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Court (Again) Shuts Down Plastic Bag Industry Group and Upholds City’s Plastic Bag Ban

In Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City and County of San Francisco, the Court of Appeal rejected the latest in a series of unsuccessful challenges by the plastic bag industry to local bans on single-use plastic bags....more

Preparation of EIR Not Required for Ordinance Banning Single-Use Plastic Bags and Establishing Fee for Paper and Noncompostable...

After the City and County of San Francisco (“San Francisco”) enacted an ordinance expanding existing restrictions on the use of plastic shopping bags by retail establishments, an industry group that has filed several lawsuits...more

It's in the Bag: San Fran Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance Survives Court Challenge

In Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City and County of San Francisco, et al. (“Plastic Bag III”) (December 10, 2013), the First District Court of Appeal affirmed the Superior Court’s denial of a petition for a writ of...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 2014

Gov. Brown wants to use cap-and-trade fees to fund high speed rail project - Insurance For Less - Jan 8: Gov. Jerry Brown announced plans to provide new funding for California’s high speed rail project from corporate...more

“Bag It!” – Third Published CEQA “Bag Ban” Decision Upholds San Francisco’s Ordinance as Categorically Exempt While Slamming...

Plaintiff Save the Plastic Bag Coalition (Coalition) lost a third consecutive published appellate decision in its litigation campaign to require EIRs for virtually all local ordinances that ban or restrict the use of...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 19, 2013

California plans tighter control of hydraulic fracturing, but not enough for some - New York Times - Dec 13: California oil and gas companies using hydraulic fracturing to tap the nation’s largest oil shale formation...more

Paper or Plastic? A Question for California's Courts

The California Environmental Quality Act, better known as “CEQA,” has proved to be fertile ground for the raising of legal challenges to public agency action throughout the state. Indeed, CEQA is without a doubt one of the...more

Court Upholds County’s Ban of Single-Use Plastic

A coalition of companies involved in making and distributing plastic bags challenged an ordinance that bans single-use plastic bags and imposes a fee. The coalition alleged that the county failed to comply with the California...more

First District Holds CEQA Categorical Exemptions For Regulatory Agency Actions To Protect The Environment Apply To Marin County’s...

After years of study, Marin County adopted an Ordinance in 2011 banning single-use plastic bags and mandating a 5-cent fee on single-use paper bags; the ordinance applies to roughly 40 retailers in the unincorporated county....more

Marin County's Plastic Bag Ban Categorically Exempt From CEQA Review

Decision expected to provide guidance for public agencies in determining the type of environmental review required for such bans....more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - April 17, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California needs to bolster regulation of fracking, report says: Los Angeles Times - Apr 12 - California needs to strengthen regulation of hydraulic fracturing, according to a UC...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - April 8, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA proposes rules to lower sulfur in fuel; Home Depot pays $8 million to settle California paint lawsuit; Center for Biological Diversity sues federal government over...more

Paper Carryout Bag Charge Is Not A Tax

Taxpayers and a manufacturer of plastic bags challenged a county ordinance that prohibits retail stores from providing customers with plastic carryout bags and requires the stores to charge their customers ten cents for each...more

California Legislation Introduced to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags

It is often said–and accurately so–that what begins in California frequently spreads to other states, whether cuisine, fashion or legal trends. But to understand how the seeds of legal change are germinated even before...more

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