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Clean Sweep for City of San Diego in Challenge to Approval of Private School

by Downey Brand LLP on

On December 20, 2017, the Fourth District Court of Appeal delivered a solid win for the City of San Diego in a multi-faceted challenge to its approval of a private school pursuant to a Mitigated Negative Declaration (“MND”)....more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Brown administration working to scale down $17 billion Delta tunnels project - The Mercury News - Jan 12 Faced with a shortage of money and political support after seven years of work, Governor Jerry Brown’s...more

California Court of Appeal Affirms Case-Ending Sanction in CEQA Lawsuit - Decision Signals Re-Examination of Standing Requirements...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In Creed-21 v. City of Wildomar et al., the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, upheld a lower court's dismissal of a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) case filed by a plaintiff's attorney who...more

Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2018

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The past year saw another flurry of Canadian class action activity. Courts across the country rendered significant decisions that should give companies doing business in Canada cause for both concern and optimism. While the...more

Prop 65 Victory For Defendants – Defendants Are Entitled To Have Their Cases Heard In the County Where the Claim Arose

Prop 65 Plaintiffs routinely file most Prop 65 cases in Alameda County, presumably because they believe it is a plaintiff-friendly forum. However, the California Court of Appeal recently issued a victory for Prop 65...more

The Past Year In CEQA Case Law: A Quick Look Back at 2017

by Miller Starr Regalia on

As we move into a brand new year of tracking CEQA developments, it seems like an appropriate time to survey and briefly recap some of the many significant published case law developments that occurred over the past...more

CEQA Year In Review 2017

by Perkins Coie on

A Summary of Published Appellate Opinions Under the California Environmental Quality Act - In 2017, the California Supreme Court issued two decisions involving highly controversial questions of first impression. In the...more

December 2017: Energy Litigation Update

Recent Federal Decisions on the Constitutionality of State Power-Plant Subsidies. Given an absence of a federal scheme to subsidize power plants that may provide certain benefits (like low carbon emissions) that are not fully...more

B.C. Court Dismisses Regulatory Charges Against a Corporation Due to Unreasonable Delay

The British Columbia Provincial Court (Court) recently dismissed charges against a corporation brought under the Fisheries Act and the Environmental Management Act (EMA), based on a finding that there had been unreasonable...more

Hydraulic Fracturing Services: New York Appellate Court Addresses Request to Dismiss Common-Law Indemnification Claim

The Supreme Court of the State of New York (Appellate Division)(“Court”) in a December 22, 2017, Memorandum and Order (“Order”) addressed whether a lower court erred in failing to dismiss a third-party claimant’s...more

Solar Test Case Heads to North Carolina Supreme Court

The North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN), a Durham, North Carolina based activist group, has filed an appeal of a North Carolina Court of Appeals decision upholding the North Carolina Utilities...more

Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Sword of Damocles

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• A U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) legal memo has found that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) applies only to purposeful "take" and does not apply to otherwise lawful activities. • The memo specifically...more

Does EPA Have a Non-discretionary Duty To Make a Statute Work?

If this Administration’s first year has taught us anything, it is that determining when EPA has an affirmative duty to act is going to be very important over the remaining 3 (or 7!) years of the Trump presidency. That was...more

Ninth Circuit Partially Reverses Agencies’ Sea Turtle and Migratory Bird Conclusions Related to Swordfish Fishery Expansion

by Nossaman LLP on

On December 27, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit partially reversed and remanded a decision by the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, delaying if not derailing an expansion in...more

DC Court of Appeals Issues Two Significant Administrative Law Decisions Regarding Whether APA Applies Or Not

In late December 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued two significant administrative law decisions in the cases of Safari Club Int’l and Nat’l Rifle Assoc. of Am. v. Zinke (decided...more

“Urban Decay” Not Reasonably Foreseeable Consequence Of Relocating Courts From Historic Downtown Courthouse

by Perkins Coie on

Citing the likelihood of repurposing Placerville’s historic downtown courthouse and evidence nearby businesses were not dependent on it, the First District Court of Appeal held that “urban decay” was not a reasonably...more

Categorical Exemptions For Telegraph Hill Residential Project Upheld

by Perkins Coie on

In Protect Telegraph Hill v. City and County of San Francisco (2017) 16 Cal.App.5th 261, the First District Court of Appeal rejected a series of CEQA challenges to San Francisco’s approval of a conditional use permit for the...more

SEQRA Remains a Hot Topic for the NY Court of Appeals in Friends of P.S.163 v Jewish Home Lifecare and New York State Dept of...

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On December 12, 2017, the New York State Court of Appeals issued a joint decision on the appeal of two Article 78 proceedings challenging the same proposed development....more

New California Coastal Laws for 2018 - Development, Accommodations, Sea Rise and Public Access

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

For California coastal issues, 2017 was a busy year, both in the courts and the state Legislature. Three significant court decisions were handed down...more

Court May Order Partial Decertification And Leave Approvals In Place After Finding EIR Legally Inadequate

by Perkins Coie on

In Center for Biological Diversity et al. v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 17 Cal. App.5th 1245 (2017) the court of appeal held a court order that requires partial decertification of an Environmental Impact...more

To Protect Wildlife, or Religious Freedom?

That was the question before the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners earlier this month. The conflict arose as a result of John and Stephanie Shepherd’s continued attempts to host weddings on their property in...more

Court Rejects Claim That Clinic Protests Might Cause Significant Environmental Impacts

by Perkins Coie on

A court of appeal has ruled that opponents of a new Planned Parenthood clinic did not establish a fair argument that anti-clinic protests might cause significant environmental effects. Therefore, the City of South San...more

Petitioner’s Failure To Comply With Discovery Regarding Its Standing To Sue Results In Dismissal Of CEQA Case

by Perkins Coie on

A CEQA case challenging the City of Wildomar’s approval of a Wal-Mart retail complex has been dismissed because the petitioner refused to comply with discovery requests regarding its standing to sue. Creed-21 v. City of...more

Washington Supreme Court Upholds Investigation Costs as a Remedial Action Under the Model Toxics Control Act But Restricts...

by Lane Powell PC on

Construction and Environmental Legal Update - The Washington Supreme Court has affirmed in a unanimous ruling that the costs to test soil for hazardous substances qualify as a “remedial action” under the Washington Model...more

California Air Resources Board Clarifies 2018 LCFS Targets and POET II Case Approaches Major Milestone

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Recent guidance published by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) clarifies the treatment of diesel fuels under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) in light of the Court of Appeals’ May 30, 2017 decision in POET I....more

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