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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.

State Supreme Court could rule on Santa Clara County, San Jose fight over $40 million

Glenn Minnis Jan. 19, 2017, 4:24pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme could soon rule in a long-simmering dispute between San Jose and Santa Clara County over which government agency is entitled to $40 million in already-collected property taxes.  

Shouldn't employers pay for your every waking (and sleeping) hour?

The Northern California Record Jan. 18, 2017, 5:46pm

If you have a full-time, minimum-wage job at Uncle Bob's Burger Balls and work eight hours a day, you get paid that minimum wage for eight hours, right? That's fair, isn't it?

Building-industry association mulls appeal to Supreme Court on special district taxes

John Breslin Jan. 13, 2017, 5:20pm

SAN FRANCISCO — A building-industry association has until March to decide whether to make a federal appeal against a California Supreme Court decision to deny its challenge to a city ordinance that, it is claimed, unconstitutionally penalizes developers.

California's top court says public may see government's past legal bills

Christopher Knoll Jan. 13, 2017, 1:17pm

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court recently issued a closely split ruling in a case involving whether or not the legal bills from settled suits involving government entities within the state are public information. A member of an advocacy group wonders how the decision will affect taxpayers.

California Supreme Court says breaks are breaks, not 'on call'

Richard Jones Jan. 12, 2017, 8:12pm

SAN FRANCISCO – In what many business advocates are calling a setback, the California Supreme Court has ruled that "on-call" rest periods are no longer permissible under state law.

West Hollywood housing fee may be pitched to U.S. Supreme Court

Karen Kidd Jan. 12, 2017, 7:28pm

WEST HOLLYWOOD – After the California Supreme Court declined to hear his client's case against a half-million-dollar “affordable housing” fee levied in West Hollywood, a Pacific Legal Foundation attorney is hoping the nation's highest court will be more receptive.

Court nixes San Diego's plans to collect transient occupancy tax from online travel companies

John Myers Jan. 9, 2017, 9:40pm

SAN DIEGO — The city of San Diego's plans to collect additional taxes from online travel companies have just gone offline, thanks to the California Supreme Court.

California may join 17 other states on ban on attorney/client sexual relationships

Kerry Goff Jan. 8, 2017, 5:21pm

SAN FRANCISCO — A recent proposal has been submitted to add California to the other 17 states that ban attorneys from having consensual sexual relationships with their clients.

Shasta Charter Academy petitions Supreme Court to challenge appellate ruling

Cassandra Stone Dec. 22, 2016, 8:54pm

Shasta Charter Academy, a Northern California charter school, has filed a petition for review with the California Supreme Court seeking to reverse an appellate-court ruling over satellite charter campuses.

State Supreme Court fight expected over Prop. 54

Glenn Minnis Dec. 22, 2016, 12:53pm

California lawmakers, public advocacy groups still at odds over legislation

Supreme Court ruling expands liability to family members exposed to asbestos

Cheyenne Dickerson Dec. 20, 2016, 2:32pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court ruled on Dec. 2 that employers using asbestos-containing products and premises containing asbestos have a legal duty to household members who are also exposed to the mineral through other persons. 

California prosecutor suspended for ‘joke’ over child molestation confession

Michelle de Leon Dec. 15, 2016, 2:26pm

FRESNO -- A California prosecutor, who added a purported confession under a defendant’s name in a child molestation case, alleged his actions were meant to be a “joke” on a public defender. However, an appellate court did not find anything humorous with the situation.

Insurance attorney: Concern over Brandt fees in damages calculations a matter of perspective

Karen Kidd Dec. 15, 2016, 2:13pm

&&&LOS ANGELES (Northern California Record) – An attorney specializing in insurance matters says whether insurers should be concerned about a California Supreme Court ruling that Brandt fees be included in damages calculations will depend on many factors.

California falls to No. 2 on ATRA's annual Judicial Hellhole list

Karen Kidd Dec. 15, 2016, 9:40am

SACRAMENTO – California has dropped from No. 1 to second position on American Tort Reform Association's 2016-17 Judicial Hellholes list, which was issued earlier today.

Supreme Court case review could have major implications for businesses

John Breslin Dec. 11, 2016, 10:31pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- It is a lawsuit that has largely made its way through the court system under the radar, but it is one with potentially major implications for businesses, both large and small.

California Supreme Court ruling sets new precedent for parking tickets

Kristin Regula Dec. 11, 2016, 10:03pm

LOS ANGELES -- A new ruling by the California Supreme Court has brought a hard-won victory to the people of Los Angeles.      

New ruling impacts real estate companies representing both buyers and sellers

Dee Thompson Dec. 1, 2016, 7:12pm

SACRAMENTO, California – On Nov. 22, the California Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that promises to have a significant impact on how real estate transactions are handled in this state.

California Supreme Court rules against Coldwell Banker in real estate case

Dawn Geske Nov. 27, 2016, 9:45pm

LOS ANGELES – The Supreme Court of California has ruled in favor of a home buyer in a real estate case against a brokerage firm.