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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.

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.