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Solus Industrial Innovations, LLC v. Superior Court of Orange County  
Date: February 8, 2018
Docket Number: S222314

Justia Opinion Summary: The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), 29 U.S.C. 651 et seq., does not preempt unfair competition and consumer protection claims based on workplace safety and health violations when, as in Cali...

Kurwa v. Kislinger
Date: February 1, 2018
Docket Number: S234617M
People v. Chatman  
Date: February 1, 2018
Docket Number: S237374

Justia Opinion Summary: Chatman, convicted of robbery in 2001, was sentenced to five years of felony probation plus 180 days in jail. Two years later, Chatman was convicted of misdemeanor reckless driving with alcohol. In 2006-2007 both convict...

People v. Superior Court  
Date: February 1, 2018
Docket Number: S241231

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant was charged in adult criminal court with sex crimes allegedly committed in 2014 and 2015 when he was 14 and 15 years old. The law then in effect permitted the prosecutor to charge the case directly in adult...

Hernandez v. Restoration Hardware, Inc.  
Date: January 29, 2018
Docket Number: S233983

Justia Opinion Summary: In this class action lawsuit, the court of appeal correctly relied on Eggert v. Pacific States S. & L. Co., 20 Cal. 2d, 199 (Cal. 1942) in ruling that unnamed class members may not appeal a class judgment, settlement, or...

McMillin Albany LLC v. Superior Court of Kern County  
Date: January 18, 2018
Docket Number: S229762

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether this common law action alleging construction defects resulting in both economic loss and property damage was subject to the prelitigation notice and cure procedures set forth in the Right to Repair A...

People v. Hicks  
Date: December 28, 2017
Docket Number: S232218

Justia Opinion Summary: During a retrial of a second degree murder charge, after a previous jury failed to reach a verdict on that charge but convicted defendant of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, the trial court erred if it inf...

People v. Frierson  
Date: December 28, 2017
Docket Number: S236728

Justia Opinion Summary: Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is required to discharge the People of the burden of establishing that a petitioner is ineligible for resentencing under the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012. The Court of Appeal reasoned...

People v. Gallardo  
Date: December 21, 2017
Docket Number: S231260

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court violated Defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial when it found a disputed fact about the conduct underlying Defendant’s assault conviction that had not been established by virtue of the convicti...

T.H. v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.  
Date: December 21, 2017
Docket Number: S233898

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal arising from a demurrer, Plaintiffs could allege a cause of action against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation for warning label liability. The Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeal, which directed...

Kurwa v. Kislinger  
Date: December 18, 2017
Docket Number: S234617

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court in this case should enter a final judgment from which Plaintiff can appeal. Plaintiff sued Defendant. The trial court dismissed some of Plaintiff’s claims with prejudice. In order to permit Plaintiff to...

People v. Rices  
Date: December 11, 2017
Docket Number: S175851

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant’s automatic motion to modify the jury’s verdict of death and imposing a judgment of death in this case in which Defendant pleaded guilty to two...

Jackson v. Superior Court  
Date: December 11, 2017
Docket Number: S235549

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found incompetent to stand trial and was involuntarily committed for three years. Defendant was never made the subject of a conservatorship. Shortly after his release, the district court obtained a supersed...

People v. Henriquez  
Date: December 7, 2017
Docket Number: S089311

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of two counts of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder and sentencing him to death. The court held (1) Defendant was not...

City of San Buenaventura v. United Water Conservation District  
Date: December 4, 2017
Docket Number: S226036

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the decision of the court of appeal in this case concerning the application of constitutional limitations to a statutorily authorized ground water char...

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