Issued: Eunji Cho California-American Water Co. v. Marina Coast Water District, et al. Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District, Division One November 15, 2017 The California-American Water Company, a water utility, was ordered to find a new source of water. California-American thereafter entered into five agreements with public water agencies,…

Issued by: Sonja E. Blomquist Southern California Gas Company, Petitioner, v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County Respondent; First American Wholesale Lending Corporation, et al., Real Parties in Interest 18 Cal.App.5th 581 Court of Appeal of the State of California Second Appellate District Division Five December 15, 2017 Seven business plaintiffs sued Southern California…

Issued by: Sonja E. Blomquist Creed-21 v. City of Wildomar Court of Appeal of the State Of California, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two November 28, 2017 Walmart wanted to build a store in Wildomar. An alleged non-profit, social advocacy organization named Creed-21, represented by the Briggs Law Corporation filed a Writ of Mandate challenging the…

Issue By:  Rachel R. Ostrander California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland State Supreme Court of California (August 28, 2017) In California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland State, the Supreme Court of California held that while the state constitutional restriction prohibits the government from imposing taxes on cannabis products, such taxes can be imposed…

Issue By: Nelson E. Rivera Orlando Nakai v. Friendship House Association of American Indians, Inc., et al. Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (August 10, 2017) In Orlando Nakai v. Friendship House Association of American Indians, Inc., et al., the California Court of Appeal held that a former employee failed to prove marital status discrimination…

Issue By: Charles S. Redfield Erika Grotheer v. Escape Adventures, Inc., et al. Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, 14 Cal.App.5th 1283 (August 31, 2017) Plaintiff Erika Grotheer (hereafter “Plaintiff”) was injured when her hot air balloon ride ended in a crash landing. She sued the balloon tour company, the balloon pilot and the vineyard…

Edited by: Charles Redfield Montrose Chemical Corporation of California v. Superior Court Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (September 8, 2017) The California Second District Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Montrose Chemical Corporation of California v. Superior Court concerns the manner and sequence when an insured may access its excess comprehensive general liability (CGL)…

Edited by: Charles Redfield Latrice Rubenstein v. Doe No. 1 et al. SUPREME COURT OF CALIFORNIA, 3 Cal.5th 903 (August 28, 2017) Code of Civil Procedure §340.1(a) provides that an action for damages suffered as a result of childhood sexual abuse must be filed “within eight years of the date the plaintiff attains the age…

Issue By: Christina W. Sun Energy Insurance Mutual Limited v. ACE American Insurance Company Court of Appeal, First District (July 11, 2017) This case involves an insurance coverage dispute arising from an explosion that occurred when an excavator struck an unmarked petroleum pipeline. Kinder Morgan, Inc. owns and operates oil and gas pipelines. Comforce Corporation…

Issue By: Robert W. Lawton Alfonso Ayala v. Randy Dawson Court of Appeal, First District (August 4, 2017) Property owner Randy Dawson and tenant Alfonso Ayala signed a written contract in December, 1999, entitled “Residential Lease with Option to Purchase.” According to Ayala, he paid a “down payment,” “mortgage payments” and a $200/month “fee” in…

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