California Courts of Appeal Decisions 2024

Cook v. University of Southern California  
Date: May 24, 2024
Docket Number: B330640

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves an employee, Pamela Cook, who filed a lawsuit against her employer, the University of Southern California (USC), and two coworkers, alleging discrimination and harassment. USC moved to compel…

3 Stonedeggs, Inc. v. Workers' Comp. Appeals Bd.  
Date: May 24, 2024
Docket Number: C098711M

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a dispute over workers' compensation coverage for an employee, Braden Nanez, who was injured in a car accident while off work and away from his job at a remote fire base camp. The employer, Stonedeggs,…

P. v. Koontzy  
Date: May 23, 2024
Docket Number: A167703A

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Takeya Lashay Koontzy, pleaded no contest to fleeing the scene of an injury accident and was placed on probation with the condition that she pay victim restitution in an amount to be determined. Due to the…

Simple Avo Paradise Ranch, LLC v. Southern Cal. Edison Co.  
Date: May 23, 2024
Docket Number: B320948

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a dispute between Simple Avo Paradise Ranch, LLC (Simple Avo), an avocado farm, and Southern California Edison Company (SCE), a utility company. Simple Avo claimed that SCE was responsible for damages…

Stiles v. Kia Motors America, Inc.  
Date: May 23, 2024
Docket Number: B325798M

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, plaintiffs Brandi Stiles and Abel Gorgita purchased a 2011 Kia Optima in April 2013. The car, manufactured and distributed by Kia Motors America, Inc., was sold with express warranties still in effect from…

Williams v. J-M Manufacturing Company  
Date: May 22, 2024
Docket Number: A162561

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a lawsuit filed by Cornelius Williams against J-M Manufacturing Company, Inc. (JMM), a supplier of asbestos-cement pipe. Williams alleged that he developed mesothelioma due to secondary exposure to…

Ververka v. Department of Veterans Affairs  
Date: May 22, 2024
Docket Number: A163571

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff, Donald Ververka, was an administrator for a veterans home operated by the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet). He was removed from his position after reporting safety and health issues at…

P. v. Herrera
Date: May 22, 2024
Docket Number: A165248
Campbell v. Los Angeles Unified School District  
Date: May 22, 2024
Docket Number: B321756

Justia Opinion Summary: John Sandy Campbell, a Resource Specialist Teacher at Chavez Social Justice Humanitas Academy from 2015 to 2017, was dismissed from her employment with the Los Angeles Unified School District due to excessive absences…

Hernandez v. Sohnen Enterprises  
Date: May 22, 2024
Docket Number: B323303

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves an employee, Massiel Hernandez, and her employer, Sohnen Enterprises. Hernandez signed an arbitration agreement with Sohnen, which stated that any disputes would be governed by the Federal Arbitration…

Mar v. Perkins  
Date: May 22, 2024
Docket Number: B327665

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a dispute between Winston Mar and SierraConstellation Partners, LLC (Sierra) and Lawrence Perkins (collectively, Sierra defendants). Mar, who was a partner in Sierra, sought a buyout of his…

In re Marriage of Moore  
Date: May 21, 2024
Docket Number: A165038

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a marital dissolution proceeding between Monique Covington Moore and Charles Moore. During the discovery process, Covington served deposition subpoenas for the production of business records on…

Campbell v. L.A. Unified School Dist.  
Date: May 21, 2024
Docket Number: B320442

Justia Opinion Summary: In September 2021, John Sandy Campbell filed a lawsuit against her former employer, the Los Angeles Unified School District, alleging racial discrimination and retaliation for whistleblowing. These allegations were in…

Doskocz v. ALS Lien Services
Date: May 20, 2024
Docket Number: A166299
Ghost Golf, Inc. v. Newsom  
Date: May 20, 2024
Docket Number: F085403

Justia Opinion Summary: In August 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) introduced the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a color-coded, risk-based framework for managing restrictions during the COVID-19…

Garcia v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC  
Date: May 17, 2024
Docket Number: A166785

Justia Opinion Summary: Isabel Garcia, an employee of RAC Acceptance East, LLC (RAC), filed a lawsuit against RAC, Stoneledge Furniture LLC (Stoneledge), and Inderjit Singh, alleging ten claims related to sexual harassment. RAC, Stoneledge, and…

Shikha v. Lyft, Inc.  
Date: May 17, 2024
Docket Number: B321882

Justia Opinion Summary: A Lyft driver, Abdu Lkader Al Shikha, was attacked by a passenger who had a criminal record. Al Shikha sued Lyft for negligence, arguing that the company should conduct criminal background checks on all passengers, not…

California Specialty Insulation, Inc. v. Allied World Surplus Lines Insurance Co.  
Date: May 17, 2024
Docket Number: B324805

Justia Opinion Summary: This case revolves around a dispute between California Specialty Insulation, Inc. (CSI) and Allied World Surplus Lines Insurance Company (Allied World) over a commercial general liability insurance policy. The policy was…

Hoglund v. Sierra Nevada Memorial-Miners Hospital
Date: May 17, 2024
Docket Number: C097065
Cajon Valley Union School District v. Drager  
Date: May 16, 2024
Docket Number: C097429

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves two public school districts, Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD) and Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD), located within the boundaries of the former El Cajon Redevelopment Agency (RDA)…

Herzog v. Superior Court  
Date: May 16, 2024
Docket Number: D082847

Justia Opinion Summary: Five diabetic patients, Henry J. Hebert, Traci Moore, Aliya Campbell Pierre, Tiffanie Tsakiris, and Brenda Bottiglier, were prescribed the Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (Dexcom G6) to manage their…

Lorch v. Superior Court  
Date: May 16, 2024
Docket Number: D083609

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Leah Lorch, who filed a peremptory challenge against Judge Timothy B. Taylor, who was newly assigned to preside over her trial. Lorch's challenge was denied by Judge Taylor, who ruled that the challenge…

P. v. Ellis
Date: May 15, 2024
Docket Number: B325433
Save the Capitol, Save the Trees v. Dept. of General Services  
Date: May 15, 2024
Docket Number: C100160

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a dispute over a proposed project to significantly alter the California State Capitol complex. The plaintiff, Save the Capitol, Save the Trees (Save the Capitol), appealed against an order discharging a…

D.K. v. Office of Admin. Hearings  
Date: May 14, 2024
Docket Number: A167272

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves D.K., a patient diagnosed with an unspecified schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, who was found incompetent to stand trial and committed to the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) by…

Malmquist v. City of Folsom  
Date: May 14, 2024
Docket Number: C099011

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a class action lawsuit filed by plaintiff Harold Malmquist against the City of Folsom (City). The plaintiff alleged that the City failed to maintain proper corrosion control measures at its water…

Helm v. City of Los Angeles  
Date: May 14, 2024
Docket Number: D083075

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff, Brady Helm, tripped and fell on a wire cable while walking to a recreational area at Diaz Lake. The wire cable was suspended between two wooden poles and was intended to prevent vehicles from accessing a…

P. v. Arias  
Date: May 10, 2024
Docket Number: A164789

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves David Arias, who was convicted of two counts of sexual abuse against a minor. During the trial, the defense challenged the prosecutor's use of a peremptory strike against a prospective Black female…

Holland v. Silverscreen Healthcare, Inc.  
Date: May 10, 2024
Docket Number: B323237

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around the death of Skyler A. Womack (Skyler) at Silverscreen Healthcare, Inc., a skilled nursing facility. Skyler's parents, Jonie A. Holland (Holland) and Wayne D. Womack (Wayne), filed a lawsuit…

3 Stonedeggs, Inc. v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board  
Date: May 10, 2024
Docket Number: C098711

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves an employee, Braden Nanez, who was injured in an auto accident while off work and away from his job at a remote fire base camp. His employer, 3 Stonedeggs, Inc., expected employees not to leave the job…

Equinix LLC v. County of Los Angeles  
Date: May 9, 2024
Docket Number: B324243

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, GPT Maple Avenue Owner, LP (GPT) purchased a property that was subject to a lease to Equinix, LLC (Equinix). At the time of GPT’s acquisition, the remaining term of the lease was 26 years. The Los Angeles County…

Bassi v. Bassi  
Date: May 9, 2024
Docket Number: H049873

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a dispute between ex-spouses Robert Bassi and Susan Bassi. After their divorce, Susan sent a series of e-mails to Robert, which he claimed were harassing and disturbed his peace. These e-mails were…

Bui v. Ky
Date: May 8, 2024
Docket Number: G062338
Byers v. Super. Ct.  
Date: May 7, 2024
Docket Number: A169321

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves George and Sheila Byers, who filed a lawsuit against their homeowners' insurance provider, USAA General Indemnity Company (USAA), and other defendants. The Byerses alleged that USAA breached their…

In re D.M.  
Date: May 7, 2024
Docket Number: E082401

Justia Opinion Summary: A mother, Daisy M., appealed the termination of her parental rights to her daughter, D.M., arguing that the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) failed to conduct an adequate investigation under…

In re Kieran S.  
Date: May 6, 2024
Docket Number: B318672

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Amber C., the mother of a two-year-old child, Kieran S., who appealed from the juvenile court’s jurisdiction findings and disposition orders after the court sustained a petition by the Los Angeles…

Reynosa v. Superior Court  
Date: May 6, 2024
Docket Number: F086342

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a dispute between Andrew Reynosa and his former employer, Advanced Transportation Services, Inc. (ATS). Reynosa had signed an arbitration agreement with ATS during his employment. After leaving the…

In re Randy C.  
Date: May 3, 2024
Docket Number: A167331

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a minor, Randy C., who was stopped by police for driving a car with illegally tinted windows. During the stop, the officer smelled unburnt marijuana and observed a marijuana blunt on the passenger's…

P. v. Palacios
Date: May 3, 2024
Docket Number: B324572
H.A. v. Super. Ct.  
Date: May 3, 2024
Docket Number: C099704

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a father, H.A., who sought to vacate orders of the juvenile court that terminated his visitation rights and the mother’s reunification services, and set a hearing pursuant to Welfare and Institutions…

P. v. Coleman  
Date: May 2, 2024
Docket Number: A165198S

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a defendant who was convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstances and an enhancement for personally and intentionally discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury or death. The…

People v. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.  
Date: May 2, 2024
Docket Number: B315256

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around an oil spill caused by Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (Plains). The spill resulted in the unlawful discharge of over 142,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean and onto a beach. The trial…

Stiles v. Kia Motors America, Inc.  
Date: May 2, 2024
Docket Number: B325798

Justia Opinion Summary: In April 2013, Brandi Stiles and Abel Gorgita purchased a 2011 Kia Optima, which was manufactured and distributed by Kia Motors America, Inc. At the time of purchase, some of Kia's original warranties were still in…

People v. Lovejoy  
Date: May 2, 2024
Docket Number: D080941

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Diana Lovejoy, who was convicted of conspiring with her co-defendant, Weldon McDavid, to murder her ex-husband, Greg Mulvihill. She was also found guilty of attempted murder after McDavid shot and…

P. v. Patton
Date: May 2, 2024
Docket Number: F085895
Masimo Corporation v. The Vanderpool Law Firm, Inc.  
Date: May 2, 2024
Docket Number: G061829

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a lawsuit filed by Masimo Corporation against John Bauche, BoundlessRise, LLC (Boundless), and Skyward Investments, LLC (Skyward), represented by The Vanderpool Law Firm (Vanderpool). The lawsuit…

People v. Garcia  
Date: May 1, 2024
Docket Number: B326131

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2019, Miguel Garcia pleaded no contest to second degree robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon, admitting he personally and intentionally discharged a firearm. His 12-year sentence included seven one-year…

Sutter's Place, Inc. v. California Gambling Control Commission  
Date: April 30, 2024
Docket Number: A168427

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Sutter’s Place, Inc., a cardroom operator in San Jose, California, and the California Gambling Control Commission. Sutter’s Place sought to increase the number of gambling tables in its cardroom from 49…

Sacramento Municipal Utility Dist. v. Kwan  
Date: April 30, 2024
Docket Number: C097382

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Sacramento Municipal Utility District (District) and David Kwan. The District opened an electrical service account for Kwan, which was later found to be diverting power to support a cannabis grow…

People v. Fay  
Date: April 29, 2024
Docket Number: B328209

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, John Fay, was living unhoused outside a public library when he got into a verbal altercation with Anthony Davis, who was intoxicated. The altercation escalated, and Fay punched Davis multiple times in the…

City of San Jose v. Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn.  
Date: April 29, 2024
Docket Number: H050889

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves the City of San José and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA). The city had a significant unfunded liability in its pension plans for city employees. To address this shortfall, the city…

People v. Berlin  
Date: April 26, 2024
Docket Number: A166452

Justia Opinion Summary: Monica Berlin was charged with felony stalking and six misdemeanors, including two restraining order violations and four protective order violations. In March 2020, the trial court suspended criminal proceedings and…

Kime v. Dignity Health, Inc.  
Date: April 25, 2024
Docket Number: A166748

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Ryan Kime, an emergency medicine physician, applied for privileges in the emergency department of two hospitals owned by Dignity Health, Inc. (Dignity) while he was under disciplinary proceedings by the Medical Board…

People v. Koontzy  
Date: April 25, 2024
Docket Number: A167703

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Takeya Lashay Koontzy, pleaded no contest to fleeing the scene of an injury accident and was placed on probation with the condition that she pay victim restitution in an amount to be determined. However,…

Williams v. Doctors Medical Center of Modesto  
Date: April 25, 2024
Docket Number: F084700M

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Dr. R. Michael Williams, a board-certified oncologist, who had privileges at Doctor’s Medical Center of Modesto (DMCM) since 2003. Williams alleged that around 2018, his professional relationship with…

Beverage v. Apple, Inc.  
Date: April 25, 2024
Docket Number: H050526

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a dispute between plaintiffs Michelle Beverage and Joseph Mejia, and defendant Apple, Inc. The plaintiffs filed a class action complaint alleging that Apple's restrictive contractual terms and coercive…

Vines v. O'Reilly Auto Enterprises  
Date: April 24, 2024
Docket Number: B327821

Justia Opinion Summary: This case revolves around an employment dispute where Renee Vines sued his former employer, O’Reilly Auto Enterprises, LLC, for violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), alleging causes of action for…

Dougherty v. U.S. Behavioral Health Plan  
Date: April 24, 2024
Docket Number: E079741

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Christine Matlock Dougherty, who sued U.S. Behavioral Health Plan, California (USB) for claims related to her son's healthcare. Dougherty's son, Ryan, was enrolled in a UnitedHealthcare HMO health plan,…

Norman v. Ross
Date: April 23, 2024
Docket Number: B316971
People v. Cunningham  
Date: April 23, 2024
Docket Number: B323640

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Robert Wayne Cunningham, was convicted of provocative act murder and other offenses related to a 1995 shootout with the police. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, along…

Mondragon v. Sunrun Inc.  
Date: April 23, 2024
Docket Number: B328425

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Angel Mondragon, an employee of Sunrun Inc., who was required to sign an arbitration agreement as a condition of his employment. The agreement covered most disputes related to Mondragon’s employment but…

LaMarr v. The Regents of the University of California  
Date: April 23, 2024
Docket Number: C097235

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around June LaMarr, an employee at the University of California Davis Medical Center, who was transferred to a different department following performance issues and conflicts with her supervisor. The…

P. v. Basica  
Date: April 22, 2024
Docket Number: A166580

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a bail bond forfeiture involving Florian Basica, who was charged with second-degree robbery. The North River Insurance Company (the surety) and Bad Boys Bail Bonds (the bail agent) posted a…

P. v. Lezama  
Date: April 22, 2024
Docket Number: G062075

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Noe Lezama, was initially charged with murder but later entered a plea to voluntary manslaughter in 2019. In 2022, he filed a petition for resentencing under Penal Code section 1172.6, arguing that the…

Sam v. Kwan  
Date: April 19, 2024
Docket Number: B314426

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a dispute between Anthony Sam and Renee Kwan, who formed a limited liability company (LLC) and purchased a parking lot. Sam alleged that Kwan, without his knowledge, sold the lot for a…

Dubac v. Itkoff  
Date: April 19, 2024
Docket Number: B317061

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a dispute between neighbors in a six-unit condominium building. Robert Dubac, the plaintiff, and Sandra Itkoff and Jonathan Diamond, the defendants, were owners of units in the same building. The…

Lugo v. Pixior, LLC, et al.  
Date: April 18, 2024
Docket Number: B324368

Justia Opinion Summary: Saide Lugo, a former employee of Pixior, LLC, filed a lawsuit against the company and some of its employees for malicious prosecution. Lugo alleged that Pixior falsely reported her to the police, leading to a criminal…

Balderas v. Fresh Start Harvesting, Inc.  
Date: April 18, 2024
Docket Number: B326759

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Lizbeth Balderas, a former employee of Fresh Start Harvesting, Inc., who filed a complaint for civil penalties under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) on behalf of…

Semprini v. Wedbush Securities Inc.  
Date: April 18, 2024
Docket Number: G062622

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, Joseph Semprini filed a lawsuit against his employer, Wedbush Securities, Inc., alleging 11 personal causes of action and seven class claims for alleged wage and hour violations. Semprini and Wedbush agreed that…

P. v. Beaudreaux  
Date: April 17, 2024
Docket Number: A166001M

Justia Opinion Summary: Nicholas Beaudreaux, serving a 50-year-to-life sentence for the first-degree murder and attempted robbery of Wayne Drummond, twice petitioned unsuccessfully for resentencing under Penal Code section 1172.6. In the…

Kuigoua v. Dept. of Veteran Affairs  
Date: April 17, 2024
Docket Number: B323735

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around Arno Kuigoua, a registered nurse who was employed by the California Department of Veterans Affairs (the Department) at the Knight Veterans Home. Kuigoua was terminated in October 2018 after the…

P. v. Gray  
Date: April 17, 2024
Docket Number: F085699M

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, Shawn Vincent Gray was found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGI) for one count of stalking and two counts of making criminal threats. He also admitted to a prior strike allegation and six one-year prior…

Apex Solutions v. Falls Lake Insurance Management Co., Inc.  
Date: April 16, 2024
Docket Number: A167491M

Justia Opinion Summary: Apex Solutions, Inc., a cannabis business, filed a lawsuit against Falls Lake Insurance Management Company, Inc., after the insurance company refused to pay the full amount of a claim Apex filed following a burglary at…

In re Taylor C.  
Date: April 16, 2024
Docket Number: A168282

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around Taylor C., who was declared a ward of the court at the age of 14. After his wardship ended, Taylor successfully moved to dismiss his wardship petitions under the Welfare and Institutions Code…

People v. Barooshian  
Date: April 16, 2024
Docket Number: D081050

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around the defendant, Adam Daniel Barooshian, who was convicted of murder under a Watson murder theory in his second trial. The Watson murder theory refers to a situation where a person who kills…

City of Santa Cruz v. Superior Court  
Date: April 16, 2024
Docket Number: H050881

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a dispute between the City of Santa Cruz (City) and the County of Santa Cruz (County) over the interpretation of the City's claim presentation ordinance. The County sued the City for damages…

People v. Flores  
Date: April 15, 2024
Docket Number: D083310

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Manuel Dejesus Flores, who was convicted of four counts of lewd and lascivious acts committed against two victims under 14 years old. The victims, sisters B.C. and Y.G., lived with Flores in their…

Mission Springs Water Dist. v. Desert Water Agency  
Date: April 12, 2024
Docket Number: D081984

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a dispute between two local water management agencies, Mission Springs Water District (Mission Springs) and Desert Water Agency (Desert Water), over who should be the regional groundwater…

People v. Lewis  
Date: April 11, 2024
Docket Number: E082085

Justia Opinion Summary: Tyshawn Michael Lewis, a prisoner diagnosed with rapidly progressing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), appealed the denial of a petition for his compassionate release under Penal Code section 1172.2. Lewis was serving…

P. v. Lozano
Date: April 10, 2024
Docket Number: A165646
People v. Rafael B.D.R.  
Date: April 10, 2024
Docket Number: A167246

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Rafael B.D.R., was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison for committing a lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 and sending or exhibiting harmful matter to a minor. The victim was his…

People v. Estrada  
Date: April 9, 2024
Docket Number: B324576

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around Hildo Ocampo Estrada, who was convicted of attempted murder and voluntary manslaughter. The charges stemmed from an incident where Estrada and others were involved in a fight with another group,…

Weber v. Superior Court  
Date: April 9, 2024
Docket Number: C100304

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, Vince Fong, a candidate for the California State Assembly District 32 and Congressional District 20, filed nomination papers for both offices for the March 5, 2024, primary election. The Secretary of State…

People v. Carrillo  
Date: April 9, 2024
Docket Number: F084751M

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Francisco Carrillo, a lawful permanent resident of the United States, who was convicted of assault with a firearm in 2002 and sentenced to 301 days in jail. In 2007, Carrillo admitted to a probation…

Shah v. Skillz Inc.
Date: April 8, 2024
Docket Number: A165372
Dilbert v. Newsom  
Date: April 8, 2024
Docket Number: C096274

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Clifford Alan Dilbert, who filed petitions for clemency and/or commutation of his prison sentence with the Governor's office in 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2021. Dilbert claimed that he had not received any…

People v. Uriostegui  
Date: April 5, 2024
Docket Number: B325200

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around Israel Marcial Uriostegui, who was convicted of first-degree residential burglary by a jury. Uriostegui appealed the judgment, arguing that the trial court erred in denying his objection under…

State v. Superior Court  
Date: April 5, 2024
Docket Number: B330847

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a request for calendar entries of the Governor's former senior advisor for energy, Alice Reynolds, under the California Public Records Act (PRA). The request was made by the Energy and Policy Institute…

Br. C. v. Be. C.  
Date: April 5, 2024
Docket Number: C097015

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a dispute between a married couple, identified as Br. C. and Be. C., who have three-year-old twins. The dispute centers around a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) that Br. C. obtained against…

Mosley v. Superior Court  
Date: April 5, 2024
Docket Number: C099530

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Jameal M. Mosley, who was charged with unauthorized possession and transportation of a machine gun, being a felon in possession of a firearm for the benefit of a street gang, and being a felon in…

Silva et al. v. Medic Ambulance Service, Inc.
Date: April 4, 2024
Docket Number: A167098
People v. Gray  
Date: April 4, 2024
Docket Number: F085699

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves the appeal of the state against a defendant, Shawn Vincent Gray, who had been committed to the Department of Mental Health after being found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGI) for one count of…

Knudsen v. Dept. of Motor Vehicles  
Date: April 4, 2024
Docket Number: F085992

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Eric Bean Knudsen, who had his driver's license suspended following an administrative per se (APS) hearing. The hearing officer from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) concluded that Knudsen had…

Howard v. Accor Management US  
Date: April 3, 2024
Docket Number: B320603

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2017, Monique Howard, the plaintiff, stayed at a hotel operated by the defendant, Accor Management US, Inc. During her stay, the handheld shower head in her room fell apart, cutting her and causing her to fall.…

Vazquez v. SaniSure  
Date: April 3, 2024
Docket Number: B329219

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves an appeal by SaniSure, Inc., against a trial court's decision not to compel arbitration in a dispute with its former employee, Jasmin Vazquez. Vazquez initially worked for SaniSure from July 2019, and…

People v. Brown  
Date: April 3, 2024
Docket Number: D081445

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around Gregory Terence Brown, who was charged with aggravated mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon. Initially declared incompetent due to a diagnosed mental disorder, Brown was later considered…

Lew-Williams v. Petrosian  
Date: April 2, 2024
Docket Number: B330387

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Gail Dee Lew-Williams, as the surviving spouse and successor in interest of Wilbur Williams, Jr., M.D., and Wilbur Williams, M.D., Inc. (collectively, the Williams plaintiffs) and Sevana Petrosian and…

Wozniak v. YouTube, LLC  
Date: April 2, 2024
Docket Number: H050042M

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves tech icon Steve Wozniak and 17 other plaintiffs who sued YouTube and Google over a cryptocurrency scam. The scam involved hijacking popular YouTube channels, impersonating tech celebrities, and hosting…

Vichy Springs Resort, Inc. v. City of Ukiah
Date: March 29, 2024
Docket Number: A165345
AIDS Healthcare Foundation v. Bonta  
Date: March 29, 2024
Docket Number: B321875

Justia Opinion Summary: In California, a lawsuit was brought against the state by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the City of Redondo Beach. The plaintiffs argued that Senate Bill 10, which allowed local governments to bypass housing density…

Gazal v. Echeverry  
Date: March 29, 2024
Docket Number: B327668

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the plaintiff, Joseph Gazal, donated over $1 million to purchase a car and a home for a destitute family. He was inspired to make this donation after hearing a homily delivered by defendant Carlos…

P. v. Ayala
Date: March 29, 2024
Docket Number: D082754
P. v. Beaudreaux  
Date: March 28, 2024
Docket Number: A166001

Justia Opinion Summary: This case pertains to a defendant, Nicholas Beaudreaux, who was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted robbery. He is serving a 50-year sentence. Beaudreaux made two unsuccessful attempts to petition for…

P. v. Serrano  
Date: March 28, 2024
Docket Number: A166011

Justia Opinion Summary: In a shootout following a high-speed car chase, the defendant, Mario Guadalupe Serrano, was convicted of 13 criminal counts, including two counts of premeditated attempted murder of a peace officer. After the trial court…

BTHHM Berkeley, LLC v. Johnston  
Date: March 28, 2024
Docket Number: A166242

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves Stewart Johnston who was the defendant, cross-complainant, and appellant, against BTHHM Berkeley, LLC, PNG Berkeley, LLC, Michail Family 2004 Living Trust, Bianca Blesching, Scot Hawkins (collectively,…

Apex Solutions, Inc. v. Falls Lake Ins. Management Co., Inc.  
Date: March 28, 2024
Docket Number: A167491

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Court of Appeal of the State of California was asked to determine a dispute over an insurance claim between Apex Solutions, Inc. (Apex), a cannabis business, and Falls Lake National Insurance Company…

P. v. Freetown Holdings Co.  
Date: March 28, 2024
Docket Number: B309295

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the People of the State of California filed a lawsuit against Holiday Liquor (owned by Abdul Jamal Sheriff and operated under Freetown Holdings Company) for public nuisance. The People claimed that the…

Medallion Film LLC v. Loeb & Loeb LLP  
Date: March 28, 2024
Docket Number: B323356

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, plaintiffs Medallion Film LLC and Pelican Point Capital Partners entered into a consulting fee agreement with Clarius Capital Group, managed by William Sadleir. The agreement stipulated that Medallion Film and…

In re S.G.  
Date: March 28, 2024
Docket Number: B330106

Justia Opinion Summary: A mother appealed from juvenile court orders denying her petition for modification under Welfare and Institutions Code section 388 and terminating her parental rights under Welfare and Institutions Code section 366.26.…

Alameda Health System v. Alameda County Employees' Retirement Association  
Date: March 27, 2024
Docket Number: A165587

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal originates from a dispute between Alameda Health System (AHS) and Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association (ACERA), concerning the method employed by ACERA to calculate the annual contributions that…

In re Seumanu  
Date: March 27, 2024
Docket Number: A169146M

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case considered by the Court of Appeal of the State of California First Appellate District, Ropati Afatia Seumanu sought a certificate of appealability (COA) for nine claims in his habeas corpus petition. The…

People v. McClelland  
Date: March 27, 2024
Docket Number: D081369

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, David D. McClelland pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in a California state prison. In 2019, he filed for resentencing under Penal Code section 1170.951, which provides…

P. v. Rojas
Date: March 27, 2024
Docket Number: F080361A
Williams v. Doctors Medical Center of Modesto  
Date: March 27, 2024
Docket Number: F084700

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a dispute between Dr. R. Michael Williams, a board-certified oncologist, and several defendants, including Doctors Medical Center of Modesto (DMCM) and various associated individuals. After a…

P. v. Barner
Date: March 26, 2024
Docket Number: C095986M
People v. Hill  
Date: March 25, 2024
Docket Number: B322561

Justia Opinion Summary: In the appeal case presented, the defendants, Brian Terrell Hill and Clifford Jenkins, sought resentencing under Penal Code section 1172.6 for their convictions of first-degree murder and attempted murder. The defendants…

Gramajo v. Joe's Pizza on Sunset, Inc.  
Date: March 25, 2024
Docket Number: B322697

Justia Opinion Summary: The appellant, Elinton Gramajo, was a pizza delivery driver for Joe's Pizza on Sunset, Inc. and other defendants, and sued them for Labor Code violations regarding unpaid minimum and overtime wages. After several years…

Weeks v. Interactive Life Forms, LLC  
Date: March 25, 2024
Docket Number: B323430

Justia Opinion Summary: An online business, Interactive Life Forms, LLC, was sued by a customer, Brinan Weeks, who alleged that the company falsely advertised a product he purchased. In response, the company invoked an arbitration clause found…

Brooklyn Restaurants, Inc. v. Sentinel Insurance Co., Ltd.  
Date: March 25, 2024
Docket Number: D081132

Justia Opinion Summary: The case concerns Brooklyn Restaurants, Inc., a company that operates a local diner in California. The company filed a lawsuit against its insurer, Sentinel Insurance Company, Limited, after the insurer declined a claim…

P. v. Morris  
Date: March 22, 2024
Docket Number: G061916

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves an appeal from a postjudgment order of the Superior Court of Orange County, with the defendant, Richard Curtis Morris, Jr., appealing from the trial court's denial of his petition for resentencing…

Trident Society, Inc. v. Cemetery and Funeral Bureau
Date: March 21, 2024
Docket Number: C098017
Neptune Management Corp. v. Cemetery and Funeral Bureau CA/3
Date: March 21, 2024
Docket Number: C098037
Conservatorship of K.Y.
Date: March 20, 2024
Docket Number: A166825
N.M. v. W.K.  
Date: March 20, 2024
Docket Number: A168081

Justia Opinion Summary: In the matter before the Court of Appeal of the State of California First Appellate District Division Three, the defendant, W.K., appealed the issuance of a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) protecting his wife,…

Asiryan v. Medical Staff of Glendale Adventist Medical Center  
Date: March 19, 2024
Docket Number: B316313

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the court dealt with the suspension and subsequent resignation of a licensed obstetrician and gynecologist, Plaintiff Dr. Vardui Asiryan, from the defendant Glendale Adventist Medical Center and its Medical…

Wood v. S.F. Superior Court  
Date: March 18, 2024
Docket Number: A168463N

Justia Opinion Summary: The appellant, Samantha Wood, sought to legally change her name to Candi Bimbo Doll, an identity she had pursued for over a decade. Despite no opposition to her request, the trial judge of the San Francisco County…

In re Ca.M.
Date: March 18, 2024
Docket Number: B326320
F.K. v. Superior Court  
Date: March 18, 2024
Docket Number: B333788

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, F.K. (the Mother) filed a petition challenging the juvenile court's decision to terminate her reunification services and set a selection and implementation hearing regarding her daughter, A.R. The Mother…

Kern County Hospital Authority v. Public Employment Relations Bd.  
Date: March 18, 2024
Docket Number: F085586

Justia Opinion Summary: In California, the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) found that the Kern County Hospital Authority violated the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA), a law that governs labor relations in the public sector. The…

Wozniak v. YouTube, LLC  
Date: March 18, 2024
Docket Number: H050042

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiffs in this case, Steve Wozniak and 17 individuals who fell victim to a cryptocurrency scam, sued YouTube and Google. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants knowingly hosted, promoted, and profited from a…

Move Eden Housing v. City of Livermore
Date: March 15, 2024
Docket Number: A167346M
People v. Montgomery  
Date: March 15, 2024
Docket Number: A167813

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2018, Steven Laurent Montgomery Jr. was sentenced to 18 years in prison, including two one-year enhancements for prior prison sentences, after pleading no contest to several violent felonies. Later, under Senate Bill…

Wood v. Superior Court  
Date: March 15, 2024
Docket Number: A168463M

Justia Opinion Summary: Samantha Wood, a California resident, petitioned the state's superior court to legally change her name to Candi Bimbo Doll, an identity she had embraced for over a decade. The trial court denied her petition, citing a…

People v. Jackson  
Date: March 15, 2024
Docket Number: B328954

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, Albert Jackson was alone in a parked car when two officers approached him. The officers boxed him in, shined flashlights on him, and questioned him, while observing that he was wearing a bulky jacket on a…

Davis v. Nissan North America, Inc.  
Date: March 15, 2024
Docket Number: D083006

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, Damien T. Davis and Johnetta H. Lane ("the plaintiffs") filed suit against Nissan North America, Inc. and Nissan of San Bernardino ("Nissan") after they allegedly bought a faulty Nissan vehicle with a…

People v. Carrillo  
Date: March 15, 2024
Docket Number: F084751

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves an appeal from an order of the Superior Court of Madera County, California, denying Francisco Carrillo's motion to vacate his conviction and sentence under section 1473.7 of the Penal Code. The motion…

Gomez v. Superior Court  
Date: March 15, 2024
Docket Number: G062526

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case from the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, the petitioner, Eddie Gomez, Jr., sought to challenge a Superior Court judge's denial of his request to…

People v. Smith  
Date: March 15, 2024
Docket Number: H050653

Justia Opinion Summary: The case centers around Laurie Smith, a former sheriff of Santa Clara County, who was investigated for bribery and other crimes related to the processing of concealed firearms licenses. Although she was not criminally…

Wood v. Super. Ct.  
Date: March 14, 2024
Docket Number: A168463

Justia Opinion Summary: Samantha Wood, a resident of California, filed a petition to legally change her name to Candi Bimbo Doll, a name she had been using for over a decade. There was no opposition to her petition and no hearing was held.…

P. v. Santos  
Date: March 14, 2024
Docket Number: C096979

Justia Opinion Summary: This case revolves around the appeal of Timothy Marvin Santos, who was originally sentenced in 2007 under California's Three Strikes law and other enhancement provisions. The appeal concerns a resentencing order issued…

P. v. Super. Ct.  
Date: March 14, 2024
Docket Number: H051311

Justia Opinion Summary: In the 1992 murder case of Laurie Houts, John Kevin Woodward was charged but not convicted. The case went to trial twice, resulting in deadlocked juries and subsequent mistrials both times. After the second mistrial in…

People v. Felix  
Date: March 12, 2024
Docket Number: B317938M

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Jason Felix, was arrested in Utah for a traffic violation where a consensual search of his car led to the discovery of a handgun, ammunition, and over five kilograms of methamphetamine. While in Utah,…

P. v. Barner
Date: March 12, 2024
Docket Number: C095986
In re Seumanu  
Date: March 11, 2024
Docket Number: A169146

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District, considered a habeas corpus request by Ropati Afatia Seumanu, a capital case convict. Seumanu sought a certificate of appealability (COA) after his…

Boermeester v. Carry  
Date: March 8, 2024
Docket Number: B290675N

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Matthew Boermeester, a former University of Southern California (USC) football player, who was expelled from USC for engaging in intimate partner violence. Post-expulsion, Boermeester filed a petition…

People v. Ashford University, LLC  
Date: March 8, 2024
Docket Number: D080671

Justia Opinion Summary: The Fourth Appellate District Division One of the California Court of Appeal affirmed, with a minor modification, a lower court's decision that Ashford University, LLC and Zovio, Inc. violated California's unfair…

G.F. Galaxy Corp. v. Johnson  
Date: March 8, 2024
Docket Number: D081492

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case before the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District Division One State of California, G.F. Galaxy Corporation (Galaxy) sought to enforce a default judgment against Phuoc Lee Johnson. After Johnson failed to…

Applied Medical Distribution Corp. v. Jarrells  
Date: March 8, 2024
Docket Number: G062056

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Applied Medical Distribution Corporation (Applied) suing its former employee, Stephen Jarrells, for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of a contract governing Applied’s proprietary information,…

Temple of 1001 Buddhas v. City of Fremont  
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: A167719

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves the Temple of 1001 Buddhas and others, who own a property in Fremont, California. They appealed against the City of Fremont's decision to uphold nuisance orders relating to their property based on…

Boermeester v. Carry  
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: B290675A

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves an appeal by a student, Matthew Boermeester, who was expelled from the University of Southern California (USC) for intimate partner violence. Following his expulsion, Boermeester filed a petition for a…

People v. Felix  
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: B317938

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved Jason Felix, who was arrested for a traffic violation in Utah where a consensual search of his car led to the discovery of a handgun, ammunition, and over five kilograms of methamphetamine. Felix…

Fix the City, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: B318346
People v. Paul  
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: B320488M

Justia Opinion Summary: This case pertains to Jeremiah Paul, a parolee, who was convicted of possession of a firearm due to his prior violent conviction, after police officers discovered a firearm in his vehicle. The discovery occurred after…

Jackson v. Lara  
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: D081549

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around plaintiff Rynold Dwayne Jackson, who alleged malicious prosecution and unfair business practices after an altercation at a hotel lounge. Jackson was refused service on the basis of intoxication.…

In re P.L.  
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: D082723

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a father, J.L., who appealed against orders that declared his children, P.L and L.L, to be dependents of the juvenile court and placed them with their mother, H.T. J.L. also contested the condition of…

In re Miguel R.  
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: E082250M

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves the multiple appeals of a juvenile, Miguel R., who was transferred to criminal court for alleged felonies including murder and second-degree robbery. A juvenile wardship petition alleged that Miguel…

V Lions Farming, LLC, et al. v. County of Kern et al.
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: F084763
People v. Lewis  
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: G060049A

Justia Opinion Summary: A California Court of Appeal has affirmed a lower court's judgment in a case involving a defendant convicted of rape by an intoxicating substance and kidnapping to commit rape. The defendant, Rodney Taurean Lewis, was…

Move Eden Housing v. City of Livermore
Date: March 6, 2024
Docket Number: A167346
P. v. Super. Ct.  
Date: March 6, 2024
Docket Number: A168018

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, defendant Lee Farley allegedly shot and killed four men in a car in San Francisco. The prosecution claimed it was a drive-by shooting committed for the benefit of "Page Street," a supposed "criminal street gang"…

VFLA Eventco, LLC v. William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC  
Date: March 6, 2024
Docket Number: B323977

Justia Opinion Summary: In California, VFLA Eventco, LLC (VFLA), a music festival organizer, sued Starry US Touring, Inc., Kali Uchis Touring, Inc., Big Grrrl Big Touring, Inc., and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC (WME) over the…

Hee Shen Cemetery and Benevolent Assn. v. Yeong Wo Assn.  
Date: March 5, 2024
Docket Number: A165514

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the dispute originated from a presidential election for the organization Yeong Wo Association, a private cultural and charitable association. The plaintiff, Hee Shen Cemetery and Benevolent Association, is…

In re F.V.  
Date: March 5, 2024
Docket Number: B329192

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a father, Rene S., who appealed against the jurisdictional and dispositional orders which removed his daughter, F.V., from his custody. F.V. had traveled to the United States from Honduras with…

In re J.S.  
Date: March 5, 2024
Docket Number: C099115

Justia Opinion Summary: This case is an appeal from the Superior Court of Placer County, California. The appellant, J.S., challenges the denial of his motion to dismiss his juvenile wardship petition and seal all related records under…

P. v. Killian
Date: March 5, 2024
Docket Number: H050320
Safety-Kleen of Cal., Inc. v. Dept. of Toxic Substances Control  
Date: March 4, 2024
Docket Number: A166575

Justia Opinion Summary: Safety-Kleen of California, Inc. appealed against the denial of its petitions for a writ of mandate, which sought to compel the Department of Toxic Substances Control (the Department) to set aside final inspection…

Balakrishnan v. The Regents of the University of Cal.  
Date: March 1, 2024
Docket Number: A164480M

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Dr. Gopal Balakrishnan, a former tenured professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), who was dismissed and denied emeritus status following an investigation into allegations of sexual…

P. v. Robinson
Date: March 1, 2024
Docket Number: A165379
Colyear v. Rolling Hills Community Assn. of Rancho Palos Verdes
Date: March 1, 2024
Docket Number: B308382
Lunsted v. Super. Ct.  
Date: March 1, 2024
Docket Number: E081770

Justia Opinion Summary: In the State of California, a defendant, Kevin Lunsted, sought a writ of mandate to compel the trial court to grant his motion to quash a subpoena from the prosecution. The prosecution subpoenaed Lunsted's case file…

In re Miguel R.  
Date: March 1, 2024
Docket Number: E082250

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves the appeal of an order to transfer a juvenile, Miguel R., from the juvenile court system to the criminal court system in California. Miguel was originally charged with murder and other offenses when he…

TRC Operating Co. v. Shabazian  
Date: March 1, 2024
Docket Number: F085832

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) and TRC Operating Company, an oil operator. CalGEM, tasked with overseeing the state's drilling operations, enacted new regulations requiring…

Berlanga v. University of San Francisco  
Date: February 29, 2024
Docket Number: A165976

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case, a group of students from the University of San Francisco (USF) sued the university for breach of contract, alleging that the university did not deliver on its promise to provide in-person instruction and…

W. Bradley Electric v. Mitchell Engineering
Date: February 28, 2024
Docket Number: A167137
Geffner v. Board of Psychology  
Date: February 28, 2024
Docket Number: B322991

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the California Board of Psychology revoked the license of Dr. Robert Geffner after it found that he had violated the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of…

People v. Hollywood  
Date: February 28, 2024
Docket Number: B323018

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District, affirmed the decision of the lower court, which had denied Jesse James Hollywood's petition for resentencing under Penal Code section 1172.6.…

Persiani v. Superior Court  
Date: February 28, 2024
Docket Number: G062648

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involved Rhonda Persiani, a defendant charged with multiple counts of driving under the influence (DUI) in California. Due to doubts about Persiani's mental competence, the criminal proceedings were suspended,…

People v. Pittman  
Date: February 27, 2024
Docket Number: A166669

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves an appeal from a postconviction order for restitution in the amount of $6,700. The defendant, Joshua Jereco Pittman, was ordered to pay this amount for jewelry stolen from the home of victims Michael…

Conservatorship of T.B.  
Date: February 27, 2024
Docket Number: A167919

Justia Opinion Summary: In a case before the Court of Appeal of the State of California First Appellate District Division Two, a woman, T.B., was found to be gravely disabled and was appointed a conservator under the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act.…

Ayers v. FCA US, LLC  
Date: February 27, 2024
Docket Number: B315884

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the plaintiff Jacob Ayers purchased a new Jeep Grand Cherokee manufactured by the defendant, FCA US, LLC (FCA). After experiencing numerous problems with the vehicle, he asked FCA to repurchase it, but FCA…

Sundholm v. Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.  
Date: February 27, 2024
Docket Number: B324842

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Magnus Sundholm, a former member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), who sued the HFPA for breach of contract and other claims after his expulsion from the organization. The HFPA moved to…

Hohenshelt v. Superior Court  
Date: February 27, 2024
Docket Number: B327524

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff, Dana Hohenshelt, filed a lawsuit against his former employer, Golden State Foods Corp., alleging retaliation under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, failure to prevent retaliation, and…

Bekkerman v. California Department Of Tax and Fee Administration  
Date: February 27, 2024
Docket Number: C093763

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a dispute over the taxation of cell phones sold in California as part of a "bundled transaction," in which a consumer purchases the phone at a reduced price from a wireless service provider in exchange…

People v. Lopez  
Date: February 27, 2024
Docket Number: F086179

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, Armondo Lopez was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted murder for his role in an incident where his co-defendant, intending to kill a rival, accidentally shot and killed an unintended victim. Lopez had…

People v. Robinson  
Date: February 27, 2024
Docket Number: G063090

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves an appeal from the defendant, Royce Lanele Robinson, who was convicted of domestic violence with great bodily injury and spousal battery. The charges were based on three separate incidents involving…

Molinar v. 21st Century Insurance Co.  
Date: February 26, 2024
Docket Number: D081431

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District Division One State of California decided on a matter concerning an automobile insurance policy. The plaintiffs, Silvia Escarcega and Alberto Molinar, who are…

People v. Gaillard  
Date: February 26, 2024
Docket Number: D082071

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case before the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District Division One State of California, the defendant, Devin Gaillard, appealed from a lower court decision denying his petition for resentencing on a 2014…

Jones v. Solgen Construction  
Date: February 26, 2024
Docket Number: F085918

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case of Maryann Jones v. Solgen Construction, LLC and GoodLeap, LLC, the Court of Appeal of the State of California Fifth Appellate District affirmed the trial court's decision not to compel arbitration. The case…

People v. Patterson  
Date: February 26, 2024
Docket Number: F086065

Justia Opinion Summary: The California Fifth Appellate District Court examined a case where the defendant, Brandon Michael Patterson, petitioned for resentencing under Penal Code section 1172.6. Patterson was initially convicted for…

County of Alameda v. Alameda County Taxpayers' Assn., Inc.
Date: February 23, 2024
Docket Number: A166401M
People v. Mares  
Date: February 23, 2024
Docket Number: E080611

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case before the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, the defendant, Daniel Oliver Mares, had appealed from an order that denied his petition to vacate his voluntary…

People v. Rios  
Date: February 23, 2024
Docket Number: G061764

Justia Opinion Summary: The California Court of Appeal held that evidence from a TruNarc laser narcotics identification test was improperly admitted at trial because the prosecution failed to establish its reliability under the Kelly rule. The…

People v. McDowell  
Date: February 23, 2024
Docket Number: G062263

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case presented, Wesley McDowell Jr. was convicted of human trafficking of a minor and other offenses, leading to a sentence of 23 years to life in prison. McDowell appealed this sentence, arguing that the trial…

City of Lancaster v. Netflix, Inc.  
Date: February 22, 2024
Docket Number: B321481

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves the City of Lancaster, California, and the companies Netflix, Inc. and Hulu, LLC. The City claimed that Netflix and Hulu were required under the Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act of 2006…

Shalghoun v. North Los Angeles County Regional Center, Inc.  
Date: February 22, 2024
Docket Number: B323186M

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the plaintiff, Ali Shalghoun, was the administrator of a residential facility, Hargis Home, where a client of the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, Inc. (the Regional Center), a man identified as…

Riddick v. City of Malibu  
Date: February 22, 2024
Docket Number: B323731M

Justia Opinion Summary: In a dispute between plaintiffs Jason Riddick, Elizabeth Riddick, and Renee Sperling, and the City of Malibu in the Court of Appeal of the State of California Second Appellate District, the court affirmed the lower…

People v. Franco  
Date: February 22, 2024
Docket Number: B324852M

Justia Opinion Summary: In the early 1980s, Arturo Franco, the defendant, committed two sexual offenses against his minor stepdaughter. After serving his sentence and completing his probation, Franco complied with the requirement to register as…

People v. Hall  
Date: February 22, 2024
Docket Number: B326944

Justia Opinion Summary: In the State of California, a criminal defendant diagnosed with a mental disorder can be placed on mental health diversion under Penal Code section 1001.36. The provision allows such defendants to receive treatment for…

City of Norwalk v. City of Cerritos  
Date: February 22, 2024
Docket Number: B327413M

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Norwalk sued the City of Cerritos, alleging that Cerritos' ordinance limiting commercial and heavy truck traffic to certain major arteries caused extra truck traffic to be diverted through Norwalk,…

In re Samantha F.
Date: February 22, 2024
Docket Number: E080888
Baker v. Pacific Oaks Education Corp.
Date: February 21, 2024
Docket Number: B320814M
People v. Garcia  
Date: February 21, 2024
Docket Number: D081713

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Jennifer Garcia, who was charged with multiple counts, including making threats to a public officer, disobeying a court order, possessing a weapon in a courthouse, attempted murder, and assault with a…

People v. Ferenz  
Date: February 21, 2024
Docket Number: H049430

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case decided by the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Sixth Appellate District, the defendant, Ronald Gordon Ferenz, had pleaded no contest to charges of rape of an unconscious person, forcible rape,…

People v. Rouston  
Date: February 20, 2024
Docket Number: D080114

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal of the State of California, Fourth Appellate District, Division One, reversed and remanded a case involving a defendant, George Thomas Rouston, Jr., convicted of premeditated attempted murder,…

Andrade v. Western Riverside Council of Governments  
Date: February 20, 2024
Docket Number: D080978

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff, SanJuana Andrade, filed a lawsuit against the Western Riverside Council of Governments (Council) on the basis that she had been fraudulently enrolled in a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. She…

P. v. Kim  
Date: February 16, 2024
Docket Number: B327473

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Los Angeles County District Attorney appealed an order denying the prosecution’s attempt to reinstate charges accusing two defendants, Woodrow Kim and Jonathan Miramontes, of filing false peace officer…

People v. Yeager-Reiman  
Date: February 16, 2024
Docket Number: B331175

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, defendant Charles Yeager-Reiman, a veteran, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor grand theft in connection with fraudulent activities related to veterans' benefits from the United States Department of Veterans…

Marriage of Tara and Robert D.  
Date: February 16, 2024
Docket Number: D080977

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, a father, Robert D., appealed a final custody order following a divorce, arguing that the court abused its discretion by refusing to grant a continuance after his attorney withdrew from the case the day…

Marriage of Tara and Robert D.  
Date: February 16, 2024
Docket Number: D080977A

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, a father, Robert D., appealed a final custody order claiming that the court had abused its discretion by not granting a continuance after his attorney withdrew from the case on the day before the trial.…

Hilltop Group, Inc. v. County of San Diego  
Date: February 16, 2024
Docket Number: D081124

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal of California, Fourth Appellate District, Division One, addressed an appeal from Hilltop Group, Inc., and ADJ Holdings, LLC (Hilltop Group), regarding a dispute with the County of San Diego (County),…

People v. Cartwright  
Date: February 15, 2024
Docket Number: D080606M

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the defendant, Kevin Eugene Cartwright, was convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstances, robbery, burglary, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and being a prohibited person owning or…

P. v. Paul  
Date: February 14, 2024
Docket Number: B320488

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Jeremiah Paul, who was convicted of possession of a firearm with a prior violent conviction. Paul had pleaded no contest following the denial of his motion to suppress evidence of a firearm by the trial…

In re H.D.  
Date: February 14, 2024
Docket Number: D082187

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a defendant, Tommy Bonds, who was stopped by Officer Ryan Cameron of the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) leading to his arrest for a misdemeanor concealed firearm violation. Bonds claimed he was…

Bonds v. Super. Ct.  
Date: February 14, 2024
Docket Number: D082615

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One, State of California reviewed a case involving a mother (E.V.) who argued that the juvenile court lacked the authority to issue a temporary restraining order…

San Bernardino County Fire Protection Dist. v. Page  
Date: February 14, 2024
Docket Number: E079130

Justia Opinion Summary: In the state of California, a group known as the Real Parties circulated an initiative petition to repeal a special tax within Service Zone Five of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District. The District…

Whitehead v. City of Oakland  
Date: February 13, 2024
Docket Number: A164483

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff, Ty Whitehead, participated in a training ride for the AIDS LifeCycle fundraiser in March 2017. During the ride, Whitehead hit a pothole on a road maintained by the defendant, the City of Oakland, causing…

Gardena Hospital, L.P. v. Baass  
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Number: B316529

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, Gardena Hospital in California appealed a decision regarding its reporting of patient days for the purpose of calculating Medi-Cal reimbursement. The controversy centered around whether "bed hold" days —…

Miyahara v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Number: B317726
Fraser v. Farvid  
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Number: B324831

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a plaintiff, Joni Fraser, who was attacked by two pit bulls owned by a tenant, Hebe Crocker, who rented a single-family residence from landlords Ali Farvid and Lilyana Amezcua. Fraser sued both Crocker…

People v. Kimble  
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Number: C097389A

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the defendant, Kelly Vaughn Kimble, who was sentenced to 25 years to life under the former Three Strikes law, plus an additional year for a prior prison term enhancement, sought resentencing under Senate…

California Privacy Protection Agency v. Superior Court  
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Number: C099130

Justia Opinion Summary: This case pertains to the enforcement of the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (the Act), a voter-enacted statute that expanded and amended the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. The California Privacy…

Mosby v. Superior Court  
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Number: E080924M

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the issue at hand revolves around the California Racial Justice Act (CRJA). The petitioner, Michael Earl Mosby III, was charged with the drive-by shooting of Darryl King-Divens, along with a gun enhancement…

BioCorRx, Inc. v. VDM Biochemicals, Inc.  
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Number: G061535A

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, BioCorRx, Inc., a publicly traded company engaged in providing addiction treatment services and related medication, was involved in a dispute with VDM Biochemicals, Inc., a company specializing in chemical…

In re Lilianna C.
Date: February 8, 2024
Docket Number: B324755
Jackson v. Board of Civil Service Commissioners  
Date: February 8, 2024
Docket Number: B328414

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Nathan Jackson, a detention officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, who was suspended for 10 days due to several misconduct charges. These charges included reporting late for duty, reporting…

In re Marriage of Lietz  
Date: February 8, 2024
Docket Number: G061866

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerns the dissolution of a marriage between Diana and Andreas Lietz. The primary point of contention was the valuation of the family home. Diana presented an appraisal report valuing the home at $1.1…

Mojave Pistachios, LLC v. Superior Court  
Date: February 8, 2024
Docket Number: G062327

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case, Mojave Pistachios, LLC (Mojave) and other petitioners sought to challenge a replenishment fee on groundwater extractions imposed by the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority (the Authority) in…

Symons Emergency Specialties v. City of Riverside  
Date: February 7, 2024
Docket Number: E078113

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Symons Emergency Specialties (Symons), a provider of ambulance services, and the City of Riverside. The City regulates ambulance services within its limits under the Riverside Municipal Code (RMC),…

P. v. Jimenez
Date: February 6, 2024
Docket Number: D081267M
Neeble-Diamond v. Hotel California By the Sea, LLC  
Date: February 5, 2024
Docket Number: G061425

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Court of Appeal of the State of California Fourth Appellate District Division Three heard an appeal from Amanda Neeble-Diamond against a postjudgment order, awarding costs exceeding $180,000 to the…

M.A. v. B.F.  
Date: February 5, 2024
Docket Number: G061598

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeal of the State of California, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, affirmed a lower court's judgment that the relationship between the plaintiff, M.A., and the defendant, B.F., did not constitute…

People v. Jimenez  
Date: February 2, 2024
Docket Number: D081267

Justia Opinion Summary: In a case heard by the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District Division One State of California, the appellant, Esteban Jimenez, was convicted of evading an officer while driving recklessly and leaving the scene of an…

Balakrishnan v. Regents of the University of California  
Date: February 1, 2024
Docket Number: A164480

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Dr. Gopal Balakrishnan, a former tenured professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), who was dismissed and denied emeritus status for sexually abusing a fellow academic at an…

Gilead Tenofovir Cases  
Date: February 1, 2024
Docket Number: A165558M

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case before the Court of Appeal of the State of California First Appellate District Division Four, the plaintiffs, thousands of individuals who suffered adverse effects from the use of a prescription drug, TDF,…

Riddick v City of Malibu  
Date: February 1, 2024
Docket Number: B323731

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a dispute between a group of plaintiffs (Jason and Elizabeth Riddick, and Renee Sperling) and the City of Malibu, the Malibu City Council, and the Malibu Planning Department (collectively referred to…

City of Norwalk v. City of Cerritos  
Date: February 1, 2024
Docket Number: B327413

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a dispute between two cities, Norwalk and Cerritos, both located in California. In 1974, Cerritos enacted an ordinance restricting commercial and heavy truck traffic to certain major arteries…

Abney v. State Dept. of Health Care Services  
Date: January 31, 2024
Docket Number: A164775

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case before the Court of Appeal of the State of California First Appellate District Division Two, the appellant, Debra Abney, challenged the decision of the State Department of Health Care Services and the City…

In re M.B.  
Date: January 31, 2024
Docket Number: A166408

Justia Opinion Summary: In this juvenile wardship proceeding in California, defendant M.B. admitted to attempting murder and related enhancement allegations. M.B. was committed to a secure youth treatment facility (SYTF) for a four-year…

P. v. Dean
Date: January 31, 2024
Docket Number: A166863
People v. Dain  
Date: January 31, 2024
Docket Number: A168286

Justia Opinion Summary: In a case before the Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District, Division Two, the court analyzed a second appeal involving a defendant, Yacob Dain, who was found guilty of home invasion…

Epochal Enterprises, Inc. v. LF Encinitas Properties, LLC  
Date: January 31, 2024
Docket Number: D079905M

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, Epochal Enterprises, Inc., also known as Divine Orchids, entered into a commercial lease agreement with LF Encinitas Properties, LLC and Leichtag Foundation. The lease included a limitation of liability…

People v. Underwood  
Date: January 30, 2024
Docket Number: A162356

Justia Opinion Summary: In the early hours of New Year's Day in 1987, O'Neal Underwood and an accomplice mugged a pedestrian in Richmond, California. During the mugging, Underwood's accomplice stabbed the victim, who subsequently died from his…

Newman v. Casey  
Date: January 30, 2024
Docket Number: A165210

Justia Opinion Summary: In February 2022, Gracia Bovis, an elder woman, signed documents transferring the title of her house to her daughter, Marina Casey. According to Bovis, Casey had misled her into signing the documents to protect her from…

Myasnyankin v. Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co.
Date: January 30, 2024
Docket Number: A166946
In re Duong  
Date: January 30, 2024
Docket Number: B325525

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, Anh The Duong was sentenced to death by a jury, after being found guilty of multiple murders. In 2015, Duong filed a habeas corpus appeal, and in 2020, his conviction and sentence were upheld by the California…

In re R.M.  
Date: January 30, 2024
Docket Number: B327716

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case before the Court of Appeal of the State of California Second Appellate District Division Three, the mother (B.S.) appealed the court's decision to exercise jurisdiction over her child (R.M.) under the Welfare…

In re A.K.  
Date: January 30, 2024
Docket Number: C097776

Justia Opinion Summary: The appellant C.B., the biological father of minor A.K., appealed from the January 2023 order of the juvenile court terminating his parental rights. The appellant argued that the juvenile court and the Calaveras County…

In re K.B.  
Date: January 30, 2024
Docket Number: C098376

Justia Opinion Summary: The case arises from an appeal by a minor, K.B., from the juvenile court's order denying his request to dismiss a juvenile justice petition and seal records pertaining to his commission of several criminal offenses, for…

People v. Brooks  
Date: January 30, 2024
Docket Number: D080776

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Adrian Lamont Brooks, who was found guilty of inflicting corporal injury on his domestic partner, R.J., and committing assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. On appeal, Brooks argued…

County of Alameda v. Alameda County Taxpayers' Ass'n., Inc.
Date: January 29, 2024
Docket Number: A166401
Kader v. Southern California Medical Center, Inc.  
Date: January 29, 2024
Docket Number: B326830

Justia Opinion Summary: In a case heard before the Court of Appeal of the State of California Second Appellate District Division Five, Omar Kader, the plaintiff, sued his employer, Southern California Medical Center, Inc., and other defendants…

Ramsey v. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC  
Date: January 29, 2024
Docket Number: H049949

Justia Opinion Summary: Charles Ramsey, a subscriber to Comcast Cable Communications, LLC’s Xfinity services, filed a lawsuit against Comcast for violations of California’s consumer protection statutes. He alleged that Comcast engaged in…

Marriage of Whitman
Date: January 26, 2024
Docket Number: A157055M
In re Tony R.  
Date: January 26, 2024
Docket Number: A166850M

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a person identified as Tony R., who was committed to the Reaching Into Successful Endeavors (RISE) program for a term of 11 years or until he reached the age of 25, with a baseline term of four years.…

Baker v. Pacific Oaks Education Corp.
Date: January 25, 2024
Docket Number: B320814
Shalghoun v. North Los Angeles County Regional Center, Inc.  
Date: January 25, 2024
Docket Number: B323186

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case before the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District, Division Two, the plaintiff, Ali Shalghoun, appealed a judgment from the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in favor of the…

People v. Franco  
Date: January 25, 2024
Docket Number: B324852

Justia Opinion Summary: A sex offender, who was convicted in the 1980s and had lived a law-abiding life for 37 subsequent years, petitioned the trial court to be removed from California’s registry of sex offenders. The People opposed the…

Chavez v. Superior Court  
Date: January 25, 2024
Docket Number: B332361

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case from the Court of Appeal of the State of California Second Appellate District Division Two, defendant Carlos Chavez was indicted with violent felonies and a gang enhancement. However, after the indictment,…

Miszkewycz v. County of Placer
Date: January 25, 2024
Docket Number: C095426
Planning and Conservation League v. Dept. of Water Resources  
Date: January 25, 2024
Docket Number: C096304M

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Court of Appeal of the State of California Third Appellate District considered whether the planning and implementation of amendments to long-term contracts with local government agencies that receive…

Epochal Enterprises, Inc. v. LF Encinitas Properties, LLC  
Date: January 25, 2024
Docket Number: D079905

Justia Opinion Summary: The case in question involved a dispute between Epochal Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Divine Orchids, and LF Encinitas Properties, LLC and Leichtag Foundation, over a commercial lease agreement for a property…

People v. Cartwright  
Date: January 25, 2024
Docket Number: D080606

Justia Opinion Summary: In San Diego, California, Kevin Eugene Cartwright was convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstances, robbery, burglary, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and owning or possessing ammunition as a…

Mosby v. Super. Ct.  
Date: January 25, 2024
Docket Number: E080924

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Michael Earl Mosby III, an African-American man charged with multiple murders, including a drive-by shooting, by the Riverside County District Attorney's Office in California. The District Attorney…

People v. Smyth  
Date: January 24, 2024
Docket Number: C097934

Justia Opinion Summary: In California, a man named Clifford James Smyth, who was categorized as a tier two sex offender, sought to be removed from the California sex offender registry. However, at the time of his petition, he was living and…

Suarez v. Super. Ct.  
Date: January 24, 2024
Docket Number: D082429

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a dispute between Onecimo Sierra Suarez, an employee, and his employer, Rudolph & Sletten, Inc. (R&S), concerning the payment of arbitration fees. Suarez had initially sued his employer for alleged wage…

Kinney v. City of Corona
Date: January 24, 2024
Docket Number: E079840
P. v. Gonzalez  
Date: January 23, 2024
Docket Number: F084952

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal, the defendant, Francisco Gonzalez, was challenging the court's decision that his previous conviction constituted a "strike" under the "Three Strikes" law, following amendments to the law by Assembly Bill…

People v. McCray  
Date: January 22, 2024
Docket Number: A166084M

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the defendant, James McCray, appealed from a 2022 order that recommitted him for another one-year term under a statutory scheme governing violent offenders with mental health disorders. McCray argued that…

De Martini v. Superior Court  
Date: January 22, 2024
Docket Number: A168529

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2020, Loring De Martini agreed to sell a commercial property to Puja Gupta. A dispute arose and the parties entered arbitration. Subsequently, Gupta filed a petition to confirm the arbitration award and recorded a lis…

People v. Medrano  
Date: January 22, 2024
Docket Number: B324567A

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the defendant, Vincent Medrano, appealed an order denying his second Penal Code section 1172.6 petition for resentencing. Medrano had been convicted in 1991 of two counts of first degree murder, two counts…

P. v. Hurt
Date: January 22, 2024
Docket Number: C096740
Natural Resources Defense Council v. City of Los Angeles  
Date: January 22, 2024
Docket Number: D080902

Justia Opinion Summary: In a case involving the Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. and others (appellants) against the City of Los Angeles and others (respondents), the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Fourth Appellate District,…

People v. Campos  
Date: January 22, 2024
Docket Number: F084307

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a dispute over the use of electronic information evidence in a murder trial. The defendant, Christian Steve Campos, was charged with premeditated murder and convicted of second-degree murder. He argued…

K & S Staffing Solutions v. The Western Surety Co.  
Date: January 19, 2024
Docket Number: C096705M

Justia Opinion Summary: In a dispute between K&S Staffing Solutions, Inc. (K&S) and The Western Surety Company (Western) and VSS International, Inc. (VSSI), the Court of Appeal of the State of California Third Appellate District upheld the…

The Pep Boys v. Old Republic Insurance Company  
Date: January 18, 2024
Docket Number: A166574M

Justia Opinion Summary: A dispute arose between The Pep Boys — Manny, Moe & Jack and The Pep Boys Manny Moe & Jack of California LLC (collectively, Pep Boys) and their insurers, Old Republic Insurance Company (Old Republic); Executive Risk…

Campbell v. FPI Management, Inc.  
Date: January 18, 2024
Docket Number: B322619

Justia Opinion Summary: In a case concerning subsidized low-income housing, the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District, Division Seven, ruled that tenants in such housing developments have standing to sue a…

Ventura County Employees' Retirement Association v. Criminal Justice Attorneys Association of Ventura County  
Date: January 18, 2024
Docket Number: B325277

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals of the State of California, Second Appellate District, Division Six, ruled in favor of the Ventura County Employees’ Retirement Association (VCERA) in a dispute over the calculation of retirement…

People v. Fouse  
Date: January 18, 2024
Docket Number: F085131

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, Darlene Renee Fouse, who was convicted in 2006 for several crimes, including attempted murder of a peace officer, appealed a resentencing order under Penal Code section 1172.6. Fouse was originally…

Olson v. Saville  
Date: January 17, 2024
Docket Number: B324465

Justia Opinion Summary: In this personal injury case from the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District, the plaintiff, Mark Olson, sued the defendant, Patrick Saville, for injuries sustained while both were surfing…

Guerrero v. City of Los Angeles  
Date: January 17, 2024
Docket Number: B326033

Justia Opinion Summary: The case pertains to an appeal by the City of Los Angeles and real parties in interest, TTLC Los Angeles – El Sereno, LLC and The True Life Companies, LLC against a petition filed by Delia Guerrero and Coyotl +…

Dragones v. Calkins  
Date: January 17, 2024
Docket Number: B329659

Justia Opinion Summary: In a domestic violence dispute that led to dueling restraining orders, the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven, affirmed the trial court's decision to award attorney's fees to Peter…

Hasty v. American Automobile Assn. of Northern Cal., Nev. & Utah  
Date: January 17, 2024
Docket Number: C097674

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a dispute over an arbitration agreement between an employee and her employer. The employee, Aljarice Hasty, was employed by the American Automobile Association of Northern California, Nevada & Utah…

J.R. v. Electronic Arts  
Date: January 17, 2024
Docket Number: E080414

Justia Opinion Summary: In a case before the Court of Appeal of the State of California Fourth Appellate District Division Two, the plaintiff, a minor identified as J.R., filed a putative class action against Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), alleging…

Center for Biological Diversity v. Public Utilities Com.  
Date: January 16, 2024
Docket Number: A167721N

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Court of Appeal of the State of California First Appellate District reviewed a decision by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to adopt a new net energy metering (NEM) tariff. The PUC was required by…

L.C. v. Superior Court  
Date: January 16, 2024
Docket Number: B331041

Justia Opinion Summary: In early 2022, a three-year-old child, L.C., was taken from his mother, D.C., after she was arrested for transporting fentanyl pills with L.C. in the car. After the juvenile court removed L.C. from his mother's care,…

In re P.H.  
Date: January 12, 2024
Docket Number: B321592

Justia Opinion Summary: In the juvenile dependency case involving P.H., Jr., the Court of Appeal of the State of California Second Appellate District Division Five affirmed the jurisdiction and disposition orders of the Superior Court of Los…

People v. Frias  
Date: January 12, 2024
Docket Number: B322762A

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the defendant, Alexander Alberto Frias, was convicted of stalking. Frias appealed the decision, arguing that the trial court violated his Sixth Amendment right to counsel of his choice by denying his four…

Tournai v. CSAA Insurance Exchange  
Date: January 11, 2024
Docket Number: A167666

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff, Kathryn Tornai, filed a lawsuit against her insurance company, CSAA Insurance Exchange, alleging breach of contract and bad faith for not paying her underinsured motorist claim. In response, CSAA filed a…

In re Essure Product Cases
Date: January 10, 2024
Docket Number: A166579M
Roe v. Doe 1  
Date: January 10, 2024
Docket Number: F086315

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff, John GM Roe, a childhood sexual assault victim, filed an action against three "Doe" defendants, including his former Boy Scout leader. The Superior Court of Fresno County dismissed his complaint with…

Gilead Tenofovir Cases  
Date: January 9, 2024
Docket Number: A165558

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a pharmaceutical manufacturer, Gilead Life Sciences, Inc., and its development and sale of a drug, tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), to treat HIV/AIDS. The approximately 24,000 plaintiffs allege…

Sarmiento v. Super. Ct.  
Date: January 9, 2024
Docket Number: D082443

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerns a defendant, Jeanette Sarmiento, who requested mental health diversion after being charged with attempted robbery. Sarmiento suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive…

Visalia Unified School Dist. v. Pub. Employment Relations Bd.  
Date: January 9, 2024
Docket Number: F084032

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the California School Employees Association (CSEA) filed a complaint with the Public Employment Relations Board (Board or PERB) alleging that the Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) violated Government…

In re L.B.  
Date: January 9, 2024
Docket Number: F086109

Justia Opinion Summary: In an appeal from a judgment of the Superior Court of Kern County, five minors, aged between one and fourteen years, challenged the juvenile court's decision to order reunification services for their parents, identified…

Adams v. Dept of Corrections and Rehabilitation  
Date: January 9, 2024
Docket Number: G062782

Justia Opinion Summary: In the early morning hours of August 1, 2018, Gwendolyn Adams and Glenn Tyler Bolden were pursued in a high-speed chase by Michael William Becker, a peace officer employed by the California Department of Corrections and…

People v. Lashon  
Date: January 8, 2024
Docket Number: A163074A

Justia Opinion Summary: In a case before the Court of Appeal of the State of California First Appellate District Division Three, the defendant, Menique Lashon, was convicted of one count of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree…

Green Tree Headlands LLC v. Crawford  
Date: January 8, 2024
Docket Number: A164867M

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a dispute over an easement across a property, Lot 4, in Sausalito, California. The property was part of a larger estate that once belonged to Alan Patterson. Patterson had sold a neighboring property,…

P. v. Hall  
Date: January 8, 2024
Docket Number: A165406M

Justia Opinion Summary: In California, a defendant, Gary Marcus Hall, convicted of two counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14 years, challenged his sentence on several grounds. He argued that the court (and…

DeMarinis v. Heritage Bank of Commerce  
Date: January 8, 2024
Docket Number: A167091

Justia Opinion Summary: In this class action case, Nicole DeMarinis and Kelly Patire, current and former employees of Heritage Bank of Commerce, brought a case under the California Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) against Heritage…

Garcia v. Tempur-Pedic North America, LLC  
Date: January 8, 2024
Docket Number: E079859

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, consumers brought tort claims against a mattress retailer and manufacturer, alleging injuries suffered while sleeping on a defective mattress. The plaintiffs settled with the retailer and later dismissed…

Perez v. Oakdale Irrigation Dist.  
Date: January 8, 2024
Docket Number: F084621

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, Maria Ruiz Perez and minor children of the deceased, Hector Evangelista and Giselle Evangelista, filed a lawsuit against the Oakdale Irrigation District (OID) after a tragic accident resulted in the deaths…

People v. Coleman  
Date: January 5, 2024
Docket Number: A165198

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case from the Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District, Division Five, the defendant, who was convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstances and an enhancement for…

Planning and Conservation League v. Dept. of Water Resources  
Date: January 5, 2024
Docket Number: C096304

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case of Planning and Conservation League et al., v. Department of Water Resources heard in the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, the court considered whether the Department of Water Resources’…

Moten v. Transworld Systems Inc.  
Date: January 5, 2024
Docket Number: E078871

Justia Opinion Summary: In California, plaintiff Jasmine Moten appealed the trial court’s decision to grant an anti-SLAPP motion filed by defendant, Transworld Systems Inc. (Transworld). Moten had taken out a student loan which she later…

Garner v. BNSF Railway Co.  
Date: January 4, 2024
Docket Number: D082229

Justia Opinion Summary: In this California case, Gary Garner, the plaintiff, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against BNSF Railway Company, alleging that his father's exposure to toxic levels of diesel exhaust during his four-decade employment…

In re Estate of Flores  
Date: January 2, 2024
Docket Number: B320383

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Donald Carmody (appellant) and the estate of his deceased nephew, Robert Allen Flores. Initially, Donald was informed by an heir-hunting firm, American Research Bureau, Inc. (ARB), that he was an heir…

K & S Staffing Solutions v. The Western Surety Co.  
Date: January 2, 2024
Docket Number: C096705

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Court of Appeal of the State of California Third Appellate District was asked to determine two key issues. The first issue pertained to whether K&S Staffing Solutions, Inc., a staffing company, could be…

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