Tie Vote That Resulted in Upholding Permit Approval Was Subject to Challenge Under CEQA

The court of appeal rejected a claim that a tie vote of the air quality management district’s hearing board resulted in “no action” and hence was not subject to judicial challenge. Grist Creek Aggregates. LLC v. Mendocino County Air Quality Management District (No. View Full Post
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Discipline for Officer-Provoked Force Incidents After County of Los Angeles V. Mendez

Police Siren 2This post was authored by Paul Knothe and Kaylee Feick On May 30, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in County of Los Angeles v. Mendez.  LCW attorneys, J. Scott Tiedemann and Leighton Henderson, submitted an amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court in the case on behalf of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association. View Full Post
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Bill Proposes an Appointed Board to Fix the Department of Toxics Substances Control; Will It Just Make Matters Worse?

Senate Bill 774 (“SB 774”) proposes to eliminate the Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) and form a five-member board, the California Toxic Substances Board (“CTS Board”).  On June 1, the Senate approved the bill, and it is now awaiting is first policy committee hearing in the Assembly.  View Full Post
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Los Angeles City Begins “Ban the Box” Enforcement July 1, 2017

LA City HallLos Angeles City begins enforcement on July 1, 2017 of its Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance that prohibits employers from seeking criminal background information prior to offering a job to applicants.  The ordinance was effective in January 2017, but to give employers time to become compliant with the new hiring prohibitions, the City delayed enforcement until July 1.  View Full Post
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New Transgender Identity and Expression Regulations (July 1, 2017)

In May 2017, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) approved new regulations regarding transgender identity and expression in the workplace. The regulations become effective July 1, 2017. The new rules further expand the Fair Employment and Housing Act’s (FEHA) role in preventing discrimination in employment and housing on the basis of gender identity. View Full Post
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Where Do the Supreme Court’s Civil Cases Originate (Part 1)?

6953330797_140b11a2b0_z In our recent expansion of Sedgwick’s California Supreme Court database, one of the variables we added was the originating jurisdiction.  Given that the Court always has a significant number of administrative mandate cases, originating jurisdiction is a more precise measure of where the Court’s cases are coming from than solely tracking the original trial court. View Full Post
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Hot Off the Press! DFEH’s Annual Report

Seyfarth Synopsis: California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing has just issued its Annual Report on civil rights complaints during 2016. Here are some highlights. The DFEH hails as the largest state civil rights agency in the country, with 220 full-time employees operating out of five offices throughout California. View Full Post
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