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Vacant seat on California Supreme Court opens door for first openly gay justice

Dawn Geske Apr. 25, 2017, 2:48pm

After 23 years on the California Supreme Court bench, a senior Republican justice will retire, offering a vacant seat to be appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Wage rule avoids innumerable lawsuits, 'absurdities,' Starbucks argues in Supreme Court filing

John Breslin Apr. 18, 2017, 1:30pm

SAN FRANCISCO — A rule that employees do not have to be paid for the brief amount of time between clocking out and closing a store applies in California, Starbucks argues in a filing with the state Supreme Court.

California Supreme Court sends arbitration suit back to appeals court

Mike Helenthal Apr. 17, 2017, 8:06am

A decision handed down by the California Supreme Court on April 6 challenged federal law on arbitration hearings and returned the case back to the appellate court.

California chief justice tells Trump administration to stop targeting immigrants at trial courts

April Brown Apr. 10, 2017, 3:00pm

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye recently accused federal immigration courts of stalking undocumented immigrants at trial courts, and other judges are following suit.

California judge, civil rights advocates encourage courts to protect liberties

Melissa Busch Apr. 7, 2017, 2:55pm

SAN FRANCISCO — On the heels of the U.S. Senate confirming Neil Gorsuch as the 113th member of the U.S. Supreme Court, a California judge and civil rights advocates have called on state courts to do their parts to protect individual rights.

California Supreme Court makes clarification on state's Probate Code

John Severance Apr. 3, 2017, 10:28pm

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court recently was asked to clarify certain provisions of the state’s Probate Code.

California Supreme Court declines to depublish decision in CEQA case

Dawn Geske Mar. 31, 2017, 9:22pm

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court will not depublish its decision regarding an environmental-impact report in a residential development project despite numerous requests by local and state organizations, associations, developers and law firms.

Attorney disbarred for possession of child pornography

Olivia Olsen Mar. 30, 2017, 9:38pm

LOS ANGELES — Bruce Charles Fehr, an attorney from Flinstone, Georgia, was recently disbarred from practicing law in California after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

California Supreme Court rules in favor of school district in football-injury case

John Severance Mar. 29, 2017, 10:50pm

HUNTINGDON BEACH, Calif. — The California Supreme Court in a March 6 filing ruled in favor of a school district in a case involving a high-school football player injured during a game.

International Association of Defense Counsel supports Toyota in product liability case

Olivia Olsen Mar. 28, 2017, 7:03pm

The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) recently filed an amicus brief in favor of Toyota against claims of product liability for the alleged failure of an optional feature in the Toyota Tundra.

California Supreme Court announces formation of International Commercial Arbitration Working Group

John Severance Mar. 28, 2017, 1:54pm

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court recently announced the creation of a International Commercial Arbitration Working Group.

California Supreme Court rules lower court failed to consider if coho salmon are native species

Dee Thompson Mar. 25, 2017, 4:43pm

The California Supreme Court recently ruled that claimants who are seeking to remove coho salmon from the state's endangered species list can now attempt to demonstrate that the fish never should have been included on the list.

Ruling on controversial cap-and-trade auctions expected by late April

Jon Campisi Mar. 18, 2017, 10:51am

During the past four years, more than $4 billion from greenhouse gas emission credits that are auctioned off through the state’s cap-and-trade program have poured into California’s general fund.

Data: Criminal cases in California not argued in a timely manner before state Supreme Court

Dee Thompson Mar. 14, 2017, 4:56pm

SACRAMENTO — Attorney Kirk Jenkins of Sedgwick LLP has made a science of analyzing the California Supreme Court and how it operates, but its handling of criminal cases has bore particular scrutiny.

State Supreme Court rules that government business communicated on personal devices is matter of public record

Melissa Busch Mar. 10, 2017, 5:26pm

SAN JOSE — An advocate for government transparency is praising a recent ruling by the California Supreme Court, stating public officials cannot hide government business by using personal accounts or devices.

California Supreme Court to review documentary transfer tax case

Laura Halleman Mar. 5, 2017, 10:07pm

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court of California this summer will review a 2014 decision by the Court of Appeal for the 2nd District to determine whether local governments can impose a documentary transfer tax on a “legal entity that indirectly owns real estate within the state.”

Long Beach attorney disbarred for money-laundering conviction

Olivia Olsen Mar. 5, 2017, 9:20pm

LOS ANGELES — Richard Charles Brizendine, an attorney practicing out of Long Beach, was disbarred from practicing law in California after he was convicted by a federal court of felony money laundering.

Attorney uses analytics to advise clients about chances of victory

Dee Thompson Mar. 5, 2017, 5:42pm

CHICAGO — Attorney Kirk Jenkins has developed a specialty in the fast-growing field of legal analytics, advising clients of his firm about their chances of winning at the appellate level.

California Supreme Court upholds insurance commissioner’s authority to regulate replacement-cost estimates

Rebecca Campbell Feb. 23, 2017, 1:32pm

LOS ANGELES — The California Supreme Court has reversed trial- and appellate-court decisions to hold that state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones had the authority to circulate California Code of Regulations.

Voting differences between pro tempore justices, permanent justices analyzed

Christopher Knoll Feb. 22, 2017, 4:34pm

SACRAMENTO — A review of judicial behavior in regards to the habits of dissent voting between a pro tempore and a permanent judge reveals a slight deviation, according to a lawyer and legal analyst.