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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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Top Public Finance Attorneys Urge Regulatory Changes to Foster More P3’s

We all know how hard it is to change federal statutes these days—you need an Act of Congress and the President to sign the bill. Last week, a group of the top public finance lawyers in the US offered an approach relating to the…more

Infrastructure, Public Finance, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Tax-Exempt Bonds

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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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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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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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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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Design Liability and Right of Way Risk Allocation for Design-Build Projects

Design liability and right-of-way risk allocation are topics addressed in a legal research digest recently published by the Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). The report,…more

Contractors, Design-Build, Procurement Guidelines, Right of Way, Risk Allocation

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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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[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - Feb. 24th, Los Angeles, 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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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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Preferred Offeror Named on Marion County Consolidated Justice Center Project

City of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced today that WMB Heartland Justice Partners was selected as the Preferred Offeror to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new Marion County Consolidated Justice…more

Public Projects

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Fish & Wildlife Service Announces Listing Prioritization Shake-Up

In a notice published on January 15, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced a draft methodology for prioritizing species status reviews and 12-month findings on petitions for listing species under the…more

Comment Period, Endangered Species, ESA Listings, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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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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[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, Events

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A Quick Refresher on the Tax Consequences of Condemnation

Most of us are at least vaguely familiar with the tax on gains from the sale of property. Many of us know that when property is sold voluntarily and the funds re-invested, the gain may be deferred under Internal Revenue Code…more

Condemnation, IRC Section 1033, Property Owners, Proposition 13, Real Estate Transfers

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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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Social Engineering Losses—Embarrassing Scam or Insured Loss?

The term Social Engineering keeps cropping up recently in the new world of cybersecurity—to what does this term refer? To a scam as old as the hills. You know the con: an innocuous person asks you to accept a cashier’s check…more

Cyber Crimes, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Scams

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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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[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - Feb. 24th, Los Angeles, 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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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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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, Patients, Specialty Healthcare

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[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - Feb. 24th, Los Angeles, 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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Los Angeles World Airports Announces DBFOM Procurements for $5 Billion Landside Access Modernization Program

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) staff today briefed its Board of Airport Commissioners on its plans to deliver and finance the estimated $5 billion Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) at Los Angeles International…more

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

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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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What Happens When the United States Condemns a Street, Road or Public Highway?

Generally when the United States takes property pursuant to its eminent domain authority, “just compensation” is based on the market value of the property on the date of the taking. However, when acquiring a street, road or…more

Damages, Diminution in Value, Easements, Eminent Domain, Highways

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The Water Board Will Consider Changes to Its Emergency Drought Regulation for 2016

El Niño is upon California. Yet, despite the ample rain and snow expected this winter, the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) is almost certain to extend its emergency drought regulation into 2016. The…more

Comment Period, Drought, State of Emergency, Water Conservation, Water Resources Control Board

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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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[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - Feb. 24th, Los Angeles, 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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Court of Appeal Strikes Down 2011 S.F. Charter Requirement that SFERS Be "Fully Funded" Before Vested Supplemental COLAs May be Granted

In a March 27, 2015 opinion, the First District Court of Appeal unanimously declared a voter-approved amendment to the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco (City) to be unconstitutional as applied to current City…more

Appeals, City Charters, COLA, Public Employees, Retirement

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Right of Entry Statutes Are Back in Business – For Now

For decades, California public agencies have utilized a statutory "right of entry" procedure to gain access to private property to conduct investigations and testing before deciding whether to move forward with acquiring the…more

Condemnation, Eminent Domain, Just Compensation, Private Property, Right of Entry

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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, 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, 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, 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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[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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[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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[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - Feb. 24th, Los Angeles, 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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ASC Peer Review: The Clock Starts Running January 1, 2016

Effective, January 1, 2016, all Ambulatory Surgery Centers will be required to conduct peer review on their physicians every two years. Senate Bill 396 will have the greatest impact on smaller ASCs, including physician-owned…more

Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Peer Review, Physicians, State Medical Board

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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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Financing and an Extended Lease Term Now Required For Enforceable Lease-Leasebacks in California

On June 1, 2015, a California Court of Appeal held that in order for a lease-leaseback arrangement to be enforceable, the lease must be “genuine”, containing both a financing component and a lease term that extends beyond the…more

Appeals, Commercial Leases, Construction Project, Contractors, Financing

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Developer Selected to Build U.S.’s Longest Cable Stayed Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas

The Texas Transportation Commission has conditionally awarded a comprehensive development agreement to Flatiron/Dragados for the longest cable stayed bridge in the United States. The new Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge will allow…more

Bridges, Department of Transportation (DOT), Land Developers, Public Projects, Texas

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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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The Water Board Will Consider Changes to Its Emergency Drought Regulation for 2016

El Niño is upon California. Yet, despite the ample rain and snow expected this winter, the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) is almost certain to extend its emergency drought regulation into 2016. The…more

Comment Period, Drought, State of Emergency, Water Conservation, Water Resources Control Board

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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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Service Begins on Houston METRO Green and Purple Lines

Houston residents enjoyed free rides on Saturday, May 23, 2015 as part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO’s) opening of the Green (East End) and Purple (Southeast) light rail lines. The two new lines…more

Infrastructure, Railways, Transit Authority

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[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - Feb. 24th, Los Angeles, 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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Governor Signs Amendments to SGMA, with Provisions for Water Utilities Regulated by CPUC

In the last two months, Governor Brown has signed several bills into law, amending the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA or the Act). Two bills, Assembly Bill 1390 and Senate Bill 226, addressed the specifics of…more

Amended Legislation, CPUC, Governor Brown, GSA, GSP Regime

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[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - Feb. 24th, Los Angeles, 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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Arizona Department of Transportation Receives Three Proposals for South Mountain Freeway P3 Project

A crucial highway improvement for the growing Phoenix region reached an important milestone November 2 when the Arizona Department of Transportation received proposals from all three short-listed teams vying to develop the Loop…more

Construction Project, Department of Transportation (DOT), Design-Bid-Build, Highways, Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

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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 Seminar - Feb. 24th, Los Angeles, 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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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Delist Texas Shrub

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has announced that it will remove the Johnston’s frankenia (Frankenia johnstonii) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants under the Endangered Species Act. Johnson…more

Delisting, Habitat Conservation Plan, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - Feb. 24th, Los Angeles, 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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Regents’ Approval Authorizes UC Merced 2020 Project to Move Forward

The Regents of the University of California (the “Regents”) approved the commercial terms of the P3 agreement for the UC Merced 2020 Project (the “Project”) on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Regents meeting held in San…more

Bids, Construction Project, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Request for Proposals, Universities

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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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Co-Tenancy Breaches And Remedies: What's Next For Landlords And Tenants After Grand Prospect Partners

Last month, the California Fifth Appellate Court issued a ruling concerning the enforceability of co-tenancy provisions in commercial leases. Grand Prospect Partners, L.P. v. Ross Dress for Less, Inc., et al…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Leases, Cotenancy Provisions, Discount Retailers, Retailers

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FTA and FHWA Buy America Updates

Public agencies are routinely facing Buy America requirements in their infrastructure projects. Some of the most difficult situations involve how to satisfy Buy America obligations with public utility relocations. The rules…more

Buy America, Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Public Utility

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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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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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Regents’ Approval Authorizes UC Merced 2020 Project to Move Forward

The Regents of the University of California (the “Regents”) approved the commercial terms of the P3 agreement for the UC Merced 2020 Project (the “Project”) on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Regents meeting held in San…more

Bids, Construction Project, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Request for Proposals, Universities

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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 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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Surface Transportation Board Rulemaking to Modify Requirements for Offers of Financial Assistance

The Surface Transportation Board (“STB” or “Board”) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comments on how it should revise its rules related to offers of financial assistance (“OFA”). The Board’s goal is to…more

Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), Comment Period, Financial Assistance Policies, Railways, Surface Transportation Board

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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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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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Are Insurers Engaged in Deceptive Practices and Illegal Pricing? If so, what can be done about it?

We wish to call attention to a disturbing trend, that even in the highly regulated field of personal lines coverage, homeowners and auto policies, the insurance industry is engaged in courses of conduct designed to write…more

Auto Insurance, Insurance Agents, Insurance Brokers, Insurance Industry, Insurance Rates

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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, Events

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Republican Congressmen Introduce Legislation to Opt Out of Ninth Circuit

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R) recently introduced a bill that would remove several western states from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and move them to a proposed, to-be-created…more

Appeals, Endangered Species Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Proposed Legislation

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No Port in a Storm: The United States’ Safe Harbor Is No More

Europe is on the cutting-edge of privacy protections, and has been for quite some time. The European Directive on privacy, the Data Protection Directive, was adopted in 1995 and regulates the sharing and processing of personal,…more

Cybersecurity, Data Protection Authority, Edward Snowden, EU Data Protection Laws, European Commission

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Recent Surface Transportation Board Preemption Decisions of Note

In the last several months, the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) has issued a number of decisions further defining the scope of federal preemption. As the primary agency tasked with the economic regulation of the…more

CEQA, EPA, High-Speed Rail, Preemption, Railroads

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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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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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Are Groundwater Pumping Fees or Charges Subject to Proposition 218? California Supreme Court to Resolve Conflicting Precedent

In 2015 California’s Sixth and Second District Courts of Appeal issued conflicting opinions regarding whether groundwater extraction fees or charges are subject to Article 13D of the California Constitution (Proposition 218). …more

CA Supreme Court, Groundwater Management Plan, Resource Extraction, SGMA

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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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CalPERS’ Commitment to Infrastructure (Real Assets Annual Program Review, November 2014)

On November 17, 2014, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest U.S. public pension fund with approximately $300 billion in assets, conducted its annual real assets program review. CalPERS’ real…more

CalPERS, Infrastructure, Pensions, Tangible Property

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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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[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, Events

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Design Liability and Right of Way Risk Allocation for Design-Build Projects

Design liability and right-of-way risk allocation are topics addressed in a legal research digest recently published by the Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). The report,…more

Contractors, Design-Build, Procurement Guidelines, Right of Way, Risk Allocation

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NMFS Designates Additional Critical Habitat for North Atlantic Right Whales

On January 27, 2016, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a final rule designating approximately 29,763 nautical square miles of marine habitat for the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis). The…more

Critical Habitat, Endangered Species, Endangered Species Act, National Marine Fisheries Service

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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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Financing and an Extended Lease Term Now Required For Enforceable Lease-Leasebacks in California

On June 1, 2015, a California Court of Appeal held that in order for a lease-leaseback arrangement to be enforceable, the lease must be “genuine”, containing both a financing component and a lease term that extends beyond the…more

Appeals, Commercial Leases, Construction Project, Contractors, Financing

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Concludes Northern Wolf Species Doesn’t Merit Listing

On January 6, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issued its 12-month finding on the petition to list the Alexander Archipelago wolf (Canis lupus ligoni) as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered…more

Endangered Species, Endangered Species Act, ESA Listings, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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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, 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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[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - Feb. 24th, Los Angeles, 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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Menlo Park Grade Separations – On Track

The City of Menlo Park is proceeding with two transportation projects. The first one, an undercrossing to separate bicycles and pedestrians from rail traffic at Middle Avenue, received the green light from the City Council on…more

Bicycles, Pedestrians, Property Owners, Public Projects, Railroads

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It’s Official: FTC Has the Authority to Police Cybersecurity

In a resounding win for the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), the Third Circuit unanimously affirmed the FTC’s power to regulate cybersecurity under the unfairness prong of the FTC Act (15 U.S.C. §45). FTC v. Wyndham, Case, No…more

Cyber Attacks, Cyber Crimes, Cyber Threats, Cybersecurity, Data Breach

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New Safety NPRM and Recent Letter from the Acting Administrator Demonstrates FTA's Continued Implementation of Its MAP-21 Safety Mandate

In 2012, through passage of MAP-21, Congress required the Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) to develop a comprehensive program for safety in public transportation. FTA’s new safety mandate is in addition to its historical…more

Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Federal Transit Administration, MAP-21, NPRM, Public Transportation

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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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Design Liability and Right of Way Risk Allocation for Design-Build Projects

Design liability and right-of-way risk allocation are topics addressed in a legal research digest recently published by the Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). The report,…more

Contractors, Design-Build, Procurement Guidelines, Right of Way, Risk Allocation

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Three Signs that the U.S. is Growing More Comfortable with Innovative Project Finance and Public-Private Partnerships

Some recent events, taken together, provide evidence that policy-makers in the United States are growing more comfortable with public-private partnerships as a vehicle for project delivery, in particular with respect to the…more

Build America Investment Initiative, Project Finance, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Surface Transportation, Tax-Exempt Bonds

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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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Governments Eager to Help Market for Cyber Insurance Develop

Have you heard about cyber insurance? It is predicted to be the next big thing in insurance coverage. In the aftermath of the Home Depot and Target data breaches, it’s easy to see why companies doing business over the internet…more

Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Home Depot, Popular

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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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[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, Events

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Court of Appeal Strikes Down 2011 S.F. Charter Requirement that SFERS Be "Fully Funded" Before Vested Supplemental COLAs May be Granted

In a March 27, 2015 opinion, the First District Court of Appeal unanimously declared a voter-approved amendment to the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco (City) to be unconstitutional as applied to current City…more

Appeals, City Charters, COLA, Public Employees, Retirement

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The Evolving World of Privacy and Data Security Covered at Nossaman-UCI Cyber Symposium

On October 12, Nossaman and UC Irvine hosted their first annual cyber symposium at the Los Angeles City Club. The event brought experts together to discuss a variety of critical issues in the worlds of privacy and data…more

Cyber Attacks, Cyber Crimes, Cyber Insurance, Cyber Threats, Cyberforensics

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Publishes Its Annual Candidate Notice of Review

On December 24, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released its annual Candidate Notice of Review (CNOR) summarizing the status of species that qualify as candidates for listing under the Endangered Species Act…more

Endangered Species, Endangered Species Act, ESA Listings, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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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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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

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President Issues Memo regarding Mitigation of Natural Resources Impacts

On November 3, 2015, the President issued a memorandum entitled “Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment.” In it, he states “[t]his memorandum will encourage private…more

Habitat Conservation Plan, Natural Resources, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Supporting Memorandum, Urban Planning & Development

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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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Senate Sportsmen’s Bill Would Delist Gray Wolves in Wyoming and Great Lakes Region

On January 20, 2015, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved S. 659, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015, which complements the bill reported by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee late…more

Delisting, Endangered Species, Endangered Species Act, Hunting, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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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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Los Angeles World Airports Announces DBFOM Procurements for $5 Billion Landside Access Modernization Program

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) staff today briefed its Board of Airport Commissioners on its plans to deliver and finance the estimated $5 billion Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) at Los Angeles International…more

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

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