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Untamed Skies: Domestic Drones Remain Unregulated

What once was a technology confined almost exclusively to military use has now made its way into the hands of businesses, domestic agencies and private hobbyists. Small, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (or UAVs), more commonly known...more

Legal Update: Government Precondemnation Entry and Inspection – A Review of Property Reserve, Inc. v. Superior Court (2014)

There are four ways the government can enter onto private property: - It has permission of the property owner. - In an emergency (Tenth Amendment/police power). - It has a search warrant, based on...more

Ordinance Authorizing Warrantless Inspections of Hotel Records is Unconstitutional

Motel owners challenged a Los Angeles Municipal Code provision requiring hotel guest records to be made available to any Los Angeles Police Department officer for inspection. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth...more

Court of Appeal Upholds Ordinance Regulating Medical Marijuana

A trial court enjoined enforcement of a City of Los Angeles ordinance that regulates the number and geographic distribution of medical marijuana collectives. The court of appeal reversed the trial court’s order finding that...more

Warrantless Inspections are Not Warranted under the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) may not conduct a warrantless administrative inspection of a residential property subject to a Freshwater Wetlands...more

Nelson v. City of Rochester

Motion For Leave To File And Brief Of Amici Curiae CATO Institute, Reason Foundation, Minnesota Free Market Institute, And...

A person’s home is his castle and thus affords certain protections and immunities — including the right to exclude unwanted visitors — that apply whether you own or rent. Unfortunately, ordinances authorizing general...more

Annual City Apartment Inspections And Inspection Fees Are Upheld

Residential landlords can be required to submit their rental properties for annual city inspections, and can be required to pay a city inspection fee, under a recent court of appeal ruling. (Griffith v. City of Santa Cruz...more

IPC Confirms Building Plans Do Not Contain Personal Information

In a recently released access to information decision under Ontario’s Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“MFIPPA”), an adjudicator for the office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of...more

Fix Wilson Yard, Inc. v. City of Chicago

The Wilson Yard Defendants' Brief in Response to the Anonymous Speakers' Renewed Motion to Quash Defendants' Subpoena

Fix Wilson Yard v. City of Chicago EFF has asked an Illinois Circuit Court judge to quash subpoenas aimed at outing opponents of a controversial city project. In December, local residents filed a lawsuit in state court...more

Fix Wilson Yard v. City of Chicago

Defendants' Memorandum in Support of Their Section 2-619.1 Motion To Dismiss...

EFF has asked an Illinois Circuit Court judge to quash subpoenas aimed at outing opponents of a controversial city project. In December, local residents filed a lawsuit in state court against the city of Chicago and local...more

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