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United Farmers Agents Assoc. v. Farmers Group, Inc.  
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Number: B282541

Justia Opinion Summary: UFAA filed suit seeking declaratory relief against the Companies and FGI (collectively, Farmers), alleging that Farmers engaged in numerous practices that violated the terms of Agent Appointment Agreements signed prior t...

Orchard Estate Homes v. Orchard Homeowners Alliance  
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Number: E068064

Justia Opinion Summary: Orchard Estate Homes, Inc., a planned residential development governed by covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&R’s), supplemented by rules and regulations, prohibited short term rentals of units for durations of l...

Richmond Compassionate Care Collective v. 7 Stars Holistic Foundation, Inc.  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: A153305

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Richmond issued the city's first medical marijuana collective permit to RCCC. Other permits were later issued to the defendants. The ordinance governing the permits was amended in 2014, to reduce the number of...

People v. Beman  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: A153841

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit human trafficking based on allegations that for more than seven years, he and his coconspirators used threats, force, and violence in pimping at least three victim...

Darrin v. Miller  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: A155089

Justia Opinion Summary: Darrin, age 81, filed a Request for Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Orders, alleging that her next-door neighbor Miller and Miller’s boyfriend harassed and intimidated her by taunting her, threatening her, twi...

Grafilo v. Cohanshohet  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: B285193

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal reversed the decision of the superior ordering Dr. Kamyar Cohanshohet to produce the medical records of five of his patients in connection with an investigation into his prescription of controlled sub...

California v. Jimenez  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: D073313

Justia Opinion Summary: Jose Jimenez led peace officers on a high-speed chase with his four- and six-year-old daughters in the car. At one point during the pursuit, he drove straight toward a patrol vehicle in an apparent game of "chicken." The...

People v. Escarcega  
Date: February 20, 2019
Docket Number: B284215

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal affirmed Defendant’s conviction of reckless driving, holding that there was sufficient evidence that Defendant acted with wanton disregard for safety, that there was no trial error warranting reversal...

In re Ramirez  
Date: February 20, 2019
Docket Number: F075897

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal granted Petitioner Arthur Espindola Ramirez’s petition for writ of habeas corpus seeking to have his felony-murder special circumstance vacated based on the California Supreme Court’s decision in Peop...

People v. Rocha  
Date: February 19, 2019
Docket Number: B290779A

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Defendant guilty of first-degree murder and found true a gang enhancement and a firearm use enhancement. The court found true a prior serious felony allegation and a strike allegation and sentenced defendant...

People v. Bueno  
Date: February 19, 2019
Docket Number: F074946

Justia Opinion Summary: Bueno was driving while intoxicated and lost control of her vehicle resulting in a single vehicle roll-over accident. Bueno’s eight-year-old son was ejected from the vehicle and died; her teenage daughter was injured and...

In re L.R.  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: A154437

Justia Opinion Summary: In San Francisco County, a male took a woman’s cellphone from her hand and passed it to Minor. Police apprehended Minor and found the phone in his pocket. Minor admitted to misdemeanor receiving stolen property. Weeks la...

Sturm v. Moyer  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: B284553

Justia Opinion Summary: Assuming fraudulent intent, the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act, formerly known as the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA), can apply to a premarital agreement in which the prospective spouses agree that upon marria...

California v. Jones  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: C078623A

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Cornelius Jones appealed his conviction of attempted premeditated murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault likely to produce great bodily injury. He argued on appeal: (1) the trial court erred by rulin...

Fierro v. Landry's Restaurant, Inc.  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: D071904A

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Jorge Fierro filed suit on behalf of himself and others like him against defendant Landry's Restaurants, Inc., seeking remedies for what Fierro alleged to be Landry's Restaurants's violations of specified Calif...

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