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People v. Pennington  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: S222227

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s conviction of misdemeanor battery of a peace officer, holding that the People failed to prove that the victim, a member of the City of Santa Barbara harbor patrol, was a “peace offi...

Parrish v. Latham & Watkins  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: S228277

Justia Opinion Summary: The interim adverse judgment rule applies when a trial court had initially denied summary judgment on the basis that a lawsuit had sufficient potential merit to proceed to trial but concluded after trial that the suit ha...

Scher v. Burke
Date: August 9, 2017
Docket Number: S230104M
Mountain Air Enterprises, LLC v. Sundowner Towers, LLC  
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: S223536

Justia Opinion Summary: In this real estate purchase transaction the Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeal’s judgment reversing the trial court’s denial of an award of attorney fees. Here Seller brought a breach of contract action against...

Friends of Eel River v. North Coast Railroad Authority  
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: S222472

Justia Opinion Summary: The Interstate Commerce Termination Act (ICCTA) preempts state regulation of rail transportation, and in this case, the application of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to North Coast Railroad Authority (NC...

People v. DeLeon  
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Number: S230906

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Criminal Justice Realignment Act of 2011 (Realignment Act) incarcerated parolees facing revocation under Cal. Penal Code 1203.2 are entitled to a timely preliminary hearing. At issue in this case was whether...

People v. Estrada  
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Number: S232114

Justia Opinion Summary: To find that an inmate was armed with a firearm during the commission of the inmate’s challenged third strike offense under the Three Strikes law, a court reviewing a Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012 (the Act) recall pet...

People v. Jones  
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: S075725

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for two counts of first degree murder and related crimes and Defendant’s sentence of death. The court held (1) any error in the trial court’s restriction of cross-examin...

In re R.T.  
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: S226416

Justia Opinion Summary: The first clause of Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code 300(b)(1) authorizes a juvenile court to exercise dependency jurisdiction over a child without a finding that a parent is at fault or blameworthy for her failure or inability t...

Lewis v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County  
Date: July 17, 2017
Docket Number: S219811

Justia Opinion Summary: The Medical Board of California did not violate patients’ right to privacy under Cal. Const. art. I, 1 when it obtained data from the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), California’s pr...

Cleveland National Forest Foundation v. San Diego Ass’n of Governments  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: S223603

Justia Opinion Summary: The Attorney General and various environmental groups challenged on several grounds an EIR accompanying a regional development plan for the San Diego area that was intended to guide the area’s transportation infrastructu...

Williams v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: S227228

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted reviewing this PAGA action to consider the scope of discovery available in PAGA actions. The court held that, in non-PAGA class actions, the contact information of those a plaintiff purports to...

In re Albert C.  
Date: July 10, 2017
Docket Number: S231315

Justia Opinion Summary: The Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Juvenile Division, issued a protocol addressing the process by which minors are found incompetent and later found to have attained competency. The Supreme Cou...

Lynch v. California Coastal Commission  
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Number: S221980

Justia Opinion Summary: Homeowners who sought and were granted a permit from the California Coastal Commission to build a new seawall and repair their beach access stairway, subject to several mitigation conditions, forfeited their challenge ob...

People v. Valencia  
Date: July 3, 2017
Docket Numbers: S223825, S223676

Justia Opinion Summary: In these two cases, the Supreme Court held that Proposition 47’s definition of “unreasonable risk of dangerous to public safety” does not apply to resentencing proceedings under the Three Strikes Reform Act. In People v...

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