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FCC Proposes New Rules On Local Wireless Siting
Ethics Laws and the Importance of Transparency for Public Officials
Monitor Thy Drink: Alcohol Import Regulations Under the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau)
Who pays for road damage in Pennsylvania after ACT 13?
Marcellus gas fuels Natural Gas Vehicles
Natural gas encourages industrial and large commercial end-users to revisit their operational plans
Allen Matkins partner Ray Buddie - San Francisco Construction & Development Summit
DPR Construction EVP Eric Lamb - San Francisco Construction & Development Summit
Shorenstein SVP Todd Sklar - San Francisco Construction & Development Summit
Sares Regis chief development officer Todd Regonini - SF Construction & Development Summit
Hathaway Dinwiddie CEO Greg Cosko - San Francisco Construction & Development Summit
Forest City SVP Alexa Arena - San Francisco Construction & Development Summit
Sackett v EPA - Supreme Court Authorizes Pre-Enforcement Review of Clean Water Act Compliance Orders - David Cooke
Google real estate director John Igoe - San Francisco Construction & Development Summit
Is Fracking Safe?
Don Donadio on Economic Development Incentives in North Carolina
John Hunter on Economic Development Incentives in North Carolina
Neill Edwards on Economic Development Incentives in North Carolina
California Redevelopment Agency Update: The Implications of the Matosantos Decision
Changes to California Mechanic's Lien Laws Relieve Frustration in Construction
On November 22, 2013, the Department of Justice announced its first prosecution of a wind farm operation for violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), a criminal statute governing take of over 1000 species of birds....more
The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law. Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website, click on the Record Number to read opinion)...more
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) has a famously broad scope, outlawing the taking of over 1000 species of birds, ranging from hummingbirds to robins and crows. It is also a criminal statute, although most violations are...more
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent term included decisions in several cases with implications on states and states' rights. This presentation included the court's review and opinions handed down for the following cases.
On December 6, 2005, Benito Acosta (“Acosta”) spoke during a public comment period at a Costa Mesa City Council (“City”) meeting. Because of his behavior, he was asked to step down from the podium and leave the chambers. ...more
Notice of Adoption of Local Law 2 of 2013
Town of Ovid
Seneca County, N. Y.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that after a public hearing duly held in the Town of Ovid, New York (the "Town") in accordance with law, the Town Board...more
The new Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance issued by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (“FWS”) presents an interesting question for wind project developers and operators – does it really provide greater certainty and reduce...more
Few issues have sparked so much debate in so many local governments then how to regulate the medical marijuana industry. Proponents have filed numerous challenges to various attempts by cities and counties, but now the legal,...more
I used to say – if your business operates in China, you are likely violating the FCPA in one way or another. Permit me to revise my admonition: if your business operates in India, you are likely violating the FCPA in one...more
Bell, et al. v. City of Boise, et al.
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit March 7, 2013
Plaintiffs in this case are seven individuals who either are or have been homeless in Boise. They have all...more
In late February, we covered the state and federal legislative and enforcement responses to the release of hydraulic fracturing waste into a Youngstown, Ohio area tributary by a local oil and gas drilling operator. Shortly...more
Opponents of newly approved amendments to the city of Phoenix’s Human Relations Ordinance (the Ordinance) had worried that the amendments could result in criminal penalties for employers and others who might bar transgender...more
The Arlington County Board is planning to hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed changes to the Noise Control Ordinance. According to the Arlington County website, the meeting is expected to take place sometime in the...more
A rural county passed an ordinance to regulate the cultivation of medical marijuana. A group of individuals who are “qualified patients” challenged the constitutionality of the ordinance. The court of appeal held that the...more
A release of approximately 40,000 gallons of oil and gas operations waste into a Youngstown, Ohio area storm drain flowing into the Mahoning River is igniting a call for tighter regulatory oversight and more transparent...more
Under the headline “EPA Enforcement in 2012 Protects Communities from Harmful Pollution,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 17, 2012, released its annual report of enforcement activities for the 2012...more
Recently, two federal courts, including the influential U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, issued opinions in criminal environmental cases involving violations of recordkeeping requirements. Like most...more
In a decision that will impact white collar criminal trials — and potentially civil enforcement trials in which the government agency seeks substantial civil monetary penalties — the U.S. Supreme Court recently held in...more
Originally published in Oklahoma Bar Journal - Volume 83, No.5 - February 11, 2012.
Anyone who has raised a child or represented a company in a regulated industry knows that accidents will happen. This article will...more
Cannabis Distributions under Color of Law is a 50 page monograph telling you what you need to know to start a legal medical cannabis delivery service in California.
It details the seven steps necessary to get going right...more
Hemp Publications Monograph No. 1
Delivery Services is a 50-page 8 1/2" x 5" spiral-bound in-depth study that details the seven steps necessary to start a legal medical marijuana delivery service in...more
Litigation Research Group is publishing state-specific cannabis
and commerce handbooks detailing how to grow and distribute
marijuana “as much within the law as possible,” according to the
This is a brief look at the current (as of 4/4/2011) state of the law in San Bernardino County regarding gourmet food trucks (where food is prepared in the truck), and the impact of the City of San Bernardino's Transient...more
CANNABIS LAW AND PRACTICE HANDBOOKS
Topical reports on challenges and opportunities in the business of marijuana in 2011
San Francisco-based Litigation Research Group has just published a series of four...more
As discussed in the last post, many localities are struggling after the Virginia Supreme Court’s opinion in Tanner v. City of Virginia Beach to adopt ordinances to comply with that decision. No longer can localities use a...more