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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.

California Supreme Court refuses to depublish scathing ruling against county in Adult Protective Services case

Christopher Knoll Feb. 12, 2017, 5:11pm

SACRAMENTO — California’s Supreme Court recently affirmed an appellate court’s blistering indictment of Humboldt County will remain on the record, to be used in subsequent case law.

California Supreme Court Denies Drakes Bay petition, case returns to Coastal Commission

Nancy Crist Feb. 4, 2017, 6:44pm

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court denied a petition this week by a shellfish farm challenging the authority of the Coastal Commission and its ability to provide a fair hearing.

California PCB cases could expose businesses everywhere

W.J. Kennedy Feb. 2, 2017, 9:58am

SACRAMENTO - Legal actions taken by ten governments on the West Coast against the chemical giant Monsanto could eventually ensnare thousands of other manufacturers (even of discontinued products) in the same types of these highly speculative, virtually defenseless actions, legal experts warn.

Appeals court finds Swart not obligated to pay state franchise tax

Glenn Minnis Jan. 31, 2017, 6:50pm

FRESNO, Calif. — A California appeals court has ruled that the state is not legally authorized to attach its franchise tax on out-of-state entities simply based on its investment in a limited-liability company doing business in the state.

Nation's first undocumented lawyer set to release book in March

Melissa Busch Jan. 27, 2017, 6:20pm

CHICO – Soon, the first undocumented lawyer in the nation will release his book that tells the story of his journey.

Commission: Payday lender ruling 'a win for California consumers'

Carrie Salls Jan. 27, 2017, 5:55pm

LOS ANGELES — The California Department of Business Oversight is “extremely pleased” with a Dec. 22 California Supreme Court ruling in a nearly decade-long case related to payday lenders’ ties to the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska.  

To pension reformers, California's only hope is a friendly Supreme Court ruling

Taryn Phaneuf Jan. 26, 2017, 11:51am

SAN FRANCISCO — California has a pension-debt problem, with a combined unfunded liability sitting close to $1 trillion, according to estimates.

Tort-reform advocates, business leaders speak out on wage and hours case

John Breslin Jan. 26, 2017, 11:17am

SAN FRANCISCO — Tort-reform advocates and business leaders are speaking out on a pending California Supreme Court review of a lawsuit that has potential serious implications for employers.

California Rural Legal Assistance celebrates 50 years of work

Rebecca Campbell Jan. 25, 2017, 1:38pm

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Rural Legal Assistance, which represents low-income individuals and communities, recently turned 50 years old, according to a column on The Huffington Post.

Long Beach attorney disbarred

Olivia Olsen Jan. 22, 2017, 5:27pm

SAN FRANCISCO — James Edward Griswold, a Long Beach, California-based attorney, was disbarred on Nov. 18, the California Supreme Court recently ruled.

California Supreme Court to decide on Banning Ranch development

Sara McCleary Jan. 20, 2017, 6:18pm

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Jan. 4 in a case to decide the fate of Newport Beach’s Banning Ranch.

California Supreme Court clarifies rules on employee rest breaks

Dee Thompson Jan. 20, 2017, 12:25pm

SACRAMENTO — Should meal breaks and rest breaks be treated equally under California law, with employees not subject to being “on call?” A recent ruling by the California Supreme Court says yes.