California Supreme Court Schedules Oral Argument for April

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• Oasis West Realty v. Goldman (S181781) – Does an attorney’s duty of loyalty owed to a former client apply when the attorney actively takes a position against the former client on the same issue for which the lawyer previously had been retained, but does so while acting on his or her own behalf, without a subsequent representation or employment? For more details about Oasis West Realty, see the Attorney-Related update page.

• Diaz v. Carcamo (S181627) – In an attempt to extend the holding in Armenta v. Churchill (1954) 42 Cal.2d 448, which held that a claim of negligence entrustment is no longer viable against an employer who admits to being vicariously liable for the employee, the employer in Diaz argues that the same result should apply to a claim of negligent hiring against the employer, thus precluding evidence of the employee’s poor driving record. The Court of Appeal declined to make such an extension, in part because Armenta pre-dates Proposition 51. This case has attracted significant amicus interest, and multiple requests to depublish the Court of Appeal opinion. For more details about Diaz, see the Torts and Products update page.

• Sullivan v. Oracle Corporation (S170577) – This case addresses the application of California Labor Code overtime requirements to out-of-state employees hired by a California employer, including: (1) Does the Labor Code apply to overtime work performed in California for a California-based employer by out-of-state plaintiffs, such that overtime pay is required for work in excess of eight hours per day or in excess of forty hours per week? (2) Does Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200, et seq., apply to such overtime work? (3) Does § 17200, et seq. apply to overtime work performed outside of California for a California-based employer by out-of-state plaintiffs if the employer failed to comply with the overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. § 207 et seq.? This case has also attracted significant amicus interest. For more details about Sullivan, see the Employment – Compensation & Benefits update page.

• Franchise Tax Board v. Superior Court (Gonzales) (S176943) – Here, the Court will address the question of whether article I, section 16, of the California Constitution provides a taxpayer the constitutional right to a jury trial in an action for a refund of taxes under Revenue and Taxation Code § 19382. For more details about Franchise Tax Board, see the Taxation and Assessments update page.

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