call takers, drivers, emergency medical technicians (EMT’s), paramedics and nurses. Plaintiffs, four current or former employees...

Guarantee Fork Lift, Inc. v. Capacity of Texas, Inc.  
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: A147954

Justia Opinion Summary: Capacity manufactures “Trailer Jockey” semi-tractors. GFL became an authorized Capacity dealer under a 1995 franchise agreement. In 2013, Capacity notified GFL of its intent to terminate GFL’s franchise, alleging GFL had...

Grappo v. McMills  
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: A147522

Justia Opinion Summary: Representing himself, Grappo filed a complaint that "could not have withstood a demurrer,” which was served on McKean, a man named in the caption but not identified in the complaint, who apparently had no relationship wi...

Julian v. Mission Community Hospital
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: B263563M
Sanjiv Goel, M.D., Inc. v. Regal Medical Group  
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: B267012

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether the trial court employed the correct legal standard in determining the reasonable value of appellant's emergency treatment of four patients as an interventional cardiologist. The Court of Appeal agre...

P. v. Pou
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: B269349M
Kutzke v. City of San Diego  
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: D070288

Justia Opinion Summary: Property owners Carolyn Kutzke and Karen Kapp applied to the City of San Diego (City) for a vesting tentative parcel map and related permits to allow them to subdivide two adjacent lots totaling 1.45 acres (property) int...

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