California Supreme Court News

California Supreme Court Affirms Homeowner Reimbursement Protections

The California Supreme Court this week ended a long legal battle between a Richmond homeowner and her homeowners insurance company by declining to consider the insurance industry’s petition to overturn a lower court’s decision that insurers must pay to repair …

California Court Denies Review of Insurer Challenge to Commissioner’s Advertising Decision

The California Supreme Court this week rejected a petition for review by Mercury Insurance and a coalition of insurance industry groups in a case that pitted them against California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. The California Department of Insurance hailed the …

California Insurance Commissioner Prevails in Insurance Industry’s Legal Challenge

In a 7-0 decision, the California Supreme Court has affirmed the authority of Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones in a legal challenge brought by the insurance industry, the California Department of Insurance announced. Rejecting the insurance industry’s arguments, the Supreme Court …

California High Court Rules Firms Must Protect Households From Asbestos

The California Supreme Court says companies can be held liable for exposing members of a worker’s household to asbestos. The court ruled unanimously that companies have a responsibility to prevent such exposure when they can reasonably forsee that their employees …

California Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Yelp Review Suit

The California Supreme Court has agreed to consider a lawsuit that Yelp.com warns could lead to the removal of negative reviews on the popular site. The court agreed last week to take up an appeal by Yelp of a lower …

California High Court to Review Industry Custom in Liability Cases

The California Supreme Court has granted review to consider when and if evidence of industry custom and practice is admissible in a strict products liability action. In Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp. plaintiff William Jae sued Toyota for injuries Kim …

California Court Says Employers Can’t Deny Workers Seats

Employers cannot deny a worker a place to sit just because they prefer the person stand, and they must consider the employee’s work station, not their overall duties, when determining whether to provide a seat, the California Supreme Court said …

California Commissioner Applauds Supreme Court Decision Against Hartford

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is praising a recent unanimous California Supreme Court decision that he said ensures policyholders are protected from insurers refusing to cover third-party liability claims when the insured transfers the insurance benefits after the events triggering …

California High Court Assigns Liability In Liquor Cases

California’s high court has ruled that hosts who charge admission to parties may be held legally responsible if a drunken underage guest is hurt or injures someone else. The state Supreme Court said in the unanimous ruling Monday that a …

California Court: Parks Not Liable For Bumper Car Injuries

Amusement parks are not financially responsible for injuries suffered on bumper cars, the California Supreme Court ruled in an opinion published Monday. The high court said people who ride bumper cars under normal conditions automatically assume some risk – just …