Best Best & Krieger LLP

San Francisco’s Airbnb Regulation Runs Into Enforcement Issues

A little over a month after San Francisco’s comprehensive home-sharing law went into effect, the City is already encountering a problem that threatens the effectiveness of the measure. The law, which allows residents to rent out…more
| Administrative Law, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

County's Decision to Reject Controversial Ad Did Not Violate the First Amendment

Rejecting a First Amendment challenge, a county can choose to not run an advertisement on its own bus system if it might cause vandalism and violence, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held this week. The court determined…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Transportation

Ninth Circuit Draws Clear Distinction Between California's Meeting Disruption Statutes

Skid Row Demonstration Disrupts a Neighborhood “Walk,” But Police Make an Arrest for the Wrong Violation - A Los Angeles Skid Row advocacy group faced off against those participating in a “walk” through the Skid Row area…more
| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Elections & Politics

BEST IN LAW: Employers need to heed Obamacare Reporting Rules

Compliance with reporting obligations is always important for any employer, but the employer reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act pack a significant penalty that makes compliance particularly…more
| Health, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

California’s Emergency Drought Measures

Just two days after California’s State Water Resources Control Board approved a resolution renewing and updating statewide emergency conservation regulations, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators from both parties announced a $1…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

California Supreme Court to Hear PRA Case on Inadvertent or Accidental Disclosure of Privileged Records

The California Supreme Court has granted review of a controversial Public Records Act ruling and will decide whether the well-recognized protection for attorney-client privileged documents inadvertently disclosed during the…more
| Civil Procedure

Two California School Districts Do the Right Thing and Avoid Brown Act Violations by Rescheduling Meetings

Two Santa Ynez Valley school districts recently postponed their monthly board meetings after it was discovered that both districts failed to post their meeting agendas online 72 hours in advance, as required by the Brown Act…more
| Administrative Law, Education

California's State Water Resources Control Board Renews and Imposes Stricter Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

California’s State Water Resources Control Board approved a resolution today renewing and updating statewide emergency water conservation regulations adopted by the Board last year that were set to expire on April 25. The Office…more
| Energy & Utilities

Drone on Drones: The Uncertain Line Between Commercial and Noncommercial Use

Under the FAA’s current framework, noncommercial uses of drones by hobbyists are not regulated outside of general safety restrictions. A drone hobbyist can use his or her craft as he or she wishes, so long as the drone is kept…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Transportation

Drone on Drones: The “Domestication” of Drones

As recently as four years ago, a Google search of “drones” or “unmanned aerial vehicles” would have largely returned news articles about targeted strikes in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq or Yemen…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Transportation

California Supreme Court Rules Residency Restrictions are Nonpunitive

A judge can require sex offender registration for a convicted criminal defendant — even if the jury did not find that the crimes were sexual in nature, the California Supreme Court held this week. Interestingly, the Court handed…more
| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law

Charitable Hospital Organizations and the Affordable Care Act

The IRS has issued final regulations providing guidance on certain complex requirements imposed on charitable hospital organizations added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Specifically, the Regulations…more
| Health, Taxation, Nonprofit Law

California Voters Left Holding the Bag in the Plastic Bag Ban Battle

The crown for the first state in the nation to ban plastic bags is up for grabs again. Late last year, the California legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law, SB 270 — making California the first state to ban…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Old....But Good: Citing Older Decisions

Don’t assume that an argument should be discarded because it is supported only an old case. For example, plaintiffs relied on Stevens v. Los Angeles Dock & Terminal Co., 20 Cal.App.743 (2d Dist. 1912), and defendant More-Gas…more
| Civil Procedure

Drone on Drones: Proposed Bans in Hunting and Fishing Shed Light on Regulatory Considerations for Drones

In several states across the country, hunters and fishermen are anticipating the potential use of drones to track — and even tag — wildlife, and asking that lawmakers prohibit that use of the technology before it even gets off…more
| Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Transportation
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