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Plaintiffs Sue Scooter-Makers for Abetting Assault

Facial lacerations, broken teeth, and fractured fingers.

It wasn't a fight; it was a scooter. But the injuries have turned into a legal battle against the scooter-makers.

In a proposed class-action filed in Los Angeles, plaintiffs say the manufacturers are responsible for their injuries. They say electric scooter riders assaulted them.

The California Supreme Court has had quite the year. The annual "Year in Review" is in, and the data is, as usual, fascinating.

The court received nearly 7,000 filings from September 2017 through August 2018, and processed close to the same number of dispositions during that time. Notably, 85 opinions were issued, 39 in civil cases, while the remaining were split evenly between criminal and death row cases.

Other big highlights from the last year involve: the success of the live streaming oral arguments, which received over 25,000 listeners; And (how can we forget about) the sweeping changes that were made to the code of attorney conduct.

Catholic Bishops Sued for Sex Abuse in California

Another lawsuit has been filed against Catholic bishops for sex abuse, but this one is of epic proportions.

Thomas Emens, who says a priest molested him for years, wants every bishop in California to answer the complaint. The plaintiff says they have covered up sex abuse in the church for too long.

The problem has plagued Catholics for decades. Even the Pope says something has to change, or another Exodus is coming.

How Much Can Hospitals in CA Charge Patients Without Insurance?

An unpublished case about a $7,812 medical bill could change the way hospitals charge patients without insurance in California.

It depends on two main questions: Will a decision stand that allows self-pay patients to challenge their bills? And will the California Supreme Court certify the decision for publication?

In Solorio v. Fresno Community Hospital and Medical Center, the answers could change everything. It's not just about the $7,812 bill; it's about how much hospitals can charge.

Former Content Moderator Sues Facebook for Psychological Trauma From Images

Selena Scola scrolled through Facebook like millions of other people, except it was her job -- and it made her sick.

She worked as a content moderator, looking for objectionable content to flag for removal. What she saw -- "videos, images and livestreamed broadcasts of child sexual abuse, rape, torture, bestiality, beheadings, suicide and murder" -- caused her psychological trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In a new lawsuit filed in California, Scola alleges the social media giant is to blame for negligently failing to maintain a safe workplace. She's not the only one; it's a class action.

Harley-Davidson Seeks California Supreme Court Review of Tax Decision

Harley-Davidson is headed toward the end of the road in California.

After losing an appeal over a discriminatory tax, the motorcycle company will ask the California Supreme Court to review the case. In Harley Davidson v. Franchise Tax Board, the Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld California's requirement that out-of-state companies report combined tax liability on a single return.

Even though the tax favors in-state corporations, the lower court said there is no better way to apportion taxes for the inter-state business. Harley-Davidson says there has to be a nondiscriminatory way.

Judge Strikes California's Century-Old Ban on Gun Advertising

About 100 hundred years ago, California lawmakers decided shopkeepers could not display guns in their store windows.

Never mind that people could carry guns on their hips in some parts, but that's all history. A federal judge has struck down California's 95-year-old law on First Amendment grounds.

Tracy Rifle and Pistol v. Harris is a big decision for gunshops. It means they can show people what's inside their stores, in case they didn't know.

California lawyers take note: the state Supreme Court will now be appointing the California State Bar's seven lawyer, and six non-lawyer, board members, as well as the Bar's president and vice president (which have been rebranded as chair and vice chair).

Last week, the court made three appointments: Jason Lee, as Chair, Alan Steinbrecher as Vice Chair, and Brandon Stallings as a member of the board of trustees. However, in the announcement on the state bar's website, there's something that is likely more concerning for lawyers in the state: The bar is still trying to find a way to increase membership dues.

Court: Twitter Can Kick Racists to the Curb

Twitter booted a white nationalist from its platform, and a state appeals court added good riddance.

Jared Taylor sued the social media company for suspending his account, alleging it violated unfair competition laws and other claims. A trial judge ruled for Twitter on two of three claims, but California's First District Court of Appeal vacated the ruling and made it three-for-three.

The appeals court said Twitter is protected from liability by the Communications Decency Act. In other words, kicking out the racist was the decent thing to do.

California Joins 3D-Printed Gun Battle

California has joined the legal battle against 3D-printed guns, demanding the federal government stop publication of blueprints for the plastics guns on the internet.

In a case filed by eight other states, a judge in Washington has ordered the U.S. State Department to block the release. California will enter the fray with a temporary restraining order already in place.

Win or lose in the next legal round, California is proving it is possible to be fashionably late to a gun fight. Or not.