California Supreme Court News

Calif. Supreme: Unclear Policy May Require Insurer to Defend Yahoo from Privacy Lawsuits

A liability insurer may have a duty to defend Yahoo Inc. from class-action lawsuits that alleged it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending its customers unwanted text messages, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a unanimous decision, …

Calif. Supreme Court Rules Wage Penalties Apply to Missed Breaks

California employers that fail to allow employees to take required rest and meal breaks may be held liable for penalties for inaccurate wage statements as well as “waiting time” violations if the workers weren’t timely paid all that is owed, …

Calif. Supreme Court Affirms Strict Liability Standard For Wildfire Suppression Costs

The California Supreme Court refused to loosen the state’s strict liability standards for wildfires, ruling on Monday that a religious retreat may be held liable for the negligence of an employee. In a unanimous decision, the high court affirmed rulings …

Couple’s $86 Million Award in Monsanto Pesticide Case Stands

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s highest court rejected on Wednesday a challenge by Monsanto Co.’s to $86.2 million in damages to a couple who developed cancer after spraying the company’s Roundup weed-killer in their yards for three decades. The state …

Calif. Supreme Ct. Overturns $9M Jury Verdict in Favor of Contractor’s Injured Employee

The California Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a jury verdict that found Qualcomm Inc. liable for third-degree burns suffered by an employee of an electrical contractor who was hired to work on equipment at the company’s San Diego campus. It …

Calif. Supreme Holds the Line on Homeowners’ Liability for Contractor Injuries

A homeowner who exercised no control over the worksite is not liable for injuries to an independent contractor even though the homeowner had failed to repair an obvious hazard, the California Supreme Court ruled. In a unanimous decision Thursday, the …

Bayer Makes ‘Substantial Progress’ in Roundup Cancer Lawsuits, Mediator Says

A court-appointed mediator on Monday said Bayer AG has made “substantial progress” toward resolving tens of thousands of remaining claims that its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer. The mediator Kenneth Feinberg spoke at a Zoom hearing in San Francisco federal court, …

Bayer Appeals $20.5M Roundup Ruling to California Supreme Court

Bayer AG has asked California’s Supreme Court to review a decision awarding $20.5 million to a groundskeeper who claimed the company’s Roundup weedkiller caused his cancer, arguing the ruling was at odds with federal law and settled legal principles. Bayer, …

California High Court Decision Limits Workers Right to Sue

The California Supreme Court on Thursday sided with employers in a fight over the right of workers to sue over treatment for injuries that occur on the job. Workers receiving medical care through the workers’ compensation insurance of their employer …

California High Court Says Yelp Can’t Be Ordered to Remove Posts

Online review site Yelp.com cannot be ordered to remove posts against a San Francisco law firm that a judge determined were defamatory, a divided California Supreme Court ruled Monday in a closely watched case that internet companies warned could be …