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Failure to Make Findings Specified in Mitigation Fee Act Requires Refund of All Unexpended Development Fees

The Fourth District Court of Appeal has upheld an order requiring refund of over $10 million in accumulated development impact fees because the City’s findings “were mere conclusions, not the specific findings required under...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: June 4, 2015

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions on June 4, 2015 during its June term. This term resulted in two opinions affecting Virginia local government law. These opinions addressed defamation alleged from statements by a...more

Beach Access Case Nowhere Near Done

On Sept. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 968, legislation aimed at securing a public access easement or right-of-way at Martins Beach in San Mateo County. Located south of Half Moon Bay, Martins Beach is an...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 2014 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus: California acts to manage statewide groundwater issues: Allen Matkins - Sep 19: Faced with record drought and depleted groundwater supplies statewide, the California Legislature has...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - State Lands Commission files suit to overturn S.F.'s Prop. B: - Jul 15: The State Lands Commission filed suit Tuesday to overturn San Francisco's voter-approved limits on...more

A Theory Of A Moveable Parcel Is Not The Legal Solution To Rising Sea Levels And Beach Front Ownership

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court weighed in on an ugly property rights case last Friday concerning some beautiful beachfront on Martha’s Vineyard. In White v. Hartigan, SJC 11072 (Feb. 8, 2013), the Court considered...more

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