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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...

People v. Thompson  
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: S033901

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of both conspiracy to murder and the first-degree murder of her husband. The jury set the penalty at death after weighing aggravating and mitigating evidence presented by the p...

Kesner v. Superior Court  
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: S219534

Justia Opinion Summary: Domestic or take-home exposure to asbestos occurs when a worker who is directly exposed to a toxin carries it home on his person or clothing and a member of his household is exposed through physical proximity with that w...

Horiike v. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Co.  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S218734

Justia Opinion Summary: Seller retained Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company to list a luxury residence for sale. Buyer, also represented by Coldwell Banker, made an offer to purchase the property, and both parties agreed that Coldwell...

Dept. Finance v. Com. on State Mandates
Date: November 17, 2016
Docket Number: S214855M
Centinela Freeman Emergency Medical Associates v. Health Net of California  
Date: November 14, 2016
Docket Number: S218497

Justia Opinion Summary: If a patient who receives emergency medical services is an enrollee in a health care service plan, the plan is required to reimburse the emergency service provider for essential emergency medical services and care. Plans...

Harris v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County  
Date: November 10, 2016
Docket Number: S231489

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was charged with robbery. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Petitioner pleaded guilty to grand theft from the person, a felony, and admitted a prior robbery conviction on condition that he receive a six-year priso...

Maas v. Superior Court  
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: S225109

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, an inmate, filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus, alleging that he received ineffective assistance of counsel in his criminal proceedings. One week later, Petitioner asked the court clerk for the name of...

P. v. Burgener
Date: October 13, 2016
Docket Number: S179181M
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...

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