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Sierra Club v. County of Sonoma  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: A147340

Justia Opinion Summary: Until 2000, Sonoma County grape growers could plant or replant a vineyard “as a matter of right” without governmental approval. A 2000 ordinance, governing “grading, drainage improvement, and vineyard and orchard site d...

California v. Costella  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: E064374

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Keith Costella, shot his victim, dumped his body in an undeveloped area next to a highway, and set fire to it. A jury convicted him of second degree murder and arson of forest land. The jury also foun...

Nautilus, Inc. v. Yang  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: G051956

Justia Opinion Summary: Nautilus, Inc. obtained a judgment against Stanley Kuo Hua Yang, and recorded an abstract of judgment against real property on which Stanley and his brother, Peter Chun Hua Yang, held title. Stanley and Peter transferred...

Pacific Gas and Elec. v. Super. Ct.
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: A146495M
In re B.M.  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: B277076

Justia Opinion Summary: B.M., seventeen years old, appealed from a juvenile court order declaring her a ward of the court and ordering her to serve 90 days in a juvenile justice facility. The juvenile court sustained a petition charging that B....

California v. Valdez  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: C077882

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001, defendant Emigdio Valdez was convicted of possession of a sharp instrument in prison and assault by an inmate by means likely to cause great bodily injury. The trial court found true three prior strike allegatio...

California v. Super. Ct.  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: C082363

Justia Opinion Summary: Real Party in Interest Margarita Rodas was granted probation in 2007 after entering a negotiated plea of no contest to transporting heroin under former Health and Safety Code section 11352. At the time, the statute prohi...

California v. Wismer  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: D068743

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, defendant John Wismer was accused of sexual molestation by the nine- and 13-year-old daughters of Wismer's friend and business associate, Richard S. The physical evidence was inconclusive; the prosecution's...

Citizens for Beach Rights v. City of San Diego  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: D069638

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, the City of San Diego (City) obtained a Site Development Permit (SDP) to construct a new lifeguard station on Mission Beach. The SDP stated that failure to utilize the permit within 36 months of its issuance wou...

P. v. Mendoza
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: H039705M
In re Edward B.  
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: A148887

Justia Opinion Summary: Edward, then age 14, grabbed a handbag from a 66-year-old woman and was apprehended by a police officer who saw him with the bag. A wardship petition alleged misdemeanor grand theft from the person (Pen. Code, 487(c)). E...

Broadway Victoria, LLC v. Norminton, Wiita & Fuster  
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: B266060

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against its former attorneys for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty arising from defendants' representation of plaintiff in an earlier breach of contract action. In the published portion...

Jackson v. Mayweather, Jr.  
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: B266466

Justia Opinion Summary: Shantel Jackson filed suit against former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr., alleging, inter alia, claims for invasion of privacy, defamation, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Plaintiff...

People v. Armijo  
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: B266687

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant plead no contest to attempted murder and admitted to sentencing allegations. On appeal, defendant argued that his plea and conviction should be vacated because the trial court committed reversible error under P...

Baranchik v. Fizulich  
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: B268133

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Phillip Baranchik and Eric Baranchik filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging, among other things, claims of excessive force, false arrest, and malicious persecution. The trial court subsequently granted a mo...

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