California Adopts Emergency Water Curtailment Regulations

California Adopts Emergency Water Curtailment Regulations

It is now clear that the present drought requires that there be curtailment of the exercise of some existing water rights due to the lack of sufficient surface water.  On January 17, 2014—the same day as the Governor’s Proclamation of a drought state of emergency—the State Water Resources Control Board issued a “Notice of Surface Water Shortage and Potential of Curtailment of Water Right Diversions.” 

No Bull: Santa Cruz County Rodeo Qualifies for California Environmental Quality Act Exemption

In Citizens for Environmental Responsibility v. State of California ex rel. 14th District Agricultural Association, et al. (3rd App. Dist., March 26, 2014), the appellate court affirmed the trial court’s decision to exempt a three-day rodeo from California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) review under the Class 23 categorical exemption[1] because the rodeo would be held on fairgrounds that operate similar types of events throughout the year.

California Federal Judge Rejects Telephone Consumer Protection Act Class Certification Before Discovery

By | Media, Privacy & Beyond | March 12, 2014

Discovery is expensive, and defense lawyers often are looking for ways to help clients achieve early dismissal of cases to avoid that expense.  An encouraging trend is emerging of judges rejecting class allegations pre-discovery, and the latest example is Labou v. Cellco Partnership, 2014 WL 824225 (E.D. Cal. March 3, 2014).