California Supreme Court News

California Supreme Court upholds ruling in Toyota's favor in vehicle stability control case

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Auto manufacturer Toyota won an appeal regarding a safety feature in one of its pickup truck models.

Lawyer denied access to Calif. State Bar records; He seeks info on race, law schools and test scores

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A group of attorneys seeking access to information about records of admissions to the California State Bar have lost their appeal in court.

Snowboarder whose leg was amputated after accident with snowcat appeals to California Supreme Court

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A Saugus, California, woman whose leg was amputated in an accident while snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Mammoth Lakes is appealing the loss of her lawsuit.

Employers in California must pay employees for time spent clocking out

By John Breslin | Aug 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Employers in California must take into account when evaluating pay the time taken to perform certain tasks after clocking out, the state's Supreme Court has ruled.

Yelp isn't required to remove negative review of law firm, California Supreme Court rules

By Tomas Kassahun | Jul 23, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of California has overturned a San Francisco Superior Court ruling, saying Yelp Inc. doesn’t have to remove certain consumer reviews posted on its website.

California AG applauds state supreme court's ruling on gun microstamping

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 19, 2018

Following the California Supreme Court’s rejection of gun industry advocates’ complaints about “microstamping,” a weapons-identification system regulation, Attorney General Xavier Becerra praised the results, calling the state a leader that would “not go backwards.”

District courts divided on whether landmark BMS decision applies to class actions; SCOTUS likely to decide

By John Breslin | Jul 16, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Federal district courts are divided on whether a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on personal jurisdiction is applicable to class actions.

Calif. lawmaker kills bill that punishes lying lawyers after major donor opposes it, group says

By John O'Brien | Jul 12, 2018

A bill that punishes attorneys who mislead prospective clients passed California's Assembly with no opposition, but the state Senate won't even consider it. So, what happened?

Rhode Island sues over climate change, using similar claims the state Supreme Court has already rejected

By Daniel Fisher | Jul 3, 2018

R.I. AG Peter Kilmartin better hope Rhode Island courts import California’s concept of public nuisance law, since the last time a Rhode Island AG tried this tactic, over lead paint, the state Supreme Court rejected the claim entirely.

No quit in trial bar after SCOTUS ruling, still filing lawsuits in favorite courts

By John O'Brien | Jun 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to forum-shopping personal injury attorneys, companies threatened with sprawling, 50-state litigation have not been forced into defending cases all over the country.

San Diego couple ask judge not to reconsider dismissal denial in class action against Frito-Lay

By Karen Kidd | May 29, 2018

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – With a hearing less than a month away, a San Diego couple have asked a federal judge not to reconsider her previous decision to not dismiss the couple's would-be class action against Frito-Lay over the company's allegedly misleading potato chip label.

GOP states, Trump admin and energy sector to ask for dismissal of climate change lawsuits

By Daniel Fisher | May 24, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Lawsuits accusing some of the world’s biggest oil companies of causing climate change face a crucial test Thursday, when a federal judge in California hears arguments on whether to dismiss cases brought by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland.

California Supreme Court says Heller Ehrman law firm can't profit after bankruptcy

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – In a ruling made on March 5, the Supreme Court of California ruled that Heller Ehrman LLP can’t profit from unfinished hourly work that remained after the firm folded.

Citing 'barriers' to settlement, judge orders opioid foes to prepare for trial

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 8, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors ordered both sides to prepare for trials, citing unspecified “barriers” to a global settlement that became apparent after a conference Tuesday.

Climate lawyers hope 'public nuisance' strategy reverses years of failure

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 13, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - First they tried suing the utility companies. Then they tried suing the automakers. They even tried suing oil companies on behalf of an Alaskan village in danger of being inundated by oil-fueled rising sea levels.

California allows lawsuits against drug companies over generic versions they didn't make

By David Hutton | Jan 23, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A split California Supreme Court has ruled drug maker Novartis can be liable warning labels on the generic version of a drug - even though it did not manufacture it.

Church does not owe duty of care to man struck while crossing street

By Dee Thompson | Dec 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The California Supreme Court has ruled that a church whose parking lot is across the street from the building does not owe a duty of care to a man who was injured while crossing the street.

Pringles wants to take crunch out of potato chip class action claim

By David Hutton | Nov 13, 2017

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – The makers of Pringles chips want the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California to dismiss a class action lawsuit alleging they offered false advertisements of ingredients in a flavor of chips.

Calif. appeals court issues ruling on chemical company’s excess insurance policies

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 28, 2017

At issue before the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division 3, is the sequence in which Montrose Chemical Corporation of California may access its excess comprehensive general liability, or CGL, policies to cover its liability for the environmental injuries caused by the chemical dichlorodiphenyltrichlorethane, also known as DDT.

Some claims allowed to proceed against Doty Bros.; L.A. court had ruled they were subject to arbitration

By Chandra Lye | Sep 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A recent California Court of Appeals Second District, Division Seven ruling was a partial win for a former truck driver who sued his old company for alleged labor code violations.

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