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Perry v. Bakewell Hawthorne, LLC  
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Number: S233096

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued Bakewell Hawthorne, LLC and JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA, claiming that he fell and was injured on property owned by Bakewell and leased by Chase. Plaintiff made no disclosure of expert witnesses, but in respo...

Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc.  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: S225398

Justia Opinion Summary: During a three-year period, Defendant outbid Plaintiffs on twenty-three public works contracts to apply a slurry seal coating on various roadways in California. Plaintiffs jointly sued Defendant in five counties for inte...

People v. Superior Court of San Bernardino County  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: S228642

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnny Morales was sentenced to death. Appellate counsel filed in the superior court a “Motion to Preserve Files, Records, Evidence and Other Items Related to Automatic Appeal” seeking an order seeking preservation of se...

People v. Hall  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: S227193

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of possessing cocaine base for sale and placed on three years of probation. The terms of Defendant’s probation barred him from possessing firearms or illegal drugs. Defendant offered no objection...

People v. Winbush  
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: S117489

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder in the course of a robbery with personal use of a deadly weapon. Defendant was sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) there was no Pitchess error...

Association of California Insurance Cos. v. Jones  
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: S226529

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the Insurance Commissioner’s 2011 regulation (the Regulation) covering replacement cost estimates for homeowners insurance. A few weeks before the Regulation was to become effective, Association...

Kabran v. Sharp Memorial Hospital  
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: S227393

Justia Opinion Summary: Eke Wokocha sued Sharp Memorial Hospital alleging that the Hospital’s negligence caused his quadriplegia. The jury found that the Hospital was negligent but that this negligence did not cause Wokocha’s quadriplegia. Woko...

People v. White  
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: S228049

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of rape of an intoxicated person and rape of an unconscious person. The convictions were based on the same act. On appeal, the Court of Appeal held that Defendant could not be...

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...

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