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Muro v. Cornerstone Staffing Solutions  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: D070206

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Tony Muro entered into an employment contract with defendant Cornerstone Staffing Solutions, Inc. (Cornerstone). The contract included a provision requiring that all disputes arising out of Muro's employment wi...

State Compensation Insurance Fund v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: H044300

Justia Opinion Summary: Guzman was operating a soil compactor on a hillside with a 45-degree slope when the compactor hit a rock. The compactor rose in the air, causing Guzman to fall backward, and then fell on top of him. The workers’ compensa...

California v. Marsh  
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: C078999

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Daniel Marsh, one month shy of his 16th birthday, stalked a Davis neighborhood at night and randomly selected the home of two victims to satisfy a long-standing (and oft-expressed) desire to kill, after which h...

In re I.F.  
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: C080658

Justia Opinion Summary: B.F. and C.W. lived in Calaveras County with a blended family that included six children, ranging from one to 15 years of age. Most of the family attended a Little League baseball game on April 27, 2013, leaving the hous...

California v. Baker  
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: D071383

Justia Opinion Summary: Jeffrey Baker was convicted by jury on one count of oral copulation of his six-year-old niece in violation of Penal Code section 288.7(b), and two counts of lewd acts in violation of Penal Code section 288(a). At sentenc...

In re K.R.  
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: E069276

Justia Opinion Summary: E.K. (Mother) appealed the termination of her parental rights as to her three children. A petition pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code section 300 was filed in 2016, as to three minors, then age three years, two ye...

Gutierrez v. CarMax Auto Superstores California, LLC
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: F073215M
Save Lafayette v. City of Lafayette  
Date: February 21, 2018
Docket Number: A149342

Justia Opinion Summary: Parcel 27 (22 acres) was proposed for development with 44 single-family homes, 7.9 acres of public parkland, a bike path, and dog park. The planning commission recommended and the city council adopted an amendment to Par...

Hurley v. California Dept. of Parks and Recreation  
Date: February 21, 2018
Docket Number: D070098

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Delane Hurley appealed a judgment in her action against defendants California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Leda Seals (together Defendants) that alleged, inter alia, causes of action for sexual...

California v. Wolfe  
Date: February 21, 2018
Docket Number: G052920

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Kelly Wolfe killed a pedestrian while driving under the influence of alcohol. The prosecution charged Wolfe with an implied malice murder (colloquially known as a Watson murder). The trial court refused to inst...

Area 51 Productions, Inc. v. City of Alameda  
Date: February 20, 2018
Docket Number: A144645A

Justia Opinion Summary: Area 51 used Alameda city property for events it planned for third-party companies. PM assisted the city with managing the license arrangements. Due to problems connected with Area 51 events, the city ceased doing busin...

Hauser v. Ventura County Board of Supervisors  
Date: February 20, 2018
Docket Number: B276903

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's denial of plaintiff's petition for writ of administrative mandate after the county planning commission and board of supervisors denied her application for a conditional use...

M.N. v. Morgan Hill Unified School District  
Date: February 20, 2018
Docket Number: H043343

Justia Opinion Summary: The school’s principal recommended that M.N., a seventh grader, be expelled, based upon allegations that M.N. had committed sexual assault or sexual battery upon a 13-year-old female student on multiple occasions while t...

Terris v. County of Santa Barbara  
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: B268849A

Justia Opinion Summary: Labor Code section 244, which does not require a litigant to exhaust administrative remedies before bringing a civil action, applies only to claims before the Labor Commissioner. The Court of Appeal explained that sectio...

California v. Tran  
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: G053424

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Andrew Tran was convicted of murdering and attempting to murder two rival gang members. On appeal, he contended his conviction for attempted murder had to be reversed because the trial court gave the jury a con...

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