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Should You Participate in the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program?

2014 marked a significant increase in the enforcement efforts by the IRS and Department of Justice against non-compliant U.S. taxpayers who failed to report their off-shore bank accounts and earnings.  Grand Jury proceedings…more

Criminal Prosecution, DOJ, Enforcement Actions, FBAR, IRS

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Landmark Wyndham Settlement Provides Guidelines For Companies To Meet FTC’S Datasecurity Requirements

On December 9, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts (“Wyndham”) agreed to a landmark settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) stemming from the FTC’s lawsuit against it after three data breaches that occurred between 2008 and…more

Cybersecurity Framework, Data Breach, Data Protection, FTC v Wyndham, Hackers

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Public-Private Partnerships: They’re Not Just About the Money, But the Performance

The need to spend significant dollars on the repair and expansion of the nation’s public infrastructure is a major concern expressed by many. Even the two presidential candidates for the major political parties, who don’t seem…more

Infrastructure, Political Parties, Presidential Elections, Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

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Impact to Calif. Employers From Hobby Lobby Ruling

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court 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. Department of Health…more

Affordable Care Act, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Contraceptives, Employer Group Health Plans

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Latest Lobbying Disclosure Act Settlement Underscores the Importance of a Robust Compliance Program

Even if you have nothing to report, you still need to file: that is the lesson from last week's Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) settlement. Late last week, DC-based lobbying firm Carmen Group reached an agreement with the United…more

Compliance, DOJ, Enforcement Actions, Filing Deadlines, Filing Requirements

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Court of Appeals Holds CityCenterDC P3 Not Subject to Davis Bacon Requirements

Public agencies and private entities are increasing collaboration to develop, operate and maintain a variety of transportation and building projects. The involvement of a public agency in these “public-private partnerships” or…more

Construction Industry, Davis-Bacon Act, Government Contractors, Prevailing Wages, Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

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LA Metro Pursues Independent P3 Authority: ABX 1-12

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“LA Metro”) is pursuing new public-private partnership (P3) legislation, Assembly bill ABX 1-12 (“Bill 12”). Bill 12, introduced and read for the first time on August…more

Caltrans, Construction Industry, Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Engineering, Highways

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Mergers Just Became Safer for California’s Corporate Policyholders

This morning the California Supreme Court announced the thoroughly sensible ruling that a corporation may transfer its rights under liability insurance policies without obtaining the consent of the insurance company. Fluor…more

Asbestos, Asbestos Litigation, CA Supreme Court, Denial of Insurance Coverage, Fluor

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P3 Turns the Lights On in Detroit, Michigan

The first freeway lighting system public-private-partnership (P3) in the U.S. closed on August 24, 2015, with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Freeway Lighting Partners, LLC, (FLP) reaching simultaneous…more

Department of Transportation (DOT), Highways, Infrastructure, Lighting Equipment, Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

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U.S. DOT Unveils Build America Bureau

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, senior Department staff, and even an official from the White House gathered at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters on July 20th to celebrate the grand opening of the Build…more

Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Policies, Financing, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Grants

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Cyber Risk and Reality – Procuring Transportation in the 21st Century

With the rapid pace of innovation and deployment of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) to enhance existing transportation infrastructure, transportation officials frequently procure and manage sophisticated systems that…more

Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Collection, Hackers

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Davis v. Electronic Arts: Another Right of Publicity Loss for Media Companies

On January 6, 2015, Electronic Arts, Inc. (“EA”), maker of Madden NFL video games, lost its appeal to dismiss claims by approximately 6,000 retired professional football players in Michael Davis, et. al v. Electronic Arts, Inc.,…more

Athletes, College Athletes, Davis v. Electronic Arts, Digital Media, Football

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Did You Know...The Qyburnian Resurrection of the Jiffy June Standard: The New Battle of Cash-in-Lieu and the Reasonable Rate of Pay

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit held in Flores v. City of San Gabriel that an employer was liable to a class of employees for failing to include cash-in-lieu of benefits payments in its calculation of the…more

Employee Benefits, Employer Liability Issues, First Impression, Flexible Spending Accounts, FLSA

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Did You Know...The Federal Minimum Salary Threshold for Exempt Status Trumps California Law

On December 1, 2016, the Department of Labor’s highly controversial final rule impacting the minimum salary for exempt status will go into effect. The final rule makes four key changes: 1. It raises the minimum salary…more

Best Management Practices, DOL, Final Rules, FLSA, Highly Compensated Employees

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Chromium 6: From the Code to the Courts… and Back Again

This past summer, with a little prodding from the Alameda County Superior Court in Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. California Department of Health, the California Department of Public Health met the California…more

Chromium-6, Department of Health, Legislative Agendas, Water Resources Control Board

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National Council for Public Private Partnerships asks “What’s Next?” at its Annual P3 Connect Conference

The National Council for Public Private Partnerships, reengineered its 2016 “P3 Connect” annual conference June 27 to 29, 2016, posing the question “What’s Next” for public-private partnerships in the United States. NCPPP (as…more

Market Participants, Professional Conferences, Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

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Court Rejects NEPA, Section 4(f) Challenges to Arizona South Mountain Freeway Project

In a decision of national importance to the transportation community, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona rejected National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenges and Section 4(f) challenges to the 22-mile…more

Air Quality Standards, Construction Project, Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Highways

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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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State Water Board Issues New Proposed Permitting Procedures for Dredge and Fill to Waters of the State

On June 17, 2016, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) issued its much-anticipated draft “Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Materials to Waters of the State” (Draft Permitting Procedures). The…more

Dredge and Fill, EPA, Permits, Section 404, State Department of Fish and Wildlife

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How to Negotiate a Right of Entry After Property Reserve

Last month, the California Supreme Court’s decision in Property Reserve v. Superior Court provided long-awaited certainty for public agencies after a court of appeal determined the often-used “right of entry” statutes failed to…more

CA Supreme Court, Damages, Eminent Domain, Jury Trial, Just Compensation

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[Event] 2nd Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar - October 6, Los Angeles, CA (Early Bird Registration ends Aug. 21)

Please join us for Nossaman LLP's 2nd Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar and learn from seasoned industry experts the key strategies for successfully navigating healthcare's rocky shores relating to ASCs,…more

Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Events, Hospital Mergers, Managed Care Contracts, Mergers

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Is There Coverage for The Pill Mill Lawsuits?

In an effort to deal with the terrible epidemic of drug abuse and the human and economic costs of this dilemma, the state of West Virginia has brought lawsuits in several jurisdictions against pharmaceutical companies and…more

Bodily Injury, Commercial General Liability Policies, Controlled Substances, Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Duty to Defend

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P3 Turns the Lights On in Detroit, Michigan

The first freeway lighting system public-private-partnership (P3) in the U.S. closed on August 24, 2015, with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Freeway Lighting Partners, LLC, (FLP) reaching simultaneous…more

Department of Transportation (DOT), Highways, Infrastructure, Lighting Equipment, Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

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Did You Know... Local California Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Law Updates are In Effect as of July 1

Employers doing business in California have long known to expect the state legislature to impose higher employee protections and benefits than Congress. Well, more and more local governments – among them California’s most…more

Local Ordinance, Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave Act

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Toll Road Use on the Rise

Drivers in the U.S. are seeing the benefits of toll roads, according to a new report published by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA). The 2015 Report on Tolling in the United States (June 30,…more

Federal Highway Administration, Infrastructure, Roads, Tolls, Transportation Corridor

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[Event] Nossaman's 3rd Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar - September 27th, Los Angeles, CA

Please join us for Nossaman LLP’s 3rd Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar. During this one-day program you will learn important ASC industry information, allowing you to stay ahead of the curve and safely…more

Acquisitions, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Events, Health Care Providers, Intellectual Property Protection

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California Supreme Court Holds that Inadvertent Disclosure In Response to a Public Records Act Request Does Not Waive The Exemption for Withholding Privileged Documents

In a unanimous opinion addressing a legal issue of statewide importance, the California Supreme Court resolved a split of authority and held that a governmental entity’s inadvertent release of privileged documents under the…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, CA Supreme Court, City of Los Angeles, Public Agencies, Public Records Act

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No Good Public Policy Goes Unpunished: Superior Court Challenge to Utility's Implementation of CPUC General Order 156 Moves Forward

The California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) is a state agency vested with considerable constitutional and statutory powers. Historically, the CPUC has wielded these powers primarily in pursuit of its traditional…more

Administrative Authority, Appeals, CPUC, Minority Business Enterprise Program, Minority-Owned Businesses

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Illinois Bill Looks to Significantly Expand Use of P3s

The Illinois Senate is currently reviewing a bill that would greatly expand the authority of public agencies in Illinois to enter into public-private partnership (P3) agreements. To date, such authority has been limited to the…more

Infrastructure, Pending Legislation, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Public Projects

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New Harbor Bridge Set to Launch

On September 28, 2015, the Texas Department of Transportation and Flatiron/Dragados, LLC (Developer) entered into a comprehensive development agreement (Agreement) for the Harbor Bridge Replacement Project in Corpus Christi…more

Bridges, Construction Contracts, Department of Transportation (DOT), Infrastructure, Reconstruction

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Recent Decisions Applying the Covalt and Hartwell Test

Two California Courts of Appeal recently reviewed decisions involving the California Public Utilities Commission in a pair of cases that build on the principles established by the California Supreme Court in Covalt and Hartwell…more

CA Supreme Court, CPUC, Enrollment, Federal Jurisdiction, Public Utility

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New Limit & Requirement on 501(c)(4) "Social Welfare" Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released two position papers that affect new, and some existing, social welfare organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). Last month the IRS…more

Declaratory Judgments, Electioneering, IRS, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, Tax Exempt Entities

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[Event] Nossaman's 3rd Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar - September 27th, Los Angeles, CA

Please join us for Nossaman LLP’s 3rd Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar. During this one-day program you will learn important ASC industry information, allowing you to stay ahead of the curve and safely…more

Acquisitions, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Events, Health Care Providers, Intellectual Property Protection

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No Surprises in Recent Vested Rights Decision: Fry v. City of Los Angeles

The recent decision in Fry v. City of Los Angeles (California Second District Court of Appeal Case No. B259791, March 7, 2016) held, after careful parsing of the language in the City Charter and the applicable City ordinances,…more

Healthcare, Local Ordinance, Public Employee Retirment Funds, Retirement Plan, Subsidies

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Judge Should Consider Constitutionality of a Dedication Requirement, Not the Jury

Every year or so, a new appellate court decision comes out addressing the proper role of the judge versus the jury on some certain eminent domain issue. Most recently, a trial court, appellate court and the California Supreme…more

Appeals, Bench Trial, CA Supreme Court, Constitutional Challenges, Eminent Domain

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[Event] Nossaman's 2015 Environmental and Land Use Seminar - September 22nd, Newport Beach, CA

Nossaman will host a complimentary half-day seminar comprised of panel discussions on a spectrum of critical federal and state environment and land use issues, including new federal rules implementing the Clean Water Act and…more

CEQA, Clean Water Act, Drought, Endangered Species Act (ESA), Events

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The Secret Is Out: The Documentary Transfer Tax Will Now Be Part of Public Record

The Documentary Transfer Tax Act allows each county and city to impose a tax on each deed, instrument, or writing by which any real estate is sold within the county at the time the document is recorded. Assembly Bill No. 1888…more

Documentary Stamp Tax, Public Records, Real Estate Transfers, Realty Transfer Taxes

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[Event] Nossaman's 2015 Environmental and Land Use Seminar - September 22nd, Newport Beach, CA

Nossaman will host a complimentary half-day seminar comprised of panel discussions on a spectrum of critical federal and state environment and land use issues, including new federal rules implementing the Clean Water Act and…more

CEQA, Clean Water Act, Drought, Endangered Species Act (ESA), Events

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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

LLC, Notice Requirements, Statement of Information

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[Event] Nossaman's 2015 Environmental and Land Use Seminar - September 22nd, Newport Beach, CA

Nossaman will host a complimentary half-day seminar comprised of panel discussions on a spectrum of critical federal and state environment and land use issues, including new federal rules implementing the Clean Water Act and…more

CEQA, Clean Water Act, Drought, Endangered Species Act (ESA), Events

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Governor Brown Signs Legislation Changing Commercial Building Owner Obligations on Energy Usage Disclosure

On October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 802, which among other actions repeals the existing nonresidential building energy usage disclosure requirements. The prior law, AB 1103, codified in the…more

California Energy Commission, Commercial Property Owners, ENERGY STAR Program, Energy Use Disclosure Requirements, Governor Brown

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Court Enjoins Wolf Releases in New Mexico

The United States District Court for the District of New Mexico issued an opinion and order enjoining the United States from releasing captive-bred wolves within the State of New Mexico without first obtaining importation and…more

Endangered Species Act (ESA), Injunctions, Permits, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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[Event] Nossaman's 3rd Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar - September 27th, Los Angeles, CA

Please join us for Nossaman LLP’s 3rd Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar. During this one-day program you will learn important ASC industry information, allowing you to stay ahead of the curve and safely…more

Acquisitions, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Events, Health Care Providers, Intellectual Property Protection

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USPAP to Remain the Sole Standard of Valuation Practice in California for Real Estate Appraisers

Last summer, I wrote about the Appraisal Institute’s controversial effort to promote legislation in California (known as AB 624) that would enable licensed real estate appraisers performing appraisals for non-federally-related…more

Appraisal, Proposed Legislation, Real Estate Professionals, Regulatory Standards

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Did You Know...The Qyburnian Resurrection of the Jiffy June Standard: The New Battle of Cash-in-Lieu and the Reasonable Rate of Pay

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit held in Flores v. City of San Gabriel that an employer was liable to a class of employees for failing to include cash-in-lieu of benefits payments in its calculation of the…more

Employee Benefits, Employer Liability Issues, First Impression, Flexible Spending Accounts, FLSA

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[Event] Nossaman's 3rd Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar - September 27th, Los Angeles, CA

Please join us for Nossaman LLP’s 3rd Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar. During this one-day program you will learn important ASC industry information, allowing you to stay ahead of the curve and safely…more

Acquisitions, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Events, Health Care Providers, Intellectual Property Protection

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[Event] Cybersecurity, Data Breach, and Privacy:A Dialogue on the Rising Risks and Evolving Legal Landscape - Oct. 12th, Los Angeles, CA

Nossaman LLP and University of California, Irvine School of Law invite you to join us for this complimentary half-day seminar on recent developments in the areas of cybersecurity, data breach, privacy, and their implications on…more

Cyber Attacks, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection

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Financial Trade Secrets Exemption from Florida’s Sunshine Laws

On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott signed two bills which exempt trade secret financial information from the state’s Sunshine Laws. The change is significant in a state known for expansive open…more

Amended Legislation, Disclosure Requirements, Exemptions, Private Sector, Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

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Lower Fuel Prices Take a Toll on California’s Transportation Funding

Lower gas prices and decreased revenue from California’s Price Based Excise Tax (PBET) on gasoline are taking their toll on the state’s transportation funding. California Transportation Commission (CTC) staff recently…more

Fuel Tax, Oil Prices, State Funding, Transportation Industry

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Bankruptcy Court Decides That The Bankruptcy Code Preempts California State Pension Laws

In a February 4, 2015 opinion, the bankruptcy judge presiding over Stockton, California's Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy case approved Stockton's bankruptcy plan of adjustment. In re City of Stockton, 2015 Bankr. LEXIS…more

Bankruptcy Court, CalPERS, Chapter 9, City of Stockton, Municipalities

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Regulators Nationwide Weigh in on CPUC Litigation

In May, we posted a blog on litigation filed by telecom providers and trade associations to prevent the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) from requiring Plaintiffs to turn over competitively sensitive data to a third…more

Confidential Information, CPUC, Data Protection, FCC, Preemption

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New Presumptions of Coordination in CA Political Communications/Independent Expenditures

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (“FPPC”) has overhauled its regulations that define when an independent expenditure will be deemed to have been coordinated with a candidate or ballot measure committee. …more

Amended Regulation, Ballot Measures, Campaign Contributions, Contribution Limits, Disclaimers

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Presidio Parkway Opens in San Francisco

The long-awaited Presidio Parkway opened for the first time to Bay Area motorists on July 12th, ahead of schedule and to local and national praises. The $1.1 billion Presidio Parkway replaces Doyle Drive – an outdated and…more

Construction Contracts, Department of Transportation (DOT), Infrastructure, Project Finance, Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

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[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues - Feb. 25th, Costa Mesa, CA

Please join us for this complimentary presentation on cutting-edge employment law issues! California and federal employment laws are constantly developing and evolving so it is essential for human resource professionals and…more

Continuing Legal Education, Employer Liability Issues, Events

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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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Newhall Case Applies Proposition 26 to Wholesale Water Rates

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

Fees, Groundwater, Proportionality, Water, Water Conservation

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Did You Know … Employers May Provide Limited Incentives to Encourage Participation in Workplace Wellness Programs under EEOC's Final Rules

On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two final rules relating to how employer-sponsored wellness programs may comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic…more

ADA, Disability Discrimination, EEOC, Employer Group Health Plans, GINA

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Structuring Successful Broadband P3s

Public entities have recently been looking for new ways to harness right of way (ROW) for broadband public-private partnership (P3) projects. Last year, the city of Santa Cruz made history by entering into a roughly $50 million…more

Broadband, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Public Entities, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Right of Way

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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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[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues - Feb. 25th, Costa Mesa, CA

Please join us for this complimentary presentation on cutting-edge employment law issues! California and federal employment laws are constantly developing and evolving so it is essential for human resource professionals and…more

Continuing Legal Education, Employer Liability Issues, Events

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[Event] Nossaman's 2016 Environmental and Land Use Seminar - September 13th, Costa Mesa, CA

Join us for our annual Environmental and Land Use Law Update! This complimentary morning seminar will be comprised of panel discussions on a spectrum of critical federal and state environment and land use issues, including new…more

California Coastal Commission, CEQA, Clean Water Act, Continuing Legal Education, Drought

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[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues - Feb. 25th, Costa Mesa, CA

Please join us for this complimentary presentation on cutting-edge employment law issues! California and federal employment laws are constantly developing and evolving so it is essential for human resource professionals and…more

Continuing Legal Education, Employer Liability Issues, Events

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An Insurer Is Bound By a Default Judgment Resulting From Its Failure to Defend

An insurance company must defend its insured if there is a mere potential that the lawsuit against the insured is covered, and there are serious consequences when an insurer refuses to do so. In California, if a default…more

Default Judgment, Duty to Defend, Insurance Industry

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The Regents of the University of California Reaches Commercial and Financial Close on UC Merced 2020 Project

The Regents of the University of California reached financial close on the UC Merced 2020 Project on August 16, 2016. The project is the first higher education availability payment P3 project to be awarded in the United States,…more

Board of Regents, Construction Project, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Universities, University of California

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The Secret Is Out: The Documentary Transfer Tax Will Now Be Part of Public Record

The Documentary Transfer Tax Act allows each county and city to impose a tax on each deed, instrument, or writing by which any real estate is sold within the county at the time the document is recorded. Assembly Bill No. 1888…more

Documentary Stamp Tax, Public Records, Real Estate Transfers, Realty Transfer Taxes

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California's Legislature Puts Additional Disclosure Pressure on Fund Managers with the Passage of AB 2833

On August 24th, the California Legislature approved Assembly Bill No. 2833 (“AB 2833”), which is now headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature. If Governor Brown signs the bill, as is expected, all public pension…more

Alternative Investment Funds, CalPERS, Disclosure Requirements, Fund Managers, Governor Brown

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Is Redevelopment Quietly About to Grow in California?

Redevelopment has quite the lengthy history in California. Yet it has generally been “All Quiet on the Western Front” since redevelopment agencies were abolished in 2011 as part of Governor Brown’s plan to fix the state’s…more

Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities (CRIAs), Eminent Domain, Proposed Legislation, Redevelopment

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Environmental Provisions of the FAST Act

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the “Fix America’s Surface Transportation Act,” Public Law 114-94 ("FAST Act"). As finally enacted, the FAST Act exceeds 400 pages in length. This paper reviews those…more

Community Development Block Grants, Environmental Review, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), MAP-21, NEPA

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The Regents of the University of California Reaches Commercial and Financial Close on UC Merced 2020 Project

The Regents of the University of California reached financial close on the UC Merced 2020 Project on August 16, 2016. The project is the first higher education availability payment P3 project to be awarded in the United States,…more

Board of Regents, Construction Project, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Universities, University of California

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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 (DOT), Environmental Review, Federal Highway Administration, Highways, NEPA

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[Event] Cybersecurity, Data Breach, and Privacy:A Dialogue on the Rising Risks and Evolving Legal Landscape - Oct. 12th, Los Angeles, CA

Nossaman LLP and University of California, Irvine School of Law invite you to join us for this complimentary half-day seminar on recent developments in the areas of cybersecurity, data breach, privacy, and their implications on…more

Cyber Attacks, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection

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New Limit & Requirement on 501(c)(4) "Social Welfare" Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released two position papers that affect new, and some existing, social welfare organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). Last month the IRS…more

Declaratory Judgments, Electioneering, IRS, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, Tax Exempt Entities

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Oklahoma DOT Seeks to Sell off State Owned Freight Rail Lines

Commonly when we think about state government owned railways, the image of commuter or light rail operations come to mind. But many states own freight railroads as well. In a few instances a state may have started its own…more

Department of Transportation (DOT), Railways

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Court of Appeal Sustains CPUC's Discretion to Fill Gaps in Statutory Scheme for Intervenor Compensation but Requires CPUC to Limit Compensation to Fees and Costs Relevant to Intervenor's Contribution

The California Court of Appeal (1st Dist., Div. 4) issued an important decision on April 19, 2016, in New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC v. Public Utilities Commission, addressing a determination by the California Public Utilities…more

Agency Deference, CPUC, Intervenor Compensation Scheme, Intervenors, Judicial Review

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The Inevitable Cyber Break In: Are You Protected?

The prevalence of cyber data breach over the years has not only grown in number, but has also grown in size. Perhaps the most well-known example of a large-scale data breach is that suffered by Target Corp. occurring at the end…more

Cyber Attacks, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection

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When does the statute of limitations set in on an insurer’s wrongful refusal to settle?

Normally, the statute of limitations sets in when “the cause of action shall have accrued,” to quote California Code of Civil Procedure section 312. In an effort to simplify that date for lay readers, the Sacramento County…more

Cause of Action Accrual, Duty to Settle, Insurance Industry, Statute of Limitations, Third-Party

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[Event] Nossaman's 2016 Environmental and Land Use Seminar - September 13th, Costa Mesa, CA

Join us for our annual Environmental and Land Use Law Update! This complimentary morning seminar will be comprised of panel discussions on a spectrum of critical federal and state environment and land use issues, including new…more

California Coastal Commission, CEQA, Clean Water Act, Continuing Legal Education, Drought

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Court Rejects NEPA, Section 4(f) Challenges to Arizona South Mountain Freeway Project

In a decision of national importance to the transportation community, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona rejected National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenges and Section 4(f) challenges to the 22-mile…more

Air Quality Standards, Construction Project, Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Highways

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[Event] Nossaman's 2016 Environmental and Land Use Seminar - September 13th, Costa Mesa, CA

Join us for our annual Environmental and Land Use Law Update! This complimentary morning seminar will be comprised of panel discussions on a spectrum of critical federal and state environment and land use issues, including new…more

California Coastal Commission, CEQA, Clean Water Act, Continuing Legal Education, Drought

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New California Privacy Law AB 1710: Data Security Requirements Just Got Broader

California has been a pioneer in enacting legislation designed to protect privacy. AB 1710, which was signed into law on September 30, 2014 by Governor Brown, is the latest example. It extends liability to businesses that…more

Breach Notification Rule, Data Breach, Data Protection

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Newhall Case Applies Proposition 26 to Wholesale Water Rates

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

Fees, Groundwater, Proportionality, Water, Water Conservation

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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, Health Care Providers, Hospitals

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California's Legislature Puts Additional Disclosure Pressure on Fund Managers with the Passage of AB 2833

On August 24th, the California Legislature approved Assembly Bill No. 2833 (“AB 2833”), which is now headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature. If Governor Brown signs the bill, as is expected, all public pension…more

Alternative Investment Funds, CalPERS, Disclosure Requirements, Fund Managers, Governor Brown

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Good News for Commuters: Work Completed on Foothill Gold Line Extension to Azusa

Expected to dramatically improve mobility in one of the more highly congested regions in Southern California, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority (Authority) completed the Foothill Gold Line from…more

Construction Project, Infrastructure, Railways, Transportation Contracts

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First Circuit Decision Creates Ambiguity in Consumer VPPA Class Actions

The vast majority of courts confronted with “free app” cases under the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) have dismissed those claims.  A recent First Circuit decision, however, signals a change in that trend. …more

Advertising, Analytics, Class Action, Data Collection, Geolocation

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Court Enjoins Wolf Releases in New Mexico

The United States District Court for the District of New Mexico issued an opinion and order enjoining the United States from releasing captive-bred wolves within the State of New Mexico without first obtaining importation and…more

Endangered Species Act (ESA), Injunctions, Permits, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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Municipal Condemnation of Privately Held Utilities Continues to be a Hot Issue, but at what Cost?

In January, I spoke at a conference in Austin about efforts by municipalities to condemn privately-held utility companies. At the time, I figured it would be a one-off presentation on a pretty niche issue, even for eminent…more

Acquisitions, Condemnation, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Investor-Owned Utilities, Municipalities

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[Event] Nossaman's 2016 Environmental and Land Use Seminar - September 13th, Costa Mesa, CA

Join us for our annual Environmental and Land Use Law Update! This complimentary morning seminar will be comprised of panel discussions on a spectrum of critical federal and state environment and land use issues, including new…more

California Coastal Commission, CEQA, Clean Water Act, Continuing Legal Education, Drought

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EPA Presents WIFIA Listening Sessions in Los Angeles

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently holding a roadshow of listening sessions across the US to provide information on the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and its proposed five-year pilot…more

Environmental Policies, EPA, Infrastructure, Water, Water Supplies

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Liable for not Learning from Target Data Breach?

Has the standard of care for retailers handling consumer data shifted in the last 9 months? As analysts compare the recent Home Depot data breach to the data breach of the credit card processing system at Target last December,…more

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Hackers, Home Depot

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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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LAX Receives Significant Interest for Automated People Mover Project

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) reached a milestone in its estimated $5 billion Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) this week when it received statements of qualifications to design, build, finance, operate and…more

Airports, Construction Project, Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (DBFOM), Infrastructure, LAWA

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District Court Dismisses Challenge to Biological Opinions In Light of Circuit Court’s Exclusive Jurisdiction

Primarily relying on precedent from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and D.C. Circuits, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine recently dismissed an Endangered Species Act (ESA) lawsuit challenging two…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Appeals, Dismissals, Endangered Species, Endangered Species Act (ESA)

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TxDOT Shortlists Five Proposer Teams for the SH 249 Extension Project

Three months after the May 15, 2015 issuance of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), the SH 249 Extension Project is another step closer to development. The RFQ solicited qualifications from teams interested in entering into a…more

Construction Project, Department of Transportation (DOT), Design-Build, Extension Projects, General Solicitation

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[Event] Nossaman's 2015 Environmental and Land Use Seminar - September 22nd, Newport Beach, CA

Nossaman will host a complimentary half-day seminar comprised of panel discussions on a spectrum of critical federal and state environment and land use issues, including new federal rules implementing the Clean Water Act and…more

CEQA, Clean Water Act, Drought, Endangered Species Act (ESA), Events

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AASHTO Launches BATIC Institute to Support Innovative Financing Solutions

Last month, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) formally unveiled its Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC). BATIC’s mission is to: - Expand the use of federal transportation credit…more

Build America Investment Initiative, Department of Transportation (DOT), Financing, Infrastructure, Permits

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Recent Buy America Developments

At the end of 2015, two modal administrations of the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) have encountered changes to their Buy America programs. Both the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Buy America, Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration

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The Door Is Open To Disparaging Trademarks

Federal Circuit Rules § 2(A) of tThe Lanham Act Unconstitutional - Refusal to Register Disparaging Marks Held Unconstitutional - On December 22, 2015, the Federal Circuit in In re Simon Shiao Tam ruled that Section…more

Disparate Impact, First Amendment, Free Speech, Lanham Act, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

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New Limit & Requirement on 501(c)(4) "Social Welfare" Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released two position papers that affect new, and some existing, social welfare organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). Last month the IRS…more

Declaratory Judgments, Electioneering, IRS, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, Tax Exempt Entities

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Next Stops for the Alameda Corridor East – Montebello, Maple and Turnbull Canyon Grade Separations

At some time or another, most of us have experienced sitting in our cars at a railroad crossing waiting for what seems like the longest freight train in the world go by. And it always seems to happen when you’re late for an…more

Infrastructure, Public Transit, Railways, Roads, Urban Planning & Development

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Ninth Circuit Rules on Meaning of “Without Authorization” under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Last month, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the criminal conviction of an individual for accessing a computer “without authorization” in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). U.S. v. Nosal (9th Cir., July 5, 2016)…more

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Confidential Information, Criminal Prosecution, Electronically Stored Information, Former Employee

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FAA Proposes More Flexible Eligibility Criteria For Expenditure Of Passenger Facility Charge Funds On Airport Rail Projects

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes to amend (81 Fed. Reg. at 26611) (May 3, 2016) a 2004 rule, restricting expenditure of proceeds from passenger facility charges (PFC) funds to airport access infrastructure used…more

Airports, Aviation Industry, Comment Period, Eligibility, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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Historic Calif. Groundwater Bills are Dry on Specifics

On Aug. 29, 2014, the California Legislature cast the final votes necessary to move three companion groundwater management bills to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. If signed by Gov. Brown, the bills will establish the Sustainable…more

Drought, Groundwater, Water, Water Resources Control Board

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Maryland Purple Line Concessionaire Achieves Financial Close – Time to Build!

Financing for the Maryland Purple Line closed on Friday, June 17 – marking an important milestone for the Maryland Transit Administration’s (and Maryland Department of Transportation’s) plan to deliver a transit solution to ease…more

Bond Financing, Public Financing, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Public Projects, Public Transit

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National Council for Public Private Partnerships asks “What’s Next?” at its Annual P3 Connect Conference

The National Council for Public Private Partnerships, reengineered its 2016 “P3 Connect” annual conference June 27 to 29, 2016, posing the question “What’s Next” for public-private partnerships in the United States. NCPPP (as…more

Market Participants, Professional Conferences, Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

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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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EPA and USACE Issue Clean Water Rule

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ("USACE") released the final Clean Water Rule, which is intended to clarify regulatory confusion over which streams and wetlands…more

Clean Water Act, EPA, Federal Jurisdiction, Permits, US Army Corps of Engineers

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Data Breaches Response Costs Continue to Rise

SEC Chair Mary Jo White recently opined that cyber security is the biggest risk facing the United States financial system. Companies should take heed of that warning in light of the release of the 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study…more

Cyber Attacks, Cyber Crimes, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Data Breach

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“DRIVE, He Said[1] ”—But When?? Congress ducks new long term transortation funding bill and adopts a three-month extension of MAP-21 instead “

Hopes that that the Congress would pass S. 1647, the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act (DRIVE Act), a six-year, $478 billion transportation funding reauthorization bill before the August recess…more

DRIVE Act, Extensions, Federal Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Legislative Agendas

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Court Rejects NEPA, Section 4(f) Challenges to Arizona South Mountain Freeway Project

In a decision of national importance to the transportation community, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona rejected National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenges and Section 4(f) challenges to the 22-mile…more

Air Quality Standards, Construction Project, Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Highways

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California's Legislature Puts Additional Disclosure Pressure on Fund Managers with the Passage of AB 2833

On August 24th, the California Legislature approved Assembly Bill No. 2833 (“AB 2833”), which is now headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature. If Governor Brown signs the bill, as is expected, all public pension…more

Alternative Investment Funds, CalPERS, Disclosure Requirements, Fund Managers, Governor Brown

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Bad Faith Actions for Excess Judgments….is There Trouble Brewing for Recalcitrant Primary Insurers

Can an excess carrier go ahead and fund an excess primary limits settlement and then assert a claim for bad faith against the primary insurer who previously refused to accept and fund a prior in-limits policy demand? On August…more

Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Denial of Insurance Coverage, Equitable Subrogation, Film Industry, Fireman's Fund Insurance

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August 4th Endangered Species Act Rulemakings

On August 4, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issued a final rule confirming its 2011 revision to the designation of critical habitat for the marbled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus). The Service listed the…more

Conservation, Critical Habitat, Endangered Species, Endangered Species Act (ESA), Environmental Policies

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Orange County Transportation Authority Issues Request for Qualifications for the I-405 Improvement Project

On October 27, 2014, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) soliciting statements of qualifications (SOQs) from qualified firms interested in submitting proposals for the…more

Construction Industry, Construction Project, Design-Build, Highways, Infrastructure

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[Event] Nossaman's 2016 Environmental and Land Use Seminar - September 13th, Costa Mesa, CA

Join us for our annual Environmental and Land Use Law Update! This complimentary morning seminar will be comprised of panel discussions on a spectrum of critical federal and state environment and land use issues, including new…more

California Coastal Commission, CEQA, Clean Water Act, Continuing Legal Education, Drought

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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

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Texas Hornshell Mussel Proposed for Listing Under Endangered Species Act

On August 10, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a proposed rule to list the Texas hornshell (Popenaias popeii), a freshwater mussel, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The…more

Conservation, Critical Habitat, Endangered Species, Endangered Species Act (ESA), Environmental Policies

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Baby vs. Prince – “Let’s Go Crazy”: Fair Use And the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

In view of the Ninth Circuit Court of  Appeals decision in Lenz    v. Universal Music Corp., Case Nos. 13-16106 and 13-16107 (Sept. 14, 2015), copyright owners need to be careful before sending Internet takedown notices for…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Copyright Litigation, Digital Media, DMCA

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How to Negotiate a Right of Entry After Property Reserve

Last month, the California Supreme Court’s decision in Property Reserve v. Superior Court provided long-awaited certainty for public agencies after a court of appeal determined the often-used “right of entry” statutes failed to…more

CA Supreme Court, Damages, Eminent Domain, Jury Trial, Just Compensation

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California Gets Serious About Pilot Program to Replace State Gas Tax

For years, policymakers and economists around the country have been well aware that the federal gas tax is dying. In its report to Congress, the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission, on which…more

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Gas Taxes, Highways, Infrastructure, Roads

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