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In re Taylor  
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: A155328

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1991, 70-year-old Cary was shot and killed as she made a night deposit of the receipts from the liquor store where she worked. Davis, Taylor, Shackelfoot, and Lawless had planned the robbery. Davis attempted the robbe...

Key v. Tyler  
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: B283979

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed the probate court's order striking her petition to enforce a no contest clause in a trust under the anti-SLAPP statute, Code of Civil Procedure 425.16, and denying her motion to recover attorney fees....

Du-All Safety, LLC v. Superior Court  
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: A155119

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, Krein, a Tuolomne Water District employee, fell from a bridge and “sustained paraplegic injuries.” Du-All had contracted to periodically inspect the wastewater treatment plant, including the Bridge. Plaintiffs...

People v. Shiga  
Date: April 17, 2019
Docket Number: B256009A

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of aggravated arson, arson of a structure, arson of an inhabited structure, possession of flammable material, and second degree burglary arising from the 2011 burning down of St. John Vianney Cath...

People v. Bipialaka  
Date: April 17, 2019
Docket Number: B285656

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal affirmed defendant's two convictions for using his car in an assault with a deadly weapon. The court held that substantial evidence supported defendant's conviction where he raced across an intersecti...

Cox v. Griffin  
Date: April 17, 2019
Docket Number: D074893

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Lucinda Cox and Hollis Griffin, who had been friends for over 20 years, opened a cosmetology school together. Cox was one of the school's teachers and Griffin handled administration. The relationship deteriorate...

Brown v. Goldstein  
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: B278949

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, former and current members of the band WAR, filed suit for breach of contract, alleging that their music publisher failed to pay them a share of the royalties generated from public performances of the band's...

P. v. Medina
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: B286117M
People v. Superior Court  
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: B292416

Justia Opinion Summary: In the underlying actions, the People asserted claims under Business and Professions Code section 17501 against real parties in interest and alleged that real parties sold products online by means of misleading, deceptiv...

Burch v. CertainTeed Corp.  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: A151633

Justia Opinion Summary: Burch contracted mesothelioma following many years of installing asbestos-cement (A/C) pipe throughout California. Burch sued CertainTeed, an A/C pipe manufacturer, and won a verdict on claims for negligence, failure to...

Summers v. Colette  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: B285488

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, while a director of a nonprofit public benefit corporation called Wildlife Waystation, filed suit against defendants alleging claims of self-dealing and misconduct. The trial court sustained defendants' demurr...

People v. Hernandez  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: B287551

Justia Opinion Summary: Senate Bill No. 620 does not contain language authorizing resentencing of convictions after they became final. The Court of Appeal dismissed defendant's appeal challenging the trial court's order denying his motion to st...

California Department of Social Services v. Marin  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: B287769

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff's administrative claim for an increase in the family's adoption assistance program (AAP) payments based on California State Foster Parent Assn. v. Wagner, (9th Cir. 2010) 624 F.3d 974, 978, was denied, th...

California v. Washington  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: C084503

Justia Opinion Summary: An onlooker called 911 to report that defendant Marcus Washington was walking around flashing a gun. Defendant fled on foot from responding police; officers eventually arrested defendant and recovered a loaded magazine a...

California v. Flores  
Date: April 12, 2019
Docket Number: D073215

Justia Opinion Summary: During his trial for the attempted murder of a police officer, defendant Roberto Flores repeatedly objected to his counsel's decision to admit Flores was driving the car that seriously injured the officer. In his profess...

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