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Barry v. State Bar of California  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: S214058

Justia Opinion Summary: Under California’s anti-SLAPP statute, unless a plaintiff establishes a probability of prevailing on a cause of action arising from constitutionally protected speech or petitioning activity, the court must grant the defe...

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County  
Date: December 29, 2016
Docket Number: S226645

Justia Opinion Summary: The ACLU submitted a request under the California Public Records Act (PRA) to the Los Angeles County Counsel seeking invoices specifying the amounts that the County and been billed by any law firm in connection with seve...

L.A. County Bd. Supervisors v. Super. Ct.
Date: December 29, 2016
Docket Number: S226645A
People v. Corpening  
Date: December 29, 2016
Docket Number: S228258

Justia Opinion Summary: After a trial, Defendant was convicted of carjacking and robbery. Both convictions were based on the same forceful taking of a vehicle. Defendant appealed, arguing that his forceful taking of the vehicle constituted a si...

People ex rel. Owen v. Miami Nation Enterprises  
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: S216878

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved the practice of short-term deferred deposit lending, often referred to as “payday” or “cash advance” lending. After the Legislature enacted the California Deferred Deposit Transaction Law (the Law), wh...

Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc.  
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: S224853

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs worked as security guards for Defendant. Defendant required that guards keep their pagers and radio phones on even during off-duty rest periods required under Cal. Labor Code 226.7 and Industrial Welfare Commi...

People v. Mickel  
Date: December 19, 2016
Docket Number: S133510

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of the first degree murder of a peace officer. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death. The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment in its entirety, holding (1) the trial cour...

Orange Citizens for Parks & Recreation v. Superior Court of Orange County  
Date: December 15, 2016
Docket Number: S212800

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Milan REI IV LLC (Milan) purchased more than fifty acres of land in the Orange Park Acres area in the City of Orange with plans to develop a residential development on the property. The City approved Milan’s req...

Raceway Ford Cases  
Date: December 15, 2016
Docket Number: S222211

Justia Opinion Summary: The Automobile Sales Finance Act (ASFA) is a consumer protection law that governs the sale of vehicles in which the buyer finances all or part of the car’s purchase. Plaintiffs were consumers who purchased vehicles from...

People v. Landry  
Date: December 12, 2016
Docket Number: S100735

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first degree murder, two counts of assault by a life prisoner with malice aforethought, and one count of custodial possession of a weapon. The jury returned a verdict of dea...

In re Transient Occupancy Tax Cases  
Date: December 12, 2016
Docket Number: S218400

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of San Diego adopted an ordinance imposing a tax on visitors for occupancy in hotels located within the City. The tax, known as the transient occupancy tax, is calculated as a percentage of the “rent charged by...

People v. Melendez  
Date: December 8, 2016
Docket Number: S118384

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first degree murder under the special circumstance of murder in the commission of robbery, attempted premeditated murder, and first degree residential robbery. The jury foun...

People v. Financial Casualty & Surety, Inc.  
Date: December 8, 2016
Docket Number: S229446

Justia Opinion Summary: Financial Casualty & Surety, Inc. posted a bail bond on behalf of Oscar Grijalva. The bail was subsequently forfeited. Under Cal. Penal Code 1305, the bond would be exonerated if Grijalva appeared in court by the 185th d...

People v. Williams  
Date: December 5, 2016
Docket Number: S131819

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first degree murder. The jury returned a verdict of death, and the trial court entered the death judgment. The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment in its entirety, holding (...

People v. Macabeo  
Date: December 5, 2016
Docket Number: S221852

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant filed a motion to suppress the evidence found on his phone, arguing that the search of his phone resulted from an unduly prolonged and unjustified detention. The trial court denied the motion, concluding that t...

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