Grand Jury Finds Oakland City Council Member Broke Ethics Rules in Interfering with a Housing Development Next Door to Her Home

In a final report issued June 21, 2016, the Alameda County Grand Jury found that an Oakland City Council member used her position and office to advocate for private gain, and not the good of the City, in interfering with the planning process for a small housing development next door to her home. 

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California Supreme Court Holds That Brandt Fees Awarded Post-Trial by a Court Must Be Included in Denominator of Punitive/Compensatory Ratio

By | Guideposts | June 24, 2016
California Supreme Court Holds That Brandt Fees Awarded Post-Trial by a Court Must Be Included in Denominator of Punitive/Compensatory Ratio

On June 9, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance Co., holding that so-called Brandt fees should be treated as compensatory damages when calculating the ratio of punitive to compensatory damages even when they are awarded by the trial court after the jury has returned its punitive damages award.

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Vested Rights Conferred Under Local Ordinance Trump Conditional Use Permit Requirement Later Imposed by Emergency Ordinance

On June 23, 2016, in Stewart Enterprises, Inc. v. City of Oakland, __ Cal.App.4th __ (2016) (Case No. A143417), the Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District issued an important decision dealing with whether a new legislative enactment may constitutionally deprive a landowner of a vested right conferred by local ordinance.

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City of Los Angeles Expands Paid Sick Leave Requirements Effective July 1, 2016

City of Los Angeles Expands Paid Sick Leave Requirements Effective July 1, 2016

In an Alert published on Thursday, we examine the new Los Angeles paid sick leave ordinance: Employers in the City of Los Angeles have one week to implement policies that comply with the new paid sick leave ordinance, which goes into effect on July 1, 2016 and doubles the current state law requirements. 

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Indian Gaming Act and NEPA Irreconcilable, Ninth Circuit Rules

Indian Gaming Act and NEPA Irreconcilable, Ninth Circuit Rules

The Ninth Circuit has held that the National Indian Gaming Commission’s approval of a tribal gaming ordinance does not require review under the National Environmental Policy Act because there is an irreconcilable conflict between NEPA and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. 

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