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Drilling Bill Fails in Assembly

SB 1096 (Jackson), which sought to foreclose the possibility of oil drilling in state waters from wells that could be drilled at Vandenberg Air Force Base, was defeated in the Assembly on Tuesday..…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

SB-1281 Amended to Remove Requirement for Oil, Gas Drillers to Use Recycled Water

SB-1281 faced strong industry opposition due to the bill’s requirement that oil and gas drilling companies use recycled water for new operations during drought emergencies. Industry representatives have stated that such…more
| Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Solar Installer Alert: Commerce Dept. Reduces Preliminary Antidumping Duty Rates for Solar Products from Taiwan

The International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce (“ITA”) on August 18 issued a notice amending its Affirmative Preliminary Determination for antidumping (“AD”) duties against certain crystalline silicon…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade

Updated Status of Oil and Gas-related Bills in California's Legislature

The end of the 2013-2014 legislative session is coming to a close. Below are key deadlines for the Legislature and Governor..…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Taxation

Zinc: It's Not Just for Lifeguards

Minerals Make Life - an initiative created by the National Mining Association - has recently developed an infographic explaining the importance of the mineral zinc…more
| Energy & Utilities, Science, Computers, & Technology

Full Steam Ahead for Eminent Domain Actions after High Speed Rail Authority Negotiations End in Impasse

The State Public Works Board (the “Board”) adopted four Resolutions of Necessity approving the High-Speed Rail Authority’s (the “Authority”) use of eminent domain for public necessity to acquire four parcels in Fresno and Madera…more
| Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

Idaho Real Estate & Development Law Update: Lack of Corporate Formalities Will Not Destroy the Limited Liability Protection Afforded by an LLC

In the case of Wandering Trails v. Big Bite Excavation released June 18, 2014, the Idaho Supreme Court clarified the requirements for piercing the veil of a limited liability company or LLC and thereby imposing liability on its…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Residential

SB 1281 (Pavley): Oil & Gas Production; Water Use Reporting

SB-1281 was amended in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations on August 4, 2014. A scheduled hearing on August 6 was postponed and held on suspense under Joint Rule 62(a). As of this writing, a hearing has not yet been…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Washington Court of Appeals Holds Independent Contractors Are Protected from Retaliation by the Washington Law Against Discrimination

The Washington courts are strict in their interpretation of the classification of individuals as employees versus independent contractors, resulting in many an employer discovering that an “independent contractor” is instead an…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Confirms CEQA Exemption for Voter-Sponsored Initiatives

In Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court, No. S207173 (Supreme Court, Aug. 7, 2014), the California Supreme Court ruled that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) does not apply when a lead agency…more
| Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Energy Tax Law Alert: IRS Issues New Guidance Regarding Beginning of Construction Requirement for ITC/PTC

On Friday, the IRS issued guidance that clarifies and modifies prior guidance regarding the “beginning of construction” requirement for qualifying for the production tax credit (PTC) under Section 45 of the Internal Revenue…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

Value-of-Solar is Delayed; Minnesota Community Solar Gardens Move Forward

Last Thursday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“MPUC”) approved Xcel Energy’s first Minnesota-based Community Solar Garden (CSG) program. After Xcel’s initial program filing was rejected by the MPUC in April, Xcel…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Court Signals Green to $8.6bn California High-Speed Rail Bond Issuance

The Third District Court of Appeal reversed a Sacramento Superior Court Judge’s ruling that prohibited the High Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) from selling bonds under Proposition 1A to construct the High Speed Rail Project (the…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

California High Speed Rail Dodges Legal Bullet

In Town of Atherton v. CA High Speed Rail Authority, No. C070877 (Cal. Ct. App. 3d Dist., July 24, 2014), the Third Appellate District upheld the High-Speed Rail Authority’s (HSRA) Program Environmental Impact Report/ Program…more
| Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

California Supreme Court Makes It Easier For Workers in Misclassification Cases To Obtain Class Certification

Employment class action litigation is often won or lost with a class certification ruling. If the employer is successful in opposing class certification, then these cases often go away with little or no fanfare and limited…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law
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