California Legislature Nearing Final Debate of Biometric and Geolocation Data Security Bill

With the session ending on August 31st, the California legislature is debating a bill (AB 83) that would expand data security requirements for businesses that maintain personal information of California residents to include, among other things, protection for geolocation and biometric data.

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Statutory CEQA Reform Proposal (SB 122) Reemerges with Optional Expedited Record Preparation Provisions Unchanged; Fleshes Out OPR Electronic Database Placeholder; And Drops Controversial Effort to Provide Public Review Period for Final EIRs

By | CEQA Developments | August 24, 2016

About one year after being placed in the California Legislature’s “Inactive File,” SB 122 (concerning concurrent preparation of the CEQA administrative record and OPR electronic database) is back “off the shelf.” 

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Ninth Circuit Limits DOJ Prosecution of Persons Complying with State Marijuana Laws

By | The Blunt Truth | August 24, 2016

On August 16, in the case of United States v. McIntosh[1], the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, reversed decisions from the District Court for the Northern District of California denying the appellants’ request for  relief against the Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) in connection with indictments brought against them for violation of the Controlled Substances Act. 

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Accidental Disclosure of Public Records Does Not Waive the Attorney-Client and Attorney Work Product Privileges

On March 17, 2016, the California Supreme Court resolved an important case regarding the California Public Records Act, ruling unanimously that the inadvertent release of confidential documents  does not waive the attorney-client and attorney work product privileges. 

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