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A California state appellate court has ruled that the correct rate for paying meal and rest period premiums is one hour of pay at an employee’s base hourly rate, not the regular rate of pay used for calculating overtime wages.
Attorneys for California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) will argue before the state Supreme Court’s seven judges Nov. 6 that the Legislature has the authority to require presidential and gubernatorial candidates to release five years of tax returns to be eligible to appear on the state primary ballot.
California election officials are not fully complying with a law that requires them to post ballot materials in languages other than English at polling places where surveys show voters need them, a state appeals court ruled Monday.
(Subscription required) More than two decades later, Hwang said he wants to assume a role similar to the one Takasugi played in his career, coaching attorneys interested in a career in public service and following Takasugi’s example in starting a bar review course.
Governor Gavin Newsom today requested clemency recommendations from the Supreme Court for Kristopher Blehm, Jose Ledesma, Fanon Figgers. The state constitution requires the court’s permission because each of the three was convicted of multiple felonies.
More than 15 years later, Hom is preparing to take on his next challenge as presiding judge of the Sacramento County Superior Court, where he hopes to bolster and highlight the court’s family and juvenile delinquency departments. On Jan. 1, he will become the court’s first Asian-American presiding judge, according to records dating back to 1961.
Currently, the odds are that the court will not back-burner the cases, or at least not Humphrey. In Humphrey, it sent out an oral argument letter in August, which often, but not always, indicates the case will be heard within a few months.
When Los Angeles officials decided to toss out millions of citations and warrants in early October, they hailed it as a boon for homeless people. The purge, they said, would “unclog” the court system and stop the cycle of debt and arrests that has made it harder for the poorest Angelenos to land jobs and housing.
(Subscription required) A U.S. district judge’s referral of an attorney to the State Bar over documents he filed to prove his client’s fraudulent contract claim has surprised legal ethics experts because such referrals by federal jurists are rare.
(Subscription required) “I always have the discretion to reduce fines based on ability to pay, so I make sure I get information from folks — honest information,” Foster said. “Sometimes, folks here are a little reluctant to talk about what their situation is, and that’s one of the reasons I’ll hear them at the end of the calendar, so they’re not talking about their financial situation in front of a room full of strangers.”
The council promotes maximum remote access to public records, he said, but it also recognizes that each local court system faces its own technological challenges. "It's just a matter of having the courts implement (remote access) when they can," Oyung said.
The Riverside County Superior Court hosted the ceremonies, during which the adoption process was finalized for 56 children, welcomed into homes by 40 families who reside throughout the county, according to the Department of Public Social Services.
Immigrant rights groups called Friday for Gov. Gavin Newsom to end policies they say ease the transfer of prison inmates to federal authorities despite California’s efforts to provide a sanctuary to those who are in the country illegally.
(Subscription required) “I’ve seen her on the bench, and she plays such a remarkable role both as a judicial officer and a caring person. She refers to the father as ‘dad’ and the mother as ‘mom,’ and she’ll be almost like a super-parent to them,” Kiesel said. “She’s really in control of the courtroom.”
(Subscription required) Law school deans met Wednesday with four California Supreme Court justices to discuss a wide variety of topics related to the bar exam, a potentially unprecedented session both sides praised afterward as productive.
The gig companies contend that the Dynamex ruling and AB 5 undercut the desires of their drivers for flexibility. They offered to create a hybrid model under which drivers would still set their own hours but with income guarantees, fringe benefits and other aspects of payroll employment.
(Subscription required) The Supreme Court identified the argument's flaw in People v. Bland, 28 Cal. 4th 313 (2002), which approved the kill zone theory. The court reasoned that even when a lethal attack has only one primary target, it does not follow that the assailant did not specifically intend to kill anyone else.
(Subscription required) Facing a “crisis of unprecedented magnitude,” Chief Judge Virginia A. Phillips of the Central District and Chief Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill of the Eastern District individually wrote desperate letters to Congress members this month, urging them to fill judicial vacancies.
The California ballot measure filed this week by gig companies such as Uber and Doordash promises new health care subsidies for app-based drivers in exchange for keeping their workers classified as independent contractors.
The cash bail system is a target of criminal justice reformers, who argue that bail favors the rich and hurts the poor. Eliminating bail shows up on the wish lists of several 2020 presidential hopefuls.
(Subscription required) The treacherous journey Deroian embarked upon as a baby served as a harbinger for what was to come in her expedition throughout life, grappling with teen pregnancy, raising her two children as a single mother while juggling a full-time job and attending law school at night.
A coalition of tech companies led by Uber, Lyft and DoorDash announced a proposed ballot measure Tuesday intended to upend a new California law that will require them to classify their drivers as employees.
(Subscription required) Weintraub said in an email she would be “exploring opportunities in both the public and private sectors” and had not determined the exact date she would step down from the bench.
“Although graduation from an ABA-accredited law school is not a guaranty of an attorney’s skill level, intelligence, or professional qualifications, the record shows it is a reliable indicator or predictor of those characteristics,” wrote Acting Presiding Justice Richard Aronson in an unpublished opinion joined by Associate Justices David Thompson and Richard Fybel.