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Sims v. Kernan  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: A151732

Justia Opinion Summary: California law provides that the death penalty shall be inflicted by either lethal gas or by “an intravenous injection of a substance or substances in a lethal quantity sufficient to cause death, by standards established...

People v. Hsiu Ying Lisa Tseng  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: B270877

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal affirmed defendant's convictions of three counts of second degree murder, 19 counts of unlawfully prescribing controlled substances, and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. The cou...

McCleery v. Allstate Insurance Co.  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: B282851

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit alleging that they were employees of insurers and service companies jointly, and were entitled to but deprived of minimum wages, overtime, meal and rest breaks, reimbursement of expenses, and accura...

Acco Engineered Systems v. Contractors' State License Board  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: B282944

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's judgment denying Acco's petition for writ of mandamus seeking review of an administrative decision adopted by the Registrar, finding Acco in violation of Business and Profes...

Next Century Associates v. Co. of LA
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: B284092M
California v. LaDuke  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: D072597

Justia Opinion Summary: Richard LaDuke appealed his conviction by jury of arson, vandalism of a religious educational institution, and felony vandalism causing over $400 in damage. At sentencing, the trial court granted him three years of forma...

Fresno Superior Court v. PERB  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: F075363

Justia Opinion Summary: The superior court challenged the Board's decision that certain court personnel rules and regulations violated the Trial Court Employment Protection and Governance Act, and therefore constituted unfair practices. The Cou...

Modisette v. Apple Inc.  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: H044811

Justia Opinion Summary: The Modisettes were traveling in their car on Interstate 35W in Denton County, Texas. Wilhelm was also driving on I-35, while using the FaceTime application on his Apple iPhone. Wilhelm crashed into the Modisettes’ car,...

Marriage of Martindale & Ochoa  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: A152825

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Martindale obtained a three-year domestic violence prevention restraining order (Fam. Code 6200) against Ochoa, the father of her then five-year-old daughter. Before the order was set to expire, she sought perma...

In re Israel T.  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: B286821

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal reversed the juvenile court's jurisdictional order asserting that the children fell under Welfare and Institutions Code section 300, subdivision (b), but finding no substantial risk of serious harm t...

W.M. v. V.A.  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: B287735

Justia Opinion Summary: In a child custody proceeding arising under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), the Court of Appeal held that the trial court erred by granting mother's motion to quash temporary emergenc...

Arista v. County of Riverside
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: E068432M
Orange Cove Irrigation Dist. v. Los Molinos Mutual Water Co.  
Date: December 12, 2018
Docket Number: C078323

Justia Opinion Summary: By a stipulated decree issued in 1920, the Tehama County Superior Court adjudicated water rights in Mill Creek. It declared the natural flow of the water up to a total rate of 203 cfs had been appropriated by the parties...

Warren v. Kia Motors America, Inc.  
Date: December 12, 2018
Docket Number: E068348

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury awarded plaintiff-appellant Shirlean Warren $17,455.57 in damages pursuant to California's “lemon law.” In this appeal, Warren challenges her attorney fee award and her costs and expenses award. Warren claims the...

Mechling v. Asbestos Defendants  
Date: December 11, 2018
Docket Number: A150132

Justia Opinion Summary: Beginning in 2009, plaintiffs sued defendants, including Associated Insulation, for injuries arising out of plaintiffs’ alleged asbestos exposure. Plaintiffs served Associated with the complaints. Associated, which appar...

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