Latest Supreme Court of California News

Couple's $86M award in Monsanto pesticide case stands

Nov. 17, 2021 22:31 PM EST

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 Supreme Court's...

Leading law school seeks to remove genocidal founder's name

Nov. 02, 2021 23:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California Hastings College of the Law will work on removing the name of its founder, who sponsored massacres of Native Americans in the 1850s, the board of directors voted Tuesday. The vote authorizes one of the nation's leading...

Appeals court rejects California home insurance refund order

Nov. 02, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Consumer advocates said Tuesday that they will ask the California Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling they said undermines the state's ability to order billions of dollars in insurance company refunds. A San Diego-based state...

California wins $3.5M payoff in illegal gambling lawsuit

Oct. 28, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A company that made and operated casino-style games used for illegal gambling will pay $3.5 million and permanently stop its California operations under a court settlement announced Thursday. Pong Game Studios Corp. agreed to settle a lawsuit that...

California high court won't hear Brad Pitt divorce appeal

Oct. 27, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to consider Brad Pitt's appeal of a court ruling that disqualified the judge in his custody battle with Angelina Jolie. The court denied a review of a June appeals court decision that said the...

Virus cut access to courts but opened door to virtual future

Oct. 26, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

Just two reporters were allowed inside a Georgia courtroom to serve as the eyes and ears of the public when jury selection began for the men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery. Pandemic restrictions also kept reporters and the public out of the courtroom during the sex-trafficking trial of...

Judge to re-sentence Scott Peterson in December to life term

Oct. 06, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California judge said Wednesday that she plans to resentence Scott Peterson to life in prison Dec. 8 while she separately considers whether he receives a new trial in the 2002 murders of his pregnant wife and unborn son. Peterson was...

Judge plans to re-sentence Scott Peterson to life this fall

Sep. 22, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Scott Peterson, who spent more than 15 years on Death Row in the 2002 murders of his pregnant wife and unborn son, will be sentenced to life in prison this fall, a judge said Wednesday. Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo said she...

California Supreme Court justice leaving to head think tank

Sep. 16, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California Supreme Court justice said Thursday that he will leave after next month to head an international think tank, giving Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom his second appointment to the high court. Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar will...