California Supreme Court News

California Supreme Court Ruling Will Enable Montrose to Tap Excess Policies

A decision this week by the California Supreme Court gave policyholders with long-tail environmental claims a potentially big win, finding that polices within each policy period can be vertically stacked. The decision was handed down on April. 6 in Montrose …

California Employees Who Bring Labor Claims Can’t Recover for Their Unpaid Wages

The California Supreme Court has ruled that plaintiffs in Private Attorney General Act cases cannot recover for their own or their fellow employees’ unpaid wages, but are limited to recovering civil penalties set forth in the California Labor Code. The …

California Supreme Court Upholds Commissioner’s Regulatory Actions Against PacifiCare

The California Supreme Court let stand an appeals court decision upholding California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations, paving the way for millions of dollars in fines. The decision ends years of legal wrangling over the regulations …

California Supreme Court: Starbucks, Others Must Pay Workers for Off Clock Work

Starbucks and other employers in California must pay workers for minutes they routinely spend off the clock on tasks such as locking up or setting the store alarm, the state Supreme Court ruled. The unanimous ruling was a big victory …

Is GrubHub Case a Barometer for Independent Contractors Rules?

Food delivery company GrubHub Inc. may be one of the first tech firms to feel the impact of a ruling this week from California’s highest court that makes it easier for workers to prove they are a company’s employees and …

California High Court Rules on Independent Contractors Matter

In a big win for labor advocates, the California Supreme Court on Monday limited businesses from classifying workers as independent contractors who can’t receive key employment protections. Experts expect the ruling to expand the number of workers eligible for minimum …

Court in California Rules Novartis Can Be Sued Over Generic Drug Injuries

California’s top court has opened the door for consumers to sue Novartis AG and other makers of brand-name pharmaceutical products over injuries blamed on generic versions of the drugs manufactured by other companies. The California Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday …

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 …