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Villarroel v. Recology  
Date: December 1, 2023
Docket Number: A165515

Justia Opinion Summary: This case revolves around the filed rate doctrine and its applicability in instances where rates approved by a municipal board are questioned. The plaintiffs, a group of customers, sued Recology, a waste management…

Conway v. Superior Court  
Date: December 1, 2023
Docket Number: B325986

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the petitioner, Cedrick Conway, is awaiting trial on a petition to commit him as a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) under the Sexually Violent Predator Act (SVPA). In preparation for the trial, he requested…

Gutierrez v. Tostado
Date: December 1, 2023
Docket Number: H049983
People v. Buckner  
Date: November 30, 2023
Docket Number: A162304

Justia Opinion Summary: Buckner was convicted of arson of an inhabited structure and sentenced to three years in prison. He argued that: there is no substantial evidence to support the jury’s finding that the house was inhabited because the…

Doe v. Ledor  
Date: November 30, 2023
Docket Number: A165224

Justia Opinion Summary: Doe alleged that his ex-girlfriend and her friends, including Ledor, embarked upon a “vengeful smear campaign” to harass and defame him after his senior year of high school. In 2020, Ledor sent emails to Dartmouth…

Phillips v. Gordon  
Date: November 30, 2023
Docket Number: A165289

Justia Opinion Summary: Phillips. arrested for DUI, was taken to a lab facility. Ramos, a phlebotomist, took a needle from a sealed package supplied by the County Forensic Lab, cleaned Phillips’ arm, and drew two vials of blood. The county lab…

In re K.B.  
Date: November 30, 2023
Docket Number: A167385

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother gave birth to K.B. in August 2022. Both she and K.B. tested positive for amphetamines, methamphetamines, and marijuana at the hospital, triggering a referral to the Department, which placed K.B. in temporary…

Rattary v. Favro  
Date: November 29, 2023
Docket Number: A164441

Justia Opinion Summary: Firefighters sued Favro, who crashed his car into a firetruck before receiving aid from the firefighters, alleging that Favro was negligent in failing to comply with their directions and thereby caused them to be harmed…

Thomas v. The Regents of the University of California  
Date: November 29, 2023
Docket Number: A164550

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas was recruited to play on the women’s soccer team at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), played on the team during her freshman year and, in the spring of that year, was released from the team. She sued…

People v. Wiley  
Date: November 29, 2023
Docket Number: A165613

Justia Opinion Summary: Wiley was charged with kidnapping and making a criminal threat. Wiley pled guilty to the criminal threat charge. The court imposed the upper term (three years) but suspended the execution of the sentence and placed Wiley…

Marriage of Motiska & Ford
Date: November 29, 2023
Docket Number: A166543M
California v. Foley  
Date: November 29, 2023
Docket Number: C097140

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court appointed the same attorney (counsel) to represent defendant Mark Foley and Raymond Gladden, who had been a codefendant in the underlying criminal trial, at a consolidated evidentiary hearing after both…

California v. Velasco  
Date: November 29, 2023
Docket Number: D081230

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Robert Velasco, who was serving a sentence for attempted home invasion robbery, assault with a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon, was identified as eligible for resentencing pursuant to California…

People v. Evers  
Date: November 28, 2023
Docket Number: A164989A

Justia Opinion Summary: After being released from prison, Evers lived in the forest in Mendocino County and obtained food, alcohol, firearms, and other items from occupied and unoccupied residences. Officers, responding to a report that Evers…

Tiffany Builders, LLC v. Delrahim  
Date: November 28, 2023
Docket Number: B314861

Justia Opinion Summary: At a coffee shop in Calabasas, David Delrahim made Edwart Der Rostamian a business proposal. Rostamian got his notebook, asked a server for a pen, and worked with Delrahim to compose two pages of text. When they were…

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