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9th Circuit Rejects NEPA Challenges To Planned 1.9-Mile Underground Light Rail Extension Project in Downtown LA

On December 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in the case of Japanese Village, LLC v. Federal Transit Administration, et al., affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgement to the government…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Transportation

Securing Rights-of-Way to CO2 Pipeline Corridors in the United States

In the previous article in this series The Future of Carbon Dioxide Injection EOR in the United States, we discussed the sources and cost of CO2 supply for enhanced oil recovery (“EOR”) in the United States and the benefits that…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

One and Done: Stage 3 Forward Auction Ends After Just One Round of Bidding

At the end of Stage 2 of the Spectrum Auction, I wrote about bidder fatigue and the hope that the FCC would drop its spectrum clearing target a couple of notches for Stage 3 to expedite the conclusion of a now seemingly…more
| Communications & Media Law

FriendFinder Data Breach Exposes 400 million+ Accounts

FriendFinder Networks is a company in the adult entertainment, social networking, and online dating space. Several databases from FriendFinder Networks web sites with more than 412 million accounts, including usernames, e-mails,…more
| Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Toxic Substances and Control Act Overhaul

Under the recently amended Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA), EPA is bound by new requirements and enforceable timetables to complete risk assessments for chemicals manufactured, distributed and imported to the United…more
| Consumer Protection, Environmental Law, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Cities To Tax Streaming Video?

Many cities in California are considering the expansion of their Utility User Tax (UUT) to streaming video services. Such an expansion may be inconsistent with the cities’ existing ordinances, be invalid under Proposition 218…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Energy & Utilities, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation

Ninth Circuit Rules Surface Transportation Board Has Exclusive Jurisdiction Over Certain Railroad Repair Work

On November 23, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a unanimous ruling that the Surface Transportation Board has exclusive jurisdiction over “railroad repair work done at the direction of a federally…more
| Environmental Law, Transportation

Developments in Association Law 2015–2016

The Nonprofit Organizations Practice at Pillsbury has prepared this summary of significant legal and policy developments that have occurred in approximately the past year. All of these developments have potential impacts upon…more
| Business Organizations, Constitutional Law, Nonprofit Law, Taxation

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ November 2016

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue…more
| Communications & Media Law

Cal CSLB Registrar of Contractors and Chief Deputy Registrar Announce Pending Retirement

On November 29, the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) issued an Industry Bulletin via email announcing that Cindi A. Christenson, the CSLB’s current Registrar of Contractors, will be retiring effective May 1,…more
| Construction Law

Congress Urged to Block Certain Chinese Investments in the U.S.

On November 16, 2016, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) issued its 2016 Annual Report to Congress, which included 20 recommendations on Congressional action to be used for assessing progress and…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions

Civil Penalties Up For Some Aviation Violations

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued an interim final rule to increase the maximum aviation-related civil penalty amounts to adjust for inflation. The rule became effective on August 10, 2016, and will apply…more
| Administrative Law, Transportation

Ohio Supreme Court Finds Quill Does Not Apply to the Commercial Activity Tax

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the Ohio Commercial Activity Tax is a business privilege tax and that the physical presence requirement articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court in Quill does not limit Ohio’s ability to…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Taxation

Court Issues Nationwide Preliminary Injunction of DOL’s Overtime Rules Effective Dec 1

In Federal Court Rules New Overtime Requirements Won’t Go Into Effect on December 1, our colleague Scott Flick discusses the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas’ ruling in a civil action challenging the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Coming Soon! Drones Overhead

Last week, the FAA sent a new proposed rule for operations of sUAS (aka “drones”) over people to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”). Currently, Part 107 for the commercial operation of…more
| Transportation
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