California Courts of Appeal Decisions 2017

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San Bruno Committee for Economic Justice v. City of San Bruno  
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: A149409

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs sought a writ of mandate regarding their efforts to place a referendum on the ballot concerning a resolution passed by the City of San Bruno, approving the sale of real property, the former U.S. Navy facility,...

In re Joaquin C.  
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: B277434

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal vacated the juvenile court's jurisdictional finding over the child under Welfare and Institutions Code section 300, subdivision (b), and his removal from mother's custody. The court held that the Depa...

People v. Bona  
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: B277751

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's commitment order subjecting defendant to treatment as a mentally disordered offender (MDO) under Penal Code 2962. The court held that the 60-day timeline set forth in sectio...

In re C.V.  
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: B278331

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal reversed the juvenile court's jurisdictional finding over the child under Welfare and Institutions Code section 300, subdivision (b). The court held that the juvenile court's finding was not supported...

Pesticide Action Network v. California Department of Pesticide Regulation  
Date: September 19, 2017
Docket Number: A145632

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Pesticide Regulation, acting under the Food & Agriculture Code, approved amended labels for two registered pesticides: Dinotefuran 20SG and Venom Insecticide, which allowed both pesticides to be used on...

F.E.V. v. City of Anaheim  
Date: September 19, 2017
Docket Number: G052460

Justia Opinion Summary: Adolf Gonzalez was shot and killed in an incident with two Anaheim police officers. Plaintiffs were the Decedent’s mother and minor daughter, who filed a complaint in federal court against the City of Anaheim (the City)...

Respect Life South San Francisco v. City of South San Francisco  
Date: September 18, 2017
Docket Number: A145992

Justia Opinion Summary: South San Francisco approved a conditional-use permit allowing an office building to be converted to a medical clinic for use by Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. The city determined that its consideration of the permit was...

Sharp Image Gaming v. Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians  
Date: September 15, 2017
Docket Number: C070512

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians (the Tribe) appealed a judgment after trial in favor of plaintiff Sharp Image Gaming, Inc. (Sharp Image), in plaintiff’s breach of contract action stemming from a deal to d...

In re C.M.  
Date: September 15, 2017
Docket Number: D072056

Justia Opinion Summary: At a special hearing, the juvenile court issued a permanent restraining order prohibiting the child's stepfather from having any contact with the child (C.M.). The child's mother, E.S., appealed an order the juvenile cou...

Diego v. City of Los Angeles  
Date: September 14, 2017
Docket Number: B268266

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal reversed the jury's verdict in favor of two officers in an action alleging that the Police Department discriminated against the officers. The court held that, while the evidence that the officers prod...

In re Jesse Barber  
Date: September 14, 2017
Docket Number: B284060

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal granted petitioner's habeas petition challenging the legality of his confinement under Penal Code 4024.2 for violating the terms of his work release program. The court held that there was no legal bas...

In re Madison S.  
Date: September 13, 2017
Docket Number: A144936

Justia Opinion Summary: In September 2014, Andrew, less than one month old, was admitted to the hospital with a skull fracture, bilateral hematomas on both sides of the brain, diffused retinal hemorrhage in his right eye, and multiple old fract...

Roth v. Plikaytis  
Date: September 13, 2017
Docket Number: D070484

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Anice Plikaytis appealed an order awarding her attorneys' fees in a breach of contract action brought by plaintiff Debra Roth. In the published portion of its opinion, the Court of Appeal agreed with Plikaytis'...

California v. Sandee  
Date: September 13, 2017
Docket Number: D070732

Justia Opinion Summary: After the trial court denied a motion to suppress evidence, Megan Sandee pled guilty to possession for sale of a controlled substance and unauthorized possession of a controlled substance. The trial court granted felony...

California v. Leonard  
Date: September 13, 2017
Docket Number: D070980

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Jason Leonard of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run with injury, exhibiting a deadly weapon other than a firearm, vandalism, reckless driving while evading a peace officer, and two counts...

City of Fontana v. California Department of Tax and Fee Administration  
Date: September 12, 2017
Docket Number: A147642

Justia Opinion Summary: If a municipality imposes a sales tax, the State Board of Equalization (now the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration) has the authority to collect and then remit the tax back to the municipality under the...

Miller v. Fortune Commercial Corp.  
Date: September 12, 2017
Docket Number: B271214

Justia Opinion Summary: The Unruh Civil Rights Act prohibits arbitrary discrimination in public accommodations with respect to trained service dogs, but not to service-dogs-in-training. The Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment in favor of...

Dent v. Wolf  
Date: September 12, 2017
Docket Number: B278951

Justia Opinion Summary: A child who seeks a declaration of paternity after her putative father is deceased presents a justiciable controversy when the child requests no financial remuneration. The Court of Appeal reversed the trial court's dism...

Johnson v. Open Door Community Health Centers  
Date: September 11, 2017
Docket Number: A143992

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnson was at an Open Door clinics on November 3, 2011, to review test results with a nurse-practitioner. Before she entered the treatment room, her vital signs were taken and she was weighed on a scale located against...

People v. Lujano  
Date: September 11, 2017
Docket Number: B269153

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal affirmed defendant's conviction of sodomy of an intoxicated person, holding that the trial court did not prejudicially err by refusing to instruct the jury that an actual and reasonable belief that th...

In re Destiny D.  
Date: September 11, 2017
Docket Number: B279742

Justia Opinion Summary: The juvenile court possesses the statutory authority to terminate its jurisdiction at disposition in an appropriate case upon releasing the dependent child to a custodial parent. In this case, the Court of Appeal affirme...

California v. Hunter  
Date: September 11, 2017
Docket Number: G051942

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Alan Hunter and James Paschall of first degree murder under the provocative acts doctrine for the slaying of their accomplice in a botched robbery at a jewelry store. The jury also convicted defendants o...

Montrose Chemical Corp. v. Super. Ct.
Date: September 8, 2017
Docket Number: B272387M
People v. Williams  
Date: September 8, 2017
Docket Number: B275226

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal affirmed the denial of defendants' motion to suppress evidence and to quash and traverse the warrant pursuant to Penal Code 1538.5 after defendants were convicted of one felony count of dog fighting a...

CA Correctional Peace Officers Assn v. Dept. of Corrections  
Date: September 8, 2017
Docket Number: C078723

Justia Opinion Summary: The California Correctional Peace Officers Association (the Association) brought a grievance on behalf of correctional officer Sammie Gardner, alleging a violation of his rights under the Uniformed Services Employment an...

Global Modular v. Kadena Pacific, Inc.  
Date: September 8, 2017
Docket Number: E063551

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of an insurance dispute between a general contractor, its subcontractor, and the subcontractor’s general liability carrier over water damage to a construction site caused by heavy rains. The United St...

People v. Wallace  
Date: September 7, 2017
Docket Number: A149049

Justia Opinion Summary: Fairfield police officers found a baton in defendant’s vehicle after defendant was stopped for a traffic violation and then arrested at the scene as a suspect in a domestic violence incident. Defendant was charged with p...

Cortez v. Doty Bros. Equipment Co.
Date: September 6, 2017
Docket Number: B275255M
P. v. Vasquez
Date: September 6, 2017
Docket Number: D069298A
San Luis Rey Racing, Inc. v. California Horse Racing Board  
Date: September 6, 2017
Docket Number: D069680

Justia Opinion Summary: San Luis Rey Racing, Inc. (SLRR) appealed the denial of its petition for mandamus relief. SLRR wanted the superior court to overturn certain orders of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) regarding the management of...

California v. Harris  
Date: September 6, 2017
Docket Number: D070711

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Taleia Harris pled guilty to felony grand theft from a person for stealing a wallet from the victim's person. A year later, California voters enacted Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act (Propo...

Nakai v. Friendship House Association of American Indians, Inc.  
Date: September 5, 2017
Docket Number: A147966

Justia Opinion Summary: For over 20 years, Orlando was employed by Friendship House Association of American Indians, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program providing treatment services to Native Americans. The program’s CEO was also Orlando’...

People v. Washington  
Date: September 5, 2017
Docket Number: B270506

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Supreme Court's subsequent narrowing of the Sixth Amendment right to confront and cross-examine witnesses to protect against only "testimonial" statements—as accomplished in Crawford v. Washington, (200...

Cortez v. Doty Bros. Equipment Co.  
Date: September 1, 2017
Docket Number: B275255

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal treated the consolidated appeal as a petition for writ of mandate and reached the merits of the superior court's order compelling arbitration of plaintiff's individual claims and terminating the class...

Stoetzl v. State of California  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: A142832

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs are current and former correctional peace officers who work or worked at various state correctional facilities. They brought coordinated class actions alleging they were improperly denied pay for the time they...

In re Charles G.
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: A149593M
People v. Iraheta  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: B261606

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal reversed defendant's conviction of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle. The court held that, in light of the California Supreme Court’s decision in People v. Sanchez, 63 Cal.4th 665, admission of ga...

Montrose Chemical Corp. v. Superior Court  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: B272387

Justia Opinion Summary: Real parties in interest are insurers that issued excess comprehensive general liability (CGL) policies to Montrose, a manufacturer of the pesticide DDT. Montrose filed suit seeking a declaratory judgment that it may ele...

Grotheer v. Escape Adventures  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: E063449

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-appellant Erika Grotheer was a non-English speaking German citizen who took a hot air balloon ride in the Temecula wine country and suffered a fractured leg when the basket carrying her and seven or eight other...

Major v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.  
Date: August 30, 2017
Docket Numbers: B260355, B265671

Justia Opinion Summary: Congress has expressed no intent to foreclose tort liability against cigarette manufacturers, even if liability may have some negative impact on the sale of cigarettes. But-for causation does not apply in a case of multi...

People v. Seals  
Date: August 30, 2017
Docket Number: B271109

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of second degree robbery and second degree commercial burglary when he stole a cellphone from a store. After a confrontation with the storeowner, defendant pulled out a knife as he attempted to fl...

In re Luis H.  
Date: August 30, 2017
Docket Number: B276237

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a dependency petition filed on behalf of two minors under Welfare and Institutions Code section 300. In this case, the juvenile court concluded that the evidence presented i...

Direct Capital Corporation v. Brooks  
Date: August 30, 2017
Docket Number: C081349

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, plaintiff Direct Capital Corporation (DCC) leased computer equipment to a since-disbarred Kansas attorney (Mary Brooks, with many aliases, hereafter Mary) who practiced immigration law in Stockton. After Mary di...

City of Anaheim v. Cohen  
Date: August 30, 2017
Docket Number: C081918

Justia Opinion Summary: The city of Anaheim, as successor to the former Anaheim Redevelopment Agency, sought approval from the California Department of Finance to obtain money from the Redevelopment Property Tax Trust Fund (the fund) for two re...

Pulte Home Corp. v. American Safety Indemnity Co.  
Date: August 30, 2017
Docket Number: D070478

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant American Safety Indemnity Company (“ASIC”) challenged a judgment awarding over $1.4 million in compensatory and punitive damages to plaintiff-respondent Pulte Home Corporation (Pulte), who was the gen...

Attard v. Board of Supervisors of Contra Costa County  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: A138702

Justia Opinion Summary: The Attards own an undeveloped 5-acre parcel in unincorporated Contra Costa County (Fish Ranch Road) on the north side of Highway 24, near the east portal of the Caldecott Tunnel, approximately one mile west of Orinda. T...

Save Laurel Way v. City of Redwood City  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: A147942

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal reversed the trial court's order setting aside a planned development permit (PDP) issued by the City. The court held that issues regarding the legal status of the individual lots under the Subdivision...

BRE DDR BR Whittwood CA, LLC v. Farmers & Merchants Bank  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: B272168

Justia Opinion Summary: After a shopping center tenant defaulted on a secured loan, the lender took possession of the premises through foreclosure and transferred its interest to a third party. The third party then surrendered the premises and...

Aviles-Rodriguez v. Los Angeles Community College District  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: B278863

Justia Opinion Summary: In Romano v. Rockwell Int'l, Inc., 14 Cal.4th 479, the court held that under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Government Code section 12900 et seq., a party alleging that a discriminatory act led to the termin...

California v. Vasquez  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: D069298

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court permitted the State to display to the jury an approximately twenty-foot long "timeline" of the alleged molestations that a therapist created with P.C. in preparation for a prior proceeding in this case. T...

California v. Drew  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: G052949

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Charles Drew sexually assaulted Amber Oceja while she was in a diabetic coma, and within two hours of the assault, Oceja died from diabetic ketoacidosis. The experts all agreed that since Oceja was already unco...

In re Charles G.  
Date: August 25, 2017
Docket Number: A149593

Justia Opinion Summary: In December 2015, the Contra Costa County District Attorney filed a petition alleging Charles committed felony violations of Penal Code section 29610 by possession of a firearm by a minor and of section 25400(a)(2) by ha...

In re Miller  
Date: August 25, 2017
Docket Number: B278902

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of first degree felony murder of Rene Franco and second degree robbery of Ana Saravia. Petitioner was convicted of murder for aiding and abetting an associate who shot Franco after snatching Sara...

Orange Co. Water Dist. v. Sabic Innovative Plastics
Date: August 25, 2017
Docket Number: D070553M
California v. Brooks  
Date: August 25, 2017
Docket Number: D070918

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Brooks was charged with unlawful possession of ammunition (count 1); possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (count 2); and possession of a controlled substance (count 3). As to count one, the informatio...

In re Marriage of Mendoza & Cuellar  
Date: August 25, 2017
Docket Number: G053820

Justia Opinion Summary: Noemi Mendoza appealed after a trial court denied her request to make a permanent spousal support order retroactive to the filing date of her petition for marriage dissolution. The trial court based its denial on Mendoza...

Mercury Casualty Co. v. Pasadena  
Date: August 24, 2017
Docket Number: B266959

Justia Opinion Summary: Mercury filed suit against the City for inverse condemnation after a tree fell on the home of a couple insured by Mercury. The trial court entered judgment for Mercury, finding the tree that fell on the couple's home was...

Rubenstein v. The Gap  
Date: August 24, 2017
Docket Number: B272356

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against the Gap, alleging that she was misled about the quality and authenticity of Gap and Banana Republic factory store clothing. Plaintiff alleged causes of action under the Unfair Competition Law...

In re Travis C.
Date: August 24, 2017
Docket Number: B276877M
Ed H. v. Ashley C.  
Date: August 24, 2017
Docket Number: D070346

Justia Opinion Summary: Paternal great-grandparents Ed and Yvonne H. appealed an order denying their request for joinder and petition to seek visitation with their great-grandchildren. Ed and Yvonne's argued the court erred in finding they lack...

Highway 68 Coalition v. County of Monterey  
Date: August 24, 2017
Docket Number: H042891

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Omni, the landowner and developer, sought approval for construction of a shopping center on 11 acres of property zoned commercial, to consist of 10 retail buildings. Monterey County approved the project. An asso...

Mahan v. Charles W. Chan Ins. Agency, Inc.  
Date: August 23, 2017
Docket Number: A147236A

Justia Opinion Summary: In the mid-1990s Martha (now 79) and Fred (now 86) purchased life insurance policies, with $1,000,000 death benefits for a $14,000 annual premium, naming their children as beneficiaries. The policies were held by a revoc...

Sprunk v. Prisma LLC  
Date: August 23, 2017
Docket Number: B268755

Justia Opinion Summary: A defendant in a putative class action can waive its right to compel arbitration against absent class members by deciding not to seek arbitration against the named plaintiff. In this wage and hour class action, the Court...

Riddell, Inc. v. Superior Court  
Date: August 23, 2017
Docket Number: B275482

Justia Opinion Summary: Riddell filed suit against Insurers, alleging that they owed Riddell a defense and indemnity in third party actions by former professional football players claiming that they suffered personal injuries resulting from Rid...

People v. Romero  
Date: August 23, 2017
Docket Number: B277631

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal reversed defendant's conviction of assault with intent to commit rape, attempted kidnapping to commit rape, assault with intent to commit rape, false imprisonment by violence, and dissuading a witness...

Ramirez v. City of Gardena  
Date: August 23, 2017
Docket Number: B279873

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a wrongful death suit against the City after her grandson died during a police pursuit. Plaintiff claimed that an officer acted negligently and committed battery by performing a Pursuit Intervention Techn...

California v. Ledesma  
Date: August 23, 2017
Docket Number: D070755

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Alexander Ledesma of rape and kidnapping to commit rape. The jury found true allegations attached to count 1 under California's One Strike Law that Ledesma's kidnapping of the victim substantially increa...

PGA West Residential Assn. v. Hulven International
Date: August 23, 2017
Docket Number: E064270M
Retzloff v. Moulton Parkway Residents' Assn.  
Date: August 23, 2017
Docket Number: G053164

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Amber Retzloff, James Franklin, and Nancy Stewart sued defendant Moulton Parkway Residents’ Association No. One (the association), twice for alleged violations of the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development...

OTO, L.L.C. v. Kho  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: A147564

Justia Opinion Summary: Kho worked as a mechanic for One Toyota (OTO) from 2010-2014, when his employment was terminated. Kho filed a wage claim with the California Labor Commissioner. After settlement discussions failed, OTO filed a petition...

Walker v. Appellate Division of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: B280100

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner sought a writ of mandate, contending that the Appellate Division erred in requiring criminal restitution in a manner intended to apply to civil actions, and by ordering restitution of attorney fees in an amoun...

Cal Sierra Development v. George Reed, Inc.  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: C080397

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from competing claims to a portion of the Yuba Goldfields, a 10,000-acre valley on both sides of the Yuba River near Marysville. At issue was whether an arbitration award resolving a dispute between plain...

Marriage of Parker  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: E064236

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1990, appellant Matthew Albert Parker and respondent Mary Katherine Parker divorced. Mary and Matthew shared two children. In 2014, Matthew sought an order (1) requiring respondent San Bernardino County Department of...

In re D.H.  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: E066818

Justia Opinion Summary: D.H. was removed from, and failed to reunify with, his paternal grandparents, who had been caring for him under a probate guardianship. The entire case, from the petition, to removal, to termination of services, focused...

People v. Halim  
Date: August 21, 2017
Docket Number: B271770

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Halim pleaded guilty to misuse of visas and Defendant Anwar pleaded guilty to minimum wage violations. Halim then pleaded guilty to human trafficking and Anwar pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fac...

In re J.P.  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: B277756

Justia Opinion Summary: When a dependency court declares children dependent and removes them from a parent's custody, it is an abuse of discretion to order a reunification plan with which the parent indisputably cannot comply due to a language...

California v. Button  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: D070341

Justia Opinion Summary: Edward Benjamin Button was tried by jury and convicted on one count of corporal injury to a spouse or roommate, and one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. The trial court imposed a sentence...

Bridges v. Mt. San Jacinto Community College Dist.
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: E065213M
Skulason v. California Bureau of Real Estate  
Date: August 16, 2017
Docket Number: A147047

Justia Opinion Summary: Between 1996-1999, Skulason was convicted of three misdemeanors involving the operation of a vehicle. In 2000, she applied for a real estate salesperson’s license. The Bureau of Real Estate initiated an administrative pr...

Okorie v. Los Angeles Unified School District  
Date: August 16, 2017
Docket Number: B268733

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and his wife filed suit against his employer, the school district, and two of his supervisors, alleging discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. The trial court granted defendants' special motion to strike...

Ponte v. County of Calaveras  
Date: August 16, 2017
Docket Number: C079180

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Dennis Ponte demanded defendant County of Calaveras (County) to pay him over $150,000 to reimburse him for work purportedly performed on the County’s behalf pursuant to an oral contract. The contract did not co...

Harshad & Nasir Corp. v. Global Sign Systems  
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Numbers: B269427, B275942, B275947

Justia Opinion Summary: FFC and Global appealed the arbitrator's award after Global filed suit against FFC to recover amounts owed on unpaid invoices. The Court of Appeal held that the trial court prejudicially erred when it failed to apply the...

Sviridov v. City of San Diego  
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: D069785

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-appellant Aleksei Sviridov was terminated as a police officer for the City of San Diego. In the first appeal, Sviridov challenged an order denying his petition for administrative mandamus in which he sought a d...

Sukumar v. City of San Diego  
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: D071527

Justia Opinion Summary: Litigation under the Public Records Act (PRA) (Gov. Code, sec. 6250 et seq.) is one of the rare instances where a losing party may still be deemed a prevailing party entitled to an attorney fee award. Ponani Sukumar appe...

County of Orange v. Cole  
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: G053375

Justia Opinion Summary: The sperm of Brian Cole was used to inseminate Mie Tsuchimoto, who gave birth to a boy (the child). When the child was six years old, the County of Orange filed a complaint to declare Cole to be the child’s father and to...

California v. Pineda  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: B267885

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found defendant Armando Pineda, Jr. guilty of second degree murder for shooting the patriarch of a neighboring family, Rogelio Islas (Rogelio). Defendant was 17 years old at the time of the crime, and the district...

Towery v. State of California
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: B269387M
Jacobs v. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Co.  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: B277832

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company (Coldwell) marketed a vacant, bank-owned property in Simi Valley for sale. The property had a backyard with an empty swimming pool and diving board. While plaintiff...

Hovannisian v. First American Title Ins. Co.  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: F072789

Justia Opinion Summary: Property owners who purchased through a foreclosure sale sued the bank that sold the house, alleging that they were mislead the bank’s deed of trust was the first deed of trust, when another remained on the property, and...

In re Trever P.  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: F073691

Justia Opinion Summary: Trever P. was found by the juvenile court to have committed acts of sexual molestation against his four-year-old cousin while babysitting him one day. Trever was twelve-years-old at the time of the offenses. The court co...

Energy Insurance Mutual Ltd. v. Ace American Insurance Co.  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: A140656

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2004, an excavator punctured a high-pressured petroleum line owned by Kinder. Gasoline, released into the pipe trench, was ignited by welding activities. The resulting explosion and fire killed five employees...

Surfrider Foundation v. Martins Beach 1, LLC  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: A144268

Justia Opinion Summary: Before appellants purchased Martins Beach, the public was permitted to access the coast by driving down Martins Beach Road and parking along the coast, usually upon payment of a fee. Because it is sheltered by high clif...

P.eople v. Financial Casualty & Surety  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: A145568

Justia Opinion Summary: FC Surety posted $150,000 bail to secure Ventura‘s release from custody in San Francisco. On September 15, 2014, when Ventura failed to appear, the court issued a bench warrant and declared the bond forfeited, stating FC...

Towery v. State of California  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: B269387

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit alleging claims for damages against various defendants arising from his contraction of coccidioidomycosis (commonly known as valley fever) while incarcerated in the Kern Valley State Prison. The Cour...

California v. Brown  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: C078620

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found defendant Chester Brown guilty of two counts of human trafficking involving two different victims. During the trial, the jury heard evidence that defendant was essentially pimping minors, in at least one ins...

Curci Investments v. Baldwin  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: G052764

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal concerned a limited liability company, JPB Investments LLC (JPBI), created and operated by respondent James Baldwin, a real estate developer. Appellant Curci Investments, LLC (Curci) sought to add JPBI as a j...

People v. Financial Casualty & Surety, Inc.  
Date: August 9, 2017
Docket Number: A147808

Justia Opinion Summary: Bail for Cruz, charged with various crimes, was set at $30,000. He was ordered to appear on February 18, 2015, for supervised pretrial release eligibility report, and on February 26, for a preliminary hearing. Financial...

Cross v. Facebook, Inc.  
Date: August 9, 2017
Docket Number: A148623

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs are Cross, also known as Mikel Knight, a country rap artist, and his businesses. Two vans, carrying independent contractors promoting Knight’s music, were involved in accidents that resulted in two deaths. “Fa...

Harris v. Super. Ct.  
Date: August 9, 2017
Docket Number: C083669

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Homer Harris sought a writ of mandate after the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of San Joaquin County summarily denied the appointment of counsel to represent him in his appeal of a restitution order...

PGA West Residential Assn. v. Hulven International  
Date: August 9, 2017
Docket Number: E064270

Justia Opinion Summary: PGA West Residential Association, Inc. (PGA West) alleged defendant Dempsey Mork tried to fraudulently insulate the equity in his condominium from creditors by naming Hulven International, Inc. (Hulven), a sham corporati...

Light v. Calif. Dept. of Parks & Rec.  
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Number: D070361

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Melony Light appealed judgments in favor of her employer, defendant California Department of Parks and Recreation (Department), and her former supervisors, defendants Leda Seals and Kathy Dolinar, following ord...

Bridges v. Mt. San Jacinto Community College Dist.  
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Number: E065213

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a community college’s decision to buy a plot of vacant land from a regional park district for potential future use as the site of a new campus. Plaintiffs-appellants Martha Bridges and John Burkett,...

Russell City Energy Co. v. City of Hayward  
Date: August 7, 2017
Docket Number: A144749

Justia Opinion Summary: In a 2005 Cooperation and Option Agreement to facilitate Russell's construction and operation of the Energy Center, a natural gas-fired, combined cycle electric generating facility in Hayward, the city granted Russell an...

City of Culver City v. Cohen  
Date: August 7, 2017
Docket Number: C077799

Justia Opinion Summary: Prior to its dissolution, Culver City’s former redevelopment agency made an unauthorized transfer to the City of about $12.5 million. The Department of Finance (DOF) discovered the unauthorized transfer after the former...

Arnaudo Brothers, LP v. Agricultural Labor Relations Bd.  
Date: August 7, 2017
Docket Number: F072420

Justia Opinion Summary: In the limited context of a situation where disclaimer was raised as a defense to an unfair labor practices charge based on the failure to bargain, the Court of Appeal held that the Board correctly identified and applied...

Ayala v. Dawson  
Date: August 4, 2017
Docket Number: A142830

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999, Ayala, unable to qualify for a mortgage to buy a five-unit Vacaville residential property, sought assistance from Dawson, a real estate broker. According to Ayala, they orally agreed that Dawson would obtain the...

In re Marriage of Garcia  
Date: August 4, 2017
Docket Number: D070493

Justia Opinion Summary: In an earlier action in which Florencia Garcia petitioned to dissolve her marriage to Juan Garcia (Dissolution Action), the family court found that Florencia did not meet her burden of establishing a valid marriage and q...

Orange Co. Water Dist. v. Sabic Innovative Plastics  
Date: August 4, 2017
Docket Number: D070553

Justia Opinion Summary: Tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene or PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), were detected in groundwater drawn from a drinking water well in the South Basin area operated by the Irvine Ranch Water District...

Conservatorship of the Person of K.W.  
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: A148614

Justia Opinion Summary: K.W.’s one-year conservatorship (Welf. & Inst. Code 5000) was established in 2015 following a contested bench trial. The Conservator petitioned for reappointment in 2016. K.W. requested a jury trial. Bravo, certified by...

People v. Gandy  
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: B264452A

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant argued that his prior convictions for burglary and robbery in Oregon could not be used to enhance his current sentence, because he did not voluntarily and intelligently waive his rights when he pleaded no conte...

P. v. Roberts
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: D069355M
In re L.L.  
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: D071661

Justia Opinion Summary: L.L. was a ten-year-old girl when the juvenile court issued an order finding B.S. was her presumed father pursuant to Family Code1 section 7611, subdivision (d), and also finding he was a third parent pursuant to section...

California v. Echavarria  
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: E065257

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found defendant-appellant Moses Echavarria guilty of first degree murder and assault with a firearm. The jury found true the allegations that, during the murder, defendant personally and intentionally discharged a...

In re D.W.  
Date: August 2, 2017
Docket Number: A145470A

Justia Opinion Summary: San Francisco officers, responding to a broadcast that someone in the area might have a firearm, saw individuals, known to have gang associations, on the corner in a rival gang area. Concerned that they might be trying t...

In re Travis C.  
Date: August 2, 2017
Docket Number: B276877

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother appealed the juvenile court's order declaring her children dependents of the court under Welfare and Institutions Code section 300, subdivision (b)(1). DCFS cross-appealed and moved to dismiss Mother's appeal as m...

California v. Singh  
Date: August 2, 2017
Docket Number: C075295

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Ravinesh Singh appeals from his conviction of first degree murder. When officers searched defendant’s home in 2011, they found handwritten rap lyrics that described criminal behavior similar to how defendant ki...

In re J. C.  
Date: August 2, 2017
Docket Number: C080391

Justia Opinion Summary: J.C.’s early years were marked by extreme neglect and abuse. He was removed from his mother at age five and placed in numerous foster homes until he was eventually adopted. J.C. would be adjudged a ward of the court when...

Esparza v. KS Industries, LP  
Date: August 2, 2017
Docket Number: F072597

Justia Opinion Summary: For purposes of the Iskanian rule, the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) representative claims for civil penalties are limited to those where a portion of the recovery is allocated to the Labor and Workforce D...

In re I.F.
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: A146979M
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan v. Superior Court  
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: B272284

Justia Opinion Summary: Prime filed suit against Kaiser, alleging that Kaiser failed to reimburse Prime for emergency medical services Prime provided to Kaiser members. On appeal, Kaiser challenged the trial court's denial of its petition to va...

Baker v. Italian Maple Holdings  
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: D069797

Justia Opinion Summary: Marlene Baker LaBerge, a 73-year-old woman, was a resident and patient of a 24- hour skilled nursing facility owned by Italian Maple Holdings, LLC dba La Paloma Healthcare Center (La Paloma). LaBerge's heirs, Paul LaBerg...

S.V. v. Super. Ct.  
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: G053903

Justia Opinion Summary: A juvenile court dismissed a delinquency petition and sealed the minor's records. A criminal defendant later filed a request for disclosure of the minor's sealed records; defendant was charged with the pimping, pandering...

In re: Marriage of Kumar  
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Number: A145181

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Vikash, a U.S. citizen born in Fiji, married Ashlyne, a citizen of Fiji, in Fiji in an arranged marriage. Vikash filed an immigration visa petition on Ashlyne's behalf, which was approved, and submitted an I–86...

Rush v. White Corp.  
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Number: A145758

Justia Opinion Summary: Spanish Peaks is a 3000-acre luxury resort in Big Sky Country, Montana. Development began in 2002; featured residences were to be “high-end settlement cabins,” close to a massive lodge, containing restaurants, stores, r...

Conroy v. Wells Fargo Bank  
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Number: C078914

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, Nicholas and Mary Conroy refinanced their home with a mortgage loan secured by a deed of trust on the property. Five years later, the Conroys stopped making payments and defaulted on their loan. In an effort to...

Murphey v. Shiomoto  
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Number: D069557

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal, at issue was whether the trial court erred in granting a petition for writ of administrative mandate ordering the Department of Motor Vehicles (the Department) to rescind an order suspending the driver's...

Minnick v. Automotive Creations, Inc.  
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Number: D070555

Justia Opinion Summary: Nathan Minnick sued his former joint employers, Automobile Creations, Inc. and Dynamic Auto Images, Inc. (defendants), alleging their vacation policy violated state law because it required employees who worked for less t...

California v. Arredondo  
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Number: E064206A

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found defendant-appellant Jason Arredondo guilty of 14 sex offenses against four girls, namely, his three stepdaughters, F.R., A.J.R., A.M.R., and another girl, M.C., a friend of F.R.’s. Defendant was sentenced to...

Beachcomber Management Crystal Cove v. Super. Ct.  
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Number: G054078

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Beachcomber Management Crystal Cove, LLC (Management) and Douglas Cavanaugh (collectively, Defendants) challenged a trial court’s order disqualifying the law firm of Kohut & Kohut LLP (Kohut) from continuing t...

Baker v. Workers Compensation Appeals Board  
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Number: H043291

Justia Opinion Summary: Guerrero applied for workers’ compensation benefits after he was injured in the course of his employment as a construction laborer. He received temporary disability benefits: November 18–December 4, 2005, and January 17–...

P. v. Turner
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: A147603M
Taylor v. Trimble  
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: B276723

Justia Opinion Summary: After his son drowned in a swimming pool owned by defendants, plaintiff filed suit for general negligence and premises liability. The trial court granted summary judgment to defendants. The Court of Appeal exercised its...

Ewald v. Nationstar Mortgage
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: C081760
Toeppe v. City of San Diego  
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: D069662

Justia Opinion Summary: Mission Bay Park was the largest man-made aquatic park in the country. While Lorin Toeppe was walking through Mission Bay Park with her boyfriend, a branch fell off a eucalyptus tree and struck her. Toeppe sustained seri...

California v. Arredondo  
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: E064206

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found defendant-appellant Jason Arredondo guilty of 14 sex offenses against four girls, namely, his three stepdaughters, F.R., A.J.R., A.M.R., and another girl, M.C., a friend of F.R. Defendant was sentenced to 33...

Estuary Owners Association. v. Shell Oil Co.  
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: A145516

Justia Opinion Summary: The land underlying the 100-unit condominium project was owned and used by Shell as a fuel distribution terminal from 1925-1980, then owned by others. Petroleum products were delivered to the property and stored in above...

In re Palmer  
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: A147177

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1988, Palmer, then 17, pled guilty to kidnapping for robbery. Sentenced to life with the possibility of parole, Palmer has gone before the State of California Board of Parole Hearings 10 times, without success. In 201...

In re Taitano
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: A147412M
In re David T.  
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: A148563

Justia Opinion Summary: David participated in the armed robbery of an Oakland pawn shop in 1994 when he was 17 years old. The juvenile court sustained a robbery allegation and he was committed to the California Youth Authority, where he spent t...

Crossroads Investors v. Federal National Mortgage Assn.  
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: C072585A

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal challenged the trial court's denial of defendant's special motion to strike the complaint under Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16 (the anti-SLAPP statute). Defendant Federal National Mortgage Association...

People v. Casillas  
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: F071951

Justia Opinion Summary: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act (Proposition 47), Penal Code 1170.18, disqualifies a person who has suffered a super strike conviction any time before the trial court rules on his or her reclassification petition....

Aanderud v. Superior Court of Kern County  
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: F073277

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit against Vivint Solar, seeking rescission of an agreement in which Vivint Solar agreed to install a solar power generating system on their property in exchange for their agreement to purchase solar p...

Bonni v. St. Joseph Health System  
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: G052367

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Aram Bonni, a surgeon, sued St. Joseph Hospital of Orange (St. Joseph), Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center (Mission), and other defendants for, inter alia, retaliation under Health and Safety Code, sectio...

Kizer v. Tristar Risk Management  
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: G052558

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs-appellants Valerie Kizer and Sharal Williams filed this putative class action against their former employer, defendant and respondent Tristar Risk Management (Tristar), alleging Tristar failed to pay Plaintiff...

County of San Mateo v. Superior Court  
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: A146077

Justia Opinion Summary: A 72-foot diseased tree fell on a sleeping child’s tent, in a campground within a 499-acre public wilderness park, owned by San Mateo County. The county claimed immunity as a matter of law for the allegedly dangerous con...

FilmOn.com v. DoubleVerify, Inc.  
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: B264074

Justia Opinion Summary: FilmOn filed suit against DoubleVerify for trade libel, slander, and other business-related torts, alleging DoubleVerify falsely classified FilmOn's websites under the categories "Copyright Infringement-File Sharing" and...

David v. Hernandez  
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: B270133

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants David Hernandez and D&H Trucking appealed from a $3.3 million personal injury judgment entered against them after plaintiff sustained serious injuries from a car accident with Hernandez's truck. The Court of A...

In re A.C.  
Date: July 21, 2017
Docket Number: D071772

Justia Opinion Summary: K.C. (Mother) was born in California. She was deported from Mexico to the United States. San Diego Police Department officers responded to a call regarding a female (Mother) who might be unfit to care for her two childre...

People v. Bloomfield  
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: A148919

Justia Opinion Summary: A taxi driver reported to police he had driven defendant to locations in Marin County. Defendant attempted to pay the $73.53 cab fare with a prepaid debit card, but the charge did not go through. When police searched def...

Alvarez v. Seaside Transportation Services LLC  
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: B275980

Justia Opinion Summary: Under Privette v. Superior Court (1993) 5 Cal.4th 689 (Privette), an independent contractor's employee generally may not recover tort damages for work-related injuries from the contractor's hirer. Plaintiff filed suit ag...

ZL Technologies v. Doe  
Date: July 19, 2017
Docket Number: A143680

Justia Opinion Summary: ZL provides email archiving, eDiscovery, and compliance support to businesses nationwide. Glassdoor operates a website on which people may anonymously express opinions regarding employers. Individuals representing themse...

Cummings v. Dessel  
Date: July 19, 2017
Docket Number: A144212

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Dessel, Dessel’s daughter (Seal), and Cummings purchased land in Fieldbrook containing a small and dilapidated residence with a carport, planning to remodel the residence, converting it to a vacation rental. Cum...

San Diego County Water etc. v. Metropolitan Water Dist. etc.
Date: July 18, 2017
Docket Number: A146901M
County of Los Angeles v. Allegheny Casualty Co.  
Date: July 18, 2017
Docket Number: B268667

Justia Opinion Summary: Allegheny, through its agent, posted three bonds for the release of three defendants. Under Penal Code section 1305.4,1 a surety may move to extend a defendant's appearance period by 180 days upon a showing of good cause...

Schep v. Capital One
Date: July 18, 2017
Docket Number: B269724M
Demara v. The Raymond Corp.  
Date: July 18, 2017
Docket Number: D068533

Justia Opinion Summary: In a products liability case, plaintiffs Kawika and Sandra Demara appealed the grant of summary judgment granted in favor of defendants The Raymond Corporation (Raymond) and Raymond Handling Solutions, Inc. (RHSI). As pe...

California v. Roberts  
Date: July 18, 2017
Docket Number: D069355

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted defendant Antwaren Roberts of attempted murder and related offenses arising out of an incident in which he shot Krystal Sharkey with a handgun. It also found that Roberts committed the crimes for the ben...

Swigart v. Bruno  
Date: July 17, 2017
Docket Number: D071072

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Kathleen Swigart and defendant Carl Bruno participated in an organized endurance horseback riding event with approximately 47 other riders. Swigart was in the lead and had dismounted at a required checkpoint al...

People v. Jeffrey G.  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: A149067

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was committed to the Department of State Hospitals in 1990 after he was found not guilty of a violent crime by reason of insanity, He has been confined for most of the subsequent time. In 2015, he sought trans...

Deutsche Bank Nat. Trust v. Pyle  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: D071079

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004 Denise Saluto recorded a grant deed to real property. In early 2007 Saluto defaulted on the loan encumbering the Property. Plaintiff Deutsche Bank National Trust Company acquired the Property at a trustee's sale....

People v. Webb  
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: A147740

Justia Opinion Summary: Webb was found in the driver’s seat of a stolen car. The officer believed his identification card was fraudulent, and tracing Webb’s route, found methamphetamine and a scale. Video from the citywide surveillance system s...

LA Unified School District v. Safety National Casualty Corp.  
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: B275597

Justia Opinion Summary: The procedural provisions of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), 9 U.S.C. 1 et seq., do not apply to a motion to compel arbitration in a California state court, where the arbitration agreement was governed by the FAA (bec...

California v. Carothers  
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: C078874

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Bobby Carothers, then-serving a prison term of 25 years to life imposed in 2008 under the three strikes law, appealed the denial of his petition for resentencing under Proposition 36, the Three Strikes Reform A...

Santa Ana Police Off. Assn. v. City of Santa Ana.
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: G053126M
Association for L.A. Deputy Sheriffs v. Superior Court  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: B280676

Justia Opinion Summary: The Pitchess statutes, which require a criminal defendant to file a written motion that establishes good cause for the discovery sought, does not violate constitutional due process. In this case, the LASD created a so-ca...

People v. Turner  
Date: July 10, 2017
Docket Number: A147603

Justia Opinion Summary: After Turner refused to comply with an officer’s request that Turner leave a restaurant, he was arrested for interfering with a business establishment under Penal Code section 602.1(a). During an inventory search, a revo...

Menefield v. Bd. Of Parole Hearings  
Date: July 7, 2017
Docket Number: C083356

Justia Opinion Summary: This case is about the validity of a regulation governing a circumstance the Board of Parole Hearings (the board) can consider when determining whether a person convicted of a crime punishable with an indeterminate life...

Espejo v. The Copley Press  
Date: July 7, 2017
Docket Number: D065397

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant The Copley Press, Inc., owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper (collectively UT), appealed a trial court’s judgment finding plaintiffs (or carriers) were employees of UT in this class action suit. UT ar...

Kumari v. Hospital Committee for Livermore-Pleasanton Areas  
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Number: A148351

Justia Opinion Summary: While hospitalized after giving birth, Kumari fell and broke her shoulder. Four months later, Kumari sent ValleyCare Health System a detailed letter describing her injury and the basis for her “medical negligence” claim....

Santa Ana Police Off. Assn. v. City of Santa Ana.  
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Number: G053126

Justia Opinion Summary: Two City of Santa Ana Police officers were the subjects of an internal affairs investigation based on their conduct during the execution of a search warrant at a marijuana dispensary. The Santa Ana Police Department init...

In re: Taitano  
Date: July 5, 2017
Docket Number: A147412

Justia Opinion Summary: Taitano was found incompetent to stand trial for murder, robbery, carjacking, attempted kidnapping, first-degree burglary, and reckless evasion of a police officer resulting in great bodily injury. His commitment facilit...

Petitpas v. Ford Motor Co.  
Date: July 5, 2017
Docket Number: B245037

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Marline and Joseph Petitpas filed suit against Exxon, Ford, and others, alleging that exposure to asbestos caused by defendants resulted in Marline's mesothelioma. The Court of Appeal held that summary adjudic...

Tustin Field Gas & Food v. Mid-Century Insurance Co.  
Date: July 3, 2017
Docket Number: B268850

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a gas station owner, filed suit demanding that its insurer pay for damages when the fiberglass sheath of one of its underground gasoline storage tanks split after resting on a rock for 16 years. The Court of A...

Cinema West v. Baker  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: A144265

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Hesperia began acquiring vacant property in its downtown for development of a Civic Plaza, with a city hall, public library, other government buildings and “complimentary retail, restaurant, and entertainment es...

IAR Systems v. Super. Ct.
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: A149087M
Irvin v. Contra Costa County Employees' Retirement Association Board  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: A149642

Justia Opinion Summary: Marianne and Richard obtained a judgment of legal separation a few months before his death. Notwithstanding the separation, the couple‘s agreement dividing their assets reflected Richard‘s intent that Marianne would rece...

Trejo v. Johnson & Johnson  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: B238339

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a products liability suit against McNeil and its corporate parent, Johnson & Johnson, after he suffered a severe reaction after taking Motrin. The Court of Appeal held that the jury's verdict finding McNe...

People v. Resendez  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: B269608

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his assault convictions, arguing that under People v. Prunty, (2015) 62 Cal.4th 59, the prosecution failed to present sufficient evidence of predicate offenses to establish the existence of a criminal...

Duarte v. Pacific Specialty Insurance Co.  
Date: June 29, 2017
Docket Number: A143828

Justia Opinion Summary: Duarte's Oakland property was occupied by Bowers. Bowers’s daughter, Pleasants, moved into the property and remained after Bowers died. In February 2012, Duarte gave Pleasants a 45-day notice to quit, but she did not lea...

In re I.F.  
Date: June 29, 2017
Docket Number: A146979

Justia Opinion Summary: A 2012 wardship petition alleged that defendant, age 15, committed second-degree robbery by means of force or fear and possessed marijuana. He admitted grand theft. The court dismissed count two, declared defendant a war...

Shames v. Utility Consumers' Action Network  
Date: June 29, 2017
Docket Number: D070141

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Michael Shames appealed an order pertaining to attorney fees. Shames filed this lawsuit against Defendant Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN) and two individual plaintiffs, alleging multiple causes of acti...

Morgado v. City and County of San Francisco  
Date: June 28, 2017
Docket Number: A141681

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, a citizen with whom non-probationary officer Morgado interacted filed a complaint against him with the Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC) of the City’s Police Department. OCC investigated and shared its findings...

Jacobs v. The Regents of the University of California  
Date: June 28, 2017
Docket Number: B268758

Justia Opinion Summary: Disabled members under the University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP) who receive "Duty Disability Income" (DDI) are not considered retired for purposes of entitlement to a retired identification card and concealed...

P. v. Sperling
Date: June 28, 2017
Docket Number: B272275M
Schep v. Capital One  
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: B269724

Justia Opinion Summary: A trustee's acts in recording a notice of default, a notice of sale, and a trustee's deed upon sale in the course of a nonjudicial foreclosure are privileged under Civil Code section 47. The Court of Appeal held that pla...

People v. Castel  
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: B271396

Justia Opinion Summary: There is no equal protection violation for the procedural difference between when a supervising agency files a petition to modify, revoke, or terminate a criminal defendant’s parole or postrelease community supervision,...

City of Pasadena v. Superior Court  
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: B280805

Justia Opinion Summary: The date upon which the cause of action would be deemed to have accrued within the meaning of the Government Claims Act's, Gov. Code, 810 et seq., statute of limitations is the date on which a plaintiff discovers or shou...

P. v. Overstock.Com, Inc.
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: A141613M
People v. Spaccia  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: B256046

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of 11 counts related to a corruption scandal involving the City of Bell. The Court of Appeals held that the jury could reasonably have concluded that defendant was criminally negligent by failing...

Hupp v. Solera Oak Valley Greens Assn.  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: E065766

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Aristea Hupp (Aristea) appealed after the trial court granted defendants Solera Oak Valley Greens Association and City of Beaumont Animal Control Officer Jack Huntsman’s ex parte application to dismiss Aristea’...

County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: B257230A

Justia Opinion Summary: On remand from the California Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal applied the analysis mandated by Los Angeles County Bd. of Supervisors v. Superior Court, (2016) 2 Cal.5th 282, 300, and considered supplemental briefs fro...

Hikida v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: B279412

Justia Opinion Summary: In a challenge to a Workers' Compensation Appeals Board order, the Court of Appeal held that a writ petition was timely filed. The court also held that despite significant changes in the law governing workers' compensati...

Orange Co. Water Dist. v. Alcoa
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: D070771M
San Diego County Water Authority v. Metropolitan Water District of Southern California  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: A146901

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court held that the rate charged by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for transporting water (“wheeling”) violated several laws and awarded the San Diego County Water Authority damages for brea...

Tucker Ellis LLP v. Superior Court  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: A148956

Justia Opinion Summary: Nelson, an attorney specializing in asbestos defense, was employed by Tucker Ellis. In 2009, Nelson became a “non-capital partner.” Gradient was retained by Tucker Ellis to assist in litigation. Nelson exchanged emails w...

Husman v. Toyota Motor Credit Corp.  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: B268300

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against his former employer, Toyota, for discrimination and retaliation in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Gov. Code, 12900 et seq., as well as for wrongful discharge. The tr...

The Park at Cross Creek v. City of Malibu  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: B271620

Justia Opinion Summary: The Park and Malibu Bay petitioned the trial court to have Measure R, an initiative designed to limit large developments and chain establishments, declared invalid. The trial court granted the petition and defendants app...

Monster, LLC v. Superior Court  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: B278289

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners filed a tort action alleging that Beats Electronics had engaged in a fraudulent scheme to deprive them of their interest in the company. The trial court granted summary judgment for Beats and subsequently ent...

In re Jose S.  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: D070521

Justia Opinion Summary: Jose S., a former ward of the juvenile court, moved under Welfare and Institutions Code section 781 to seal juvenile records related to an admitted charge of lewd and lascivious conduct that occurred in 2002. The juvenil...

Yu Qin Zhu v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: B278696

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, an in-home caretaker for the Department of Social Services, was riding her bicycle from one private home where she worked to another home where she was scheduled to work when she was struck and injured by a c...

SJJC Aviation Services v. City of San Jose  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: H041035

Justia Opinion Summary: SJJC Aviation is a fixed base operator (FBO) that operates a full-service facility at the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, which is owned by the city. In 2012 the city addressed a plan to add a second FB...

CRST v. Super. Ct.
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: B280270M
Zubillaga v. Allstate Indemnity Company  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: G052603

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Carmen Zubillaga was injured in an automobile accident. The other driver was at fault. Her insurer, defendant Allstate Indemnity Company (Allstate), rejected her demand for $35,000, the full amount of her remai...

Hilliard v. Harbour  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: A146330

Justia Opinion Summary: Hilliard owned a controlling interest in companies that owned radio stations. In 2003, the companies entered into a loan agreement with Wells Fargo, borrowing $18.9 million, secured by assets that exceeded $50 million. T...

In re A.G.  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: D071620

Justia Opinion Summary: A.J. and R.G. were the parents of three children, then-aged ten, nine and seven years old. In November 2011, A.J. was arrested and deported to Mexico after he assaulted R.G. R.G. obtained an order prohibiting A.J. from h...

Kao v. Joy Holiday  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: A147540

Justia Opinion Summary: Kao was employed by Joy Holiday, a travel tour company. Kao had come to the U.S., lived with the company’s owners, and had worked for a net “allowance” of $1,700 per month for 11 months while waiting for his work visa. A...

Grist Creek Aggregates, LLC v. Superior Court  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: A149861

Justia Opinion Summary: Grist Creek owns property in Mendocino County on which it has aggregate and asphalt processing operations. The County Air Quality Management District approved a permit to construct a “Crumb Rubber Heating and Blending Un...

California v. Alford  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: D070486

Justia Opinion Summary: Luis Alford pled guilty to possessing methamphetamine for sale. The court sentenced Alford to eight years in custody, plus three years four months on mandatory supervision. The court also imposed various fines and assess...

Rossdale Group, LLC v. Walton  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: H043476

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Walton sued Rossdale. Walton, a California attorney, maintained a “litigation factory” by placing dozens of email addresses on the Internet, collecting spam messages sent to those addresses, and then demanding c...

CA FAIR Plan Assn. v. Garnes
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: A143190M
Kinney v. Clark
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: B265267M
Hutcheson v. Eskaton Fountainwood Lodge  
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: C074846

Justia Opinion Summary: This case turned on whether an attorney-in-fact who admitted her principal to a residential care facility for the elderly made a “health care” decision. If she did, as the trial court found, she acted outside the scope o...

City of Big Bear Lake v. Cohen  
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: C076576

Justia Opinion Summary: The Dissolution Law directed redevelopment agencies to continue making payments on enforceable obligations, but prohibited those agencies from incurring additional obligations, freezing all such activities. the day befor...

Van Audenhove v. Perry
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: E065418M
Phoenix Mechanical Pipeline, Inc. v. Space Exploration Technologies Corp.  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: B269186

Justia Opinion Summary: Phoenix Pipeline filed a second amended complaint (SAC) alleging breach of contract claims related to SpaceX's failure to pay for its services from 2010 to October 2013. The trial court subsequently granted SpaceX's demu...

Webb v. Webb  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: B269311

Justia Opinion Summary: Family Code section 271 does not authorize the court to award sanctions to non-parties, but rather is intended to promote settlement of family law litigation through shifting fees between the parties to the litigation. I...

Plantier v. Ramona Municipal Water Dist.  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: D069798

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs and appellants Eugene G. Plantier, as Trustee of the Plantier Family Trust (Plantier); Progressive Properties Incorporated (Progressive); and Premium Development LLC (Premium), on behalf of themselves and all...

Black Sky Capital v. Cobb  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: E064482

Justia Opinion Summary: The Cobbs borrowed $10,229,250 from Citizens Business Bank. The note was secured by a deed of trust on a parcel of commercial real property in Rancho Cucamonga. Years later, the Cobbs obtained a second loan from Citizens...

California v. Wilford  
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: D069888

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals concluded Jerome Wilford's challenge to his sentence on two counts of corporal injury to a cohabitant was well taken. For counts 5 and 6, the amended information alleged Wilford committed a violation...

Laymon v. J. Rockcliff, Inc.  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: A147464

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated class actions, plaintiffs claimed the brokers who represented them in the sale of their homes and a group of companies that provided services in connection with those sales violated their fiduciary duties...

In re Snyder  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: C082275

Justia Opinion Summary: The California Department of State Hospitals (department) designated two psychologists (Dr. Robert Karlsson and Dr. Marcia Asgarian) to evaluate petitioner Douglas Snyder to determine whether he was a sexually violent pr...

California v. Smith  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: D069445A

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Kiesha Smith and Michael Mitchell appealed their convictions for the murder of Josephine Kelley. In a prior opinion, the Court of Appeal reversed both convictions due to prejudicial error in the joint trial be...

People v. Campbell  
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: B267280

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of charges stemming from him driving his car onto the Venice Beach Boardwalk and plowing into 10 separate groups of people in close succession. The Court of Appeal affirmed, holding that the prose...

People v. Sperling  
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: B272275

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a professional masseur, appealed the judgment entered after he pleaded guilty to sodomizing and orally copulating a victim who was incapable of giving consent because of a developmental disability. The Court o...

California v. Super. Ct.  
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: D071461

Justia Opinion Summary: Voters passed Proposition 57 on November 8, 2016, effective the next day. As relevant here, the new law eliminated the State’s ability to directly file criminal charges against a juvenile defendant in a court of criminal...

In re David B.  
Date: June 7, 2017
Docket Number: A146632

Justia Opinion Summary: David, age 17 years 11 months, was a victim of past gun violence and is a wheelchair-bound diabetic in need of day-to-day medical assistance. He was living in a homeless shelter when a dependency petition was filed, alle...

California v. Woods  
Date: June 7, 2017
Docket Number: D070477

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Marsha Woods was on probation for two prior offenses when she was arrested and charged with five theft- and drug-related offenses. Under a plea agreement, she agreed to plead guilty to one count of attempted bu...

Casiopea Bovet, LLC v. Chiang  
Date: June 7, 2017
Docket Number: D070797

Justia Opinion Summary: Casiopea Bovet, LLC appealed a judgment on the pleadings granted in favor of the California State Controller (Controller) on grounds that Casiopea could not claim escheated property under the Unclaimed Property Law as an...

Brenner v. Universal Health etc.  
Date: June 7, 2017
Docket Number: D071094

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Nancy Brenner, individually and in her representative capacity as representative of the estate of Dale Brenner, and Zach Brenner, individually, appealed judgments entered in favor of defendants Universal Healt...

Ogunsalu v. Super. Ct.
Date: June 7, 2017
Docket Number: D071323M
In re Jesse S.  
Date: June 7, 2017
Docket Number: G054169

Justia Opinion Summary: About four months before his 20th birthday, defendant-appellant Jesse S. filed, in propria persona, a request under section 388.1 of the Welfare and Institutions Code to return to juvenile court jurisdiction and the fost...

People v. Nguyen  
Date: June 7, 2017
Docket Number: H042795

Justia Opinion Summary: Police identified an IP address for an Internet account sharing child pornography online. Comcast identified the account subscriber as Reynolds at 309 South 23rd Street in San José. The police obtained a search warrant f...

People v. Ruffin  
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: B270940

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of corporal injury to a cohabitant and assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury. Defendant had exercised his right to represent himself pursuant to Faretta v. California. Th...

People v. Fortin  
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: B271184

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal affirmed defendant's conviction for child molestation and false imprisonment by violence, holding that defendant's Abel test results were properly excluded in the guilt phase of his criminal prosecuti...

In re G.F.
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: B276109M
California v. Moore  
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: C079171

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal presented the issue of whether the fees imposed on criminal defendants convicted of certain drug offenses were subject to additional penalty assessments under Penal Code section 1464 and Government Code secti...

IAR Systems Software, Inc. v. Superior Court  
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: A149087

Justia Opinion Summary: IAR believed that defendant, its former CEO, had embezzled money. IAR, represented by Valla, sued defendant. Valla, on behalf of IAR, reported the crimes to the Foster City Police. The district attorney charged defendant...

In re A.K.
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: C081545
DiCarlo v. County of Monterey  
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: H041400

Justia Opinion Summary: Monterey County entered into an agreement with the Monterey County Deputy Sheriffs Association, including a longevity performance stipend that provided that a member of the Association who achieved 20 years of service wi...

People v. Overstock.Com, Inc.  
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: A141613

Justia Opinion Summary: Overstock, an online retailer, compared the price at which it offered an item to an advertised reference price. Until 2007, it showed a “List Price” for the product, with the number stricken through; it then showed the p...

Mahan v. Charles W. Chan Insurance Agency  
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: A147236

Justia Opinion Summary: Fred, age 86, and his 79-year-old wife, Martha, filed suit under the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act. In the 1990s, before the defendants were involved, the couple purchased life insurance policies,...

Li Guan v. Yongmei Hu  
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: B276546

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court found that plaintiff failed to prevail on any of his breach of contract claims because, while his evidence in support of those claims was "considerable," it was nonetheless "insufficient." The trial court...

City of Galt v. Cohen  
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: C075897

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Finance (DOF) determined that the Cooperative Agreement here was unenforceable under the freeze component. City of Galt filed a petition for writ of mandate, but the trial court upheld DOF’s determinati...

People v. Calistro  
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: F070176

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of charges related to his involvement in receiving a stolen vehicle. The Court of Appeal found that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by choosing which records to disclose and which not...

Hart v. Darwish  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: B270513

Justia Opinion Summary: Where a plaintiff brings a lawsuit against a defendant, and the trial court denies a motion by the defendant for summary judgment or for nonsuit made after the plaintiff's case-in-chief, or the trier of fact returns a ve...

San Diegans for Open Government v. San Diego State
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: D069189M
Orange County Water Dist. v. MAG Aerospace Industries  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: D070562

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, the District filed this lawsuit against MAG and several other defendants to address current and threatened groundwater contamination in northern Orange County. In its operative first amended complaint (FAC), the...

Orange County Water Dist. v. Alcoa Global Fasteners  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: D070771

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, the District filed this lawsuit against a number of defendants to address current and threatened groundwater contamination in the North Basin. In its operative first amended complaint (FAC), the District alleged...

California Taxpayers Action Network v. Taber Construction, Inc.  
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: A145078

Justia Opinion Summary: Education Code section 17406 authorizes school districts to use lease-leaseback agreements for construction or improvement of school facilities: the school district leases its own real property to a contractor for a nomi...

Hardesty v. State Mining and Geology Board
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: C079617M
Coastal Environ. Rights v. Cal. Reg. Wat. Quality Control Bd.  
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: D070171

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned residual pollutant discharges from public fireworks displays over the waters of the United States within the jurisdiction of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region (the...

Marr. of G.
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: D070495M
Pacific Bay Recovery v. Cal. Physicians' Services  
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: D070561

Justia Opinion Summary: Pacific Bay treated an individual who was a subscriber to a Blue Shield health plan. It submitted invoices to Blue Shield for payment for the services rendered to the subscriber. Pacific Bay contends it was underpaid and...

Ogunsalu v. Super. Ct.  
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: D071323

Justia Opinion Summary: The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (Commission) notified Cornelius Oluseyi Ogunsalu that it had found probable cause to recommend the suspension of his preliminary teaching credentials for 21 days and tha...

Heimlich v. Shivji  
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: H042641

Justia Opinion Summary: Attorney filed suit, seeking payment of unpaid fees. Client filed an answer and, one year later, asked for arbitration pursuant to his retainer agreement. The court compelled arbitration that resulted in no recovery by e...

People v. Zamudio  
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: B271406

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant argued that the ability of a district attorney to petition for revocation of parole without first completing certain procedural steps and including in the petition information required when a revocation petitio...

In re G.F.  
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: B276109

Justia Opinion Summary: G.F., a minor, moved to seal the records pertaining to his dismissed petition alleging that he possessed a sharpened letter opener on school grounds. The Court of Appeal held that G.F. was entitled to have his records se...

Stover v. Bruntz  
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: C077206

Justia Opinion Summary: Notwithstanding the parties’ stipulated retroactivity provision, the California Court of Appeals concluded the trial court erred in awarding Russell Stover a child care credit for any period before May 10, 2011, when he...

Poet, LLC v. State Air Resources Bd.  
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: F073340A

Justia Opinion Summary: When ARB's adoption of low carbon fuel standards (LCFS) regulations in 2009 violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Court of Appeal directed the issuance of a writ of mandate compelling ARB to take...

California v. Nguyen  
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: G052484

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Bac Tieng Nguyen’s father called 9-1-1 to report that there was a man at his house who was making threats while carrying a large knife or samurai sword. Garden Grove Police Officers responded to the scene, and...

City of Morgan Hill v. Bushey  
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: H043426

Justia Opinion Summary: The vacant Morgan Hill parcel was designated, in the general plan, as “Industrial” until the city amended the plan to change its designation to “Commercial.” Its zoning was “ML-Light Industrial” before the amendment. La...

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...

Marriage of Janes  
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: E065668

Justia Opinion Summary: As part of their 2010 marital settlement agreement, respondent Misti Janes (Wife) was awarded $113,392 from the retirement account of appellant Tim Janes (Husband). In 2014, the money was still in the retirement account....

Hardwick v. Wilcox  
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: A147944

Justia Opinion Summary: From 1999-2010, Wilcox made loans to Hardwick. In 2013, Hardwick filed suit to recover usurious interest and prevent Wilcox from foreclosing on the property securing his loans. Wilcox countersued for breach of contract a...

Southern Insurance v. WCAB  
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: B278412

Justia Opinion Summary: A workers' compensation insurance policy may be rescinded pursuant to Insurance Code section 650. A rescission is enforced by a civil action for relief based on rescission or by asserting rescission as a defense. In this...

Van Audenhove v. Perry  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: E065418

Justia Opinion Summary: Dirck Van Audenhove sued Robert Perry for malicious prosecution, alleging that Perry contacted the police and falsely accused him of stalking, and that the police arrested him, but the district attorney’s office ultimate...

People v. Fernandez  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: F071338

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed from the denial of two petitions for resentencing under Penal Code section 1170.18, which is part of the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act (Proposition 47). At issue was the eligibility restriction s...

In re Marriage of Minkin
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: G052947
Marriage of Stupp and Schilders  
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: A144762

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Stupp filed a petition for the dissolution of his marriage to Schilders. Since then, the parties have been involved in contentious legal proceedings. A stipulated judgment of dissolution was entered in 2014, b...

Gillotti v. Stewart  
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: C075611

Justia Opinion Summary: The Act makes the builder who sells homes liable for violations without proof of negligence, while general contractors and subcontractors not involved in home sales are liable only if the plaintiff proves they negligentl...

California v. Cervantes  
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: D069959

Justia Opinion Summary: Police validly stopped defendant Jaime Cervantes for driving with expired vehicle registration. They searched his vehicle after they learned that the adult female riding in the front passenger seat had provided them with...

P. v. Roa
Date: May 17, 2017
Docket Number: B264885M
Kinney v. Clark  
Date: May 17, 2017
Docket Number: B265267

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal granted Michele Clark's motion to dismiss this appeal of a post-judgment award for attorney fees and costs as frivolous. In this case, appellant has been declared a vexatious litigant in the Los Angel...

People v. Hudson  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: A147910

Justia Opinion Summary: Momentum of car being stolen from dealership, while salesman attempted to intervene, was sufficient force to support carjacking conviction. Hudson stole an automobile from a dealer’s service garage by taking it without...

Hardesty v. State Mining & Geology Board  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: C079617

Justia Opinion Summary: Substantively, in three somewhat interconnected claims, Joe and Yvette Hardesty (collectively, Hardesty) attacked State Mining and Geology Board (Board) findings, contending the trial court misunderstood the legal force...

Marriage of Grissom
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: D070495
In re Marriage of Valerie and Louis G.  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: D070495

Justia Opinion Summary: As part of marital dissolution proceedings, appellant Valerie G. sought a domestic violence restraining order against her husband, respondent Louis G. The trial court denied the request. On appeal, Valerie contended the...

People v. Marquez  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: F070609

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was sentenced to life without parole (LWOP) for special circumstance murder. While defendant's original appeal was pending, the United States Supreme Court decided Miller v. Alabama, (2012) 567 U.S. 460, which...

Garcia v. Pexco, LLC  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: G052872

Justia Opinion Summary: Temporary staffing company Real Time Staffing Services, LLC doing business as Select Staffing (Real Time) hired Garcia in 2011 as an hourly employee. Real Time then assigned Garcia to work for Pexco, LLC. As part of the...

People v. Edwards  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: H042144

Justia Opinion Summary: Trial court did not err in allowing the prosecutor to impeach expert witnesses during the sanity phase with defendant’s suppressed statements. Defendant attacked a stranger on a Santa Cruz street. stabbing her 12 time...

In re Campbell  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: G052575

Justia Opinion Summary: The Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) appealed the trial court’s order granting Donta Campbell’s petition for writ of habeas corpus. The OCDA argued: (1) the court erred by granting the habeas petition without first...

In re A.V.  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: A148307

Justia Opinion Summary: Where a ward’s compliance with probation conditions (Welfare and Institutions Code section 786) has been satisfactory for dismissal purposes, the court must seal the ward’s records in accordance with the statute. A 201...

People v. Zamora  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: F071737

Justia Opinion Summary: Although the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act (Proposition 47) applies generally to juveniles as held in Alejandro N. v. Superior Court, (2015) 238 Cal.App.4th 1209, the search for statutory intent calls for a more nar...

Krechuniak v. Noorzoy  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: H042740

Justia Opinion Summary: Whether a contract provision is an illegal penalty or enforceable liquidated damage clause is a question for the trial court; on review, appellate deference to that court’s factual findings is required. In 2005, Brothe...

Central Valley Gas Storage v. Southam  
Date: May 11, 2017
Docket Number: C078196

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court properly considered evidence showing the development of a gas storage market that relied exclusively on surface acres as the valuation metric. This appeal arose out of a condemnation action in which Fre...

Applied Medical Corp. v. Thomas
Date: May 10, 2017
Docket Number: A145867M
Higgins v. Higgins  
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: B265865

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal reversed the trial court's judgment in favor of the wife under Code of Civil Procedure section 631.8, holding that despite the form of the bank accounts, when clear and convincing evidence shows funds...

People v. Figueroa  
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: H043204

Justia Opinion Summary: Purported pre-plea waiver of right to preliminary examination within 60 days was ineffective. Figueroa was charged with felonies in July 2013. In August, before he entered a plea, the court declared a doubt as to his co...

Ford Motor Warranty Cases  
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: B277725

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal granted a writ petition to vacate the trial court's order denying Ford's petition for coordination of add-on cases pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 404.1, concluding that a trial judge's or...

California v. Arce  
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: D069360

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal held that a period of supervision following deportation is impractical and inconsistent with the goals and purposes of the legislation that mandates imposition of split sentences. At the time of his s...

Friends of College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo Community College District  
Date: May 5, 2017
Docket Number: A135892

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, the San Mateo Community College District adopted a facilities master plan, proposing new construction and facilities renovations at its three campuses. The Plan for College of San Mateo included demolishing cert...

People v. Salvador  
Date: May 5, 2017
Docket Number: A142488A

Justia Opinion Summary: Trial court erred in adding a 10-year gang enhancement to each of defendant’s life sentences. In 2008, defendant and other members of his criminal street gang robbed, beat, and repeatedly sexually assaulted Jane Doe as s...

In re Priscilla A.  
Date: May 4, 2017
Docket Number: B276745

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal reversed the juvenile court's jurisdiction and disposition orders because, even assuming Daughter was at substantial risk of harm, the juvenile court erred in asserting dependency over her. Substantia...

G & W Warren's, Inc. v. Dabney  
Date: May 4, 2017
Docket Number: H042243

Justia Opinion Summary: The Warrens owned and operated a Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership in Salinas for approximately 38 years. Intending to retire, the Warrens contacted a potential buyer, Dabney, who owned a Harley-Davidson dealership...

Batze v. Safeway, Inc.
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: B258732M
Hinrichs v. Melton  
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: B267505

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal held that the trial court may grant an equitable easement without there being a preexisting use by the landowner seeking the easement. Plaintiff filed suit seeking to establish easements for access to...

Garcia v. American Golf  
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: B267613

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal reversed the grant of summary judgment in favor of the City, holding that the trail immunity in Government Code section 831.4 does not immunize a dangerous condition of a commercially operated, revenu...

Yolanda's, Inc. v. Kahl & Goveia Commercial Real Estate  
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: B271408

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal denied the petition for writ of mandate and concluded, among other things, that the scope of questions asked by a judgment creditor in a third party judgment debtor examination may include the locatio...

Berman v. HSBC Bank  
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: C081487

Justia Opinion Summary: When defendant HSBC Bank USA, N.A. (HSBC) notified plaintiff Stanley P. Berman in writing that HSBC was denying his application for a loan modification, HSBC told him he had 15 days to appeal the denial. Under the law, h...

San Diegans for Open Government v. San Diego State  
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: D069189

Justia Opinion Summary: A lawsuit filed primarily to chill the valid exercise of free speech is called a "SLAPP" suit and, if without merit, such an action may be dismissed early under Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16. In this anti-SLAPP...

P. v. Lua
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: E064038M
People v. Lee  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: A145038

Justia Opinion Summary: Lee, who has a degree in business administration, began a tax consulting business in 1974. Starting in the 1990s, Lee convinced clients to invest significant amounts of money with him, telling them their funds would eit...

In re Oswaldo R.  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: A148364

Justia Opinion Summary: Oswaldo, age 14, was declared a ward of the court and placed on probation after he admitted the allegation of a Welfare and Institutions Code section 602 petition that he committed misdemeanor battery on the property of...

People v. Slough  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: B262102

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals reversed a jury's finding that defendant inflicted great bodily injury (GBI) in committing the offense of selling or furnishing heroin. Anyone who personally inflicts GBI on anyone other than an acco...

Julian v. Mission Community Hospital  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: B263563

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a middle school math teacher, filed suit against various defendants after she was involuntarily detained for mental health evaluation and treatment. Plaintiff alleged that school defendants did not have probab...

People v. Roa  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: B264885

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals reversed a judgment and order committing defendant indefinitely to the custody of the Department of State Hospitals after a jury found him to be a sexually violent predator (SVP) under the Sexually V...

P. v. Bryant
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: B271300N
In re A.N.  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: B275914

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the juvenile court's exercise of jurisdiction to hear a petition declaring A.N. a habitual truant under Education Code, 48262, concluding that 26 unexcused absences during the first half of...

California v. International Fidelity Ins. Co.  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: D070060

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant International Fidelity Insurance Co. (Fidelity), acting through its agent King Stahlman Bail Bonds, posted a $100,000 bail bond on behalf of defendant Catalin Vaja who later failed to make a required appearance...

Clary v. City of Crescent City  
Date: May 1, 2017
Docket Number: A143684

Justia Opinion Summary: Overgrown weeds and rubbish on vacant lots constituted a public nuisance that required abatement despite owner’s assertion that the conditions on his properties, including high growing blackberry bushes, broom plants, ot...

Cross v. Superior Court  
Date: May 1, 2017
Docket Number: B277600

Justia Opinion Summary: Psychotherapist-patient privilege does not protect subpoenaed records from disclosure to the Department of Consumer Affairs, because Business and Professions Code section 2225, a statute enacted after codification of the...

California v. Brown  
Date: May 1, 2017
Docket Number: E059735A

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court made it clear that ordinarily, a conviction on any factual theory that is supported by the evidence will be upheld. The Court of Appeal concluded that this case, however, comes under an exception to tha...

Carr v. Superior Court  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: A147957

Justia Opinion Summary: Competency evaluation and certification by the Department of Developmental Services and the Department of State Hospitals while detainee was awaiting transfer for treatment was permissible. The declaration and certifica...

In re I.V.  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: D070611

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court complied with California Rules of Court, rule 5.651(b)(2)(D) by sufficiently considering I.V.'s educational needs. I.V. appealed a dispositional order adjudging him a ward of the court pursuant to Welfare...

In re R.S.  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: D071020

Justia Opinion Summary: R.S. acknowledged that he did not object to two issues he raised on appeal to the Court of Appeal; the Court determined R.S. forfeited those issues. R.S. was found trespassing on school grounds as a nonstudent. Officers...

Ochoa v. Anaheim City Sch. Dist.  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: G052409

Justia Opinion Summary: Substantial evidence supported the trial court’s finding that the "trigger petition" at issue in this case satisfied the parent signature requirement. The petition was submitted pursuant to the federal No Child Left Behi...

Cuevas v. Contra Costa County  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: A143440

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Appellate District reversed an award of $9,577,000 as the present cash value of plaintiff’s future medical and rehabilitation care expenses in an action for medical malpractice against Contra County Costa, aris...

People v. Guzman  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: B265937

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant challenged his conviction on two counts of lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14 years old, maintaining that the trial court prejudicially erred when it admitted a recorded telephone conversation betwe...

People v. Pou  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: B269349

Justia Opinion Summary: After defendant plead guilty to possession of ecstasy for sale, he challenged the trial court's denial of his motion to suppress evidence seized as a result of a warrantless entry and search of his home by law enforcemen...

Save Our Heritage Org. v. City of San Diego  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: D070006

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaza de Panama Committee (the Committee) appealed the denial of its motion for attorney fees under Code of Civil Procedure section 1021.5. The Committee filed the motion after it successfully appealed a judgment grantin...

Fox Factory, Inc. v. Superior Court  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: H043648

Justia Opinion Summary: The Sixth Appellate District directed the superior court to reconsider its denial of a motion to dismiss or stay a personal injury lawsuit under the doctrine of forum non conveniens. The suit was filed by a Canadian citi...

City of Jackson v. WCAB  
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: C078706

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal granted the writ application of the employer, City of Jackson (City), after the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (Board) disregarded the apportionment determination of the qualified medical evaluat...

People v. Elder  
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: H042189

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Elder of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated (Pen. Code, 191.5(a)); driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury (Veh. Code, 23153(a)); and driving with a blood-alcohol concentration...

City of Santa Maria v. Cohen  
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: C081190

Justia Opinion Summary: As successor to the former Redevelopment Agency of the City of Santa Maria, the City of Santa Maria owned parking facilities that were acquired and/or constructed with the proceeds of certain bonded indebtedness dating b...

Aptos Council v. County of Santa Cruz
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: H042976M
People v. Sanford  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: A145156

Justia Opinion Summary: Sanford was convicted of second-degree robbery and sentenced to four years in prison after a group of men, reported by witnesses to be African-American, robbed a jewelry store and escaped in two cars. By the time the pol...

Marina Pacifica Homeowners Assoc. v. Southern California Financial Corp.  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: B270580

Justia Opinion Summary: In Marina Pacifica Homeowners Assn. v. Southern California Financial Corp., this court determined that a monthly "assignment fee," payable by individual condominium unit owners to the developers of the condominium projec...

California v. Vela  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: G052282

Justia Opinion Summary: Sixteen-year-old defendant Adrian Vela and one of his fellow gang members confronted two suspected rival gang members. Vela’s accomplice pulled out a gun and shot the two victims, killing one of them. The prosecutor dire...

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...

Tepper v. Wilkins  
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: B269900

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against her three siblings, on behalf of her 88-year-old mother. Plaintiff claimed that her siblings' actions individually and while serving as trustees of her mother's revocable living trust constit...

Featherstone v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group  
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: B275225

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against her former employer, SCPMG, alleging that the company refused to rescind her resignation in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Gov. Code, 12940 et seq., and public polic...

Quigley v. Garden Valley  
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: C079270

Justia Opinion Summary: While assigned to fight a wildfire, plaintiff and appellant Rebecca Megan Quigley was severely injured when a water truck ran over her as she slept at the fire base camp. She sued, inter alia, defendants-respondents Gard...

Gabrielle A. v. Co. of Orange  
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: G051784

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs-parents Gabrielle A. and Nicholas G., and John A. and Gregory A. (the children) appealed a judgment following the trial court’s decision to grant a motion for summary judgment by the County of Orange (the Coun...

California v. Antonio  
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: D070590

Justia Opinion Summary: This case presents the question of whether sentencing judges, in cases where the state sentence is ordered to run concurrently with a foreign sentence, must issue an order directing the Department of Corrections and Reha...

In re J.S.  
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: E067122

Justia Opinion Summary: The juvenile court terminated defendants-appellants, J.K.’s (Mother) and J.S.’s (Father; collectively Parents), parental rights as to J.S. (born in June 2014). On appeal, Mother argued: (1) the appeal must be construed t...

Sumrall v. Modern Alloys, Inc.
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: G052678M
McDermott Will & Emery v. Super. Ct.  
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: G053623

Justia Opinion Summary: In this original proceeding, the issues presented for the Court of Appeal’s review related to a confidential attorney-client communication. The trial court found that plaintiff and real party in interest Richard Hausman,...

P. v. Bryant
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: B271300M
In re Marriage of Huntley  
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: C080534

Justia Opinion Summary: Deanna Huntley challenged the trial court's denial of her motion to divide unadjudicated community property. Deanna filed her motion more than two years after entry of a default judgment that dissolved her marriage to Fr...

People v. Paz  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: B265251

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of aggravated kidnapping, forcible rape, forcible sodomy, and related deadly weapon and one-strike allegations after abducting the victim at knifepoint and assaulting her in an isolated parking lo...

In re Marriage of Djulus  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: D069757

Justia Opinion Summary: The California Constitution provided that litigating parties could stipulate that the matter may be heard and decided by a temporary judge. Without qualifying a commissioner to act and without such a stipulation, any rul...

California v. Lua  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: E064038

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found defendant-appellant David Lua guilty of one count of transportation for sale of a controlled substance, as well as a misdemeanor count of simple possession of a controlled substance, a lesser included offens...

In re Trejo  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: A149064

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. The offense was committed in 1979, when petitioner was 17 years old. In 1982, at age 20, he pled guilty to assault with a de...

Urban Wildlands Group v. City of L.A.  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: B271350

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a petition for writ of mandate and complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief, challenging the City's finding that a project was exempt from formal environmental review under the California Environme...

Sumrall v. Modern Alloys, Inc.  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: G052678

Justia Opinion Summary: A construction company paid its employee only for the hours he worked at a jobsite. But rather than driving his vehicle directly from his home to the jobsite, the company expected the employee to first commute to the com...

Applied Medical Corp. v. Thomas  
Date: April 12, 2017
Docket Number: A145867

Justia Opinion Summary: After Thomas, a member of the Board of Directors of Applied Medical Corporation, was removed from the Board in January 2012, Applied exercised its right to repurchase shares of its stock issued to Thomas as part of stock...

People v. Bechtol  
Date: April 12, 2017
Docket Number: A146680

Justia Opinion Summary: In July 2015, Bechtol was charged with a DUI committed within 10 years of a prior felony DUI conviction (Vehicle Code 23152(a), 23550.5(a)), and driving with a blood alcohol content of more than .08 percent within 10 yea...

In re Rhoades  
Date: April 12, 2017
Docket Number: D070488

Justia Opinion Summary: Officials of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (the Department) challenged the trial court's order granting a petition for writ of habeas corpus filed by Gregory Rhoades, a Native American priso...

In re J.L.  
Date: April 12, 2017
Docket Number: D070826

Justia Opinion Summary: K.B. appealed a judgment terminating her parental rights to her two children, Jc.L. and Ja.L. K.B. contended the juvenile court erred in terminating her parental rights because the court failed to comply with "the inquir...

California v. Douglas  
Date: April 11, 2017
Docket Number: C072881

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Brady Douglas’s former boyfriend, a male prostitute, told him “Jeffrey B.” had shorted him money following a prearranged sexual encounter. Defendant and codefendant Clifton Sharpe tracked down Jeffrey and deman...

Boling v. Public Employment Relations Bd.  
Date: April 11, 2017
Docket Number: D069626

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2012 the voters of City of San Diego (City) approved an initiative, the "Citizens Pension Reform Initiative" (hereafter, CPRI), which adopted a charter amendment mandating changes in the pension plan for certain...

P. v. Cervantes
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: A140464M
People v. Tovar  
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: A145498

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Tovar of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder based on his participation in the 2010 killing of Afoa. The court of appeal affirmed, rejecting an argument that insufficient evidence suppor...

McClain v. Sav-On Drugs
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: B265011M
People v. Sloat  
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: B270080

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant filed a Penal Code section 1170.18, subdivision (f) petition, seeking to have his 2002 felony petty theft with a prior conviction designated a misdemeanor. The trial court denied the petition, impliedly agreein...

P. v. Sloat
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: B270080A
Inland Counties Regional Center v. Super. Ct.  
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: E067232

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Inland Counties Regional Center, Inc. (IRC) was ordered to assess the competency of real party in interest, Adan Omar Barajas, to stand trial on criminal charges. When IRC failed to comply, it was held in cont...

Poet, LLC v. State Air Resources Board  
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: F073340

Justia Opinion Summary: The State Air Resources Board (ARB) was charged with achieving the goal of regulating greenhouse gas pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, Health & Saf. Code, 38500 et seq. At issue are the low...

California v. Sharpe  
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: C076938

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Joseph Sharpe, with several other men, went to someone else’s marijuana garden in the night to steal some plants. Confronted by the owner, the men knocked the owner down and fled. The owner pursued until one of...

Manteca Unified Sch. Dist. v. Reclamation Dist. No. 17  
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: C077906

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved the interpretation, and application of Water Code section 51200 and articles XIII C and XIII D of the California Constitution, as approved by California voters in 1996 as Proposition 218, and the inter...

Stein v. AXIS Ins. Co.  
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: B265069

Justia Opinion Summary: A medical device company, Heart Tronics, purchased directors and officers liability insurance policies from AXIS and HCC. The AXIS policy has been exhausted. Plaintiff, Heart Tronics' de facto officer, filed suit against...

Scholes v. Lambirth Trucking Co.  
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: C070770

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007 a fire spread from defendant Lambirth Trucking Company’s storage site to plaintiff Vincent Scholes’ property. Scholes’ sued alleging negligent trespass, intentional trespass, and strict liability against Lambirth...

Cal. Chamber of Commerce v. State Air Resources Bd.  
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: C075930

Justia Opinion Summary: Two consolidated cases involved the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (the Act), popularly known as “AB 32”). The Act was passed by a simple majority vote of both legislative houses. Its general purpose is...

California v. Martinez  
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: D067052

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found appellants-defendants Marcellus Lee, Daniel Romero and Francisco Martinez, Jr. guilty of fraud in the offer or sale of commodities. Lee and Romero were also convicted of conspiracy and grand theft of persona...

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. v. Superior Court  
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: A146495

Justia Opinion Summary: Rowe, age 12, suffered catastrophic injuries during a family camping trip at San Mateo County Memorial Park, when a tree fell on his tent as he lay sleeping. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) owns and maintains an electri...

People v. Truong  
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: B263744

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with acquisition or retention of access card account information with the intent to use it fraudulently, based on her possession of two Bank of America credit cards belonging to her neighbors (count...

In re Isabella M.  
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: B277142

Justia Opinion Summary: R.C. appealed the juvenile court's denial of his petition to adjust his parental status from alleged to presumed father. The juvenile court had also terminated R.C.'s parental rights. The court concluded that, although R...

People v. Parrott  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: A146642

Justia Opinion Summary: Officers saw a vehicle rolling backwards without lights. Parrott exited from the driver’s side and pushed the car to the curb. The officers approached, offering assistance as Parrott began to lift the hood. Parrott said...

Danger Panda, LLC v. Launiu  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: A149062

Justia Opinion Summary: The landlord filed a unlawful detainer action against Nancy, her adult son Donn, and Donn‘s wife Olga, alleging that they refused to vacate a unit in a building that was withdrawn from residential rental use pursuant the...

Batze v. Safeway, Inc.  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: B258732

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit against their employer, Safeway, for failure to pay overtime wages. On appeal, plaintiffs argued that the trial court's findings that they spent the majority of their time at work engaged in manager...

People v. Billie  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: B265958

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with attempted murder with special allegations of personal infliction of great bodily injury, and personal use of a deadly weapon (count 1); and assault with personal use of a deadly weapon, with th...

People v. Scott  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: B270426

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his convictions of second degree attempted robbery and four convictions of second degree robbery, arguing that the trial court violated his constitutional right to a public trial by excluding his famil...

Young v. City of Coronado  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: D070210

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants Arthur Young and John Young, as Trustees and on behalf of the J.S. Abbott Trust, sought a permit to demolish a small cottage on a parcel of land located in Coronado, California (the City). Because the cottage...

People v. Financial Casualty & Surety  
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Number: B264718

Justia Opinion Summary: Juan Carlos Argulo failed to appear in court after Financial Casualty authorized its agent to issue a $100,000 bail bond guaranteeing Angulo's court appearances. The trial court issued a "no bail" warrant for Argulo's ar...

People v. Rascon  
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Number: B269000

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed her convictions for drug, firearm, and ammunition possession. The court concluded that defendant's Miranda rights were not violated; substantial evidence supported the finding that defendant was armed;...

People v. Bryant  
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Number: B271300

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of possessing a concealed, loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. On appeal, defendant challenged the trial court's term of supervision requiring defendant submit to searches of text messages,...

People v. Smith  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: A146648

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith was one of three people extracted from a vehicle involved in a single-car rollover accident. Smith’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.24 percent. He was charged with driving under the influence causing injury and...

Oltmans Construction Co. v. Bayside Interiors, Inc.  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: A147313

Justia Opinion Summary: Escobar was an employee of O’Donnell, a sub-subcontractor of Bayside, which was a subcontractor of Oltmans, the general contractor on a Menlo Park construction project. Escobar sued Oltmans and the property owner, allegi...

A.T. v. Superior Court  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: A149772

Justia Opinion Summary: A.T. is enrolled in high school. Her attendance is regular; she earns passing grades. She was riding with another minor in a car driven by her brother, also a minor with no delinquent history. Police stopped the car be...

California v. Vandiver  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: E065899A

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal, the parties asked the Court of Appeal to determine the value of a blank check for the purpose of distinguishing between misdemeanor and felony receiving stolen property after passage of the Safe Neighborh...

People v. Mendoza  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: H039705

Justia Opinion Summary: Garcia died in August 2011 after receiving multiple stab wounds. Mendoza, Martell, and Ramirez were convicted following a joint trial, for second degree murder (Pen. Code 187, 189) with gang enhancements (section 186.2...

Aptos Council v. County of Santa Cruz  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: H042976

Justia Opinion Summary: Santa Cruz County adopted three ordinances that extended minor exceptions to zoning site standards; altered certain height, density, and parking requirements for hotels in commercial districts; and established an adminis...

Marin Community Services v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board  
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: A147582

Justia Opinion Summary: Romo was a volunteer firefighter for Marinwood from 1989-1991 and for the San Antonio Volunteer Fire District, 2002-2006. Beginning in 2006, he was employed full time as a paid Mill Valley firefighter. While working fo...

People v. Gandy  
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: B264452

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a no contest plea, in which he admitted a prior strike based on three out-of-state state felony convictions. Before pleading no contest, he moved to dismiss the prior felonies on the ground that the con...

Ramirez v. WCAB  
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: C078440

Justia Opinion Summary: In this writ proceeding, Daniel Ramirez sought review of his independent medical review (pursuant to his workers' compensation claim) on the ground the underlying utilization review was based on an incorrect standard. In...

Gateway Community Charters v. Spiess
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: C078677M
Charney v. Standard General, LP  
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: B268928

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, the president and CEO of American Apparel, filed suit against Standard General, alleging several causes of action stemming from his claim that Standard General's press release, regarding investigations into al...

Pizarro v. Reynoso  
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: C077594A

Justia Opinion Summary: The patriarch-settlor appointed defendant Melissa Reynoso (a granddaughter of the settlor) as trustee of his estate. In this proceeding, the trial court determined Reynoso was the most reliable and credible of the family...

Melcher v. Superior Court  
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: C079225

Justia Opinion Summary: A criminal complaint charged petitioner Shawn Melcher with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and other crimes. One of petitioner’s alleged assault victims was Alan Serpa. Serpa’s wife, Barbara...

People v. Hernandez  
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: H043551

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1997, defendant was convicted of second-degree robbery and petty theft. The court found true allegations that defendant had two prior convictions that qualified as strikes under the Three Strikes law. For the robber...

Quiles v. Parent  
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: G054353

Justia Opinion Summary: Judgment was entered in favor of plaintiff Amanda Quiles and against defendant Arthur Parent, Jr. Parent satisfied the damages portion of the judgment. Parent’s appeal related solely to the awards of attorney fees and co...

Wind Dancer Production Group v. Walt Disney Pictures  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: B262426

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, writers and producers who entered into a profit participation agreement with Walt Disney Pictures regarding their work on the television series, Home Improvement, filed suit alleging that Disney failed to pro...

Tract No. 7260 Assn. v. Parker  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: B271111

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a member of the HOA, requested inspection of the HOA's membership list and other records. After the HOA largely denied the request, plaintiff filed a petition for writ of mandate seeking to compel the HOA to a...

In re Loza  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: B279566

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, convicted of two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted robbery, argued on direct appeal that insufficient evidence supported the jury's finding true the Penal Code section 190.2 special ci...

Iqbal v. Ziadeh  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: C075203

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Muhammad Iqbal appealed the grant of summary judgment entered against his complaint for personal injuries. In 2011, plaintiff sued Yosemite Auto Sales, Inc. (Yosemite Auto), its owner Eyad Kaid, and Alla Abuzia...

Espinoza v. Shiomoto  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: E064252A

Justia Opinion Summary: Bernice Espinoza appealed the denial of her petition for writ of administrative mandate challenging the one-year suspension of her driver’s license by the Department of Motor Vehicles (Department). After review, the Cour...

Bonome v. City of Riverside  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: E064925

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants-appellants City of Riverside (City) and Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz appealed the grant of a petition for writ of mandate filed by plaintiff-respondent Camillo Bonome, Jr. Bonome had been employed as a R...

Co. of Riverside v. WCAB  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: E065688

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner County of Riverside (the County) challenged Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) findings that the application for adjudication of claim by respondent Peter Sylves was timely filed, and that Labor Code s...

Farrar v. Direct Commerce, Inc.  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: A146944

Justia Opinion Summary: Farrar was hired by Direct Commerce as its vice-president of business development and negotiated an employment agreement set forth in a six-page offer letter detailing her compensation, additional bonus structure, and st...

Colyear v. Rolling Hills Community Assn. etc.
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: B270396M
California v. Riddles  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: D069419

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant John Riddles pled guilty to one count of workers' compensation insurance fraud. His conviction grew out of his application for workers' compensation insurance, which fraudulently represented that a nu...

California v. Van Orden  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: E066432

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved the interplay between two criminal law statutes: Penal Code section 490.2 (petty theft) and Vehicle Code section 10851 (unlawful taking or driving a vehicle). Defendant Charles Van Orden appealed the t...

Lindsey v. Conteh  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: G052016

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Court of Appeals’ review centered on the propriety of a discovery referee’s order imposing $100,000 in discovery sanctions against defendants Alieu B. M. Conteh (Conteh), Odessa Capi...

People v. Bunyard  
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: F071846

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant petitioned to have his felony conviction for second degree burglary, Pen. Code, 49, redesignated as misdemeanor shoplifting, and for resentencing. The trial court concluded that defendant's conviction did not q...

Fiduciary Trust International of California v. Klein  
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: A144558

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, the court of appeal upheld the probate court’s decision to grant the petition of Alexander Hughes, the sole noncontingent trust beneficiary (and trustor Mark Hughes’ only child), to suspend and remove trustees d...

Coyne v. City and County of San Francisco  
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: A145044

Justia Opinion Summary: Two trial courts invalidated San Francisco ordinances increasing the relocation assistance payments property owners owe their tenants under the Ellis Act, Gov. Code 7060, finding the ordinances facially preempted by the...

Emerald Aero v. Kaplan
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: D070579M
Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center  
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: G048039A

Justia Opinion Summary: Three health care workers sued their hospital employer in a putative class and private attorney general enforcement action for alleged Labor Code violations and related claims. In this appeal, their primary complaint was...

Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: G048039B
People v. Antolin  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: A147075

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, jury convicted defendant of possession of methamphetamine for sale. The trial court found defendant had three prior narcotics sales convictions and sentenced defendant to 11 years in county jail pursuant to for...

P. v. Profitt
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: A147278M
City of L.A. v. Super. Ct.
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: B269525M
Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: B269657M
Sheley v. Harrop  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: C077747

Justia Opinion Summary: Richard Sheley (decedent) formed and operated a corporation, George's Pest Control, Inc. Cross-complainant/respondent Nancy Sheley, the decedent's wife at the time of his death, owned a 25 percent share in the corporatio...

In re Matthew C.  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Numbers: A147877, A149683

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated dependency actions, Mother contested the juvenile court's detention and dispositional orders temporarily denying her visitation to her infant son. In the published portion of the opinion, the court joined...

Plaintiff v. Defendant  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: B264462

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first degree murder and the jury found defendant personally and intentionally discharged a firearm causing death. In the published portion of the opinion, the court discussed why any error in f...

California v. Angel  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: E064000

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Selina Angel had two jury trials on three charges. At the first trial, the jury acquitted defendant of the third count of committing a lewd or lascivious act on John Doe 2 (JD2), a minor under 16 year...

California v. Russell  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: E064121

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Lamonte Russell and codefendants, Ronald Butterfield and Eric Williams, were charged with committing attempted murder, aggravated mayhem, torture, and assault with a deadly weapon. The trial court severed defen...

Phillips v. Honeywell International Inc.  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: F070761

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury found that the mesothelioma contracted by James Lester Phillips was caused in part by exposure to asbestos contained in Bendix brakes, Honeywell challenged the $5.8 million awarded to Phillips's wife and sur...

Jason P. v. Danielle S.  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: B268319

Justia Opinion Summary: Jason P., a sperm donor, sought to establish that he is a legal parent of a child conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) using his sperm, and that he is entitled to joint legal and physical custody of the child w...

California v. Mejia  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: E062962A

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Philip Mejia appealed his conviction for torture, spousal rape, spousal abuse, and criminal threats. The Court of Appeal rejected his contention that the court should have conducted a hearing pursuant...

California v. Stapleton  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: E064824

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Luther Darnell Stapleton, Jr. pleaded guilty to petty theft with a prior. Defendant stole less than $950 worth of property from a Target store in 2014. Defendant had prior theft-related convictions, a...

Doe v. United States Youth Soccer
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: H040688M
P. v. Cuiriz
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: A144351N
ECC Capital v. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips  
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: B265760

Justia Opinion Summary: ECC appealed a final arbitration award of almost $7 million against them and in favor of Manatt. ECC argued that the trial court erred in confirming the interim award because the arbitrator violated mandatory disclosure...

Y.R. v. A.F.  
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: B266621

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother of Z. appealed the trial court's order awarding child support from Father, a successful director and producer, in an amount that deviated downward from the statewide uniform guideline by a substantial amount. The...

Residents Against Specific Plan 380 v. Co. of Riverside  
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: E063292

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-appellant Residents Against Specific Plan 380 appealed the denial of its petition for a writ of mandate to challenge the County of Riverside’s (County) to approve development of a master-planned community put f...

Ramirez v. Tulare County District Attorney's Office  
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Numbers: F071223, F071324, F071872

Justia Opinion Summary: In three related actions, three separate plaintiffs sought the return of seized property based on the ground that government agencies failed to comply with the statutory requirements for nonjudicial forfeiture. Defendant...

California v. Phung  
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: G051876

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Tom Phung was 17 years old when he and fellow Tiny Rascal Gang (TRG) members, riding in about five cars, chased a fleeing vehicle containing eight rival gang members. A TRG member shot and killed one rival and...

Schoshinksi v. City of Los Angeles  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: B269431

Justia Opinion Summary: The City settled a class action suit in 2012, Chakhalyan v. City of Los Angeles, alleging that the City had an unlawful practice of charging a trash disposal fee to customers living in multi-unit dwellings who received n...

Behunin v. Superior Court  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: B272225

Justia Opinion Summary: Nicholas Behunin filed suit against Charles Schwab and his son Michael Schwab over an unsuccessful real estate investment deal. Behunin's attorneys, Leonard Steiner and Steiner & Libo, engaged a public relations consulta...

People v. Call  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: F071500

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of transportation of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine for sale. Three prior prison term enhancement allegations were found true in a bifurcated court trial and those prior convict...

Jarman v. HCR ManorCare  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: G051086

Justia Opinion Summary: John Jarman (later represented by his daughter, Janice Jarman, as successor in interest), sued HCR ManorCare, Inc., and Manor Care of Hemet, CA, LLC, (collectively, "Manor Care"), which owned and operated a nursing home...

P. v. Cuiriz
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: A144351M
Wilson v. County of Napa
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: A149153M
Atkins v. City of Los Angeles
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: B257890M
McClain v. Sav-On Drugs  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Numbers: B265011, B265029

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs each bought skin puncture lancets and glucose test strips from retail pharmacy stores owned and/or operated by defendants. When plaintiffs purchased these items, the retail pharmacies charged them "sales tax"...

Walent v. Commission on Professional Competence of the LAUSD  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: B266265

Justia Opinion Summary: After Nancie Walent successfully challenged her dismissal from employment, the District appealed the award of attorney's fees to Walent. The trial court determined that a lodestar calculation was the appropriate mechanis...

In re Kyle T.  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: B267722

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed from the juvenile court's adjudication order declaring him a ward of the court and sustained a petition filed by the People alleging that defendant had committed vandalism charges based on his "tagging...

Ivanoff v. Bank of America  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: B271035

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against the Bank, alleging violations of the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA), 15 U.S.C. 1601 et seq., and California's unfair competition law (UCL), Bus. & Prof. Code, 17200 et seq., fraudulent o...

California v. Salas  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: D070569

Justia Opinion Summary: Steven Salas pleaded no contest to domestic violence and the trial court sentenced him to three years in prison. The trial court also ordered Salas to pay victim restitution of $17,194.45, including $14,055.48 for securi...

California v. Super. Ct.  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: E067296A

Justia Opinion Summary: Proposition 57 eliminated the State's ability to directly file charges against a juvenile offender in adult court and instead authorized the State to file “a motion to transfer the minor from juvenile court to a court of...

Yale v. Bowne  
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: B260762

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury found that defendant, an attorney, had breached the standard of care in failing to properly implement plaintiff's express instruction to maintain her assets as her separate property in the trust document whi...

California ex rel. Reisig v. Acuna
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: C068868M
P. v. Cook
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: F070733M
In re Hannah D.  
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: F074143

Justia Opinion Summary: Father appealed the dependency court's termination of Mother and Father's parental rights over their children. The court concluded that Father's failure to challenge the January 27, 2016, order (terminating reunification...

Glassdoor, Inc. v. Superior Court  
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: H042824

Justia Opinion Summary: After a Machine Zone (MZ) employee posted a review on Glassdoor's website disclosing confidential information regarding MZ's RTPlatform technology, MZ filed suit against the employee for violation of a nondisclosure agre...

People v. Cervantes  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: A140464

Justia Opinion Summary: Cervantes was 14 years old when he attacked a 13-year-old girl and her 20-month-old brother. After breaking into their home, he stabbed them repeatedly as they slept, raped and sodomized the girl, forced her to orally c...

Johnny W. v. Superior Court  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: A150579

Justia Opinion Summary: The San Francisco County Human Services Agency filed a Welfare and Institutions Code section 300 petition on behalf of the Minor. At an initial detention hearing, Father appeared. The court appointed counsel. Counsel as...

Shanks v. DOT  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: B268459

Justia Opinion Summary: After Gary Lynn Shanks died in a head-on collision with another motorcycle on a state highway, the jury in the ensuing wrongful death action determined that the State and the operator of the motorcycle were at fault. Spe...

California v. Villa-Gomez  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: C073188

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Cesar Villa-Gomez appealed after he was tried and convicted by a jury on multiple assault and gang-related counts arising out of a group attack on fellow prisoners in the Yuba County jail. He was sentenced to s...

In re Cristian S.  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: H043104

Justia Opinion Summary: The minor was 13 years old when he engaged sexual conduct with a four-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl. Pursuant to a negotiated agreement under Welfare and Institutions Code section 6021, the minor admitted one coun...

City of Crescent City v. Reddy  
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: A143640

Justia Opinion Summary: The Townhouse Motel in Crescent City first became a subject of code enforcement efforts in 2006. Until 2013, the city repeatedly ordered Reddy to abate dangerous conditions. In 2013, following an inspection, the city i...

Beck v. Stratton  
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: B270826A

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Labor Commissioner awarded Anthony Stratton approximately $6,000 in unpaid wages and penalties against Thomas Beck, Stratton's former employer, Beck unsuccessfully appealed the award to the superior court under...

In re Alayah J.  
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: B275728

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother challenged the juvenile court's order terminating parental rights over her three children. The court agreed with mother that the juvenile court erred by initially granting her a hearing on her Welfare and Institut...

Gateway Community Charters v. Spiess  
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: C078677

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether Gateway Community Charters (Gateway), a nonprofit public benefit corporation that operated charter schools, was an “other municipal corporation” for purposes of Labor Code section 220, s...

People v. Vega-Robles  
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: A137121A

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Vega-Robles of conspiracy to sell controlled substances, attempted robbery, and two first-degree murders, and found true gang and firearm enhancements. He appealed, challenging gang experts’ testimony o...

Dr. Leevil, LLC v. Westlake Health Care Center  
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: B266931

Justia Opinion Summary: After Westlake Health failed to vacate Westlake Village, plaintiff filed suit for unlawful detainer. Westlake Health argued that its lease was senior to the deed of trust and that the notice to quit was invalid because i...

Betancourt v. Prudential Overall Supply  
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: E064326

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-respondent Roberto Betancourt sued his employer, defendant-appellant Prudential Overall Supply (Prudential). In Betancourt's complaint, he alleged Betancourt and other Prudential employees worked over eight hou...

In re T.W.  
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: A148171

Justia Opinion Summary: The Mendocino County Department of Social Services filed a Welfare and Institutions Code section 3001 petition concerning three minors, alleging their mother was unable to care for them, and that Father’s whereabouts wer...

People v. Garcia  
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: B266889

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of two counts of assault with a firearm. At issue in the published portion of the opinion was the jury's finding that defendant committed the offenses for the benefit of a criminal street gang. Th...

California v. Lara  
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: C072355

Justia Opinion Summary: Stephen Lucero was shot to death several hours after he and fellow gang members, defendants Alberto Lara, Issiah Flores, and Aurelio Espinoza, III burglarized a house in Stockton, taking an assortment of electronics and...

California v. Shorts  
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: C078041

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Terry Shorts sexually assaulted and murdered 13-year-old Jessica S. in 1996, shooting her in the head and leaving her half-naked body in a park in the middle of the night. Sixteen years later, he was connected...

Johnson v. ArvinMeritor, Inc.  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: A131975

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnson sued automotive parts manufacturers for injuries alleged to have been caused by secondary exposure to asbestos or asbestos-containing materials, claiming that he suffered exposure from asbestos contamination brou...

City of L.A. v. Superior Court  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: B269525

Justia Opinion Summary: The City filed a petition for writ of mandate seeking an order directing the trial court to vacate its order and enter a new order denying a motion to compel discovery. Real Party in Interest Cynthia Anderson-Barker file...

Flake v. Neumiller & Beardslee  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: C079790

Justia Opinion Summary: Former counsel moved to withdraw from representing a client, alleging another attorney had agreed to handle (and was already handling) postjudgment motions, and that the other attorney would also handle the appeal of an...

Cal. State University Fresno Association v. County of Fresno  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Numbers: F072324, F073149

Justia Opinion Summary: The Association filed a property tax refund suit against the County under Revenue and Taxation Code section 5140. The County argued that the action was barred because the Association failed to file a timely refund claim...

People v. S.M.  
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: A147596

Justia Opinion Summary: On March 21, 2011, S.M. made a police report stating that someone had broken the window of his parked car and stolen his laptop computer. S.M.’s insurer, State Farm, told him that his policy did not cover the loss. Tha...

Bank of New York Mellon v. Citibank
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: B262899M
Haniff v. Superior Court  
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: H043345

Justia Opinion Summary: Haniff was employed as a delivery truck driver when he was injured in a motor vehicle accident while unloading packages from his parked truck on the Stanford campus. According to Haniff, an automobile owned by Kim and pa...

People v. Icke  
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: A141917

Justia Opinion Summary: Icke, a chiropractor, was convicted of sexual penetration by fraudulent misrepresentation of professional purpose. (Pen. Code 289(d)(4)). The jury found that Icke digitally penetrated a client for a sexual purpose durin...

Wilson v. County of Napa  
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: A149153

Justia Opinion Summary: In February 2016 proponents submitted to the Napa County Registrar of Voters their initiative petition. After initially certifying that the initiative qualified for placement on the ballot, the registrar rejected the pet...

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