No. E070545.

29 Cal.App.5th 486 (2018)

THE PEOPLE ex rel. XAVIER BECERRA, as Attorney General, etc., et al., Petitioners, v. THE SUPERIOR COURT OF RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Respondent; SANG-HOON AHN et al., Real Parties in Interest.

Court of Appeals of California, Fourth District, Division Two.

As modified November 28, 2018.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Xavier Becerra , Attorney General, Julie Weng-Gutierrez , Assistant Attorney General, Joshua A. Klein , Deputy Solicitor General, Niromi W. Pfeiffer , Gregory D. Brown and Darrell W. Spence , Deputy Attorneys General, for Petitioners.

Diane F. Boyer-Vine , Legislative Counsel, Robert A. Pratt , Principal Deputy Legislative Counsel, Aaron D. Silva , Chief Deputy Legislative Counsel; Strumwasser & Woocher, Fredric D. Woocher and Michael J. Strumwasser for the California State Senate and State Assembly as Amici Curiae on behalf of Petitioners.

Andrea Saltzman, in pro. per., as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Petitioners.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Simona G. Strauss for Death with Dignity National Center as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Petitioners.

No appearance for Respondent.

Larson O'Brien, Stephen G. Larson , Robert C. O'Brien , Steven E. Bledsoe , Erica R. Graves ; Life Legal Defense Foundation, Catherine W. Short , Allison K. Aranda , Alexandra Snyder ; and Karen M. Kitterman for Real Parties in Interest Sang-Hoon Ahn, Laurence Boggeln, George Delgado, Phil Dreisbach, Vincent Fortanasce, Vincent Nguyen and the Christian Medical and Dental Society doing business as the American Academy of Medical Ethics.

Law Office of Jon B. Eisenberg, Jon B. Eisenberg ; O'Melveny & Myers, John Kappos , Bo Moon , Jason A. Orr , Tyler H. Hunt and Kevin Díaz (admitted pro hac vice) for Real Parties in Interest Matthew Fairchild, Joan Nelson and Catherine S. Forest.


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