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The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Reverses Its Unlawful Ban on Treating Male Patients

In September of 2013, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology adopted a policy of excluding obstetrician/gynecologists from eligibility for Board certification and recertification if they treated any male patients. The…more

Healthcare, OB-GYN, Patients, Specialty Healthcare

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Indiana Achieves Commercial Close on its Second Availability Payment P3

Indiana closed its second availability payment-based P3 project, the I-69 Section 5 project. "Section 5" is the fifth of six planned sections to link Evansville, Indiana with Indianapolis. The RFQ for Section 5 was published…more

Infrastructure, P3s, Public-Private Partnerships, Roads

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The Surprising Truth about Hobby Lobby's Effect in California

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, holding that closely-held corporations could refuse to provide contraceptive coverage mandated by U.S…more

Affordable Care Act, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Closely Held Businesses, Conflicts of Laws, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

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What Every California Commercial Building Owner Needs to Know About the Impact of Contract Dates on Reporting Requirements Under AB 1103

As owners grapple with the new energy usage and disclosure requirements under AB 1103, parties to long term transactions must look to the date of the contract to determine whether they are required to comply…more

California Energy Commission, Commercial Leases, Commercial Property Owners, Energy Use Disclosure Requirements, Leases

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Physician Well-Being: Helping Clients Navigate The Path From Substance-Related Disorders To Recovery And Return To Practice

Introduction - Physicians suffering from substance-related disorders face a difficult combination of legal and health issues, which, unless properly handled, can be career-ending and life-threatening. The most urgent…more

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Contract Award for Riverside Extension of SR-91 Express Lanes

On May 8th, 2013, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) approved a $632 million dollar design-build contract for the SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project. The design-builder is a joint venture between Atkinson…more

Construction Contracts, Highways, Joint Venture

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Nossaman Develops Model Social Infrastructure P3 Bill

Many federal, state and local government agencies are looking for innovative and cost effective methods to deliver essential social infrastructure such as educational facilities, hospitals and criminal justice facilities and…more

Infrastructure, Legislative Agendas, Public-Private Partnerships

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Seventh Circuit Restricts the Reach of U.S. Antitrust Laws on Foreign Component Manufacturers

Background-Seventh Circuit Issues Important Decision for Foreign Manufacturers - In a precedent-setting antitrust decision, a federal appellate court handed a significant victory to Nossaman client AU Optronics in its…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Foreign Corporations, Manufacturers

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Contract Award for Riverside Extension of SR-91 Express Lanes

On May 8th, 2013, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) approved a $632 million dollar design-build contract for the SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project. The design-builder is a joint venture between Atkinson…more

Construction Contracts, Highways, Joint Venture

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Railway Age Crude By Rail Conference Profiles Key Players, Key Issues in Crude By Rail Debate

On June 12 and 13, 2014, Railway Age’s Crude by Rail Conference and Expo brought together representatives from the oil and gas industry, railroads, rail car manufacturers, Federal government, emergency response organizations and…more

NTSB, Oil & Gas, PHMSA, Railways

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Did You Know…Compelled Public Employee Testimony May Be Protected By the First Amendment

The Supreme Court’s recent unanimous decision in Lane v. Franks held that the First Amendment protects a public employee who provided truthful sworn testimony, compelled by subpoena, outside the course of his ordinary job…more

First Amendment, Lane v Franks et.al, Protected Activity, Public Employees, SCOTUS

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TxDOT Achieves Commercial Close on the $845 Million I-35E Managed Lanes Project

On May 17, 2013, the Texas Department of Transportation and AGL Constructors reached commercial close on the design-build and capital maintenance agreements for the I-35E Managed Lanes Project. AGL Constructors is a joint…more

Construction Contracts, Department of Transportation, Highways

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California Legislators Propose Two Bills on Crude by Rail

Two measures have been introduced in the California legislature to respond to the growth of crude-by-rail volume in the state. State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) has introduced SB 1319, which would expand existing…more

Oil & Gas, Oil Spills, Railways, Train Accidents

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The Surprising Truth about Hobby Lobby's Effect in California

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, holding that closely-held corporations could refuse to provide contraceptive coverage mandated by U.S…more

Affordable Care Act, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Closely Held Businesses, Conflicts of Laws, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

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Electronic Health Records Donations: Proposed CMS And OIG Rules Revise Stark Exception And Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor

On April 10, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (‘‘CMS'') and the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (‘‘OIG'') published twin proposed rules that amend and extend the…more

Anti-Corruption, Anti-Kickback Statute, CMS, Electronic Medical Records, HHS

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Court Allows EPA To Stop Ongoing Projects, Years After Permits Were Granted

In 2007, Mingo Logan Coal Company received a Clean Water Act permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discharge dredged or fill material from a mountain top coal mine in West Virginia into three streams. Originally…more

Clean Water Act, EPA, Executive Orders, Permits, US Army Corps of Engineers

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CTC Meeting Brings Good News for Transportation Projects Around the State

As reported in Caltrans District 11's press release, there is much good news coming out of California Transportation Commission's meeting last week. First, thanks to a new state budget that increased transportation funding by…more

Caltrans, Infrastructure, State Budgets, State Funding, Surface Transportation

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The "ABCs" Of California Booze Law

Do you want to be part of the booze business in California? Or do you already have a liquor license but are unclear on what you're allowed to do? We're here to help. Originally Published in Krost, Baumgarten, Kniss &…more

Liquor, Wine & Alcohol

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Policyholders Fight to Preserve Precedent But Court Limits Coverage For Implied Disparagement

On June 12, 2014, the California Supreme Court, in Hartford Casualty Ins. Co. v. Swift Distribution Inc. 59 Cal. 4th 277 (2014), issued its long awaited opinion affirming an appeal of a ruling that at first blush appeared to…more

Advertising, Advertising Injury, Commercial General Liability Policies, Disparagement, Hartford Casualty Ins.

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California High Speed Rail Authority Issues RFQ for Second Phase

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) issued its Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Construction Package 2-3 (CP2-3) on October 10 and will be hosting an industry forum for the project on October 29, 2013. The…more

High-Speed Rail, Public Projects, Railways

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The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Reverses Its Unlawful Ban on Treating Male Patients

In September of 2013, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology adopted a policy of excluding obstetrician/gynecologists from eligibility for Board certification and recertification if they treated any male patients. The…more

Healthcare, OB-GYN, Patients, Specialty Healthcare

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Did You Know…California Supreme Court Approves Class-Action Waivers, But Disapproves PAGA Representative Claim Waivers

The California Supreme Court has issued its highly-anticipated opinion in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC (“Iskanian”). The decision is mixed for employers: the Court ruled that arbitration agreements with…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Federal Arbitration Act

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ADOT Executes First P3 Agreement

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and Infrastructure Corporation of America (ICA) have entered into a concession agreement under which ICA will operate and maintain ADOT’s 14 highway rest areas. The concession…more

Highways, P3s, Public-Private Partnerships

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NTE Segments 3A & 3B Project Reaches Financial Close

The North Tarrant Express Segments 3A & 3B Project (Project) reached financial close earlier today. The Project will provide over $1.5 billion of needed infrastructure to the Fort Worth area, as well as operations and…more

Infrastructure, Land Developers, Public-Private Partnerships, Roads, TIFIA

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Oxnard Union High School District to Acquire Nearby Church Property

The Oxnard Union High School District began Eminent Domain procedures to acquire property owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The property is required for construction of a right-turn lane for the new…more

Eminent Domain, Takings

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New Non-profit Donor Disclosure Takes Effect July 1, 2014 for California Elections

On May 14, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27 (S.B. 27), increasing the disclosure requirements that non-profit "multipurpose" organizations are subject to when engaging in California elections. This legislative…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Citizens United, Donor Lists, Non-Profits

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Appropriation Art As Fair Use Under The Copyright Act

Appropriation art raises special issues of fair use. An appropriation artist takes the work of another artist and modifies it in some fashion and in the process creates a new work of art. Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup Can series…more

Appeals, Appropriation, Art, Artists, Cariou v Prince

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The Uniform Relocation Act Does Not Provide a Private Right of Action to Property Owners

On March 7th, a U.S. District Court sided with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on whether the Uniform Relocation Act (URA) provides private property owners with a private right of action: it does not. The Pacific…more

Airports, CEQA, FAA, Inverse Condemnation, Takings

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What Every California LCC Needs To Know About California's New Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act

New changes to California's limited liability company law affect many of the rules governing operation of limited liability companies ("LLCs"). These changes include the default provisions that automatically apply when the…more

Business Formation, Fiduciary Duty, Indemnification, LLC, RULLCA

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Sea Level Rise Guidance For Agencies, Cities

In 2008, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order calling for the development of a statewide strategy and ordered state agencies to plan for sea level rise impacts. And Oct. 14, following Gov. Jerry Brown's…more

Coastal Real Estate, Sea Levels, State and Local Government

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Seventh Circuit Restricts the Reach of U.S. Antitrust Laws on Foreign Component Manufacturers

Background-Seventh Circuit Issues Important Decision for Foreign Manufacturers - In a precedent-setting antitrust decision, a federal appellate court handed a significant victory to Nossaman client AU Optronics in its…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Foreign Corporations, Manufacturers

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Limited Liability Companies Forced into Compliance

California limited liability companies and foreign limited liability companies (LLCs) registered in California must file a Statement of Information with the California Secretary of State within 90 days after the articles of…more

Foriegn LLCs, LLC, Notice Requirements, Statement of Information

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Separate Account Real Estate Investments: What Do I Need to Know And What Is My Role?

Separate account real estate refers to the direct ownership by a public pension plan in income producing real property, and in some cases, the property where the public pension plan has its headquarters building and related…more

Corporate Counsel, Pensions, Real Estate Investments, Separate Accounts

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Senate Intelligence Committee Approves Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill

Last month, we noted that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released a discussion draft of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted 12-3 to approve the Act…more

Cybersecurity, New Legislation

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Did You Know…California Supreme Court Holds Undocumented Workers Are Not Barred From All Relief

In Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co. the California Supreme Court recently held that an undocumented worker who fraudulently obtained employment through use of someone else’s social security number may seek damages for employment…more

After-Acquired Evidence, Discrimination, Hiring & Firing, Immigration Reform, Retaliation

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A Good Health Plan or an Uzi?

It was open enrollment for health benefits at Nossaman last week, and the conference room was filled with employees waiting to be briefed. Having spent the better part of the last few years of my professional life being…more

Essential Health Benefits, Healthcare

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Congressional Panel Explores Industry's Views on Public-Private Partnerships

On Wednesday, March 5, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Special Panel on Public-Private Partnerships held a hearing entitled "Overview of Public-Private Partnerships for Highway and Transit Projects" to review the…more

Highways, Infrastructure, P3s, Public Transit, Public-Private Partnerships

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Shortlist Announced for FDOT I-4 Ultimate Project

On June 5, 2013, the Florida Department of Transportation (“FDOT”) announced the shortlist for the proposed I-4 Ultimate Project in Orange and Seminole Counties. …more

Department of Transportation, Infrastructure, Request for Qualifications, Roads

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An Effective Antitrust Compliance Program Can Mean Significant Savings Down the Road

Having an effective compliance program can greatly impact the fines a company faces if it is found guilty of violating the United States' antitrust laws. The fine range for a company found guilty of antitrust violations is…more

Compliance

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California Public Utilities Commission Proceeding Updates Affecting the California Biogas Industry

Two pending proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") will substantially influence market opportunities for instate biogas producers. The CPUC initiated a rulemaking last week to address a number of…more

Biofuel, CPUC, Renewable Energy

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Trademark License Not Subject To Rejection In Bankruptcy In Certain Circumstances

Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 365, a debtor or bankruptcy trustee has the option, subject to court approval, of electing one of the following three alternatives with respect to an executory contract: (a) assuming the contract, (b)…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Trademark Litigation, Trademarks

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The Hearsay Rule Matters In Calif. PUC Proceedings

On Feb. 5, 2014, the California Court of Appeal for the First District issued its decision in The Utility Reform Network v. Public Utilities Commission (TURN v. PUC), in which the court established a clear rule that hearsay…more

CPUC, Hearsay, PG&E, Power Plants, Utilities Sector

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New Non-profit Donor Disclosure Takes Effect July 1, 2014 for California Elections

On May 14, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27 (S.B. 27), increasing the disclosure requirements that non-profit "multipurpose" organizations are subject to when engaging in California elections. This legislative…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Citizens United, Donor Lists, Non-Profits

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Study Finds San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center is Prime Candidate for P3 Delivery Method

According to a recently released study by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a public-private partnership (P3) may be the most effective method to deliver a proposed expansion of the San Francisco Veterans Administration…more

Healthcare, Hospitals, P3s, Procurement Guidelines, Public-Private Partnerships

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Houston METRO North Line Opens

On Saturday, December 21, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) celebrated the opening of the North Line in Houston, Texas. The 5.3-mile northern extension of METRO’s Red Line includes eight new stations…more

Public Transit, Public-Private Partnerships, Railways, Transit Authority

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Changes To California Pregnancy Disability Regulations To Take Effect By Year End

Amendments to California’s pregnancy disability regulations proposed by the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission have been formally approved by the Office of Administrative Law. The amendments, which go into effect…more

Medical Leave, Pregnancy Disability Leave Law

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FHWA's Expanded Application of Buy America to Utility Relocations Causes Consternation, Delays

As we have previously reported, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued guidance holding that "Buy America applies to any utility work that is accomplished as a result of a Federal-aid highway project", unless the…more

Buy American Act, Delays, Federal Highway Administration, NEPA, Utilities Sector

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California Supreme Court Clarifies Standard For “Mixed Motive” Defense To Employment Discrimination Claims

In a partial victory for employers, the California Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. City of Santa Monica that even when an employee proves that a discriminatory motive was a “substantial factor” in an adverse employment…more

Adverse Employment Action, Attorney's Fees, Damages, Discrimination, Mixed Motive Cases

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Arizona DOT Issues RFI for South Mountain Freeway Project

Yesterday the Arizona Department of Transportation issued to the P3 and design-build industry a Request for Information for the South Mountain Freeway project. ADOT is seeking perspective and feedback from lead developers,…more

Department of Transportation, Highways, Infrastructure, Public Projects, Roads

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Catch Me If You Can: How To Serve Foreign Defendants

You are sitting at your desk when your client calls to tell you that his or her customer breached an agreement. As you do your intake, you ask where the customer resides. You learn that the customer (potential defendant) has…more

Foreign Defendants, Hague Convention, Residency Status, Service of Process

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What Every California LCC Needs To Know About California's New Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act

New changes to California's limited liability company law affect many of the rules governing operation of limited liability companies ("LLCs"). These changes include the default provisions that automatically apply when the…more

Business Formation, Fiduciary Duty, Indemnification, LLC, RULLCA

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Nossaman Develops Model Social Infrastructure P3 Bill

Many federal, state and local government agencies are looking for innovative and cost effective methods to deliver essential social infrastructure such as educational facilities, hospitals and criminal justice facilities and…more

Infrastructure, Legislative Agendas, Public-Private Partnerships

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Did You Know...Depression Does Not Automatically Qualify An Employee For FMLA Leave

In recent years, employers have been bombarded by increasing numbers of lawsuits by employees with mental disabilities alleging discrimination and retaliation. These lawsuits are based on a variety of theories including…more

Employee Rights, FMLA, Mental Illness, Sick Leave

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Property Reserve on Hold: Supreme Court to Review Eminent Domain Right of Entry Statutes

Just a few months ago, the California Court of Appeal handed down a significant decision in Property Reserve v. Superior Court which nearly eviscerated public agencies' ability to make use of the statutory "right of entry"…more

Eminent Domain, Takings

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Guidance for Managing NEPA-Related Risks and Other Risks in Project Delivery - National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)

In This Issue: - AUTHOR'S ACKNOWLEDGMENTS - GUIDANCE FOR MANAGING LEGAL RISKS IN THE NEPA PROCESS ..Early Identification and Assessment of Legal Risks ..Methods for Managing Legal Risks ..Legal Risk…more

Department of Transportation, Environmental Review, Federal Highway Administration, Highways, NEPA

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Hexavalent Chromium: Is the Maximum Contaminant Level a Done Deal?

The California Department of Public Health Submits Its Final Regulation Package on Hexavalent Chromium: Is the Maximum Contaminant Level a Done Deal?…more

Chromium-6, Contamination, Department of Health, Health Safety, Natural Resources Defense Council

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Cannot Say Enough – Customs' Enforcement Efforts – Antidumping And Countervailing Duty Laws

In September 2011 we published an article entitled Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties – Know the Products You Import…more

Antidumping Duties, Commodities, Countervailing Duties, Customs and Border Protection, False Claims Act

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Guidance for Managing NEPA-Related Risks and Other Risks in Project Delivery - National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)

In This Issue: - AUTHOR'S ACKNOWLEDGMENTS - GUIDANCE FOR MANAGING LEGAL RISKS IN THE NEPA PROCESS ..Early Identification and Assessment of Legal Risks ..Methods for Managing Legal Risks ..Legal Risk…more

Department of Transportation, Environmental Review, Federal Highway Administration, Highways, NEPA

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Justices Mulling Whom Insurers Can Sue for Reimbursement

Insurance companies hate paying to defend claims they believe may not be covered - especially where the defense fees are significant. But when they do pay for the defense of claims they feel they should not have to…more

Hartford Casualty Ins., Insureds, Insurers, Reimbursements

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New Non-profit Donor Disclosure Takes Effect July 1, 2014 for California Elections

On May 14, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27 (S.B. 27), increasing the disclosure requirements that non-profit "multipurpose" organizations are subject to when engaging in California elections. This legislative…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Citizens United, Donor Lists, Non-Profits

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Finding Win-Win Outcomes For Conservation And Utilization

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, or MSA, governs marine fisheries management in federal waters of the United States. The statute's purpose is to conserve and manage fisheries resources to rebuild…more

Conservation, Environmental Policies, National Marine Fisheries Service, Waters of the United States

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Hexavalent Chromium: Is the Maximum Contaminant Level a Done Deal?

The California Department of Public Health Submits Its Final Regulation Package on Hexavalent Chromium: Is the Maximum Contaminant Level a Done Deal?…more

Chromium-6, Contamination, Department of Health, Health Safety, Natural Resources Defense Council

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Catch Me If You Can: How To Serve Foreign Defendants

You are sitting at your desk when your client calls to tell you that his or her customer breached an agreement. As you do your intake, you ask where the customer resides. You learn that the customer (potential defendant) has…more

Foreign Defendants, Hague Convention, Residency Status, Service of Process

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Successor Banks of FDIC assets Not so Jolly after Jolley - A New Duty to Investigate?

A recent California case appears to contradict the general rule holding that a successor bank that has acquired a commercial loan through an FDIC receivership may owe a duty to a commercial borrower to reasonably investigate the…more

Borrowers, FDIC, Foreclosure, Investigations, Lender Liability

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The Surprising Truth about Hobby Lobby's Effect in California

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, holding that closely-held corporations could refuse to provide contraceptive coverage mandated by U.S…more

Affordable Care Act, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Closely Held Businesses, Conflicts of Laws, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

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District Court Upholds Federal Grant Of Right-Of-Way To Private Wind Energy Developer

In Sierra Club v. Kenna, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4743, *1 (January 11, 2013), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California upheld the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) grant of right-of-way over federal…more

Critical Habitat, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Endangered Species Act, ESA Listings, Renewable Energy

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Considers Listing the Humboldt Marten

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recently announced that it will be conducting a 12-month status review for the Humboldt marten (Martes americana humboldtensis) to determine whether to list the species as threatened…more

ESA, ESA Listings, Fish and Wildlife Service

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DOMA, One Year After Marriage Ruling

It hardly seems like it's been an entire year since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a huge portion of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which precluded the federal government from recognizing the legally valid…more

Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS, DOJ, DOMA, Same-Sex Marriage

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Florida Department of Transportation Issues Request for Qualifications for the I-4 Ultimate Project

On March 12, 2013, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) issued a press release regarding their publication of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) soliciting statements of qualifications from prospective private…more

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Industry Takes Steps to Address Safety of Crude Oil Shipments

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued an Emergency Order (EO) requiring all rail carriers to notify State Emergency Response Commissions regarding the expected routing of their unit trains of Bakken crude oil. …more

Bakken Shale, DOT, Oil & Gas, Oil Spills, Railways

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Seventh Circuit Restricts the Reach of U.S. Antitrust Laws on Foreign Component Manufacturers

Background-Seventh Circuit Issues Important Decision for Foreign Manufacturers - In a precedent-setting antitrust decision, a federal appellate court handed a significant victory to Nossaman client AU Optronics in its…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Foreign Corporations, Manufacturers

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Sea Level Rise Guidance For Agencies, Cities

In 2008, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order calling for the development of a statewide strategy and ordered state agencies to plan for sea level rise impacts. And Oct. 14, following Gov. Jerry Brown's…more

Coastal Real Estate, Sea Levels, State and Local Government

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Lessons On Peer Review For Calif. Hospitals And Physicians

On June 6, 2013, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously in El-Attar v. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center that the delegation of a peer-review matter to the hospital's governing board did not violate a physician's…more

Board of Directors, Corporate Governance, Due Process, Healthcare Professionals, Hospitals

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Separate Account Real Estate Investments: What Do I Need to Know And What Is My Role?

Separate account real estate refers to the direct ownership by a public pension plan in income producing real property, and in some cases, the property where the public pension plan has its headquarters building and related…more

Corporate Counsel, Pensions, Real Estate Investments, Separate Accounts

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California High-Speed Rail Authority Announces Apparent Best Value Proposer

The California High-Speed Rail Authority recently announced that a joint venture composed of Tutor Perini, Zachry Construction and Parsons has provided the apparent best value proposal for the initial design-build construction…more

High-Speed Rail, Valuation

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Supreme Court Strikes Part of EPA Rule Regulating Greenhouse Gases, Affirms Balance of Rule

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that EPA acted unlawfully when it sought to impose a permit requirement on stationary sources solely on the basis of greenhouse gas emissions from those sources under programs…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Power Plants

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Congress Passes WIFIA Pilot Program

Following the 412-4 vote in the U.S. House on Tuesday and the 91-7 vote in the U.S. Senate yesterday, the president is expected to quickly sign into the law the Water Resources and Reform Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA). In…more

EPA, Infrastructure, TIFIA, US Army Corps of Engineers, WIFIA

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Contamination, Underwater Mortgages, and the IRWA Annual Education Conference

Along with my colleagues Brad Kuhn, Ben Rubin, and Katherine Contreras, I'm here in Hartford at the IRWA Annual Education Conference. It's been an interesting few days as we discuss eminent domain issues in the shadow of New…more

Easements, Eminent Domain, Kelo, Mortgages, Underwater Homeowners

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Requests Withdrawal of Proposed Rule to List the Wolverine as Threatened

A Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has directed federal biologists to withdraw their proposed rule to list the wolverine (Gulo gulo luscus) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. As we…more

Endangered Species Act, ESA Listings, Fish and Wildlife Service

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California Successor Agencies Rejoice: IFD Law Now Includes Redevelopment Project Areas

In a move that should make successor agencies to redevelopment agencies happy, a new law was passed and approved by the Governor on February 18, 2014 (AB 471) that, among other things, amends Section 53395.4 of the California…more

Financing, Infrastructure, Redevelopment

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Do Dodd-Frank's Stress Testing Results Hold Hidden Risks?

While the recent Dodd-Frank stress test results of the nation's 30 biggest banks might seem reassuring, prudent policy makers and practitioners should be wary. Like airport security, many are asking, ‘‘Are we…more

Bank of America, Banks, Consumer Protection Act, Deposit Accounts, Dodd-Frank

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Court of Appeal Says Communications on Personal Communicating Devices are Exempt from Disclosure under Public Records Act

Reversing a Superior Court ruling that had caused quite a splash a few months ago, in City of San Jose v. Superior Court (H039498, March 27, 2014), the Sixth District of the Court of Appeal has held that communications to and…more

Disclosure Requirements, Electronic Devices, Exemptions, Mobile Devices, Public Records Act

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A Pilot Program for Performance-Based Social Infrastructure in California

California Senate Bill 593 (“SB 593”), introduced by Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), shows the interest of some State legislators in implementing performance-based infrastructure (“PBI”) in social programs…more

Performance Incentives, Public Interest, Social Entrepreneurship

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USFWS and NMFS Issue Joint Policy Interpreting ESA Listing Criteria

On Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service issued their final interpretation of the phrase "significant portion of its range" for the purposes of applying the Endangered Species…more

ESA, ESA Listings, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service

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It's All About Timing: PPP Payments

During the afterglow of the closings for the Chicago Skyway and Indiana Toll Road projects, transportation officials across the country viewed public-private partnerships (PPPs) as a panacea for the challenges caused by…more

Infrastructure, P3s, Public Funds, Public Projects, Public Transporation

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Maryland Purple Line P3 Project Receives Qualifications from Six Teams

The Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland Transit Administration (“MDOT/ MTA”) announced on December 11, 2013 that six private-sector teams responded to a Request for Qualifications to design, build, construct,…more

Construction Contracts, Railways

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Update from the American Public Transportation Association 2014 Rail Conference

The American Public Transportation Association (“APTA”) held its Rail Conference on June 15 through 18, 2014, in Montréal, QC. In addition to the technical sessions for which APTA is well-known, a main theme of the Rail…more

Economic Development, Railroads, Railways, Surface Transportation

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Stay Ahead Of The Curve When Choosing Desired Tax Treatment

A foreigner starting business in the U.S. usually hires attorneys for visas, leases and licenses. The tax advisor comes later, when returns loom. This tendency is unfortunate because entering the U.S. starts the clock for many…more

Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, International Tax Issues, IRS, Tax Returns

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U.S. Jury Finds Chinese Companies Liable for Price-Fixing, Fined $162 Million

In a first-ever verdict, a U.S. jury last week found two Chinese companies liable for conspiring to fix the global prices charged for Vitamin C, resulting in a damages award of a whopping $162 million…more

China, Damages, Foreign Sovereign Compulsion Doctrine, Price-Fixing

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Amtrak and Maryland DOT Plan for Improvements to the Vital Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel Moves to the Public Input Stage

The 141-year-old Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel is a major bottleneck on the Northeast Corridor, but Amtrak, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are conducting a study…more

Amtrak, DOT, Federal Railroad Administration, Infrastructure, Railroads

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Hexavalent Chromium: Is the Maximum Contaminant Level a Done Deal?

The California Department of Public Health Submits Its Final Regulation Package on Hexavalent Chromium: Is the Maximum Contaminant Level a Done Deal?…more

Chromium-6, Contamination, Department of Health, Health Safety, Natural Resources Defense Council

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A Roadmap for Assessing the Benefits of P3 Procurement for Highways

Earlier this year the SHRP 2 Program and the Transportation Research Board issued a report entitled “The Effect of Public-Private Partnerships and Non-Traditional Procurement Processes on Highway Planning, Environmental Review…more

Department of Transportation, Infrastructure, P3s, Public-Private Partnerships, Roads

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President Obama Delivers Transportation Authorization "GROW AMERICA" Act to Congress

On April 29, 2014, President Obama delivered a draft of "Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America" or "GROW AMERICA" Act…more

Department of Transportation, Federal Funding, Highways, Infrastructure, Obama Administration

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Getting Healthy Together

Originally Published in The Recorder, September 4, 2012. A whole lotta conjunctions goin' on with California health care system players, an exceptional surge of large acquisitions and consolidations, some with surprising…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, Healthcare, HMOs, Hospitals

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Supreme Court Rules That Police May Not Search Cell Phones Without A Warrant

One of the fundamental liberties protected by the Bill of Rights is freedom from unreasonable searches. The Fourth Amendment reflects the concern that “We the People” should not be subjected to intrusive searches of our…more

Cell Phones, Evidence, Fourth Amendment, Law Enforcement, Riley v California

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Court of Appeal Says Communications on Personal Communicating Devices are Exempt from Disclosure under Public Records Act

Reversing a Superior Court ruling that had caused quite a splash a few months ago, in City of San Jose v. Superior Court (H039498, March 27, 2014), the Sixth District of the Court of Appeal has held that communications to and…more

Disclosure Requirements, Electronic Devices, Exemptions, Mobile Devices, Public Records Act

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Privilege Issues Are Important in Homeowner Association Construction Defect Litigation

Attorneys in Homeowners Association (“HOA”) construction defect cases must meet with the homeowners to provide litigation updates and it can sometimes be difficult to preserve the attorney-client privilege for the…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Condominium Associations, Condominiums, Construction Defects, Construction Disputes

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Petition to Delist California Gnatcatcher Filed

Citing new genetic evidence that the coastal California gnatcatcher is not a distinct subspecies as previously claimed, but is part of a single, healthy and abundant species that ranges from Southern California to the southern…more

Endangered Species, Endangered Species Act, ESA Listings

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DOT Makes Changes To TIGER VI Application Review Process

The U.S. Department of Transportation has initiated changes to its TIGER Application review process effective for the pending TIGER VI round of funding. The most important change is that once a project receives a technical…more

DOT, GAO, Infrastructure, TIGER Program

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If Exposed to Cyber-Attacks, Cyberinsurance May Cover Losses

Your network is your company’s life blood. You want to be protected in the event your cybersecurity is breached; the attack on Target being a recent, well-publicized reminder to the threat of cyber attacks…more

Cyber Attacks, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity

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What Every California LCC Needs To Know About California's New Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act

New changes to California's limited liability company law affect many of the rules governing operation of limited liability companies ("LLCs"). These changes include the default provisions that automatically apply when the…more

Business Formation, Fiduciary Duty, Indemnification, LLC, RULLCA

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CEQA Reform – Legislature Balks In 2012: What is the Starting Point for Working Group Discussions and 2013 Legislation?

In recognition of the complexity and political rancor surrounding CEQA reform, Governor Jerry Brown quipped this week that CEQA reform was "the Lord's work." Concurrent with his comments, major CEQA reforms were being debuted…more

CEQA, CEQA Reform, Environmental Impact Report, SB 317

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Fifth Circuit Rejects Strict Liability Standard and Reverses Trial Court Decision Imposing Endangered Species Act Section 9 Liability on State Officials for Whooping Crane Deaths

In The Aransas Project v. Shaw, the Fifth Circuit reversed a lower court’s finding that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality violated section 9 of the Endangered Species Act through its combined actions and inactions…more

Endangered Species Act, Environmental Policies, Liability, Section 9, Water

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Appellate Court Upholds Santa Maria Groundwater Judgment & Physical Solution

On November 21, 2012, the California Court of Appeal (Sixth District) handed down its lengthy and long-awaited ruling in the Santa Maria groundwater litigation, which commenced in 1997. Although it reverses the Judgment on one…more

Groundwater, Physical Solutions, Water Overdraft

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UPDATE: Supreme Court Denies Certiorari For Challenge to Regulation of Speech on Public Broadcast Stations

Two weeks ago, we speculated that the Court would grant certiorari in Minority Television Project, Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission (9th Cir. 2013) 736 F.3d 1192 (en banc) (lead opn. of McKeown, J.). In the case, a…more

Advertising, Broadcasting, Certiorari, FCC, First Amendment

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DBIA seeks industry comment on revised Design-Build Best Practices

As long time participants in the alternative delivery sector know, the Design-Build Institute of America has from its earliest days sought to set forth guiding principles that would be universally applicable across all…more

Design-Bid-Build

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FDOT Announces Apparent Best Value Proposer for I-4 Managed Lanes Project

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced today that it has selected I-4 Mobility Partners as the apparent best value proposer to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the I-4 Ultimate project. The I-4…more

Department of Transportation, Highways, Public Improvement Projects

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