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PEOPLE v. WILLIS

California Court of Appeal
Criminal Law & Procedure
Dog scent identifications lack foundation and scientific proof of reliability, and their admission was improper. Given the weight of the other...
01/28/2004 B160530

SLANEY v. RANGER INS. CO.

California Court of Appeal
Civil Procedure, Insurance Law
Defendant's special motion to strike was properly denied. The underlying judgment, which included a finding of malice and an award of punitive...
01/28/2004 B158817

KOTLA v. THE REGENTS OF THE UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA

California Court of Appeal
Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law
In a wrongful termination case, the trial court committed prejudicial error by allowing a human resources management expert to opine that certain...
01/28/2004 A099228, A100918

GARCIA v. DIRECTV, INC.

California Court of Appeal
Class Actions, Dispute Resolution & Arbitration
Where an arbitration clause is silent as to class arbitration, the foundational issue of whether that arbitration agreement prohibits class...
01/28/2004 B158570

BERNARDO v. PLANNED PARENTHOOD FED'N OF AM.

California Court of Appeal
Attorney's Fees, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Cyberspace Law, Health Law
Plaintiff unsuccessfully appeals from the grant of defendant's special motion to strike, and the resulting mandatory attorney fees award. California's...
01/28/2004 D040186, D040866

KERTESZ v. OSTROVSKY

California Court of Appeal
Bankruptcy Law, Civil Procedure
Plaintiffs' complaint, seeking an unpaid judgment, was timely; the limitations period was tolled by defendant's bankruptcy petition and by the...
01/28/2004 G030640, G031373

PEOPLE v. BAUTISTA

California Court of Appeal
Criminal Law & Procedure, Habeas Corpus
Convictions of possession for sale of marijuana are affirmed. With respect to the noncitizen defendant, who is subject to mandatory deportation as a...
01/27/2004 H024442, H026395

PEOPLE v. ADAMS

California Court of Appeal
Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Sentencing
Defendant, convicted of 20-year-old charges of first-degree murder with rape and sodomy special circumstances and sentenced to life without...
01/27/2004 H024504

IN RE R.R.

California Court of Appeal
Family Law, Habeas Corpus, Juvenile Law
Juvenile court failed to terminate the parental rights of the conclusively presumed father before ordering adoption as the minor's permanent plan. The...
01/27/2004 D043317

MILLER v. THE SUPERIOR COURT OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY (PEOPLE)

California Court of Appeal
Criminal Law & Procedure
The "immediate presence" requirement of a robbery charge is met where the defendant, after stealing property belonging to the victim but not from the...
01/27/2004 D042465
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