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In re Lewis  
Date: May 24, 2018
Docket Number: S117235

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted Petitioner’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus insofar as one of Petitioner’s claims alleged that he was ineligible for execution because he was intellectually disabled. The Court further vac...

Delano Farms Co. v. California Table Grape Commission  
Date: May 24, 2018
Docket Number: S226538

Justia Opinion Summary: The California Table Grape Commission’s advertisements and related messaging represent government speech, as opposed to private speech, and the Ketchum Act’s (Cal. Food & Agric. Code 65500) scheme providing that the Comm...

Facebook, Inc. v. Superior Court of the City and County of San Francisco  
Date: May 24, 2018
Docket Number: S230051

Justia Opinion Summary: Communications configured by the social media user to be public fall within the lawful consent exception to the federal Stored Communications Act’s prohibition on disclosure by social media providers of any communication...

People v. Smith  
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: S065233

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of one count of first degree murder, attempted voluntary manslaughter, and other offenses and sentencing Defendant to death, holding that no...

P. v. Perez
Date: May 17, 2018
Docket Number: S104144M
People v. Ruiz  
Date: May 17, 2018
Docket Number: S235556

Justia Opinion Summary: Imposing a criminal laboratory analysis fee and a drug program fee is appropriate for a conviction of conspiracy to transport a controlled substance, in violation of Cal. Health & Safety Code 11379(a). Defendant pleade...

People v. Rodriguez  
Date: May 17, 2018
Docket Number: S239713

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the convictions of Defendants Edgar Octavio Barajas and Jesus Manuel Rodriguez for murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and participation in a criminal street gang, rendered by a jury after a j...

United Riggers & Erectors, Inc. v. Coast Iron & Steel Co.  
Date: May 14, 2018
Docket Number: S231549

Justia Opinion Summary: A direct contractor’s timely payment to its subcontractors may be excused under Cal. Civ. Code 8814(c) only when the direct contractor has a good faith basis for contesting the subcontractor’s right to receive the specif...

People v. Adelmann  
Date: May 10, 2018
Docket Number: S237602

Justia Opinion Summary: A defendant, who has been placed on probation in one county but permanently resides in another and whose whose probation case has been transferred, must file a petition for resentencing under Proposition 47 in the origin...

People v. Reed  
Date: May 7, 2018
Docket Number: S082776

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, the special circumstance of multiple murder, and various enhancements. The Court he...

California Building Industry Association v. State Water Resources Control Board  
Date: May 7, 2018
Docket Number: S226753

Justia Opinion Summary: The State Water Resources Control Board’s adoption of a permit fee schedule was proper and violated neither Cal. Water Code 13260(d)(1)(B) or (f)(1) nor Cal. Const. art. XIII A. By statute, the Board has five members. A...

People v. Perez  
Date: May 7, 2018
Docket Number: S238354

Justia Opinion Summary: The Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012 (Proposition 36), under which an inmate sentenced under the Three Strikes law for a nonferrous, nonviolent felony may petition the trial court for resentencing, permits a trial court...

Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County  
Date: April 30, 2018
Docket Number: S222732

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was what standard applies in determining whether workers should be classified as employees or as independent contract for purposes of California wage orders. Two drivers filed this purported class action allegi...

People v. Soto  
Date: April 30, 2018
Docket Number: S236164

Justia Opinion Summary: In deciding whether a defendant is guilty of murder, the jury is permitted to consider evidence of voluntary intoxication on the question of whether the defendant intended to kill but not on the question of whether he be...

People v. Daveggio & Michaud  
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: S110294

Justia Opinion Summary: Daveggio and Michaud were each convicted of one count of first-degree murder (Pen. Code 187(a)), two counts of oral copulation in concert by force (section 288a(d)), and one count of oral copulation on a person under 18...

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