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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - High-speed rail authority says environmental reviews won't be completed until 2020 - Los Angeles Times - Nov 15 The California High-Speed Rail Authority announced Tuesday evening that it would not meet its...more

California’s Bullet Train Can’t Sidestep CEQA, Court Says

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As physical signs of California’s $64 billion railroad project come into focus across the State, a potential faceoff with the federal government regarding its jurisdiction over state environmental laws, at least with regard...more

Faceoff with Federal Government Possibly Looming Following California Supreme Court CEQA Ruling; Cal High Speed Rail Project Also...

In July 2017, the California Supreme Court determined the federal Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995 (49 U.S.C. § 10101 et seq.) (“ICCTA”) does not preempt the application of the California Environmental...more

CA Supreme Court Holds CEQA Not Preempted by Federal Rail Transportation Law for Projects Carried Out by State Agencies

by Perkins Coie on

The California Supreme Court has issued its decision in Friends of the Eel River v. North Coast Railroad, an important case regarding preemption of state environmental law by the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act...more

Calif. High Court: U.S. Rail Law Doesn't Categorically Pre-empt CEQA on Public Entity Projects - Decision Sets Up Showdown with...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Cal. Pub. Res. Code §21000 et seq., imposes significant procedural and substantive requirements on private and public projects throughout the state. However, even a state law...more

CEQA Not Preempted in State-Owned Rail Project - California Supreme Court Decision Could Impact High-Speed Rail Project

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a decision that could have significant implications for California’s high-speed rail project, the California Supreme Court recently held in Friends of the Eel River v. North Coast Railroad Authority that the federal...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Fed’s Open Markets Committee meets today, and despite relatively robust economic numbers of late, the lack of oped-for inflation (among other things) is likely to keep the Fed from moving on interest rates again at this...more

STB Jurisdiction Over Intrastate Passenger Rail

by Nossaman LLP on

In Florida, All Aboard Florida, a private entity, is about to launch passenger rail service from Miami to West Palm Beach, with future service extending to Orlando. In California, the California High-Speed Rail Authority is...more

Kuala Lumpur Singapore High Speed Rail Project 2017 - Update 2

by Hogan Lovells on

Background - This note serves as an update to two earlier notes dated August 2015 and January 2017 on the landmark Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail (the “HSR”). The HSR - In 2013, Singapore and Malaysia...more

On the Right Track: FRA Proposes High-Speed Train Rules

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

At the end of November, the Federal Railroad Administration proposed updates to the passenger train safety standards relating to the operation of high-speed trains. In the works for nearly a decade, the proposal amends...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2016 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Shell Oil settles charges regarding claims for underground tank cleanup reimbursements - Sacramento Bee - Sep 23 - Shell Oil Co. has agreed to settle charges that it...more

Construction For The California High-Speed Rail Is Chugging Right Along

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (“CHSRA”) issued a press release with the status of its construction work for the high-speed rail project (the “Project”) at seven active sites in the Central Valley. Many of the...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: March 2016 #3

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California's High-Speed Rail May Not Be Financially Feasible - The California Legislature's analyst released a report stating that the high-speed rail system planned for California is not economically feasible. Several...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Community and environmental groups sue South Coast Air District over rules adoption - Los Angeles Times - Mar 9 - Community groups and environmentalists filed suit this week...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Proposed ballot initiative would shift funding from high speed rail to new water projects - Los Angeles Times - Feb 15 - The state’s powerful agriculture industry and its...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - February 2016 #2

by Dentons on

The author of legislation that would facilitate a major expansion of MARTA into Atlanta’s public transit-starved northern arc, the Emory/CDC corridor and east on I-20, has introduced a slightly revised measure after the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Gov. Brown declares state of emergency over natural gas leak - San Diego Union Tribune - Jan 6 - California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Wednesday over a...more

Georgia Legislative Session preview

by Dentons on

Dentons’ State Government Affairs team examines a battery of local third-rail issues on tap when the Georgia General Assembly convenes January 11. We look at expanded rail service in Atlanta, balancing religious freedom,...more

Top Ten Stories in California Construction for 2015

Cranes, cement trucks, and street closures seem to be everywhere these days, especially in city centers such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. After the meltdown of 2006, real estate development went into hibernation for...more

Public Projects in Turmoil: The Saga Of The Bay Bridge, Delta Tunnels, and High Speed Rail Would Make A Compelling Reality TV Show

It took nearly twenty-five years for the Bay Bridge to become a reality and before the paint was even dry on the self-anchored suspension span questions had already been raised about the design and seismic safety of the...more

Supreme Court Clarifies the Scope of Application of Commercial Activity Exception to Foreign Sovereign Immunity

by King & Spalding on

On December 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs a case presenting important questions concerning the types of commercial activities that may strip foreign states and...more

Supreme Court Decides OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On December 1, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States decided OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs, No. 13-1067, holding that the commercial-activity exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act did not apply to a...more

The Supreme Court: OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States announced the following decision today: OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs, No. 13 1067: Respondent Carol Sachs, a California resident, purchased a Eurail Pass over the Internet...more

More Potholes or Smoother Roads Ahead?

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

There is no lack of excitement here in our nation’s capital with the recent visit of the Pope, the ongoing debate over government funding and, now, the resignation of Speaker John Boehner. However, we will have to wait and...more

Proposed CEQA Guidelines Amendments: A Critique Of OPR’s “Preliminary Discussion Draft” (Part I – Proposed “Efficiency...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On August 11, 2015, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released a 145-page “Preliminary Discussion Draft” of “Proposed Updates to the CEQA Guidelines” (the “Discussion Draft”). The Discussion Draft “contains...more

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