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California Supreme Court Rules Public Employees Personal Email Accounts are Subject to California Public Records Act

Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court issued an important ruling regarding the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”) (Govt. Code §6250 et seq.) and held that writings of a public employee may be subject to the...more

California Supreme Court: Government Communications on Private Accounts Are Public

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Recent decision points to the original intent of the California Public Records Act in the evolving debate over government transparency. Key Points: ..California Supreme Court rules that emails and text messages sent...more

Civil Discovery Act Applies to Public Records Act Proceedings, California Appellate Court Concludes

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Public entities litigating California Public Records Act cases may now face the additional burden of responding to civil discovery requests. The Second District Court of Appeal recently issued its opinion in City of Los...more

California Supreme Court: Private Emails Potentially Subject to CPRA

City of San Jose v. Superior Court, 2017 Cal. LEXIS 1607, Docket No. S218066 - Why It Matters: The California Supreme Court unanimously held that government officials may be required to release communications made about...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: It’s Final!

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers in California: be aware and prepare for new laws increasing minimum wages and mandating overtime pay for agricultural employees; expanding the California Fair Pay Act to race and ethnicity and to...more

The Latest "Trojan Horse" in The Judicial War on The Deliberative Process Privilege

In a decision issued December 21, 2015 (Caldecott v. Superior Court of Orange County (Newport- Mesa Unified School District)), the California Court of Appeal ruled that a former school district employee is entitled to records...more

Federal Court Nixes City’s Attempt to Use Copyright Law to Curtail Critic’s Speech on YouTube

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

A California city cannot hold one of its citizens liable for copyright infringement for using clips of city council meetings in his critical YouTube videos, a federal judge has ruled. The August 20, 2015 order in City of...more

Courts Will Go Above and Beyond to Award Attorneys’ Fees for Unreasonably Withholding Public Records

In a novel and somewhat convoluted fact pattern, the California Court of Appeal yet again sent a loud and clear message: The purpose of the California Public Records Act ("CPRA") is to monitor governmental activities despite...more

The Public Records Act Brings Potential Body Worn Cameras Issues Into The Light

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The City of Del Mar recently discontinued use of body-worn cameras following a California Public Records Act request that lead to the release of video taken by Park Ranger Adam Chase. The video, taken during a traffic stop of...more

IRS Proposes New Definition of “Political Activity” for Social Welfare Organizations

by Morgan Lewis on

The initial comment period for the proposed regulations is drawing to a close on February 27, 2014. On November 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a Notice of...more

Is An Officer’s Name Private?

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

On March 4th of this year, the California Supreme Court will hear Long Beach Police Officers Association v. City of Long Beach et al. (Los Angeles Times Communications LLC, Real Party in Interest). The Court will hear...more

Modernizing Liability for Offshore Oil & Gas Explorations and Operations

by Bennett Jones LLP on

This past June, the government of Canada announced plans to implement legislative changes to the four principle Acts which govern oil and gas activities in the Atlantic offshore and Arctic: the Canadian Petroleum Resources...more

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