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San Mateo Gardens Teaches College District a Lesson on Picking Thorny Subsequent Review Procedure

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The California Supreme Court recently addressed an important California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) issue: Who decides whether CEQA’s subsequent review provisions are applicable when there are changes to an adopted...more

No Surprises Here: First District Applies CEQA Subsequent Review Standards Mandated by Supreme Court on Remand, Again Affirms...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

When all was said and done, it was a case of “same wine, different bottle” for Defendant and Appellant San Mateo Community College District (“District”) after the First District Court of Appeal’s published May 5, 2017...more

How to Effectively Manage Vapor Intrusion Risks When Acquiring and Developing Property

With increasing concern and attention being raised by regulatory agencies and the public on protecting building occupants from exposure to vapor intrusion (VI)-related contaminants, parties acquiring and developing property...more

California Supreme Court Holds Banning Ranch EIR Violates CEQA by Failing to Identify and Analyze Coastal Zone Project’s Impacts...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a unanimous 29-page opinion authored by Associate Justice Carol Corrigan, and filed on March 30, 2017, the California Supreme Court held the City of Newport Beach’s EIR for a large mixed-use development project proposed on...more

Fourth District Affirms Judgment Rejecting Numerous CEQA Challenges to EIR and Approval Process for Large Master-Planned Riverside...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a 46-page opinion filed February 14 and ordered published on March 15, 2017, the Fourth District Court of Appeal rejected numerous CEQA challenges to Riverside County’s approval of an EIR for Specific Plan 380, a 200-acre...more

Property Acquisition: Five Signs of Trouble Ahead

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As much as public agencies want infrastructure projects to go smoothly, they rarely do. Even when a project is seemingly rolling along through right of way acquisition, there are still hurdles that inevitably impact budgets...more

CIPO shines spotlight on patenting in climate change mitigation technologies

by Smart & Biggar on

With the Paris climate agreement having recently come into effect, climate change mitigation technologies have been the focus of widespread discussion and debate. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has added to...more

Is breach mitigation the next wave of cybersecurity regulation?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

More and more, regulators are focusing their rulemaking power not just on how a company responds (or doesn’t respond) to a data breach, but the steps it took far in advance to prevent or mitigate such a breach. Two...more

Insurer’s Denial of Mitigation Claim for Extra Costs to Prevent Cancellation of Contract Upheld

by Cozen O'Connor on

Many property insurance policies that provide coverage for business interruption losses also include “extra expense” coverage for reasonable and necessary extra costs to temporarily continue as nearly as possible normal...more

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finalizes ESA Compensatory Mitigation Policy

by Williams Mullen on

We reported in our April 2016 edition that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (“NMFS”) had recently updated certain Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) regulations and proposed...more

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Finalizes First-Ever ESA Compensatory Mitigation Policy

by Nossaman LLP on

On December 27, 2016, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) issued its final Endangered Species Act (ESA) Compensatory Mitigation Policy (Policy) – the first policy to comprehensively address compensatory mitigation under...more

City Planning Grants Reprieve of New Park Fees to Certain Projects

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Back on September 7, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council passed the new Parks Dedication and Fee Update Ordinance (“Quimby”) which will affect all new multi-family development projects in the City. The ordinance will take...more

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Changes to Mitigation Policy

by Nossaman LLP on

On November 21, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published the final revisions to its Mitigation Policy. The Mitigation Policy, first published in 1981, guides the Service’s recommendations and requirements...more

Slam Dunked! First District Rejects All CEQA And Land Use Challenges To Golden State Warriors Event Center Project And EIR In...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a lengthy published opinion filed November 29, 2016, the First District Court of Appeal rejected all legal challenges to the City of San Francisco’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) and related land...more

Wither Subsequent Review? Supreme Court Again Weighs In On CEQA Subsequent Review Standards Following Negative Declarations –...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On November 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued a significant Order granting review in Coastal Hills Rural Preservation v. County of Sonoma (2016) 2 Cal.App.5th 1234, and also transferring the matter back to the...more

Sacramento Residential Infill Project EIR Violated CEQA By Basing Less-Than-Significant Traffic Impact Finding Solely On...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On November 7, 2016, the Third District Court of Appeal filed a published opinion mostly upholding the EIR for a 48.75-acre, 328-unit residential infill project (known as McKinley Village) against various CEQA challenges, and...more

Does a shipowner have to sell its ship in order to mitigate its loss?

by Reed Smith on

The greatly anticipated Supreme Court judgment on the New Flamenco is due to be heard later this year. The decision will address principles of mitigation and the assessment of damages for repudiatory breach of a time...more

Identifying and Mitigating Organizational Conflicts of Interest in Government Contracts Mergers and Acquisitions

An organizational conflict of interest (OCI) arises when the performance of one contract undermines a contractor’s objectivity or creates an unfair competitive advantage with respect to another contract. An agency cannot...more

Sixth Circuit: Substantial Risk of Harm and Mitigation Costs Sufficient to Confer Standing in Data Breach Case

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied a petition for an en banc rehearing of its September 12 decision in Galaria, et al. v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Nos. 15-3386/3387). In...more

Supreme Court Addresses CEQA Subsequent Review Rules in San Mateo Gardens Case

by Miller Starr Regalia on

The California Supreme Court provided needed clarification to some aspects of the operation of CEQA’s “subsequent review” rules (Pub. Resources Code, § 21166; CEQA Guidelines, § 15162) in its highly anticipated opinion, filed...more

Neither CEQA Administrative Record Preparation Statute nor Case Law Precludes Award of Costs to Prevailing Real Party who...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In the published portion of an opinion filed September 12, 2016, the Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s order taxing costs in the amount of $44,889.71 which were claimed by prevailing real party in...more

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes New Mitigation Policy

by Clark Hill PLC on

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service ("USFWS") announced the availability of a new draft policy on compensatory mitigation associated with implementation of the Endangered Species Act ("ESA") (81 Fed. Reg. 61032-61065,...more

Sixth District Rejects SMARA And CEQA Challenges To Permanente Quarry Reclamation Plan Amendment And Related EIR

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a published opinion filed August 31, 2016, the Sixth Appellate District Court of Appeal rejected claims under CEQA and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (“SMARA”; Pub. Resources Code, §§ 2700, et seq.), and affirmed...more

First District Applies CEQA’s “Subsequent Review” Rules, Substantial Evidence Standard of Review; Upholds Subsequent Mitigated...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

The First District Court of Appeal has issued another published decision applying the “substantial evidence” standard of review to a local agency’s decision not to prepare an EIR for approval of revisions to a project for...more

Sixth District Holds CEQA’s “Fair Argument” Test Inapplicable To City Of San Jose’s Discretionary Determination That 1922 Wooden...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

A project that may cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a “historical resource” may, for that reason, have a significant effect on the environment for purposes of CEQA. (Pub. Resources Code, § 21084.1.)...more

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