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Strict Adherence to the Government Claims Act is Required

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

J.M., a Minor, etc. v. Huntington Beach Union High School District - Supreme Court of California 2 Cal.5th 648 (March 6, 2017) - Government Code sections 810 et seq. (“The Act”) set forth the procedures and...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - April 2017

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Attorney-Client Privilege – Invoices to Public Entity Client – Ongoing Litigation - Los Angeles Cty. Bd. of Supervisors v. Superior Court, 2 Cal. 5th 282, 386 P.3d 773 (2016) - Risk Management Issue: May a law firm's...more

Ten things you should know about the new Arbitration Law

by Dentons on

Under the old law, arbitration agreements must be made in writing; under the New Arbitration Law, this will now include electronic communications....more

California Supreme Court Rejects Claim by Second-Lowest Bidders on Public Works Contracts that Low Bidder Interfered with a...

by Nossaman LLP on

The California Supreme Court in Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc. (Feb. 16, 2017) Case No. S225398, --- Cal.3d ---, held that for public works contracts awarded to the lowest responsive, responsible...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

Torts – Trail Immunity

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Trail immunity will not protect against being hit by a stray golf ball, but it may provide certain parties with absolute immunity from resulting litigation. Miguel Leyva, et al. v. Crockett & Company, Inc. - Court...more

The Erosion of Cost Caps – at the Expense of Bona Fide Environmental Challenges?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Key changes to the Protective Cost Order regime (PCO) came into force on 28 February 2017, which could directly limit the ability of individuals and organisations to bring environmental-related legal challenges in England and...more

Missouri appellate court opens the door to Spearin claims by contractors against public entities

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A Missouri appellate court has for the first time recognized that a construction contractor may pursue a breach of contract claim against a public entity owner based on the “Spearin doctrine,” meaning the contractor may...more

Appellate Court Expands Rice Notice Requirements

by Genova Burns LLC on

Following the February 8, 2017 Appellate Division decision in Kean Federation of Teachers v. Morell, public bodies must review their processes for issuing Rice notices and making available meeting minutes to the...more

Federal Court Holds California Insurance Code Bars Duty to Defend Against False Claims Act Violations

by Carlton Fields on

The Central District of California held that Section 533 of the Insurance Code eliminated any potential for coverage for suit under the state False Claims Act. On January 4, the U.S. District Court for the Central...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Year End 2016

by Williams Mullen on

COPIES AND AFFIDAVITS ADMISSIBLE IN POWER OF SALE FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS - In the Matter of Foreclosure by Rogers Townsend & Thomas, __ N.C. App. ___, COA15-581 (April 15, 2016), was a Non-judicial foreclosure action...more

Let's Talk Municipal Finance – An Introduction

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This is the first in a series of posts discussing financing alternatives available to municipalities and certain other governmental entities, such as school, water, and sewer districts. Municipalities and other...more

Eighth Circuit Dismisses Interlocutory FCA Appeal for Lack of Jurisdiction

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In this April 2016 decision, the Eighth Circuit held that it lacked jurisdiction to consider the appeal of a two-state agency seeking review of a denial of its motion for summary judgment. Below the two-state agency had...more

PAC FOIA Opinions Address “Unduly Burdensome” factor, Personal Privacy Exemption and Public Records

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In three separate opinions rendered in November, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) of the Illinois Attorney General provided guidance regarding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on the definition of “unduly burdensome,”...more

SEC Approves FINRA Rules Addressing “Pay-to-Play” Practices

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) proposal to adopt FINRA Rules 2030 and 4580, which set forth pay-to-play restrictions, and...more

Government Tort Claims Act – Claims Presentation Requirements

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Emma Esparza v. Kaweah Delta District Hospital - Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (September 21, 2016) - The Government (Tort) Claims Act (the “Act”) mandates that all claims or damages against a public...more

Alabama Ethics Commission Update

The Alabama Ethics Commission (the “Commission”) held a regularly scheduled meeting on October 5, 2016. At the meeting, the Commission formally extended the comment period for two significant advisory opinions affecting...more

Healthcare in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – An Overview

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is widely recognised as having the largest and fastest growing population in the Gulf Cooperation Council (the “GCC”), with over half the population under 40. Until 2014, all Saudi nationals were...more

What Charter Schools Need to Know About the 2016 Public Records Law Overhaul

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Legislation overhauling the state's public records law was recently signed by Governor Baker. The provisions of the act take effect on January 1, 2017, and the Secretary of State's office is expected to release new...more

Illinois AG Rules That Public Employees' Personal Emails Are Public Records - Messages Pertaining to Public Business in Personal...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued a binding opinion under the state's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that email messages sent or received through public employees' personal email accounts may be public...more

New Jersey Court Holds Suits Constitute Interrelated Wrongful Acts

In its recent decision in Old Bridge Municipal Authority v. Westchester Fire Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist., LEXIS 99327 (D. N.J. July 29, 2016), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey had occasion to...more

Structuring Successful Broadband P3s

by Nossaman LLP on

Public entities have recently been looking for new ways to harness right of way (ROW) for broadband public-private partnership (P3) projects. Last year, the city of Santa Cruz made history by entering into a roughly $50...more

Court Clarifies Public Bodies Requirement to Provide Documents Under FOIA

by Miller Canfield on

A public body must respond to a FOIA request within five days, but the Michigan Court of Appeals has opined that there is no obligation to produce the requested information within that timeframe. In a June 23, 2016,...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #8

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court granted certiorari in eight cases last week: Bank of America Corp. v. Miami, No. 15-1111; Wells Fargo & Co. v. Miami, 15-1112: (1) Whether the term “aggrieved” in the Fair Housing Act imposes a...more

Public Records Overhaul Signed Into Law

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

After a year of intense debate, legislation overhauling the state’s public records law for the first time in over 40 years was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on June 3rd (becoming Chapter 121 of the Acts of 2016, the “Act”)....more

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