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P. v. Nelson
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: S048763M
Friends of College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo Cmty. College Dist.  
Date: September 19, 2016
Docket Number: S214061

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, the San Mateo Community College District and its Board of Trustees (collectively, District) proposed a district-wide facilities improvement plan that called for demolishing certain buildings and renovating other...

People v. Covarrubias  
Date: September 8, 2016
Docket Number: S075136

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of three counts of first degree murder and related crimes. After the penalty phase of the trial, the jury returned a verdict of death. The Supreme Court reversed the judgment o...

Dep’t of Fin. v. Comm’n on State Mandates  
Date: August 29, 2016
Docket Number: S214855

Justia Opinion Summary: The Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region, a state agency, issued a permit authorizing local agencies (collectively, Operators) to operate storm drain systems. Permit conditions required that the Opera...

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of San Francisco County  
Date: August 29, 2016
Docket Number: S221038

Justia Opinion Summary: Eight separate complaints were filed in San Francisco Superior Court by or on behalf of 678 individuals. Eighty-six of those individuals were California residents and the remainder were nonresidents. All of the plaintiff...

People v. Grimes  
Date: August 22, 2016
Docket Number: S076339A

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of one count each of murder, robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit burglary, and the unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle. The trial court se...

People v. Rinehart  
Date: August 22, 2016
Docket Number: S222620

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged by criminal complaint with unpermitted use of a suction dredge. Suction dredging is a technique used by miners to remove matter from the bottom of waterways, extract minerals, and return the residue...

People v. Rodriguez  
Date: August 22, 2016
Docket Number: S223129

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with criminal offenses. Defendant filed a renewed motion to suppress pursuant to Cal. Penal Code 1538.5(i). Judge Vincent Chiarello granted the renewed motion, and the case was dismissed at the Peop...

McLean v. State  
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: S221554

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a retired employee of the State Department of Justice, filed suit against the State and State Controller’s Office on behalf of herself and a class of resigned and retired state employees who did not receive th...

People v. Vidana  
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: S224546

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of both larceny and embezzlement based on the same course of conduct. The Court of Appeal struck Defendant’s larceny conviction, holding that a defendant cannot be convicted of...

People v. Nelson  
Date: August 15, 2016
Docket Number: S048763

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. The jury also found true the special circumstance allegations that Defendant committed multiple murders and that the murders were committe...

City of Perris v. Stamper  
Date: August 15, 2016
Docket Number: S213468

Justia Opinion Summary: This dispute concerned a 1.66-acre strip of Defendants’ land that the City of Perris condemned in order to build a road. The City offered to pay Defendants the agricultural value of the strip, relying on City of Portervi...

People v. Armstrong  
Date: August 11, 2016
Docket Number: S130659

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of three counts of first degree murder, two counts of premeditated attempted murder, and other crimes. The jury returned death verdicts as to all three murders, and the trial c...

People v. Burgener  
Date: August 11, 2016
Docket Number: S179181

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1981, Appellant was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court reversed the penalty verdict. At the penalty retrial, the jury again sentenced Appellant to death, but the trial court modified the sen...

Laffitte v. Robert Half Int’l, Inc.  
Date: August 11, 2016
Docket Number: S222996

Justia Opinion Summary: A class action employment lawsuit filed against a staffing firm and related companies settled for $19 million. Under the settlement agreement it was agreed that class counsel would request attorney fees of not more than...

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