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Woman's sexual abuse claim against public entity untimely, court rules; Alleged abuse happened nearly 20 years before lawsuit

Angela Underwood Sep. 5, 2017, 9:58am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A 4-3 decision from the California Supreme Court says a then-34-year-old woman who was allegedly molested in high school waited too long to file her lawsuit against a public entity.

Latham & Watkins avoids malicious prosecution claim

Kacie Whaley Aug. 23, 2017, 1:13pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A law firm can't be sued for pursuing a lawsuit in alleged bad faith, as that case had made it past the summary judgment phase, the California Supreme Court has decided.

Calif. SC affirms medical board's investigation of prescription drug records

Carrie Salls Aug. 15, 2017, 12:38pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of California ruled on July 17 that the Medical Board of California did not violate a patients’ rights clause of the state’s constitution when it secured information from the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) regarding patients who had been prescribed a controlled substance without a court order allowing the release of the information.

Supreme Court rules Encinitas homeowners forfeited claims for storm damaged seawall

Elizabeth Alt Jul. 25, 2017, 2:15pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court ruled July 6 that Encinitas homeowners forfeited their claims when they went ahead with repairs before a final judgment was made in their petition for a permit to rebuild a storm-damaged seawall that protects their homes.

California Supreme Court clarifies day of rest requirements for employees

Dee Thompson May 18, 2017, 11:21am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The California Supreme Court has answered questions posed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a case involving the day of rest statutes regarding employment.

California SC: Provision in predispute arbitration agreement ‘contrary’ to public policy

Jessica Karmasek May 4, 2017, 4:09pm

In 2011, plaintiff Sharon McGill filed a class action lawsuit against Citibank N.A. based on its marketing of a “credit protector” plan and the handling of a claim. Pursuant to an arbitration provision, Citibank petitioned to compel McGill to arbitrate her claims on an individual basis.

Calif. appeals court rules health care providers OK to allow employees to waive meal breaks

Charmaine Little Mar. 30, 2017, 12:46pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Workers hoping to hit their employer with a class action over meal breaks have been dealt an adverse ruling by a California appeals court.

Calif. SC says high school football player missed window to sue school district over alleged injury

Melissa Busch Mar. 15, 2017, 9:19am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The California Supreme Court ruled March 6 to affirm a decision ruling that a high school football player who was allegedly injured during a game can’t file a claim because he waited too long.

California Supreme Court rules on summary judgment and expert opinion admissibility

Dee Thompson Mar. 10, 2017, 11:23am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – On Feb. 23 the Supreme Court of California issued an opinion in the case of Wilson Dante Perry v. Bakewell Hawthorne LLC. The conclusions reached specify what information may be used when one side is asking for the court for summary judgment.

Calif. SC upholds $90M verdict in rest break case, helps define rules for breaks

Charmaine Little Feb. 21, 2017, 8:49am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – An ABM Security Services employee has kicked off the new year with a major $90 million win against the company after the California Supreme Court ruled in her favor on Dec. 22 in a lawsuit concerning the definition of a rest break in California.

California attracts 'litigation tourists,' study finds

Tabitha Fleming Feb. 3, 2017, 10:04am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Most of the plaintiffs in product-liability cases filed against pharmaceutical manufacturers in California’s leading courts were brought by people who live in other states, finds a recent study by the Civil Justice Association of California.

Calif. Supreme Court: No immunity extension for tribal payday lenders

Ethan Bailey Jan. 17, 2017, 10:18am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Two federally recognized tribes have been denied immunity protections from California payday lender regulations after a recent state Supreme Court decision.

Attorneys fees added when factoring maximum punitive damages in California case

Marian Johns Dec. 23, 2016, 9:43am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California appellate court recently held attorneys fees could be applied to the state's 10:1 punitive-to-compensatory damages limit while weighing in on a case involving a life insurance company’s alleged fraud against a disabled veteran.

Ninth Circuit doesn't order pay for employees' time spent calling in

Dee Thompson Nov. 18, 2016, 9:43am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - A recently decided case that involved California employers revisited a question of whether employers are responsible for paying employees who are asked to “call in” to see if they need to come to work.

Attorney fees in class-action suit upheld by California Supreme Court

Kristin Danley-Greiner Oct. 10, 2016, 11:43am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) -- The California Supreme Court has upheld the attorney fees awarded in an employment class action lawsuit, stating the award was not unreasonable because it is calculated as a percentage of the common fund instead of using a lodestar calculation.

California Supreme Court rules retirement is the same as quitting when it comes to a final paycheck

Katelyn Kivel Sep. 6, 2016, 10:08am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) -- A retiring employee is considered to be quitting, the California Supreme Court has ruled in McLean v. State of California.

California adopts asbestos defense, but defendant loses case anyway

Kerry Goff Jul. 26, 2016, 10:01am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)  — The California Supreme Court in May formally adopted the "sophisticated intermediary doctrine," which provides an additional defense that manufacturers and suppliers can assert against asbestos and other product liability claims in California.