Legal Alerts

Use our "Quick Links" to view Legal Alerts for a specific area of practice, or use the search button to search our entire database of Legal Alerts.

Quick Links

Appeals and Writs
08/28/2014 Federal Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals Rules FedEx Drivers Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors, Under Both California's and Oregon's "Right-To-Control" Test
08/27/2014 Car Dealership Employee Fired After Complaining About Fraudulent Warranty Claims May Sue For Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy
08/20/2014 Ninth Circuit Holds Alleged Retaliatory Actions Must Be Viewed in Context For Purposes of a First Amendment Retaliation Claim
  Show All
Banking and Creditors Rights
08/17/2014 Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Holds That Contempt Proceedings Filed Against Debtor Were Not Subject To Automatic Stay
08/14/2014 Bank Must Face Homeowner’s Negligence Claim Because It Owes A Duty To Use Reasonable Care In Processing Loan Modification
07/31/2014 Claimant Must Exhaust Administrative Remedies Provided For In The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989
  Show All
Business and Corporate Law
07/31/2014 Program Accessibility Under the ADA: An Exception for Public Owners
07/07/2014 Court of Appeal Ameliorates (a Bit) the "Harshness" of Business and Professions Code Section 7031
05/27/2014 Court Of Appeal Finds Lender Is Not Entitled To Recover Portion Of Developer's Future Judgment In Connection With Property Damage From Wildfires
  Show All
Charter Schools
09/04/2013 Update on Recent Education Legislation
07/16/2013 California Supreme Court Holds That County Board Revocation Procedures Provided Charter School With Constitutionally Adequate “Due Process”
07/12/2013 Court Rules Student Dismissed From Charter School Was Not “Expelled,” Thus Not Entitled To Evidentiary Hearing
  Show All
Climate Change
09/18/2013 Environmental Impact Report Must Compare Existing Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Those of the Proposed Project
07/30/2013 CEQA Review Of Regulatory Program Must be Completed Before Approval Of Regulations
11/08/2012 Minor Deficiencies And Inaccuracies In Environmental Impact Report Did Not Prejudice The Environmental Review Process
  Show All
Construction Law
08/04/2014 DSA Announces New Project Certification Process for Community College and K-12 Projects
07/11/2014 DIR Launches New Mandatory Registration Program for Public Works Projects
07/07/2014 Court of Appeal Ameliorates (a Bit) the "Harshness" of Business and Professions Code Section 7031
  Show All
Economic Development and Housing
07/07/2014 Court of Appeal Ameliorates (a Bit) the "Harshness" of Business and Professions Code Section 7031
06/02/2014 Tenant Opposition May Justify Rejection of Mobilehome Park Conversion Bid
04/23/2014 Developer's Subdivision Project for County Deemed Private Work of Improvement for Purposes of Subcontractor's Claim, Extending Subcontractor's Statute of Limitation
  Show All
Education Law
08/08/2014 Student Can Be Eligible For Special Education With Both A Specific Learning Disability And Other Health Impairment At The Same Time; But District Reasonably Found Neither Category Applied
08/04/2014 DSA Announces New Project Certification Process for Community College and K-12 Projects
08/04/2014 Public Records Act Did Not Require School District To Produce Student Academic Growth Over Time Scores That Identified Individual Teacher Names Tied To Those Scores
  Show All
Eminent Domain
05/05/2014 City Not Liable for Flood Damage to Private Property After Court Determines City Acted Reasonably
03/19/2014 Court Rejects Statute Allowing Court Ordered Entry Onto Private Property by Public Agencies for Pre-Acquisition Testing
01/28/2014 Requirement That Landowners Give Aircraft Overflight Easement Before Obtaining Building Permit Did Not Constitute a Taking of Their Property
  Show All
Energy
09/10/2013 California Supreme Court Update: Air Quality Emissions Reduction Credits May Be Considered in Assessing Unit Value of Power Plant, But the Fair Market Value of Credits Themselves Must Be Excluded from Assessment and Direct Taxation
06/07/2011 Value Of Emission Reduction Credits Could Be Included In The Assessment Of Power Plant For Property Tax Purposes
02/02/2007 Supreme Court Sets Aside Land Use Plan EIR For Failure To Adequately Assess Long-Term Water Supplies
  Show All
Environmental Law
07/18/2014 Court: Public Trust Doctrine Applies to County Approval of Permits For New Groundwater Wells Affecting Navigable Stream
07/10/2014 Cities, Districts, Others To Restrict Lawn Watering, Car Washing, Pavement Washdowns And Fountains Under Proposed Statewide Emergency Regulation
04/23/2014 Court of Appeal Finds Unusual Circumstances Exception Inapplicable
  Show All
Insurance Coverage
11/22/2013 Insurance Company that Issues Liability Policy does not need to Defend Insured Party Against a Non-Financial Claim
  Show All
Intellectual Property
01/16/2014 Motion to Strike Under Anti-SLAPP Statute Erroneously Granted in Connection With Conversion, Unjust Enrichment and Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims
11/26/2013 Doctrine of “Tacking” was Properly Applied to Establish Bank’s Priority in Trademark Action
10/28/2013 California Appellate Court Reaffirms the Trade Secret Displacement (Preemption) Doctrine
  Show All
Labor and Employment Law
08/28/2014 Federal Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals Rules FedEx Drivers Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors, Under Both California's and Oregon's "Right-To-Control" Test
08/27/2014 Car Dealership Employee Fired After Complaining About Fraudulent Warranty Claims May Sue For Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy
08/20/2014 Prompt Payment Requirements That Apply to Employees Who Quit Also Apply to Employees Who Retire
  Show All
Litigation
08/28/2014 Federal Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals Rules FedEx Drivers Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors, Under Both California's and Oregon's "Right-To-Control" Test
08/27/2014 Car Dealership Employee Fired After Complaining About Fraudulent Warranty Claims May Sue For Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy
08/20/2014 Ninth Circuit Holds Alleged Retaliatory Actions Must Be Viewed in Context For Purposes of a First Amendment Retaliation Claim
  Show All
Public Agency
08/15/2014 Special Tax Approved by Landowner Voters Invalidated; Mello-Roos Taxes Implicated
08/13/2014 Sunshine Ordinance Preempted by City Charter Provision Creating Attorney-Client Privilege
08/04/2014 Public Records Act Did Not Require School District To Produce Student Academic Growth Over Time Scores That Identified Individual Teacher Names Tied To Those Scores
  Show All
Public Finance
02/10/2014 Court Authorizes City Subsidy to Car Dealer Two Years After Dealer Relocates to City
02/04/2014 Cities Entitled to Pre and Post Judgment Interest for Tax Administration Fees Improperly Calculated and Withheld by County
11/07/2013 “Pay First, Litigate Later” Doctrine Applies to Local Governments: Taxpayers Required to Pay Local Assessments Until Resolution of Tax Litigation
  Show All
Real Estate and Land Use Law
07/28/2014 An Assessor Must Consider A Claim For Prospective Property Tax Relief Involving Condemned Property Even If The Owner Files The Claim Beyond The Statutory Time Limitation
07/24/2014 Hotel Reassessment Invalid When LLC Owning Hotel Sells 100 Percent Membership Interest But No Person Or Legal Entity Obtains More Than 50 percent Interest In The LLC
07/07/2014 Court Confirms Bank Can Be Held Liable for Conduct and Representations Occurring During Loan Modification Process
  Show All
Special Education
08/08/2014 Student Can Be Eligible For Special Education With Both A Specific Learning Disability And Other Health Impairment At The Same Time; But District Reasonably Found Neither Category Applied
07/11/2014 Amended California Special Education Regulations In Effect
12/18/2013 Education Code Section 56041 Requires the District of the Parents' Residence to Provide Special Education Services to Eligible County Jail Inmates Between Age 18 and 22
  Show All
Taxation
08/15/2014 Special Tax Approved by Landowner Voters Invalidated; Mello-Roos Taxes Implicated
07/28/2014 An Assessor Must Consider A Claim For Prospective Property Tax Relief Involving Condemned Property Even If The Owner Files The Claim Beyond The Statutory Time Limitation
07/24/2014 Hotel Reassessment Invalid When LLC Owning Hotel Sells 100 Percent Membership Interest But No Person Or Legal Entity Obtains More Than 50 percent Interest In The LLC
  Show All
Trusts and Estates
01/24/2014 Wife's Undue Influence Over Changes Made to Husband's Trust Voids Changed Terms of the Trust
01/16/2014 Motion to Strike Under Anti-SLAPP Statute Erroneously Granted in Connection With Conversion, Unjust Enrichment and Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims
01/03/2014 UPDATE: California Supreme Court Rules That a No-Contest Clause in a Trust is Unenforceable Except Under Specific Circumstances
  Show All
Water and Natural Resources Law
07/18/2014 Court: Public Trust Doctrine Applies to County Approval of Permits For New Groundwater Wells Affecting Navigable Stream
07/10/2014 Cities, Districts, Others To Restrict Lawn Watering, Car Washing, Pavement Washdowns And Fountains Under Proposed Statewide Emergency Regulation
11/07/2013 “Pay First, Litigate Later” Doctrine Applies to Local Governments: Taxpayers Required to Pay Local Assessments Until Resolution of Tax Litigation
  Show All