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Sandquist v. Lebo Automotive, Inc.  
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: S220812

Justia Opinion Summary: When Plaintiff was hired by Defendants, he signed multiple arbitration agreements as a condition of employment. Plaintiff later sued Defendant, alleging racial discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. The complaint s...

Property Reserve, Inc. v. Superior Court  
Date: July 21, 2016
Docket Number: S217738

Justia Opinion Summary: The California Department of Water Resources (Department) sought to conduct environmental and geological studies and testing on over 150 privately-owned parcels of property that the state, in the future, might seek to ac...

People v. Fuentes  
Date: July 21, 2016
Docket Number: S219109

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with the unlawful taking of a vehicle and receiving stolen property. The complaint also contained a gang enhancement allegation under Cal. Penal Code 186.22(b) that exposed Defendant to up to an add...

People v. Simon  
Date: July 18, 2016
Docket Number: S102166

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of two counts of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder with the personal use of a firearm, among other crimes. A mistrial was declared after the first pe...

In re Abbigail A.  
Date: July 14, 2016
Docket Number: S220187

Justia Opinion Summary: This was an appeal from a child dependency proceeding involving two minors. The children were eligible for tribal membership but were not Indian children as defined in the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Rule 5.482(c) o...

People v. Zaragoza  
Date: July 11, 2016
Docket Number: S097886

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first degree murder and robbery. The jury returned a verdict of death following the penalty phase trial. The Supreme Court reversed the death judgment but otherwise affirmed...

People v. Espinoza  
Date: July 11, 2016
Docket Number: S224929

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with a number of criminal violations. Defendant was represented by seven different appointed counsel over the course of approximately two years and made repeated requests for continuances. When his...

In re Isaiah W.  
Date: July 7, 2016
Docket Number: S221263

Justia Opinion Summary: The juvenile court removed Isaiah W., a newborn, from the care of his parents and placed him in foster care. The court found the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) inapplicable and did not order the Los Angeles Coun...

People v. Conley  
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Number: S211275

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and related offenses. The trial court sentenced Defendant under the Three Strikes law to an indeterminate term of twenty-five years to life. While Defenda...

People v. Sanchez  
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Number: S216681

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of several firearm-related and gang-related offenses. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred by admitting case-specific statements related by the prosecution ex...

People v. Becerra  
Date: June 27, 2016
Docket Number: S065573

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of first degree murder, first degree burglary with use of a knife, and assault causing great bodily injury. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court viola...

People v. Clark  
Date: June 27, 2016
Docket Number: S066940

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of two counts of first degree murder. The jury found true five special-circumstance allegations, including that Defendant committed murder while engaged in the commission of...

People v. Sanchez  
Date: June 23, 2016
Docket Number: S045423

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of first degree murder, attempted murder, twenty-six counts of robbery, two counts of attempted robbery, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and two coun...

Ramos v. Brenntag Specialties, Inc.  
Date: June 23, 2016
Docket Number: S218176

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a metal foundry worker, alleged that he developed interstitial pulmonary fibrosis as the result of his exposure to fumes from molten metal and dust from plaster, sand, limestone, and marble. Plaintiff sought r...

People v. Hubbard  
Date: June 16, 2016
Docket Number: S216444

Justia Opinion Summary: Penal Code section 424 applies to "[e]ach officer of this state, or of any county, city, town, or district of this state, and every other person charged with the receipt, safekeeping, transfer, or disbursement of public...

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