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Court of Appeal Finds: Environmental and Natural Resources Existing Flood Danger Was Not An Impact Of Proposed Dam Upgrade...

In Paulek v. California Dept. of Water Resources (2014) (October 31, 2014, E060038) __ Cal.App.4th __, the Court of Appeal upheld the final environmental impact report (“EIR”) prepared by the California Department of Water...more

California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Overhaul Continues

I. LCFS Readoption - The California Air Resources Board (“ARB”) is on the cusp of readopting the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (“LCFS”) regulation to remedy legal defects in the initial adoption process found by the...more

Unmasking the anonymous online critic – first, there is the matter of jurisdiction

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Texas issued a 5-4 decision holding a plaintiff needs to establish jurisdiction over an anonymous blogger before a court will allow pre-suit discovery that would likely unmask the blogger’s...more

The Nuts And Bolts Of Social Media Discovery

I recently addressed the general implications of the Stored Communications Act on locating and retrieving electronic evidence in a Law360 article entitled “A Hurdle to Obtaining Electronic Evidence.” As explained by the Ninth...more

Third Circuit Invalidates President Obama’s Appointment Of Former NLRB Member Becker; Becomes Second Appellate Court To Rule NLRB...

In late January, the D.C. Circuit ruled in Noel Canning that President Barack Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments of Members Richard Griffin, Terrence Flynn (who has since resigned), and Sharon Block to the National...more

Vermont Issues Significant eDiscovery / Fourth Amendment Decision

In civil litigation, eDiscovery disputes hardly ever rise to the level of constitutional importance. But in the criminal arena, the rules are different....more

Acted With Substantial Justification

Just wondering, but what does the phrase "acted with substantial justification" mean in the sanctions statute for motion to compel depo testimony, CCP 2025.480 (pdf)? Does it mean the conduct that led the moving party to...more

"I Declare, It Is Necessary"

As every lawyer is aware, a party may propound more than 35 specially prepared interrogatories or requests for admissions simply by attaching a Declaration of Necessity pursuant to C.C.P. §2030.040 and C.C.P. §2033.040...more

Why Aren't You Using Requests For Admissions

If you are like most lawyers, you are using the typical discovery devices to gather up all your information--form interrogatories, special interrogatories, requests for production of documents, and of course the deposition...more

Changes Come to Confidentiality of Florida Court Filings

As the judicial branch transitions toward acquiring, maintaining, and distributing court records electronically, the Supreme Court of Florida has viewed the confidentiality of a narrow set of records as a...more

THERE IS NO REAL PRIVACY ON FACEBOOK AND OTHER SOCIAL NETWORKS

If you get sued in court, will your Facebook privacy settings protect you from opposing counsel’s request for electronic discovery? If that information is material and necessary for the opposition’s case and the...more

City of Ontario v. Quon

Supreme Court Decision in Quon

The search of the police officer’s text messages was reasonable, and therefore the officer’s Fourth Amendment rights were not violated. "Even if Quon had a reasonable expectation of privacy in his text messages,...more

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