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[Webinar] Cybersecurity Threats Facing Water Utilities and the Steps You Should Take to Mitigate Risk - October 12th, 10:00am PT

Join Nossaman attorneys for a webinar to discuss evolving cybersecurity threats facing water utilities. Cybersecurity is one of the top threats faced by all businesses in the United States, but water utilities sit in a...more

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

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

NARUC Release of Cybersecurity Guidelines should have Utility Companies on High Alert

On January 30, 2017, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (“NARUC”) released Version 3.0 of “Cybersecurity A Primer for State Utility Regulators.”  This cybersecurity overview is an important reminder...more

Regulators Nationwide Weigh in on CPUC Litigation

In May, we posted a blog on litigation filed by telecom providers and trade associations to prevent the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) from requiring Plaintiffs to turn over competitively sensitive data to a...more

California Telecom Providers File Suit to Protect Competitively Sensitive Information

On May 5, AT&T Mobility along with several other telecommunications providers and trade associations filed a complaint in the Northern District of California against the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”)...more

Internet of Things: FTC Settlement Again Emphasizes the Need to Protect Consumers

On February 23, the FTC announced that computer hardware maker ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. agreed to settle charges that it allegedly failed to protect consumers as required by federal law. The announcement of this settlement is...more

Recent Decisions Applying the Covalt and Hartwell Test

Two California Courts of Appeal recently reviewed decisions involving the California Public Utilities Commission in a pair of cases that build on the principles established by the California Supreme Court in Covalt and...more

The Water Board Will Consider Changes to Its Emergency Drought Regulation for 2016

El Niño is upon California. Yet, despite the ample rain and snow expected this winter, the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) is almost certain to extend its emergency drought regulation into 2016. The...more

Notice-and-Comment is Not Required for Changes Made to Interpretive Rules

On March 9, 2015, Justice Sotomayor, writing on behalf of the majority, overturned the Paralyzed Veterans doctrine, which requires federal agencies to use a notice-and-comment process before making a significant revision to...more

Anthem Breach – Implications for What Constitutes “Reasonable” Security Procedures Under California Law.

Upwards of 80 million Americans may be affected by the Anthem data breach.  According to Anthem’s press release, the hackers gained access to the names, birthdays, medical IDs/social security numbers, street addresses, email...more

Disclosing Data Collection Practices: Is An Opt-Out Program Enough?

Verizon Wireless announced last Friday that its customers will soon be able to opt out of the tracking identifiers Verizon uses to target ads at its customers.  These tracking identifiers, dubbed supercookies, are unique...more

New York Will Consider Increasing Data Security Laws

New York’s Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman, plans to propose new data security legislation this year which, if enacted, could result in New York having one of the strongest data breach laws in the country....more

Cybersecurity: It’s Not Just An “IT” Problem Anymore

Cybersecurity breaches made headlines in 2014, but how troubling is it? Very, according to findings recently published by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). According to PwC’s research, global cybersecurity incidents...more

The Hearsay Rule Matters In Calif. PUC Proceedings

On Feb. 5, 2014, the California Court of Appeal for the First District issued its decision in The Utility Reform Network v. Public Utilities Commission (TURN v. PUC), in which the court established a clear rule that hearsay...more

3/13/2014  /  CPUC , Hearsay , PG&E , Power Plants , Utilities Sector

The Hearsay Rule Matters in California Public Utilities Commission Proceedings

Just last week, the California Court of Appeal issued its decision in The Utility Reform Network v. Public Utilities Commission (TURN v. PUC), in which the Court established a clear rule that hearsay evidence in-and-of-itself...more

2/11/2014  /  CPUC , Hearsay , PG&E , Utilities Sector

Limited Defenses Available Against FDIC As Receiver

As of August 2013, since the fallout from the recent financial crisis, the FDIC as receiver for failed banks has brought suit against former directors and officers of 76 failed institutions. These lawsuits are based on...more

California Public Utilities Commission Proceeding Updates Affecting the California Biogas Industry

Two pending proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") will substantially influence market opportunities for instate biogas producers. The CPUC initiated a rulemaking last week to address a number of...more

3/4/2013  /  Biofuel , CPUC , Renewable Energy

New Biogas Rules to be Considered at California Public Utilities Commission

Upcoming decisions of the California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") on two matters related to biogas will substantially influence market opportunities for instate biogas producers for the foreseeable future. The CPUC is...more

Greenhouse Gas Allowance Auction Revenues Possibly On Track to be Returned to Utility Customers

On December 20, 2012, the California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") issued a decision directing the allocation of revenues generated by the investor-owned utilities' auctioning of greenhouse gas ("GHG") allowances...more

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