Recent California Supreme Court Activity

While I configured and wired a veritable recording studio, the world marched on, with the issuance of interesting appellate opinions here and elsewhere in U.S.  The California Supreme Court has been up to some interesting activity this year as well.  For instance, the recent debpulication of opinion from the Second Appeallate District, Division Eight, that seemed inconsistent with the manner in which Brinker instructed courts to evaluate class issues, at least in the wage & hour field.  And in the last few weeks the California Supreme Court's Conference events included the following item of note:

  • The Court granted review in Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspapers, Inc. (pub ord. Oct. 17, 2012), previously published at 210 Cal. App. 4th 77.  In Ayala the Court of Appeal partially reversed a trial court order denying class certification.  The wage & hour case stems from the classification of workers as independent contractors.

The grant of review in Ayala raises the question of whether Bradley v. Networkers International LLC, 211 Cal. App. 4th 1129 (2012), as modified (Jan. 8, 2013), might turn on some issue that the Supreme Court intends to resolve in Ayala.