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California Supreme Court Hears Arguments in MTC Case

Tensions and passions were high at the California Supreme Court before they even turned to the Gillette Co. v. Franchise Tax Board case deciding whether the Multistate Tax Compact is a binding agreement or a model law offering non-binding suggestions (my blog on Gillette’s background and details is here). Show More Summary

California's high court appears ready to allow voters to weigh in on Citizens United

The California Supreme Court appeared ready Tuesday to allow the Legislature to ask voters their view of a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling that expanded corporate and union spending in federal elections. The court’s posture during a hearing Tuesday contrasted with its decision a year ago...

Californians' love of class-action lawsuits to be tested by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court's conservative justices have long been skeptical of class-action lawsuits that may be profitable for trial lawyers but can be costly to companies. Judges in California have leaned the other way, fearing consumers and employees will be shortchanged if they cannot sue as a class....

California Supreme Court to Decide Fate of 48-Year-Old Multistate Tax Compact

I’m in California for a short vacation but tomorrow, the California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Gillette Co. v. Franchise Tax Board so I’ll be going to that. (If I can get in – the Court is also hearing arguments in a case...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Won't Hear Challenge to Baseball Antitrust Immunity

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Major League Baseball’s long-standing exemption from U.S. antitrust laws brought by San Jose as part of the California's city's effort to become the new home of the Oakland Athletics.

Years After Overcrowding Order, Crime Is Down, Prisons Emptier

It's been six years since a federal three-judge court ordered California to drastically reduce its prison population and four years since the Supreme Court affirmed that ruling. At the time, the order brought cries that there would be "blood in the streets" if state prison populations were reduced. Of......

Why an Upcoming Supreme Court Case Has Teachers Unions Feeling Very, Very Nervous

Late last month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could deliver a fatal blow to the financial health of already-imperiled public-employee unions. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, Rebecca Friedrichs, a public...Show More Summary

Burger A-Go-Go 2 Festival Review: 8 Memorable Sets

Females reigned supreme over Orange County, California on Saturday night.

Californians May Have a Chance to Vote Down Citizens United

California voters could instruct their members of Congress to support a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. FEC if the California Court restores Proposition 49 to the ballot for 2016. Show More Summary

CCP v. Harris: “The Right To Anonymous Speech and Association”

The Supreme Court should step in to stop California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s dragnet for nonprofit donors [Ilya Shapiro and Randal John Meyer, Cato] No tags for this post. CCP v. Harris: “The Right To Anonymous Speech and Association” is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

DNA database imperiled by Prop. 47 ruling on juveniles, San Diego D.A. says

The California Supreme Court should overturn a lower court ruling that juvenile offenders have the same rights as adults to reduced sentences under Proposition 47, according to an appeal filed by the San Diego County district attorn...

How to Write for the Supreme Court

Use active verbs. Keep your sentences short. Don't dwell too long on case history. Win in the Supreme Court. At least, that's the pattern identified by University of Southern California Ph.D. candidate Adam Feldman, who analyzed the writing style of Supreme Court briefs to see who had their brief language......

Morning Wrap: The Tommy Boggs Estate Fight | Ted v. Larry in Calif. Court

The estate of Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., the late super lawyer-lobbyist in Washington, is wrapped up in a fight over property. Ted Olson and Lawrence Lessig face off in a California court. And the Detroit couple in the Supreme Court's landmark gay marriage case will wed soon. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.       

Royal Trux and Dead Moon Dominated Day Three of Berserktown II

Women ran the show at day three of Berserktown II at Santa Ana, California's the Observatory, where a supremely stacked bill brought White Lung, Priests, Screaming Females, Vexx, Sheer Mag, Dead Moon, and the mighty reunited Royal Trux together for one last night of mischief. Show More Summary

Kamala Harris, Dem Rising Star, Goes for the Jugular on Conservative Nonprofits

The Supreme Court is being asked to determine whether California’s ambitious Attorney General and candidate for U.S. Senate, Kamala Harris, has violated the First Amendment and federal law protecting confidential tax return informat...

Sketch artist has curious take on Tom Brady, Roger Goodell

Once upon a time, no courtrooms allowed cameras inside. Now, it’s a courtroom-by-courtroom thing, with for example the United States Supreme Court allowing no cameras at all and the states of California and Florida having pretty much every trial televised from gavel to gavel, somewhere. In Judge Richard M. Berman’s courtroom (and presumably for the…

CA Supreme Court Rejects California State University’s CEQA Dodge–Again

In an important decision issued last week, the California Supreme Court forcefully rejected the California State University’s efforts to avoid paying for mitigation measures needed to offset the adverse environmental impacts associated with CSU’s ambitious expansion plans. Show More Summary

Surfrider Seeks to Protect Beaches from Seawalls in California Supreme Court Case

Today, the Surfrider Foundation submitted an application to file an amicus curiae brief with the California Supreme Court in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission, in support of the Commission's authority to regulate seawalls, and protect against coastal armoring's harmful effects to our shorelines.

Americans for Equal Rights Is Shutting Down

The American Foundation for Equal Rights, the lead group that fought to overturn California's Prop 8, has announced that it's closing down following the marriage equality victory at the Supreme Court. 1 - Name: w-line read more

Wills Can Be Amended After Death, Cal Supreme Court Rules

Finally, that LLM you got in Zombie Law is about to pay off! The California Supreme Court ruled on Monday that wills may be amended post-mortem. That's a drastic shift from the categorical bar against modifying an unambiguous will. Of course, those wishing to amend their wills after death won't......

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