Supreme Court of California Decisions 2019

People v. Dalton  
Date: May 16, 2019
Docket Number: S046848

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated as unauthorized the death sentence imposed upon Defendant in connection with his conviction for conspiracy to commit murder and vacated the jury's lying in wait special-circumstance true findin...

Black Sky Capital, LLC v. Cobb  
Date: May 6, 2019
Docket Number: S243294

Justia Opinion Summary: In this real property dispute, the Supreme Court held that Cal. Code Civ. Proc. 580d does not preclude a creditor holding two deeds of trust on the same property from recovering a deficiency judgment on the junior lien e...

FilmOn.com Inc. v. DoubleVerify Inc.  
Date: May 6, 2019
Docket Number: S244157

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving application of the "catchall" provision of the anti-SLAPP statute, Cal. Code Civ. Proc. 425.16, the Supreme Court held (1) the context of a defendant's statement is relevant, though not dispositive...

People v. Bell  
Date: May 2, 2019
Docket Number: S080056

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of murder in the course of a robbery and related crimes and sentencing Defendant to death, holding that any assumed errors were harmless. S...

People v. Sanchez  
Date: April 29, 2019
Docket Number: S087569

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant's automatic motion to modify the jury's verdict convicting Defendant of two counts of first degree murder and sentencing him to death, holding...

Melendez v. San Francisco Baseball Associates LLC  
Date: April 25, 2019
Docket Number: S245607

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that this lawsuit brought by security guards at Oracle Park (the former AT&T Park in San Francisco) against San Francisco Baseball Associates LLC...

P. v. Westerfield
Date: April 11, 2019
Docket Number: S112691M
People v. Lara  
Date: April 11, 2019
Docket Number: S243975

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning the proper interpretation of Proposition 47, the ballot initiative that reduced certain felony offenses to misdemeanors, the Supreme Court held that defendants who had not yet been sentenced as of...

People v. Aranda  
Date: April 4, 2019
Docket Number: S214116

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the rule set forth in Stone v. Superior Court, 31 Cal.3d 503, that a court must accept a partial verdict of acquittal as to a charged greater offense when a jury has expressly indicated that i...

T-Mobile West LLC v. City & County of San Francisco  
Date: April 4, 2019
Docket Number: S238001

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgments of the trial court and court of appeal rejecting Plaintiffs' facial challenge to the ordinance adopted by the City and County of San Francisco (the City) requiring wireless teleph...

People v. Potts  
Date: March 28, 2019
Docket Number: S072161

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court modified the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of two counts of first degree murder and related crimes, sentencing Defendant to death, and imposing a four-year determinate term based on t...

In re H.W.  
Date: March 28, 2019
Docket Number: S237415

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Court of Appeal upholding the juvenile court's finding that H.W. possessed an "other instrument or tool with intent feloniously to break or enter" within the meaning of Cal....

In re H.W.
Date: March 28, 2019
Docket Number: S237415A
Gardner v. Appellate Division of Superior Court  
Date: March 28, 2019
Docket Number: S246214

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals ruling that Defendant did not have a right to appointed counsel to respond to the prosecution's appeal of the order of the trial court granting Defendant's...

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...

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