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People v. Spencer  
Date: July 12, 2018
Docket Number: S057242

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant, after a jury trial, of murdering James Madden and sentencing Defendant to death. On appeal, Defendant raised a number of issues, most of w...

Jameson v. Desta  
Date: July 5, 2018
Docket Number: S230899

Justia Opinion Summary: As applied to in forma pauperis litigants who are entitled to a waiver of official court reporter fees, the San Diego Superior Court’s general policy of not providing official court reporters in most civil trials while p...

Lopez v. Sony Electronics, Inc.  
Date: July 5, 2018
Docket Number: S235357

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was which statute of limitations applies to a suit brought by a child allegedly harmed by in utero exposure to hazardous chemicals: that for toxic exposure claims - Cal. Code Civ. Proc. 340.8(a) - or that for pr...

People v. Mora  
Date: July 2, 2018
Docket Number: S079925

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendants Joseph Adam Mora and Ruben Rangel of two counts of murder and two counts of attempted robbery and sentencing Defendants to death. On appea...

Hassell v. Bird  
Date: July 2, 2018
Docket Number: S235968

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was the validity of a court order entered upon default judgment in a defamation case, insofar as it directed Yelp Inc. to remove certain consumer reviews posted on its website. Plaintiffs brought the underlying...

People v. Lopez  
Date: June 28, 2018
Docket Number: S099549

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in its entirety the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of first degree murder and sentencing him to death. Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder for killing his girlfrie...

People v. Anderson  
Date: June 28, 2018
Docket Number: S138474

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed, as modified, the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary, and two counts of residential burglary, including the judgm...

National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. v. State  
Date: June 28, 2018
Docket Number: S239397

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeal interpreting Cal. Civ. Code 3531 as authorizing a court to declare Cal. Penal Code 31910(b)(7)(A) unenforceable when a complainant alleges, and the court fin...

County of Los Angeles v. Financial Casualty & Surety, Inc.  
Date: June 25, 2018
Docket Number: S230213

Justia Opinion Summary: A jailer’s authority “to set a time and place for the appearance of the arrested person” under Cal. Penal Code 1269b(a) makes that appearance “lawfully required” for purposes of forfeiting bail under Cal. Penal Code 1305...

Samara v. Matar  
Date: June 25, 2018
Docket Number: S240918

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was the claim and issue preclusive significance in future litigation of a conclusion relied on by the trial court and challenged on appeal but not addressed by the appellate court. The Supreme Court overruled Pe...

People v. Ghobrial  
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Number: S105908

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of the first degree murder of a twelve-year-old boy, finding true the special circumstance that the murder was committed while Defendant was...

People v. Farwell  
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Number: S231009

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was how to assess the validity of a stipulation entered into by Defendant, through counsel, that admitted all of the elements of a charged crime, making it tantamount to a guilty plea, when Defendant was neither...

In re Cowan  
Date: June 18, 2018
Docket Number: S158073

Justia Opinion Summary: In this habeas case, the Supreme Court held that Juror No. 045882, who, during Petitioner’s criminal proceedings, intentionally concealed that he had previously been convicted of public fighting and was then on probation...

People v. Gonzalez  
Date: June 4, 2018
Docket Number: S234377

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether the trial court’s failure to instruct the jury on murder with malice aforethought or lesser included offenses of murder with malice aforethought, or defenses applicable to murder with malice aforetho...

Liberty Surplus Insurance Corp. v. Ledesma & Meyer Construction Co., Inc.  
Date: June 4, 2018
Docket Number: S236765

Justia Opinion Summary: When a third party sues an employer for the negligent hiring, retention, and supervision of an employee who intentionally injured that third party, the suit alleges an “occurrence” under the employer’s commercial general...

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