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Speculation Mounts Over Impending Crude By Rail Rule

As speculation over the federal government’s forthcoming rule on rail shipments of crude oil grows, two items hit the press last week increasing speculation over the details of the reforms…more
| Energy & Utilities, Transportation

Time Limit to Transfer Base Year Property Tax Value Expanded for Eminent Domain Takings

Californians who have owned their properties for years understand the benefits of Proposition 13: their property taxes are based upon the property's purchase price (with only small allowable annual increases), as opposed to the…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation, Real Estate - Commercial

Forum-Shopping Insurance Companies' Latest Tricks

Decades ago, insurance companies tried to persuade trial courts in California to apply the law of some other state to multi-party environmental and asbestos insurance coverage disputes because the insurance companies believed…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Insurance, Products Liability

Missoula, MT and Apple Valley, CA Team Up for Water Fight

In what might appear as a strange pairing, the city of Missoula, Montana and Apple Valley, California are collaborating on how to take back their local water systems. As reported by the Missoulian, the water systems for both…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

President Unveils Build America Investment Initiative Today

President Barak Obama today announced the Build America Investment Initiative (the “Initiative”). According to the Fact Sheet released by the White House in advance of the announcement, the purpose of the Initiative is to…more
| Construction Law, Elections & Politics, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation, Government Contracting

Fremont Latest California City Seeking to Reinvent its Downtown

Undaunted by the so-called "death of redevelopment," several California cities have pushed to reinvent -- a.k.a. redevelop -- their downtown cores. And it appears to be working…more
| Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Commercial

Did You Know…California Supreme Court Holds That a Challenge to Independent Contractor Status Is Class Certifiable

In Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspapers the California Supreme Court held that the critical factor in determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor is “the degree of a hirer’s right to control how the…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

ESA Section 9 Case Dismissed Because of Allegations re Take

Earlier this month, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a lawsuit brought under section 9 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) because, instead of attacking a specific project or…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The Patentability Exclusion for "Abstract Ideas" is Even More Abstract Post-Alice

In Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, 2014 U.S. Lexis 4303 (June 19, 2014, No. 13-298) the Supreme Court once again addressed what has been termed "business method" patents in the context of determining whether a…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

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
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Health

District Court Denies Motion to Enjoin Delta Water Transfers

Last Friday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California denied a motion brought by environmental groups to enjoin a water transfer project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (Delta). Plaintiffs brought…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

When Can a CGL Policy Do a Disappearing Act?

In Evanston Insurance Company v North American Capacity Company, 2014 U.S. LEXIS 92682, Evanston Insurance Company sued in U.S. District Court to seek contribution from North American Capacity Insurance Company where both…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential

Two Final Rules Designate One of Largest Critical Habitat Areas in History

On Wednesday, two final rules were released designating critical habitat for the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), a species listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Together, the rules represent one…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Optimistic that the Willits Bypass will move forward, Caltrans seeks input on its "child projects"

As reported in the Willits News, Caltrans is going forward with public workshops for the Sherwood Road Intersection Project, one of four "child projects" of the Willits Bypass project, which is anticipated to increase the…more
| Construction Law, Transportation

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

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