Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass

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One Montgomery Street
Suite 3000
San Francisco, CA 94104, United States
Phone: 415 391 4800
Fax: 415 989 1663
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Finance & Banking
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • California
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Bipartisan House Bill Addresses Syndicated Conservation Easement Tax Shelters

Last week, Representative Mike Kelly (R) of Pennsylvania and Representative Mike Thompson (D) of California introduced the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act of 2017 as H.R. 4459. The Act is simple;…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Taxation

Dude, Where’s My Car? San Francisco’s New Gross Floor Area Definition Furthers Sustainable Transportation Goals

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering minor modifications to the Planning Code definition of Gross Floor Area. The Planning Department characterizes these changes as “good government” measures to clarify the Code…more
 /  Transportation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Tax Court Declines to Follow First Circuit Ruling on Mortgage Subordinations & Conservation Easements

This month, the Tax Court revived a method to defeat conservation deductions with its October 10 opinion published as Palmolive Building Investors LLC et al. v. Commissioner, No. 23444-14; 149 T.C. No. 18 (Oct. 10, 2017),…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial, Taxation

Governor Brown Signs Major Housing Package Into Law

On September 29, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law a 15-bill housing package. The housing package did not include AB 915, which would have authorized the City and County of San Francisco to impose local inclusionary…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Action Required to Maintain DMCA Safe Harbor Protection

Parties that operate websites may enjoy immunity from copyright liability for the infringing posts of their users under the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). The DMCA offers a “safe harbor” from copyright…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Urban Agricultural Incentive Zones Act Extended

On September 27, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed an extension of the Urban Agricultural Incentive Zones Act. Rather than sunsetting on January 1, 2019, the Act now extends until January 1, 2029…more
 /  Agriculture, Taxation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Assessing Drone Industry Successes & Challenges as the FAA's Small Commercial Drone Rule Turns 1

The Federal Aviation Administration's ("FAA's") Part 107 rule for small commercial drone operation, effective as of August 2016, has now been up and running for over a year. In light of this milestone, the FAA recently took the…more
 /  Administrative Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Five Lessons All Companies Can Learn From The Equifax Data Breach

The Equifax data breach has dominated news headlines for weeks, and Equifax will be dealing with the legal and financial fallout from the breach for many years. While many companies may be relieved not to be in Equifax's…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Landmark Second Circuit Ruling Clarifies the Standards for Mobile Contracts

On August 17, 2017, the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a landmark ruling in Meyer v. Kalanick that clarifies the standards for contract formation in the age of smartphones and mobile contracting, providing…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

New Cases Provide Mixed Messages to Conservation Easement Donors

Fifth Circuit encourages flexibility for conservation easement deductions in Bosque Mountain Ranch, while Tax Court makes it difficult for farmers in Rutkoske. Two important conservation easement opinions were handed down last…more
 /  Agriculture, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Taxation

The BOE Death Trap: Avoid Property Tax Penalties on the Death of a Family Member

In many cases California’s property tax rules automatically penalize insufficiently counseled individuals who inherit interests in real estate-owning legal entities from a family member upon their death. To avoid this penalty,…more
 /  Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Beware: Broad New CA County and City Authority To Impose Transfer Tax on Entity Interest Transfers

The California Supreme Court has just granted broad authority to counties and cities to impose documentary transfer tax (“DTT”) on certain transfers of interests in legal entities. Before June 29, 2017, tax practitioners’…more
 /  Taxation

Compromise Inclusionary Legislation Set for Final Approval

Barring any last-minute surprises, the Board of Supervisors will finally adopt compromise inclusionary housing legislation on July 18th that would, as shown in our summary comparison chart, make many major changes to the City’s…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Unsurprising Façade Easement Holding by Tax Court: Conservation Easement Must Be Recorded to Qualify for Deduction

Those familiar with conservation easements know that, to qualify for a federal tax deduction, a conservation easement must meet several rigorous requirements found in Internal Revenue Code Section 170 and Section 1.170A-14 of…more
 /  Taxation

Does Existing Tax Law Satisfy the Current and Future Needs of Social Enterprise?

While those working in social enterprise are still grappling with how to define it, Professor of Law Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer of Notre Dame Law School takes a look at social enterprise through the lens of domestic tax law, and…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation
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