In recent years, some employers doing business in the Golden State have required their employees to sign arbitration and employment agreements that require the employee to sue or arbitrate in – or under the law of – another state.
Governor Brown approved a new law last Friday that limits patient exposure to so-called surprise medical bills.
Surface Transportation Board Discusses Boundaries of Federal Preemption of CEQA and Local Land Use Requirements, Denies Petition by Refinery Over Crude-by-Rail Facility
The extent to which the federal Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (ICCTA) preempts CEQA has been a topic of much scrutiny recently.
I have seen many lawyers argue themselves OUT of a win by talking too much in court.
California’s legislature has passed two new statutes that increase the protections for employees arbitrating workplace disputes.
On September 23, 2016, the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District affirmed a trial court decision denying a petition for writ of mandate filed by a developer challenging various fees—totaling nearly $600,000—in connection with an 11-unit subdivision and condominium complex in West Hollywood.
City’s Attempt to Use Emergency Ordinance to Scuttle Unpopular Project Violates Developer’s Vested Right
In Stewart Enterprises Inc., v. City of Oakland (2016) 248 Cal.App.4th 410 the court of appeal provided important clarification on the limits of a local agency’s ability to use an emergency ordinance to reach back and prohibit a previously-approved project.
On September 12, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1066.
Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s CEQA Guidelines On Pollution Impacts to Project Occupants and Users Are Invalid
The significance thresholds for exposure of receptors to harmful air pollution in the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s CEQA Guidelines cannot provide the basis for requiring an EIR or mitigation measures, when used to measure the impact of existing air pollution on future occupants or users of a project.
California’s New Law Requires Cal/OSHA to Provide Copies of Citations Issued to Contractors to the Contractor’s State Licensing Board
On September 15, 2016, Governor Brown approved Senate Bill 465 which requires the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, after consultation with the California Contractors’ State Licensing Board, to transmit to the Board copies of any citations or other actions taken by the Division against a contractor.