Downey Brand LLP

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The Latest in the Prop. 65 World: Processed Meat; Lead and Cadmium in Chocolate; and Glyphosate in Herbicides

February was a busy month in the Proposition 65 world with two developments that may impact businesses that manufacture or sell processed meat or chocolate products. In addition, the United States District Court for the Eastern…more
 /  Agriculture, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, Products Liability

Should the Civil Works Mission Leave the US Army Corps of Engineers??

As happens on a regular political cycle, there are stories being published again with calls for USACE’s Civil Works mission to leave USACE and move to the U.S. Department of Transportation, or perhaps the Department of Interior…more
 /  Government Contracting, Transportation

Executor Can Swing Away at an Omitted Spouse Petition

Born in Fresno, Kirk Kerkorian was an Armenian-American who went on to become a wealthy businessman and philanthropist, known for his role in shaping development in Las Vegas. After Kerkorian died in June 2015 at the age of 98,…more
 /  Family Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

National Waterways Conference Requests More Time on Draft 408 Policy

The National Waterways Conference has submitted a letter in response to the notice published in the Federal Register on February 5, 2018, seeking comment on the draft Engineering Circular (EC) on 408 permissions. According to…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Government Contracting

President Trump Releases Infrastructure Proposal

On Monday, February 12, President Trump formally unveiled his proposed infrastructure package entitled “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America.” The proposal outlined the following main goals..…more
 /  Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking

A Quick Look at What's Ahead on the Water Infrastructure Front

I often joke with my clients that following issues too closely at the federal level can result in whiplash. To that regard, it has been a very active summer in Washington, DC on the water infrastructure front. Here’s a rapid…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Government Contracting

A Welcome Surprise From Congress

For lobbyists, reading through annual appropriations reports is like hunting for Easter eggs. Unlike appropriations bills which are slim and rather constrained documents, appropriations reports provide an opportunity for the…more
 /  Government Contracting

The President Is Pushing Infrastructure, But Not So Much Through the Corps’ Civil Works Program

Today the Administration released its FY19 budget proposal. As you likely know, the budget proposal signifies the starting point for the annual appropriations cycle which will play out in Congress over the course of the calendar…more
 /  Construction Law, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Government Contracting

Fifth Appellate District Upholds City of Visalia’s General Plan Update Against Challenge to Square Footage Restrictions in Neighborhood Commercial Zones

On January 30, 2018, the Fifth Appellate District certified for publication its earlier opinion in Visalia Retail, LP v. City of Visalia, upholding the City of Visalia’s (“City”) 2014 General Plan Update. Plaintiff and…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Draft 408 Guidance imminent; USACE Webinars Scheduled

Happy New Year!!!!!! Yes, it is actually February, but it is a new year for this blog as we turn our attention to a world full of flood risk reduction actions in the second year of the Trump Administration. We are hearing that…more
 /  Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

New Judge in Sacramento County Superior Court Probate Department

This month Judge John P. Winn replaces Judge Steven M. Gevercer as the Supervising Probate Judge in Department 129 of the Sacramento County Superior Court, as part of judicial reassignments that occur each January…more
 /  Elections & Politics

California Grocer: Brewing Debate in California Proposition 65 Coffee Action Coming to a Close

For the past six years, a collection of coffee brewers and retailers have been embroiled in a legal battle with Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) over whether certain coffee products sold in California must…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Environmental Law, Products Liability

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

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”). In…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Amendments to the California Industrial General Storm Water Permit on the Horizon

The California State Water Resources Control Board will be considering amendments to Industrial General Storm Water Permit at a workshop today, January 9, 2018 and can be watched on a webcast. On December 15th, the State…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Second Appellate District Rejects Challenge to EIR Alternatives Analysis for West Hollywood Redevelopment Project

On December 22, the Second Appellate District certified for publication its November 30 opinion in Los Angeles Conservancy v. City of West Hollywood, concerning a proposed mixed-use redevelopment of the “Melrose Triangle” site…more
 /  Construction Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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