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Proposed Pepsi Center Consent Decree Requires Open Captioning at Games and Concerts

In a proposed consent decree submitted for preliminary approval to the federal district court in Denver on December 29, 2017, the owners and operators of the Pepsi Center arena in Denver reached an agreement with a proposed...more

Back to the Future: California Employment Bills Likely to Resurface in 2018

by Littler on

As discussed in a prior article, unsuccessful bills proposed in the California legislature in 2017 can carry over into the 2018 session. State lawmakers may revive measures that did not make it through both chambers of the...more

End-of-Year Decisions by The PAC Provide Cautionary Notes to Public Bodies

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the last month and a half of 2017, the Public Access Counselor of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office issued three binding opinions, one addressing the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and two addressing the Freedom of...more

Public Access Policy Requirements Begin January 6, 2018

Effective on January 6, 2018, the PA Supreme Court’s “Public Access Policy” adds significant new requirements related to information contained in documents filed in Pennsylvania’s courts, including the Orphans’ Court Division...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

New York Governor Bolsters Freedom of Information Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Champions of government oversight notched a significant win this week as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation strengthening that state's Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). ...more

Informing Illinois Newsletter - December 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Amendments to the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act - On November 17, 2017, the governor signed into law two measures that address sexual harassment in the Illinois state Capitol. Applicable to local governmental...more

Serial Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Commences Latest Round of Hotel Litigation: How Can Hotels Protect Themselves?

Just as one flood of lawsuits against Arizona businesses finally dries up, another downpour begins. Peter Strojnik of Phoenix, the same attorney who filed more than 1,100 lawsuits that drew the attention of the Arizona...more

Government's Duty to Accommodate People with Disabilities in Natural Disasters

Hurricanes, floods and wildfires have ravaged large swaths of the U.S. this year. Every major natural disaster disproportionately harms society’s most vulnerable populations, particularly people with disabilities....more

Village’s Denial of a Permit to Fence-Off Private Road Subject to Claim for Inverse Condemnation

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In the Village of Bayville, New York (“Bayville”), a landowner wished to enclose and protect private property and the private roadway for access thereon  (“Lot 18”) against trespassers.  The landowner sought to erect crash...more

FOIL Follies- Draft Plans Once Submitted Must Be Made Available

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

New York’s Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) mandates that agencies make all “records” available for public inspection and copying, subject to certain exemptions. See, Public Officers Law. ...more

Email Discussions May Be Next: Mississippi Supreme Court Declares Closed-Door “Non-Quorum” Meetings Illegal

The Mississippi Open Meetings Act provides that “the formation and determination of public policy is public business and shall be conducted in open meetings.” Notwithstanding this command, some public boards in Mississippi...more

Thinking Outside the Four Walls of a Premises

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Before submitting a letter of intent (LOI) for a new commercial lease, a tenant should consider whether it has special business needs that must be incorporated in the lease. These include lease provisions necessary for the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Water district vote deals major blow to California's delta tunnel project - Los Angeles Times - Sep 19 - By a 7-1 vote, the Westlands Water District board on Tuesday decided not...more

Second Circuit Upholds Prosecutorial Discretion in Deferred Prosecution Agreements

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in United States v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. that a federal district court does not have the authority to supervise the implementation of a deferred...more

Property Owner to Maintain Public Beach Access Over Coastal Property - California Court of Appeal Weighs in on California Coastal...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Under the California Coastal Act, a beachfront property owner must maintain public access over his property — and will be required to seek a Coastal Development Permit if he wishes to limit such public access, a California...more

California Court of Appeal Again Rules in Favor of Public Against Billionaire Owner of Martins Beach

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Martins Beach, near Half Moon Bay in the County of San Mateo, is the subject of protracted litigation on various fronts stemming from tech billionaire Vinod Khosla’s 2009, decision to change the public’s access to and use of...more

Court Holds Temporary Injunction on Martins Beach Access Dispute Does Not Constitute a Taking

by Nossaman LLP on

The Martins Beach access dispute in San Mateo County continues to make headlines. As a quick refresher, billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla purchased 90 acres of beachfront property south of Half Moon Bay, and...more

The PAC Strictly Interprets the “Probable or Imminent Litigation” Exception for Closed Session

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Recently, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued a rare binding opinion finding that the City Council of Bloomington violated the Open Meetings Act when it held a closed meeting to discuss potential litigation that the PAC...more

New Florida Law Aims To Put Brakes On ADA Barrier-To-Access Lawsuits

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Responding to the alarming proliferation of lawsuits in Florida alleging that places of public accommodations create barriers to access to disabled patrons, Florida has adopted what appears to be the first law in the country...more

DOJ Puts Website Accessibility Regulations on Inactive List

by Bryan Cave on

Retailers and other businesses that have been waiting for the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to promulgate regulations concerning website accessibility under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”) will...more

Second Circuit Denies Public Access to Monitor’s Reports on Separation-of-Powers Grounds

In a decision that will provide reassurance both to prosecutors and to the institutions with whom they enter into deferred prosecution agreements (“DPAs”), the Second Circuit (Katzmann, Lynch, Pooler (concurring)) held in...more

Second Circuit Limits District Courts’ Authority Over Deferred Prosecution Agreements and Limits the Public’s Access to Monitors’...

by Dechert LLP on

Although deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) are a commonly-used tool for government prosecutors, courts continue to struggle to determine how much judicial supervision of these agreements is permitted. On July 12, 2017,...more

Ninth Circuit Holds ADA Certified Class Has Standing to Challenge Facilities Not Personally Visited by Plaintiff

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff, seeking declarative and injunctive relief, brought a putative class action alleging that the city and county of San Francisco failed to comply with certain requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act,...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules on Appleton School District Open Meetings Law

by Ruder Ware on

In a unanimous and much-anticipated decision released today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a committee of school personnel formed to review materials for a high school course under a procedure set forth in school...more

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