Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass

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One Montgomery Street
Suite 3000
San Francisco, CA 94104, United States
Phone: 415 391 4800
Fax: 415 989 1663
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Finance & Banking
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • California
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Beware: Broad New CA County and City Authority To Impose Transfer Tax on Entity Interest Transfers

The California Supreme Court has just granted broad authority to counties and cities to impose documentary transfer tax (“DTT”) on certain transfers of interests in legal entities. Before June 29, 2017, tax practitioners’…more
 /  Taxation

Compromise Inclusionary Legislation Set for Final Approval

Barring any last-minute surprises, the Board of Supervisors will finally adopt compromise inclusionary housing legislation on July 18th that would, as shown in our summary comparison chart, make many major changes to the City’s…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Unsurprising Façade Easement Holding by Tax Court: Conservation Easement Must Be Recorded to Qualify for Deduction

Those familiar with conservation easements know that, to qualify for a federal tax deduction, a conservation easement must meet several rigorous requirements found in Internal Revenue Code Section 170 and Section 1.170A-14 of…more
 /  Taxation

Does Existing Tax Law Satisfy the Current and Future Needs of Social Enterprise?

While those working in social enterprise are still grappling with how to define it, Professor of Law Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer of Notre Dame Law School takes a look at social enterprise through the lens of domestic tax law, and…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

Donating Fund Interests: A “Why Now?” and “How To” Primer

Due to increased valuation of public and private equities, coupled with the upcoming end of the sunset provision that allows hedge fund managers to defer taxation on fees earned offshore, there is an increased interest among…more
 /  Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation, Nonprofit Law

Court Confirms CEQA Analysis of Zoning Amendments Limited to Reasonably Foreseeable Development

The California Court of Appeal for the Sixth Appellate District recently held, in Aptos Council v. County of Santa Cruz, 10 Cal. App. 5th 266 (2017) that environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)…more
 /  Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Board of Supervisors to Consider Compromise Inclusionary Housing Legislation

On June 5, the Land Use and Transportation Committee of the Board of Supervisors will consider compromise inclusionary housing legislation. As shown in our summary comparison chart, the legislation would generally retain…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Latest Target Data Breach Settlement Reminds Companies Of The Importance Of Data Security: Do It Right Or Subject Yourself To Government Oversight

Pursuant to a settlement agreement with the Attorneys General of nearly all 50 states1, Target Corporation will pay $18.5 million to settle claims brought by the state Attorneys General arising from the November 2013 data breach…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Registration Rule Decision Invites Congress to Expand FAA Authority Over Hobby Drones (Or Not)

On May 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling vacating the Federal Aviation Administration's "Registration Rule," which required owners of small unmanned aircraft ("drones") operated for…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Ting Density Bonus Legislation Now Limited to San Francisco

As reported in our prior blog post, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) introduced amendments to the State Density Bonus law (AB 915) that would specifically require all local jurisdictions to impose their local…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The Drone Privacy and Transparency Act of 2017: Overdue or Over-reaching?

On March 15, 2017, Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced federal legislation entitled the Drone Privacy and Transparency Act of 2017. The proposed legislation seeks to address growing…more
 /  Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Wading Through the Flood of New Housing Legislation

Having trouble keeping up with the seemingly endless torrent of new housing laws? You are not alone. Here is our summary of the key pending State and San Francisco legislation aimed at increasing housing/affordable housing…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Wiener’s Streamlined Infill Housing Approvals Legislation Continues to Move Forward

We reported in December that State Senator Scott Wiener marked his first day in state office by introducing legislation (SB 35) to address barriers to housing production. Senator Wiener has introduced amendments to SB 35 that…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Affordable Housing Bonus Program Takes Shape in San Francisco

The State Density Bonus law has been in effect for almost 40 years, but it has required a prolonged housing crisis to push San Francisco to adopt a local implementing ordinance. Last year the Board of Supervisors adopted the…more
 /  Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Ting Legislation Seeks to Pave the Way for Fees on Density Bonus Units

Assembly member Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) introduced new amendments to the State Density Bonus law on March 15, 2017 that would specifically require local jurisdictions to impose their local inclusionary housing requirements…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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