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Property Owner to Maintain Public Beach Access Over Coastal Property - California Court of Appeal Weighs in on California Coastal...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Under the California Coastal Act, a beachfront property owner must maintain public access over his property — and will be required to seek a Coastal Development Permit if he wishes to limit such public access, a California...more

California Court of Appeal Again Rules in Favor of Public Against Billionaire Owner of Martins Beach

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Martins Beach, near Half Moon Bay in the County of San Mateo, is the subject of protracted litigation on various fronts stemming from tech billionaire Vinod Khosla’s 2009, decision to change the public’s access to and use of...more

Court Holds Temporary Injunction on Martins Beach Access Dispute Does Not Constitute a Taking

by Nossaman LLP on

The Martins Beach access dispute in San Mateo County continues to make headlines. As a quick refresher, billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla purchased 90 acres of beachfront property south of Half Moon Bay, and...more

The PAC Strictly Interprets the “Probable or Imminent Litigation” Exception for Closed Session

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Recently, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued a rare binding opinion finding that the City Council of Bloomington violated the Open Meetings Act when it held a closed meeting to discuss potential litigation that the PAC...more

New Florida Law Aims To Put Brakes On ADA Barrier-To-Access Lawsuits

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Responding to the alarming proliferation of lawsuits in Florida alleging that places of public accommodations create barriers to access to disabled patrons, Florida has adopted what appears to be the first law in the country...more

DOJ Puts Website Accessibility Regulations on Inactive List

by Bryan Cave on

Retailers and other businesses that have been waiting for the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to promulgate regulations concerning website accessibility under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”) will...more

Second Circuit Denies Public Access to Monitor’s Reports on Separation-of-Powers Grounds

In a decision that will provide reassurance both to prosecutors and to the institutions with whom they enter into deferred prosecution agreements (“DPAs”), the Second Circuit (Katzmann, Lynch, Pooler (concurring)) held in...more

Second Circuit Limits District Courts’ Authority Over Deferred Prosecution Agreements and Limits the Public’s Access to Monitors’...

by Dechert LLP on

Although deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) are a commonly-used tool for government prosecutors, courts continue to struggle to determine how much judicial supervision of these agreements is permitted. On July 12, 2017,...more

Ninth Circuit Holds ADA Certified Class Has Standing to Challenge Facilities Not Personally Visited by Plaintiff

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff, seeking declarative and injunctive relief, brought a putative class action alleging that the city and county of San Francisco failed to comply with certain requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act,...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules on Appleton School District Open Meetings Law

by Ruder Ware on

In a unanimous and much-anticipated decision released today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a committee of school personnel formed to review materials for a high school course under a procedure set forth in school...more

Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor Issues Binding Opinions Regarding FOIA Exemptions

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Public Access Counselor (PAC) of the Illinois Attorney General’s office recently issued two binding opinions addressing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Specifically, the opinions found two public bodies in...more

Will County Prosecutors Be Subject to the PA Right-to-Know Law?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in a case that could drastically hamper the ability of reporters, defense attorneys and other citizens to get records from county prosecutors....more

District Court Denies Certification of Nationwide Class, Finding Individual Retail Stores’ Alleged Failures to Follow Internal...

by Carlton Fields on

An Illinois district court recently denied certification, finding that the putative nationwide class failed the commonality and numerosity prongs of Rule 23(a) and that injunctive relief was not available under Rule 23(b)(2)...more

PAC Finds Library Board’s General Description of Action Item Complies with OMA

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Government bodies subject to the Open Meetings Act (OMA) sometimes struggle to strike the right balance between too much and too little detail contained in their published Board meeting agendas. A recent advisory opinion from...more

Appellate Court Holding Extends FOIA to College Foundation

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Recently the Second District Appellate Court issued an opinion holding that the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applied to certain records in the possession of the College of DuPage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity...more

PAC Upholds Municipality’s Denial of Request for FOIA Fee Waiver

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Public Access Counselor recently issued a non-binding opinion holding that public bodies have the discretion to decide whether to waive or reduce copying fees associated with the production of documents responsive to FOIA...more

The Employment Law Authority - March/April 2017

EXECUTIVE ORDERS MARK A RISING, ROILING TIDE OF IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS - In his first week in office, President Donald Trump launched a series of executive orders (EO) directing large-scale changes on...more

UC Berkeley To Remove More Than 20,000 Online Videos From Public Access In Response To DOJ Captioning Demand

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Fewer online videos from UC Berkeley will available to the public as a result of a DOJ demand that the videos have closed captioning....more

New Law Requires Gender Neutral Restrooms

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Existing law requires a businesses that serve the public or are open to the public and maintain toilet facilities to make those facilities available to the public free of charge. Existing law also states that publicly and...more

California Adopts Broad Gender-Neutral Bathroom Rules–Signage Rules Expand Beyond ADA Concerns

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective March 1, California’s Equal Restroom Access Act (ERAA) will require some single-occupancy restrooms to have signs indicating they are gender-neutral....more

Arizona Attorney General Secures Dismissal of 1,700 Lawsuits By Serial Plaintiffs

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A state court has granted the Arizona Attorney General’s Motion To Dismiss approximately 1,700 Arizona access lawsuits on grounds that the organizational and individual plaintiffs lacked standing to sue....more

IL Supreme Court Interprets OMA Requirement for Public Recital Prior to Final Action

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois Supreme Court recently affirmed the decisions of the lower courts, which had overturned a Public Access Counselor opinion, in Board of Education of Springfield School District No. 186 v. the Attorney General of...more

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q4

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Volcker Rule Under the Trump Administration - The so-called Volcker Rule—named after Paul Volcker, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board—was part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

The Final Four Binding PAC Opinions of 2016 Remind School Districts of FOIA and OMA Requirements

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the final days of the year, the Illinois Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued four binding opinions that reiterate the requirements of both the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meetings Act (OMA). Below is a...more

Google Maps App Now Tells Users If Locations Are Accessible, But Is It Accurate and Reliable?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Google Maps now provides information on accessibility, but the information may not be particularly reliable or useful to gauge accessibility....more

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