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California Adopts New General Industrial Storm Water Permit

On April 1, 2014, after 12 years of drafts, public comments and deliberations, the California State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) adopted a new General Industrial Storm Water Permit (“General Permit”), which will…more

| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Supreme Court Clarifies Tax Rules for Certain Severance Payments

The United States Supreme Court resolved a split among the Circuit courts over whether severance payments are “wages” and thus subject to taxation under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (“FICA”). In a unanimous ruling,…more

| Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

New Legal Guidance For Modifying Arbitration Agreements

Employers have had some reluctance to expressly reserve the right to modify arbitration agreements in light of arguments that the agreements might be found illusory and unenforceable. Last week, the Second Appellate District…more

| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law &...

Best Practices for Public-Private Partnerships

Public-private partnerships (“P3s”) for public infrastructure are likely to become more prevalent due to necessity if nothing else. In anticipation of this uptick in P3s, this article examines “best practices” for public…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Government Contracting

How To Navigate London's Aviation Insurance Claims Process

Maintaining appropriate insurance is critical for the entire aviation industry. Many US-based airlines, aircraft owners/financiers, and aircraft lease servicers devote significant resources at the front end, setting up their…more

| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts,...

3D Printing, Copyright Challenges, and the DMCA

I. Introduction - The conventional photocopier makes copies of two-dimensional documents, and computers permit replication of digital audio and video files. Now three dimensional (“3D”) printers can replicate at least…more

| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Year-End Checklist for California Nonprofits

As 2013 comes to a close, officers and directors are well advised to take a few moments to confirm that important year-end responsibilities have not been overlooked. Even if your organization has a fiscal year end other than…more

| Nonprofit Law

New Laws Bring California into Alignment with U.S.

Starting in 2012, a variety of new laws passed that directly affect California businesses. There were new filing requirements for exempt securities offerings involving real estate, changes to the rights of dissenting…more

| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking,...

Public-Private Partnerships in California - Part II

Current funding levels for public infrastructure in the United States are inadequate. Existing infrastructure is crumbling due to long-deferred maintenance and new infrastructure needed by the public is not being built. …more

| Construction Law, Government Contracting

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