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Stability For Calif. Cap-And-Trade Program, For Now

The future of California’s cap-and-trade program looks a little brighter, thanks to a 2-1 vote of the Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District on April 6. The decision, which held that the cap-and-trade program is...more

Challenge to California's Cap-and-Trade Emission Allowances Auction Rejected on Appeal

by Jones Day on

On April 6, 2017, the California Court of Appeal, in a 2–1 decision, upheld the sale of greenhouse gas ("GHG") emission allowances in California's cap-and-trade program. California Chamber of Commerce v. State Air Resources...more

Federal District Court Declines to Declare that CERCLA Bars Pending State Law Tort Action

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Highlighting the discretion a federal court may exercise to allow a state court to hear state tort claims, a federal district court in Montana dismissed a former smelter operator’s claim for injunctive relief against...more

GHG Allowance Auctions are Not a Tax; Key Element of State’s Cap-and-Trade Program Upheld

California Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. California Air Resources Board, et al., Case No. C075930 (Cal. Ct. App. 3d. Dist., 2017). On April 6, the California Court of Appeal for the Third District issued its...more

Cap and Trade Auction Credits: Taxes, Regulatory Fees or “Something Else”? California Third District Court of Appeal Hears...

by Nossaman LLP on

A three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal for the Third District heard oral argument last week in the longstanding companion cases challenging the legality of AB 32’s cap and trade auctions. California Chamber of...more

Court of Appeal Turns a Careful Eye Toward Challenges to California’s Cap-and-Trade Auction System

by Reed Smith on

A California Court of Appeal signaled it is moving closer to making what could be a far-reaching decision in the consolidated cases of California Chamber of Commerce v. California Air Resources Board (Case No. C075930) and...more

Nonprofits Seeking to Use Brownfields Tax Credits Beware: Directive Gutted by Massachusetts Superior Court Remains Online Without...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Massachusetts Department of Revenue guidance declared a “naked, confiscatory attempt by a state administrative agency to appropriate private property to fill government coffers” by the Massachusetts Superior Court remains on...more

Newhall Case Applies Proposition 26 to Wholesale Water Rates

by Nossaman LLP on

Newhall County Water District v. Castaic Lake Water Agency (2016) 243 Cal.App.4th 1430 (“Newhall”) - Case Disposition - Plaintiff Newhall County Water District (“Newhall”), a retail water purveyor, challenged a...more

California Appellate Court Holds Groundwater Pumping Fees are Property-Related Fees Subject to Prop. 218

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Decision Conflicts with a Separate Appellate Court Decision to be Considered by the California Supreme Court - In Great Oaks Water Company v. Santa Clara Valley Water District, originally issued March 26, the Sixth...more

Property Tax And Valuation Topics - Summer 2015

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

The Environment and Property Taxes - It seems that many stakeholders are trying to deal with climate change. Connecticut’s hundreds of miles of coastline along the Long Island Sound include many low-lying areas...more

Environmental Contamination Can Significantly Impact the Merits of a Property Tax Appeal

by Cole Schotz on

The New Jersey Tax Court recently ruled in Methode Electronics, Inc. v. Twp. Of Willingboro, Docket Nos. 019012-2010 and 014098-2011 (Tax January 22, 2015) that the assessment on contaminated property located in Willingboro,...more

Recent Amendment Implements Important Changes to the Georgia Brownfield Program

Effective on July 1, House Bill 957 (2014) (the “Amendment”) amended the Georgia Brownfield Act, O.C.G.A. § 12-8-200 et seq. (the Act). The Amendment broadens applicability of the Act, expands the pool of eligible parties...more

Sixth Circuit Weighs in on CERCLA Cost Recovery, Contribution Actions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court recently issued an important opinion related to claims to recover environmental cleanup costs at an Ohio landfill. The court’s ruling in Hobart Corporation, et al. v....more

Solar City and Sunrun File Suit Challenging Arizona Property Tax on Leased Solar Systems

Solar City Corporation and Sunrun Inc. (collectively, the “Companies”) filed suit on June 30, 2014 challenging the Arizona Department of Revenue’s (ADOR) position that certain solar systems owned by the Companies (the...more

Weekly Update from the State House - February 28, 2014: The House met this week in lengthy sessions to try to clear the calendar...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Details from Each Chamber: HOUSE - The House met this week in lengthy sessions to try to clear the calendar in preparation for budget week beginning March 10....more

PA Tax Law News: December 2013 -- Assessment Of Environmentally Contaminated Real Estate

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court’s recent decision in Harley-Davidson Motor Company v. York County Board of Assessment Appeals (Pa. Cmwlth. Ct. decided on October 30, 2013), demonstrates the importance of establishing a...more

Court Rules That Delayed Compliance With A FOIA Request Remains A Violation

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In a recent Illinois Appellate Court decision, the Court held that a public body was in violation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) where the public body initially willfully ignored its obligation to respond to a FOIA...more

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