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People v. Smith  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: H042287

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant and another man went to a drug dealer’s home for the purpose of purchasing a quarter-pound of methamphetamine. Defendant was carrying two cell phones, a large knife in a concealed sheath, another knife in a poc...

P. v. Lowery
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: H042551M
Bank of New York Mellon v. Citibank  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: B262899

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stems from the simultaneous refinancing of a home equity line of credit by two different lenders in 2006, which resulted in a dispute over the priority of their recorded deeds of trust. On appeal, Bank of New Y...

Sanchez v. Kern Emergency Medical Trans.
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: F069843M
Southern Cal. Sunbelt v. Banyan, Ltd.  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: G051260

Justia Opinion Summary: In the seventh appeal arising from a 20-year multi-phase litigation, the issue presented for the Court of Appeal’s review centered on whether the trial court had authority to award approximately $281,000 in receivership...

California v. Alsafar  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: G052951

Justia Opinion Summary: Faris Alsafar appealed the extension of his period of commitment to a state mental hospital as a mentally disordered offender (MDO). He argued the trial court violated his constitutional right to equal protection when it...

Professional Collection Consultants v. Lauron  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: H042686

Justia Opinion Summary: Lauron had two Chase credit cards, one ending in 5285 and one ending in 5274. The Cardmember Agreement for 5274 stated that: “THE TERMS AND ENFORCEMENT OF THIS AGREEMENT AND YOUR ACCOUNT SHALL BE GOVERNED AND INTERPRETE...

People v. Black  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: H043360

Justia Opinion Summary: Black called Knarr to suggest a real estate investment. Knarr gave Black $124,456, documented by a May 2006 promissory note. Knarr testified that he would not have invested without a promised 10 percent return if sale or...

People v. Clark  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: A143378

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1997, Clark was convicted of indecent exposure and sentenced to a prison term of 26 years to life under the “three strikes” law. He had prior convictions for the same offense and two for lewd and lascivious conduct (...

Argentieri v. Zuckerberg  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: A147932

Justia Opinion Summary: Argentieri was an attorney for Ceglia in Ceglia’s suit against Zuckerberg and Facebook. That suit was dismissed as a fraud on the court and for spoliation of evidence. Zuckerberg and Facebook then sued Argentieri for ma...

Samara v. Matar  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: B265752

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit for dental malpractice, alleging Dr. Nahigian had negligently performed oral surgery on her and Dr. Matar, as Dr. Nahigian's principal and employer, was vicariously liable for Dr. Nahigian's negligen...

People v. Diaz  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: B269048

Justia Opinion Summary: The People appealed from the trial court's grant of defendant's writ of habeas corpus. The court agreed with the People's contention that the reclassification of defendant's 2009 felony conviction of petty theft with a p...

Secci v. United Independent Taxi Drivers  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: B270082

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was injured after a motorcycle crash with defendant Aram Tonakanian, who was driving a green and white taxi marked with United's insignia. After the jury found that Tonakanian was United's agent, but not an emp...

Doe v. California  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: D069411

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs John and Jane Doe appealed an order granting the State Department of Justice's special motion to strike under the anti-SLAPP statute. In their lawsuit, the Does alleged civil rights violations, negligence, fal...

People. v. Cuiriz  
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: A144351

Justia Opinion Summary: During defendant’s 19th birthday party, a confrontation occurred between defendant’s father and Barcenas. Defendant observed two men hitting her father; she claims they pushed her when she attempted to separate the men a...

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