California Supreme Court News

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.

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.

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.

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.

Calif. plaintiff gets two years to sue health care provider after tripping over scale

By Angela Underwood | Sep 26, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A Sept. 11 California appeals court decision regarding the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) found that a longer statute of limitations to the lawsuit of a woman who alleged a trip-and-fall at a health care provider.

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

By Angela Underwood | Sep 5, 2017

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

By Kacie Whaley | Aug 23, 2017

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

By Carrie Salls | Aug 15, 2017

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

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 25, 2017

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

By Dee Thompson | May 18, 2017

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

By Jessica Karmasek | May 4, 2017

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

By Charmaine Little | Mar 30, 2017

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

By Melissa Busch | Mar 15, 2017

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

By Dee Thompson | Mar 10, 2017

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.

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