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Aerojet-General Corp. v. American Excess Ins. Co.

The court holds that res judicata bars a manufacturer's declaratory relief action seeking a declaration that insurers must indemnify the manufacturer for claims brought against it for harm caused by the discharge of chemicals to...

Hartwell Corp. v. Superior Court of Ventura County

The court holds that the California Public Utilities Commission's (PUC's) regulation of water quality and safety does not preempt residents' damage claims alleging that water providers subject to PUC regulation violated federal and...

Friends of Sierra Madre v. Sierra Madre, City of

The court holds that initiative measures generated and placed on the ballot by a public agency are not exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The city of Sierra Madre enacted a historic preservation ordinance, and...

Kazi v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co.

The court holds that an insurer providing a liability policy that covers damage to tangible property on the insureds' premises has no duty to defend the insureds in an easement dispute. The dispute arose after the insureds graded an...

Planning & Conservation League v. Department of Water Resources

The court holds that the environmental review of a water allocation agreement between the state department of water resources and 29 local water contractors violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). After the parties...

K.F. Dairies, Inc. & Affiliates v. Fireman's Fund Ins. Co.

The court, applying California law, holds that an insurer had a duty to defend an insured in an underlying Comprehensive Environmental, Compensation, and Liability Act groundwater contamination suit when the damage occurred during the...

Kirkorowicz v. California Coastal Comm'n

The court reverses a trial court decision ordering the California Coastal Commission to set aside its denial of landowners' request for a coastal development permit to expand horse stables and boarding facilities on their property and...

Connecticut Indem. Co. v. Superior Court of San Joaquin County

The court holds that a city council, pursuant to a legislative investigation of toxic contamination of groundwater, may issue subpoenas to insurers in order to obtain information relating to liability insurance coverage and claims...

Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council, Inc. v. Tahoe Reg'l Planning Agency

The court upholds a district court decision dismissing landowners' takings claims against the Lake Tahoe Basin regional planning agency based on a temporary development moratorium issued by the agency. The court first holds that it will...

Pacific Indem. Co. v. Bellefonte Ins. Co.

The court affirms in part and reverses in part a lower court judgment determining that an insurer of the San Diego Bay Port District had a duty to defend the district from a citizen suit alleging that the district breached the public...