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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

Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor Issues Binding Opinions Regarding FOIA Exemptions

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Public Access Counselor (PAC) of the Illinois Attorney General’s office recently issued two binding opinions addressing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Specifically, the opinions found two public bodies in...more

Will County Prosecutors Be Subject to the PA Right-to-Know Law?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in a case that could drastically hamper the ability of reporters, defense attorneys and other citizens to get records from county prosecutors....more

District Court Denies Certification of Nationwide Class, Finding Individual Retail Stores’ Alleged Failures to Follow Internal...

by Carlton Fields on

An Illinois district court recently denied certification, finding that the putative nationwide class failed the commonality and numerosity prongs of Rule 23(a) and that injunctive relief was not available under Rule 23(b)(2)...more

PAC Finds Library Board’s General Description of Action Item Complies with OMA

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Government bodies subject to the Open Meetings Act (OMA) sometimes struggle to strike the right balance between too much and too little detail contained in their published Board meeting agendas. A recent advisory opinion from...more

Appellate Court Holding Extends FOIA to College Foundation

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Recently the Second District Appellate Court issued an opinion holding that the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applied to certain records in the possession of the College of DuPage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity...more

PAC Upholds Municipality’s Denial of Request for FOIA Fee Waiver

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Public Access Counselor recently issued a non-binding opinion holding that public bodies have the discretion to decide whether to waive or reduce copying fees associated with the production of documents responsive to FOIA...more

The Employment Law Authority - March/April 2017

EXECUTIVE ORDERS MARK A RISING, ROILING TIDE OF IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS - In his first week in office, President Donald Trump launched a series of executive orders (EO) directing large-scale changes on...more

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