The Court will hear oral argument on four civil cases this November, addressing a variety of issues:

  • Cassel v. Superior Court. (Wasserman, Comden, Casselman & Pearson),S178914: (1) Are the private conversations of an attorney and client for the purpose of mediation entitled to confidentiality under Evid. Code §§1115 through 1128? (2) Is an attorney a "participant" in a mediation such that communications between the attorney and his or her client for purposes of mediation must remain confidential under Evid. Code §§1119(c) and 1122(a)(2)? Oral argument is scheduled for 11/2/10. For more details about Cassell, see the Attorney-Related update page
  • Kwikset Corp. v. Superior Court, S171845: Does a plaintiff’s allegation that he purchased a product in reliance on the product label’s misrepresentation about a characteristic of the product satisfy the requirement for standing under the Unfair Competition Law (Bus. & Prof. Code, § 17200 et seq.) that the plaintiff allege a loss of money or property, or is such a plaintiff unable to allege the required loss of money or property because he obtained the benefit of his bargain by receiving the product in exchange for the payment? Oral argument is scheduled for 11/3/10. For more details about Kwikset, see the Torts & Products update page.
  • In re Enforcement Against Dana Point Safe Harbor Collective of City of Dana Point City Council Subpoena, S180365: Is an order compelling compliance with a legislative subpoena issued under Gov. Code § 37104 appealable as a final judgment? This issue is raised in several consolidated matters after the Court of Appeal issued a series of unpublished orders that the underlying was not an appealable order and could only be challenged by petition for extraordinary writ. Oral argument is scheduled for 11/2/10. For more details about these consolidated matters, see the Appeals & Writs update page.
  • International Assn. of Firefighters v. Public Employee Relations Bd., S172377: (1) Is the decision by the Public Employee Relations Board not to issue an unfair labor practices complaint under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (Gov. Code, § 3500 et seq.) subject to judicial review? (2) Is a decision to lay off firefighters for fiscal reasons a matter that is subject to collective bargaining under the Act? Oral argument is scheduled for 11/3/10. For more details about International Assn. of Firefighters, see the Employment -Other update page.