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The $5 Million Gift-Tax Exemption: Going, Going, Gone

If you are planning to make significant gifts in the near future, you had better get going. The current lifetime gift-tax exemption, which is currently set at $5.12 million ($10.24 million for couples) is set to expire at…more

Gift-Tax Exemption

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Employers Must Post Updated Minimum Wage Order by July 1, 2014

Effective July 1, 2014, the California minimum wage increases to $9.00 per hour (from $8.00). It will increase further to $10.00 per hour effective January 1, 2016. Employers must post the applicable California Department of…more

DOL, Employee Rights, Minimum Wage, Wage and Hour, Wages

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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FTB Issues Legal Ruling Addressing Filing And Franchise Tax Obligations of LLCs And Their Members

I’ve written several posts on discussing the meaning and ramifications of “doing business” for California tax purposes. See, e.g., Why Your LLC May Be Doing More Than You Think In California Even When It’s Doing Nothing, 60…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Corporate Taxes, Doing Business, FTB, Limited Liability Companies

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New Decision Helps Multifamily Developers by Striking Down a Restrictive Local Ordinance

On July 11, 2013, in Latinos Unidos del Valle de Napa y Solano v. County of Napa (A135094), the First District reversed and remanded a trial court's decision that Napa County's restrictive density bonus ordinance did not…more

Affordable Housing, Land Developers, Local Ordinance, Statutory Interpretation

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EPA Extends Comment Period on New Rule regarding "Waters of the United States"

As previously reported, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have jointly proposed a regulation re-defining the term “waters of the United States.” If adopted, the regulation would…more

Clean Water Act, EPA, Jurisdiction, US Army Corps of Engineers, Water

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New California Court of Appeal Decision Reaffirms General Rule that Residential Lenders Owe no Duty to Borrowers, Including in the Loan Modification Context

In a recent decision, Lueras v. BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 886, the California Court of Appeal returned to the general rule that, absent unique circumstances giving rise to a duty of care, lenders do not…more

Borrowers, Duty of Care, Foreclosure, Loan Modifications, Loans

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Court Upholds Validity of Landmark Water Transfer Agreement Providing Greater Certainty to California's Water Supply

On June 4, 2013, the Sacramento County Superior Court issued its much-anticipated ruling in the QSA Coordinated Civil Cases, upholding the validity of the historic Quantification Settlement Agreement and related agreements (the…more

CEQA, Water, Water Rights

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Will Your Indemnity Clauses be Unenforceable on January 1, 2013?

Amendments to California’s construction indemnity statutes will go into effect on January 1, 2013. Your commercial construction contracts may need to be modified or other strategies may need to be implemented or your indemnity…more

Contractors, Indemnity Agreements, Subcontractors

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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus: House holds hearing on proposed ‘Waters of the United States’ rule - Association of California Water Agencies - Jul 9: The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing to…more

Cap-and-Trade, Chemical Safety Board, Chevron, City of Los Angeles, Clean Water Act

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Contractors Need to Update Policies and Procedures to Provide Recovery Periods for Outdoor Workers

Contractors and other employers of outdoor workers are affected by the amended California Labor Code, effective January 1, 2014, that provides expanded protection to outdoor workers. Specifically, California Labor Code section…more

Compliance, Construction Workers, Contractors, Employee Rights, Rest and Meal Break

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Renewable Energy Update -- July 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Supreme Court upholds EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gas: Allen Matkins - Jun 24: On Monday, June 23, in a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Utility Air Regulatory Group v…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Clean Power Plan, Energy, Environmental Policies

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Commercial Landlords in San Francisco Beware

Chapter 38 of the San Francisco Administrative Code imposes new requirements on commercial leasing activities (both new leases and amendments of existing leases) in San Francisco where the leased premises contain 7,500 square…more

Accessibility Rules, ADA, Commercial Leases, Landlords, Notice Requirements

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Renewable Energy Update -- July 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Supreme Court upholds EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gas: Allen Matkins - Jun 24: On Monday, June 23, in a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Utility Air Regulatory Group v…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Clean Power Plan, Energy, Environmental Policies

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Lenders Beware: Debt Can Now Be Recharacterized as Equity in the Ninth Circuit

For the last 27 years, bankruptcy courts in the Ninth Circuit consistently held that debt could not be recharacterized as equity unless the movant proved inequitable conduct by the debt holder. On April 30, 2013, the Ninth…more

Debt, Equity Investors, Lenders, Loans, Re-Characterization

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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Delayed AB 1103 Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Requirements Set To Go Into Effect In January 2014

Following significant delays, the California Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program is now slated to go into effect on January 1, 2014 for buildings over 10,000 square feet. An owner of a building subject to the…more

Benchmarking, Commercial Property Owners, Compliance, Energy Efficiency, ENERGY STAR Program

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Commercial Landlords in San Francisco Beware

Chapter 38 of the San Francisco Administrative Code imposes new requirements on commercial leasing activities (both new leases and amendments of existing leases) in San Francisco where the leased premises contain 7,500 square…more

Accessibility Rules, ADA, Commercial Leases, Landlords, Notice Requirements

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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First District Court of Appeal Holds State Water Board May Restrict Beneficial Water Use by Senior Water Rights Holders, Relying on Public Trust Doctrine

Most Californians are well aware of the restrictions currently being placed on water use throughout the state. The ongoing drought and dwindling water supplies in California are dramatically affecting those with rights to divert…more

Appropriation, Drought, Inland Waterways, Permits, Public Trust Doctrine

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California Continues Crackdown on 1031 Exchanges

During the last several years, the California Franchise Tax Board (“FTB”) has been closely scrutinizing section 1031 exchanges, and finding section 1031 exchanges to be a fruitful area for state tax audits. While California law…more

Franchise Tax Board, Franchise Taxes, Franchises, IRS, State Taxes

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Action Required by California Commercial Landlords: New California Law Goes Into Effect July 1, 2013, Requiring Accessibility Disclosures in Commercial Leases

On July, 1, 2013, Civil Code Section 1938 goes into effect and requires commercial leases executed on and after such date to disclose whether the premises being leased have been inspected by a Certified Access Specialist, and if…more

Accessibility Rules, Certified Access Specialists, Commercial Leases, Commercial Property Owners, Disclosure Requirements

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First District Court of Appeal Holds State Water Board May Restrict Beneficial Water Use by Senior Water Rights Holders, Relying on Public Trust Doctrine

Most Californians are well aware of the restrictions currently being placed on water use throughout the state. The ongoing drought and dwindling water supplies in California are dramatically affecting those with rights to divert…more

Appropriation, Drought, Inland Waterways, Permits, Public Trust Doctrine

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California Court of Appeal Opens Doors for Construction Defect Claims Outside of the Right to Repair Act

Valentine S. Hoy and Timothy M. Hutter discuss a recent California Court of Appeal ruling that found SB800 (Civil Code sections 895 through 945.5, the "Right to Repair Act") is not the only remedy for construction defect claims…more

Construction Defects, Construction Disputes, Defect, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Repairs

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EPA Endorses New ASTM Phase I Standard

The ASTM standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments was recently revised by ASTM International and, on August 15, 2013, in a direct final rulemaking likely to become effective this November, the new standard was…more

ASTM, Environmental Policies, EPA, New Regulations

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California Court of Appeal Opens Doors for Construction Defect Claims Outside of the Right to Repair Act

Valentine S. Hoy and Timothy M. Hutter discuss a recent California Court of Appeal ruling that found SB800 (Civil Code sections 895 through 945.5, the "Right to Repair Act") is not the only remedy for construction defect claims…more

Construction Defects, Construction Disputes, Defect, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Repairs

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Green Building Update -- September 12, 2013

Green Building Focus -- Green L.A. Federal Courthouse: Courthouse News - Aug 12 - After a decade of planning, officials broke ground on a $319 million, 10-story Los Angeles Federal Courthouse. The new courthouse's…more

Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Buildings, LEED Certified

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DTSC Releases Initial Proposed “Priority Products” List for Safer Consumer Products Regulations

On March 13, 2014, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its initial proposed list of “Priority Products” for regulation under DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products program. The three categories of…more

Children's Products, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Green Chemistry

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Prevailing Wages: Beware of Fee Waivers Even When They are Not Waived

In a surprising determination by the Department of Industrial Relations ("DIR"), a development was found to be a "public work" under Labor Code Section 1771 when a developer, in compliance with a fee ordinance, constructed…more

Construction Contracts, Land Developers, Public Works, Waivers

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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Commercial Landlords in San Francisco Beware

Chapter 38 of the San Francisco Administrative Code imposes new requirements on commercial leasing activities (both new leases and amendments of existing leases) in San Francisco where the leased premises contain 7,500 square…more

Accessibility Rules, ADA, Commercial Leases, Landlords, Notice Requirements

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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Commercial Landlords in San Francisco Beware

Chapter 38 of the San Francisco Administrative Code imposes new requirements on commercial leasing activities (both new leases and amendments of existing leases) in San Francisco where the leased premises contain 7,500 square…more

Accessibility Rules, ADA, Commercial Leases, Landlords, Notice Requirements

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Due Process Rights of Employers and Class Action Defendants Upheld

The highly anticipated decision of the California Supreme Court in Duran v. U.S. Bank is a big win for employers and class action defendants. On Thursday, the Supreme Court in Duran affirmed the appellate court's decision in its…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Due Process, Putative Class Actions, SCOTUS

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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus: House holds hearing on proposed ‘Waters of the United States’ rule - Association of California Water Agencies - Jul 9: The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing to…more

Cap-and-Trade, Chemical Safety Board, Chevron, City of Los Angeles, Clean Water Act

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus: House holds hearing on proposed ‘Waters of the United States’ rule - Association of California Water Agencies - Jul 9: The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing to…more

Cap-and-Trade, Chemical Safety Board, Chevron, City of Los Angeles, Clean Water Act

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California Supreme Court Upholds Design Professionals' Duty to Future Residential Purchasers

Design professionals, such as architects and engineers, often seek to avoid liability to third party property purchasers for their negligence by arguing that their role in preparing plans was too remote for a duty to be imposed…more

Architects, Contractors, Duty of Care, Popular, Professional Liability

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Renewable Energy Update -- July 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Supreme Court upholds EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gas: Allen Matkins - Jun 24: On Monday, June 23, in a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Utility Air Regulatory Group v…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Clean Power Plan, Energy, Environmental Policies

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SEC Proposes Regulations Related to Crowdfunding (Part 1)

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") proposed for comment new regulations on Crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is the general term used to describe a new way of raising capital using the Internet. A crowdfunding…more

Accredited Investors, Advertising, Crowdfunding, Disclosure Requirements, Intermediaries

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Action Required by California Commercial Landlords: New California Law Goes Into Effect July 1, 2013, Requiring Accessibility Disclosures in Commercial Leases

On July, 1, 2013, Civil Code Section 1938 goes into effect and requires commercial leases executed on and after such date to disclose whether the premises being leased have been inspected by a Certified Access Specialist, and if…more

Accessibility Rules, Certified Access Specialists, Commercial Leases, Commercial Property Owners, Disclosure Requirements

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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Delayed AB 1103 Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Requirements Set To Go Into Effect In January 2014

Following significant delays, the California Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program is now slated to go into effect on January 1, 2014 for buildings over 10,000 square feet. An owner of a building subject to the…more

Benchmarking, Commercial Property Owners, Compliance, Energy Efficiency, ENERGY STAR Program

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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California Supreme Court Gives Employers Added Protection Against Wage-and-Hour Class Actions

Today, the California Supreme Court issued its latest and long-awaited arbitration decision, Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC. On the one hand, Iskanian concluded that class action arbitration waivers are…more

Class Action, Iskanian, PAGA, Wage and Hour, Wages

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Requiring Landowners To Dedicate An "Overflight" Easement Is Not A Taking, Even When All An Owner Seeks Is A Minor Building Permit

The United States Supreme Court decisions in Nollan and Dolan provide landowners with a useful tool for seeking compensation when government agencies use their land use authority to exact valuable property rights and other…more

Building Permits, Dolan v City of Tigard, Easements, Nollan v California Coastal Commission, Private Property Rights

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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Top Priorities for BigLaw in 2014? Here's the CMO Perspective...

What will be the top priority for law firms in 2014? The answer depends on whom you ask, of course – and, for our Firm Leadership series, we put the question to chief marketing officers at law firms publishing on JD Supra..…more

Big Law, Client Services, Firm Leadership, Legal Perspectives

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v…more

Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, Employee Rights, Exempt-Employees, Income Taxes

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