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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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OCTA Releases Final RFP for the I-405 Improvement Project

Drivers of the I-405 in Orange County California are one step closer to an improved facility. Today the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) authorized release of a final request for proposals to design and construct…more

Construction Industry, Highways, Public Projects, Request for Proposals, Toll Roads

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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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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 - 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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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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New Mexico Expands Design-Build Authority to Highway and Road Projects

New Mexico will now allow certain highway and projects funded in whole or in part by federal funds to use the design-build delivery method. On the last day (March 9, 2016) to sign bills from the most recent legislative session,…more

Design-Build, Federal Funding, Highways, Infrastructure, Public Projects

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Changing the ESA Listing Petition Process? Not as Much as You Might Think.

On April 21, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service (collectively, “Service”) announced revisions to their proposed modifications to the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) petition process…more

Endangered Species, Endangered Species Act (ESA), ESA Listings, National Marine Fisheries Service, 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 (ESA), Events

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Preparing for the Future – SCAG Adopts 2016 RTP/SCS

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the nation’s largest regional planning agency and is governed by an 86-member Regional Council, made up of elected officials from among the six counties and 191 cities…more

Air Quality Standards, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Public Transit, Surface Transportation, Transportation Industry

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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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Liability Insurer Tries to Dodge Coverage Hiding Behind The Employee Exclusion

Not long ago an owner of a four-unit apartment building, fully insured with a Landlord/Tenants package policy and Umbrella coverage, tendered an injury lawsuit to his insurance company. The insured had hired a roofer to replace…more

Denial of Insurance Coverage, Insurance Industry, Insurance Litigation, Liability Insurance, Policy Exclusions

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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 - 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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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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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] 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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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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Update: California Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Today, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Property Reserve v. Superior Court case. Today was also the day the Court began showing live webcasts of oral arguments online, so I was able to not only hear the…more

CA Supreme Court, Condemnation, Easements, Eminent Domain, Investigations

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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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[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] Nossaman's 2016 Eminent Domain Seminar - March 3rd, Costa Mesa, CA

Nossaman LLP invites you to join us for a complimentary afternoon seminar with Nossaman’s Eminent Domain attorneys alongside various industry experts. During this program, our expert panelists will provide the latest insight on…more

Appraisal, Condemnation, Continuing Legal Education, Eminent Domain, Events

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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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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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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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California Telecom Providers File Suit to Protect Competitively Sensitive Information

On May 5, AT&T Mobility along with several other telecommunications providers and trade associations filed a complaint in the Northern District of California against the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”)…more

ALJ, AT&T Mobility, Broadband, Confidential Information, CPUC

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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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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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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 - 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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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Authorizes Take of the Last Known Wild Jaguar in the United States

On April 28, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a revised Biological Opinion and Incidental Take Permit for the Rosemont Copper Mine in Pima County, Arizona. USFWS originally issued a Biological Opinion and…more

Critical Habitat, Endangered Species, Endangered Species Act (ESA), Habitat Conservation Plan, Incidental Take Permits

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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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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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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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Oakley to Condemn Century-Old Building for Street Widening Project

As cities become more dense and urbanized, it is common for infrastructure to get outdated or insufficient to handle increased demand. We see this with roads, highways, schools, and even utilities. When new infrastructure is…more

Condemnation, Eminent Domain, Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Fair Market Value, Fifth Amendment

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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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Two Florida P3 Bills Signed into Law

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott signed two bills that further advance the state’s existing public-private partnership (P3) framework and provide additional guidance for implementing P3s. The two new…more

Governor Scott, New Legislation, Public Entities, Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Special Districts

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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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State and Local Governments May Now Request Railroad Bridge Inspection Reports

State and local governments can now obtain railroad bridge inspection reports by making requests on the website of the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”). This new tool will help state and local governments gain better…more

Bridges, Federal Railroad Administration, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Railroads, Safety Inspections

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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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Scope of Insurers’ Subrogation Rights Reexamined

Insurance companies often seek subrogation after they paid a claim, even at times squeezing their insureds for first place in line to recover their respective damages from a tortfeasor. The law has imposed certain…more

Insurance Claims, Insurance Industry, Subrogation

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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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Senate Hears Testimony on Senator Feinstein’s Emergency Drought Relief Bill

On May, 17, 2016, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Water and Energy held hearings on a number of pending bills, including S. 2533, sponsored by Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA). The bill,…more

Central Valley, Conservation, Delta Smelt, Drought, Legislative Committees

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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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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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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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Consumer VPPA Class Action Against CNN Dismissed

The Northern District of Georgia recently granted CNN’s motion to dismiss a consumer class action that alleged CNN committed a violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”), 18 U.S.C. § 2710. Perry v. Cable News…more

Browser History Sniffing, Class Action, CNN, Corporate Counsel, Data Collection

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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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Homeowners Cannot Recover for Blocked Views of Hollywood Sign

One of the most valuable assets many homeowners enjoy is their property’s view. If the government undertakes an activity that eliminates or obstructs that view, is an owner entitled to relief? In Boxer v. City of Beverly Hills…more

Appeals, Eminent Domain, Homeowners, Inverse Condemnation, Just Compensation

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Designates Critical Habitat for the Oregon Spotted Frog

On May 11, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issued a final rule designating approximately 65,038 acres and 20.3 river miles of critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa). The acres and river…more

Conservation, Critical Habitat, Endangered Species, Endangered Species Act (ESA), ESA Listings

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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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Automated People Mover at LAX – Submittal Instructions Issued for Operating System Suppliers

On April 18, 2016, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) reached an initial milestone in its Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) by issuing instructions for how automated people mover operating system suppliers can request…more

Airline Passengers, Airports, Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (DBFOM), Federal Procurement Systems, Public Projects

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Court Rejects ESA Challenge to County’s Local Land Use Planning

On April 8, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida held that Collier County’s (County) land use planning regulations were complimentary, not contrary to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The court…more

Conservation, Critical Habitat, Endangered Species, Endangered Species Act (ESA), ESA Listings

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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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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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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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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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Go Big Red-y for Design-Build! Nebraska Enables and Funds Innovative Highway and Bridge Procurements

Governor Pete Rickets followed through on a promise to rethink infrastructure delivery in Nebraska. Signing LB 960, the “Transportation Innovation Act,” into law, Nebraska is poised to clear its backlog of highway development…more

Design-Build, Governor Rickets, Highways, Infrastructure, Innovation

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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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Safe Harbor in Troubled Waters

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, the United States and the European Union announced a new transatlantic “safe harbor” data transfer deal that would allow companies with significant online operations to continue to transfer data…more

CJEU, Cybersecurity, EU, EU-US Privacy Shield, International Data Transfers

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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 (ESA), Events

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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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Stick Up Your Hands! The Increasingly Common Form of Ransom, and the Insurance That Will Help You Recoup Some of Your Funds

It was recently revealed that the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid $17,000 in bitcoins as ransom to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its computer network. This is not the first time hackers have held up a company,…more

Cyber Attacks, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Hackers, Insurance Industry

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Long Awaited Eagle Rule Revamp Out for Public Comment

On May 6, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) published its proposed revisions to the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (“BGEPA”) permit program.  The stated intention of these proposed revisions is to…more

Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, Conservation, Critical Habitat, Endangered Species, ESA Listings

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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 (EIR)

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Widely Divergent Views of Section 7 Consultation Described in PNAS Articles

In December 2015, Defenders of Wildlife employees published an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in which they compiled and conducted basic statistical analyses of data regarding section 7…more

Conservation, Endangered Species, Endangered Species Act (ESA), ESA Listings, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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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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Lesser Prairie-Chicken Appeal Abandoned

After filing an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit less than two weeks prior, on May 10, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) filed an unopposed motion to voluntarily dismiss its appeal of…more

Conservation, Critical Habitat, Endangered Species, Endangered Species Act (ESA), ESA Listings

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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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[Event] Nossaman's 2016 Eminent Domain Seminar - March 3rd, Costa Mesa, CA

Nossaman LLP invites you to join us for a complimentary afternoon seminar with Nossaman’s Eminent Domain attorneys alongside various industry experts. During this program, our expert panelists will provide the latest insight on…more

Appraisal, Condemnation, Continuing Legal Education, Eminent Domain, Events

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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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