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California vs. Federal Practice: Document Requests and Depositions

by Snell & Wilmer on

Many litigation practices, such as motion drafting, deposition questioning and defending, or presenting oral arguments, cross-apply whether in state or federal court. But, while there are many similarities between ...more

An Appellate Court’s Observation May Have Effect on Reverse-PRA Actions - Part II: Pasadena Police Officers Association v. City of...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In Pasadena Police Officers Association v. City of Pasadena, the Second District Court of Appeal made an interesting observation about the effect of the Public Records Act’s time requirement for a response to a PRA request...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: Movement Before Third Committee Deadline

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Minnesota House and Senate spent most of this week moving omnibus finance bills through committee. Committees held day and evening meetings to allow time for public testimony and amendments and to ensure that the third...more

New Project Information Form Required For Appeals To The City Of Philadelphia Zoning Board Of Adjustment

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The City of Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment has imposed a new requirement for filing Appeals. As of April 9, 2018, an applicant seeking a variance or special exception from the Zoning Board of Adjustment must submit...more

News from Second & State

It was an action-packed week at the Capitol as the House of Representatives and Senate were in session. On Monday, the House Education Committee reported out a bipartisan package of bills based on the recommendations of...more

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 15

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This week was the scheduled end of the 2018 General Assembly. However, the Governor and leaders in both chambers have much work to do to agree upon and finalize a tax reform package and the 2019 budget before they can adjourn...more

Iowa Amends Provisions Regarding Mortgage Releases

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The state of Iowa has amended several of its provisions relating to mortgage releases. These provisions take effect on July 1, 2018....more

California Lists Tricolored Blackbird

by Nossaman LLP on

On April 19, 2018, the California Fish and Game Commission voted 4-0 to list the tricolored blackbird (Agelaius tricolor) as a threatened species. A statewide survey conducted in 2017 estimated the California population of...more

Be Aware of Sovereign Immunity - Construction and Procurement Law News, Q1 2018

Sovereign immunity is the legal doctrine, dating back to the days of the British monarchy, that a sovereign or state cannot commit a legal wrong and is immune from suit: in essence, “the king can do no wrong.” ...more

Illinois Quarterly Review

by Reed Smith on

An overview of recent noteworthy court decisions, rulings, regulations, and pending tax tribunal petitions concerning Illinois state and local taxes. FEDERAL TAX REFORM - Department of Revenue offers guidance on the...more

Alabama Passes Data Security and Data Breach Notification Statute

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

Alabama recently became the 50th state to pass a data breach notification statute, joining South Dakota as the last two states to enact such legislation. The Alabama Data Breach Notification Act of 2018 (the Act) requires...more

Michigan Liquor Control Commission Rescinds Half-Mile Rule

by Fraser Trebilcock on

The State of Michigan voted earlier this year to rescind a longstanding Administrative Rule which prohibited liquor licensees from operating within a half-mile of another liquor licensee....more

Massachusetts Legislature Pushes Forward With Amended Non-Compete Bill

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

This Blog has previously covered the six non-compete bills that were introduced in the Massachusetts Legislature in 2017 (See articles dated December 27, 2017, and March 2, 2018). On April 17, 2018, the Joint Committee on...more

Chevron Deference Under Attack At State Level

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On April 11, 2018, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law HB 2238, which amended the state’s administrative procedure laws to remove “Chevron Deference,” so that for disputes involving state...more

Environmental Awards: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Announces Finalists for ENVY, TECHe, E2 , and ADEQuest Science...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) issued an April 17th news release announcing the finalists for the Arkansas Environmental Stewardship (“ENVY”) Award, Arkansas Environmental Technology (“TECHe”)...more

New Jersey Legislature Establishes Community Solar Program

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

With more than 2,000 megawatts of cumulative solar capacity installed, New Jersey is the nation's fifth-largest solar state, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). New legislation is designed to expand...more

Opportunity Zones in Alabama (and 19 Other States) Certified by Treasury Department - What Happens Next?

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

On April 18, the Treasury Department certified the list of 158 Opportunity Zones submitted by Governor Kay Ivey on March 21, 2018. This certification marks the last step in the Opportunity Zone selection process and means...more

Legislation Creating Opportunity Zones Offers Significant Tax Benefits — An Overview

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Recent federal tax legislation introduced "Opportunity Zones," a new community reinvestment tool designed to use tax incentives to drive long-term investment to rural and low-income urban communities throughout the nation....more

Following State’s Lead, New York City Council Passes “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York City Council has passed, and Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign, a package of eleven bills—together referred to as the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act—that will require most private...more

PRA Fee Award Narrowed to Cover the Issue of Scope of Redactions - Part I: Pasadena Police Officers Association v. City of...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A California Court of Appeal upheld a decision to drastically reduce an attorney fee award request against the City of Pasadena to a newspaper in a Public Records Act litigation — a decision that should bring relief to public...more

Florida Constitution Revision Commission Meets for Final Time and Approves 8 Ballot Measures

by Carlton Fields on

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) met in an extended session on April 16, and approved a total of eight ballot measures to revise the Florida Constitution. This extended session acted as the final meeting for...more

Pennsylvania case reminds Ohio hospitals of the importance of adhering to provisions of peer review statute

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision, Reginelli v. Boggs, 0 WAP 2016, 21 WAP 2016, 23 WAP 2016 (Pa. Mar. 27, 2018), has been raising a number of questions regarding the strength of a state peer review privilege based...more

Arizona Strengthens and Expands Data Breach Notification Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Arizona Legislature has significantly expanded and strengthened the state's data breach notification law. The legislation was signed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on April 11, 2018....more

Proposed Bill Would Nix Pay Q’s

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

A bill introduced last week in the Colorado House of Representatives would make it an unfair employment practice under Colorado’s Antidiscrimination Act (CADA) for an employer to seek earnings history for job applicants....more

Signs Of Federal Retreat On Legal Cannabis

by Cole Schotz on

After months of uncertainty surrounding the enforceability of state marijuana legislation in light of federal prohibitions, President Trump may have offered the legal cannabis industry some solace. Late last week,...more

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