Thursday, December 3, 2009

Supreme Court Grants Review in Jury Trial Case

Yesterday the California Supreme Court granted review in Franchise Tax Board v. Superior Court, which raises the issue of when a jury trial is required in tax refund cases. Our earlier post on the Court of Appeal's decision (which had held in favor of a jury trial) is here.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Filing Foreign Lawsuit Not Protected By Anti-SLAPP Statute

In Geussous v. Chrome Hearts (here), the court held that filing a lawsuit in a foreign country does not constitute protected conduct under the anti-SLAPP statute, Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16. The constitution protects the right to petition one's own government, said the court, not a foreign government.

Why Is A Part-Time Legislature A Bad Idea?

Let me count the ways, says Steve Maviglio, the leader of the opposition committee, here in Calitics. If you want California governed like Texas, it seems like a great idea.

Want To Protect Marriage?

A proposed initiative takes the logical next step. The Los Angeles Times reports here.