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Sacramento, CA 95814, United States
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Floodplains and Flood Risk: A Brief Overview of Changing Management Responsibilities

When it comes to how our communities address flood risk and protect populations and economies from flooding, no one government agency is in charge. Instead, there are multiple agencies at the federal, state, and local levels,…more
 /  Environmental Law, Insurance

California Supreme Court Confirms Certain Groundwater Pumping Charges are Outside Scope of Prop 218

On December 4, the California Supreme Court ruled that groundwater pumping charges levied to fund a basin-wide conservation and management program were not property-related fees subject to Proposition 218. The decision, City of…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Doctors Who Disobey Health Care Agents in California May Be Liable for Elder Abuse

A recent California appellate case, Stewart v. Superior Court (2017) 16 Cal.App.5th 87, validates the primacy of medical powers of attorney and (as they are more currently known) advance health care directives. Medical providers…more
 /  Health, Professional Malpractice, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

New Law Provides Alternative Method of Compliance with Water Use Monitoring Requirements

Assembly Bill (“AB”) 589, effective until January 1, 2023, provides an alternative method to comply with the water use reporting and monitoring requirements of Senate Bill 88. Instead of having to consult with a professional…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

Play It Again: No Contest Clauses Must Be Referenced In Each California Trust Amendment

No contest clauses are an ever-evolving area of the probate law in California. The Court of Appeal further refined the rules governing no contest clauses in a decision issued last week, Aviles v. Swearingen (2017) ___…more
 /  Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Bay Area Air Quality Management District Sets Stringent New Standards for Toxic Air Emissions at Bay Area Facilities

On November 15, 2017, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (“BAAQMD”) adopted sweeping new standards to reduce toxic air contaminant (“TAC”) emissions from existing stationary sources. The new rule, Regulation 11 Rule…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

California Grocer: The “Wild West” of ADA Website Litigation.

Much of this increase has been driven by litigation focused on the accessibility of websites. Meanwhile, grocers have become more dependent on e-commerce and have adopted technology allowing customers to order groceries and…more
 /  Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

New Proposition 65 Warning Regulations Take Effect in 2018 [Video]

In less than a year, on August 30, 2018, the new Proposition 65 warning regulations will go into effect. Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act) requires businesses to provide Californians with a clear…more
 /  Environmental Law

First Appellate District Rejects Urban Decay Claim, Upholds EIR for New El Dorado County Courthouse

Since the 2004 decision in Bakersfield Citizens for Local Control v. City of Bakersfield, CEQA petitioners challenging development projects often assert that the lead agency has failed to adequately analyze urban decay…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

California Enacts Legislation in an Attempt to Level the Playing Field in Proposition 65 Enforcement Actions

On October, 5, 2017, Governor Brown announced that he signed AB 1583 into law. AB 1583, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau, a democrat from Monterey Park, is intended to promote transparency in Proposition 65 private enforcement…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Environmental Law, Products Liability

Anti-SLAPP Case Features Arm Wrestling Siblings and a Prep School

California’s anti-SLAPP statute has generated another published case for trust and estate lawyers to ponder. Last week, in Urick v. Urick (2017) ___ Cal.App.5th ___, the California Court of Appeal confirmed that anti-SLAPP…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Proposition 65 Warning Required for Furfuryl Alcohol as of September 30, 2017

On and after September 30, 2017, a Proposition 65 warning is required for products containing furfuryl alcohol (CAS No. 98-00-0). California’s Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Environmental Law, Products Liability

Trump Nominates RD James for Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works

This morning President Trump announced his intent to nominate candidates to a number of administration posts. Among them is RD James to be the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. He is the blurb on James..…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

The Money Calendar – How The Federal Budget Calendar Is Circular, Not Linear

On a recent visit to Washington, D.C. to work on client issues, I attended any number of meetings where we discussed Federal appropriations. But before we get to an observation or two, here is a recap on the process for how…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

When Is a Will Valid in California?

Although much wealth passes today through trusts and beneficiary designations, we occasionally handle California probate disputes that turn on the validity of wills, sometimes involving high value estates…more
 /  Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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