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People v. Daniels  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: S095868

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of death imposed by the trial court in connection with Defendant’s conviction of first degree murder, holding that Defendant’s waiver of his right to a jury trial on penalty was in...

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: S227106

Justia Opinion Summary: The scan data gathered by automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology in this case was not subject to Cal. Gov't Code 6254(f)’s exemption for record of investigations. Petitioners filed a request under the Califor...

California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland  
Date: August 28, 2017
Docket Number: S234148

Justia Opinion Summary: An initiative proposed to repeal an existing Upland ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries, to adopt regulations permitting and establishing standards for up to three dispensaries, and to require that each pay...

California Cannabis Coalition v. Upland  
Date: August 28, 2017
Docket Number: S234148A

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of California held that, in light of the text and other indicia of the purpose associated with the relevant constitutional and statutory provisions, Cal. Const., art. XIII C, section 2 does not limit vo...

Rubenstein v. Doe No. 1  
Date: August 28, 2017
Docket Number: S234269

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, plaintiff filed suit against Doe No. 1, a public entity, alleging that she was molested by defendant's employee when she was a high school student from 1993-1994. After the claim was denied, she filed this insta...

Briggs v. Brown  
Date: August 24, 2017
Docket Number: S238309

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner’s constitutional challenges to Proposition 66, the Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016, did not warrant relief. Proposition 66, which was approved by California voters in the November 2016 election,...

People v. Pennington  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: S222227

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s conviction of misdemeanor battery of a peace officer, holding that the People failed to prove that the victim, a member of the City of Santa Barbara harbor patrol, was a “peace offi...

Parrish v. Latham & Watkins  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: S228277

Justia Opinion Summary: The interim adverse judgment rule applies when a trial court had initially denied summary judgment on the basis that a lawsuit had sufficient potential merit to proceed to trial but concluded after trial that the suit ha...

Scher v. Burke
Date: August 9, 2017
Docket Number: S230104M
Mountain Air Enterprises, LLC v. Sundowner Towers, LLC  
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: S223536

Justia Opinion Summary: In this real estate purchase transaction the Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeal’s judgment reversing the trial court’s denial of an award of attorney fees. Here Seller brought a breach of contract action against...

Friends of Eel River v. North Coast Railroad Authority  
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: S222472

Justia Opinion Summary: The Interstate Commerce Termination Act (ICCTA) preempts state regulation of rail transportation, and in this case, the application of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to North Coast Railroad Authority (NC...

People v. DeLeon  
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Number: S230906

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Criminal Justice Realignment Act of 2011 (Realignment Act) incarcerated parolees facing revocation under Cal. Penal Code 1203.2 are entitled to a timely preliminary hearing. At issue in this case was whether...

People v. Estrada  
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Number: S232114

Justia Opinion Summary: To find that an inmate was armed with a firearm during the commission of the inmate’s challenged third strike offense under the Three Strikes law, a court reviewing a Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012 (the Act) recall pet...

People v. Jones  
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: S075725

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for two counts of first degree murder and related crimes and Defendant’s sentence of death. The court held (1) any error in the trial court’s restriction of cross-examin...

In re R.T.  
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: S226416

Justia Opinion Summary: The first clause of Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code 300(b)(1) authorizes a juvenile court to exercise dependency jurisdiction over a child without a finding that a parent is at fault or blameworthy for her failure or inability t...

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