This morning's Daily Journal has an interesting article on the oral arguments this week in Tobacco and Fairbanks. The article tells us why Chief Justice George will not hear Tobacco:
And while Chief Justice Ronald M. George is usually the swing vote in such close cases and a fair indicator of which way the decision will turn, he'll be sitting out Tuesday's oral argument and the decision because one of the defense firms in the case, Loeb & Loeb in Los Angeles, handles his estate planning.
His replacement, Justice Eileen C. Moore of the 4th District Court of Appeal, graduated from the conservative Pepperdine University School of Law and was honored a few years back by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.
The article also mentions the Supreme Court's opinion in Meyer and the recently-filed rehearing petition.