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National Marine Fisheries Service Accepts Two Petitions to List the Porbeagle Shark

On March 27, 2015, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) accepted two petitions asking NMFS to list the Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act either throughout the…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Agencies Must Aim for Recovery of the Species When Designating Critical Habitat

In a decision issued earlier this week, a U.S. District Court rejected the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) interpretation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), finding that its interpretation of the critical habitat…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Implied Easements and Lessons for Landowners

On Jan. 28, 2015, in Richardson v. Franc, 14 C.D.O.S 941 (2015), the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District ruled in favor of an easement holder by granting an irrevocable license permitting additional…more
| Civil Procedure, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential

National Marine Fisheries Service Declines to List Distinct Population Segment of Harbor Porpoise in the Baltic Sea

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a 12-month finding concluding that listing a distinct population segment (DPS) of the harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) in the Baltic Sea as…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

FTC Creates New Office Focused on Privacy and Data Security

Earlier this week the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the formation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation within its Bureau of Consumer Protection. The office will succeed the Mobile Technology Unit…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

TTAB Decisions May Be Determinative Of Trademark Infringement Litigation

In a well-written opinion, the Supreme Court ruled this week that a final TTAB decision on likelihood of confusion regarding a particular mark can be binding in separate trademark infringement litigation. The Court reversed a…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Ninth Circuit Dismisses Action Alleging San Francisco Violated the Endangered Species Act

In a three-page memorandum decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dismissed Wild Equity and other groups’ appeal from a lower court decision, dismissing as moot a lawsuit alleging that the City and…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

New Guidance for Transparency in “Best Value” Procurements

“Best value” procurements are sometimes criticized as involving a “black box” decision-making process. A recent report issued by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (“NCHRP”) discusses practices to increase…more
| Transportation, Government Contracting

Pilot Program Will Allow Local Hiring Preference for Workers on Federal Transportation Projects

Federal transportation officials are contemplating new contract rules that would make it easier for states and cities to hire local residents to work on transportation projects. Federal rules currently prohibit the Federal…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Transportation, Government Contracting

Did You Know…The Guiding Light on Employer Handbooks — Sort of

Most employers already know they cannot forbid employees from criticizing management, workplace conditions, or discussing salaries in person or on the Internet.  Employers cannot forbid employees from posting comments — both…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Intellectual Property

Best Practices on “Best Value” Discussed by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) released its latest installment of its “Synthesis of Highway Practice” on March 5, 2015, discussing specifically practices for developing transparent “best value”…more
| Finance & Banking, Transportation, Government Contracting

Notice-and-Comment is Not Required for Changes Made to Interpretive Rules

On March 9, 2015, Justice Sotomayor, writing on behalf of the majority, overturned the Paralyzed Veterans doctrine, which requires federal agencies to use a notice-and-comment process before making a significant revision to an…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure

Fourth Circuit Upholds U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Finding of Jurisdiction Over 4.8 Acres of Wetlands in Chesapeake, Virginia

On March 10, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the U.S. Corps of Engineers (Corps) had lawfully denied a permit to an applicant seeking to fill 4.8 acres of wetlands in order to build ten…more
| Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

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
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

To Understand King v. Burwell Look To Yates v. US

On March 4, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in King v. Burwell, the most publicized case to reach the high court in some time. The issue is whether certain tax subsidies essential to the proper fiscal management of…more
| Elections & Politics, Health, Taxation
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