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P. v. Johnson
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: S075727M
Cal Fire Local 2881 v. California Public Employees' Retirement System  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S239958

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decisions of the trial court and court of appeal, which determined that the elimination of the opportunity to purchase additional retirement service (ARS) credit set forth in the California...

McClain v. Sav-On Drugs  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S241471

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court and court of appeal sustaining Defendants’ demurrer in this case, holding that customers who have paid sales tax reimbursement on purchases they believe to be ex...

People v. Amezcua  
Date: February 28, 2019
Docket Number: S133660

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting codefendants Oswaldo Amezcua and Joseph Conrad Flores of four counts of first degree murder and sentencing each defendant to death for the murder conv...

Sweetwater Union High School District v. Gilbane Building Co.  
Date: February 28, 2019
Docket Number: S233526

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeal affirming the denial of Defendant’s special motion to strike, holding that the evidence produced by Plaintiff was properly considered by the trial court in r...

In re J.G.  
Date: February 25, 2019
Docket Number: S240397

Justia Opinion Summary: In this challenge brought by J.G., a juvenile, to a restitution order the Supreme Court remanded the matter for a new hearing regarding J.G.’s ability to pay restitution, holding that the juvenile court did not violate f...

Meza v. Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: S242799

Justia Opinion Summary: In this question involving one of the economical litigation rules the Supreme Court accepted a request by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to decide a question of state law regarding Cal. Code Civ...

Goonewardene v. ADP, LLC  
Date: February 7, 2019
Docket Number: S238941

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeal insofar as it held that the trial court erred in dismissing certain of Plaintiff’s causes of action, holding an employee who believes he or she has not been...

People v. Westerfield  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S112691

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of first degree murder and sentence of death on the murder count, holding that no reversible error occurred in the proceedings below. Specifically, the Court held (1) th...

People v. Armstrong  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S126560

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions of kidnapping, robbing, raping, torturing, and murder but reversed his death sentence, holding that multiple prospective jurors were improperly excused for cause. Defen...

Rand Resources, LLC v. City of Carson  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S235735

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the judgment of the appellate court reversing the judgment of the trial court granted Defendants’ special motions to strike the second through sixth ca...

People v. Colbert  
Date: January 24, 2019
Docket Number: S238954

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning the line separating shoplifting from burglary after the approval of Proposition 47, the Supreme Court held that entering an interior room that is objectively identifiable as off-limits to the publ...

People v. Johnson  
Date: December 27, 2018
Docket Number: S075727

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of two counts of first degree murder and sentencing him to death, holding that, in an effort to manage Defendant’s disruptive behavior, the...

In re B.M.  
Date: December 27, 2018
Docket Number: S242153

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Court of Appeal rejecting Defendant’s argument that insufficient evidence supported the juvenile court’s finding that Defendant’s use of a knife with a dull tip and slightly...

Sierra Club v. County of Fresno
Date: December 24, 2018
Docket Number: S219783
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