The California state legislature, local government entities, and state and federal courts are constantly changing the environment in which our clients operate on a daily basis and plan their future strategic direction. Staying abreast of new laws, regulations and other legal developments – and analyzing the impact on clients – is what makes our attorneys standout as go-to experts. We share breaking-news information through the timely distribution of Client Alerts, and we encourage you to sign up to receive these updates by completing the subscription information in the left column. Our most recent Client Alerts are provided below, alphabetized by area of law. Prior alerts are available in the annual archives in the left column or via the search function on our website.
- State Water Board Extends Water Conservation Regulations and Makes Minor AmendmentsFebruary 17, 2017The State Water Resources Control Board voted on February 8 to extend its existing water conservation regulations for an additional 270 days, until the Governor lifts the drought emergency proclamation or the State Water Board determines that the emergency regulations should be modified or rescinded. Many public commenters urged the Board to allow the regulations to expire on February 28, 2017, ... read more
- Court of Appeal Holds Anti-SLAPP Statute Protects Speech in the Context of Artistic CreationFebruary 16, 2017The Second District Court of Appeal last week affirmed a lower court's ruling granting actor and comedian Marlon Wayans' anti-SLAPP motion in a case involving alleged racial harassment on the set of his movie. The decision extends the reach of California's anti-SLAPP statute to protect racially charged language made as part of the creative process even where the comments at issue are directed ... read more
- California Supreme Court Takes Up Medical Marijuana CEQA CaseFebruary 14, 2017The California Supreme Court has granted review in Union of Medical Marijuana Patients, Inc. v. City of San Diego, a case that will have broad application to California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") review of zoning ordinances, and a more narrow application to the CEQA review of zoning of marijuana establishments. With the recent passage of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, how ... read more
- State Releases Scoping Plan Update to Meet New 2030 GHG Reduction GoalFebruary 7, 2017The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released its draft 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update to meet the new State greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal under SB 32 of 40% below 1990 emission levels by 2030. The Plan builds on the regulations under the existing Scoping Plan adopted to implement the State's 2020 goal to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels. The 2030 goal is ... read more
- BAAQMD Releases Comprehensive Plan for Addressing Air Pollution and Climate ChangeJanuary 26, 2017The Bay Area Air Quality Management District ("BAAQMD") has released a draft Clean Air Plan 2017. The Plan addresses air pollutants, public health and climate change. Of particular note, the Plan includes a 2050 target of an 80% reduction below 1990 levels for the Bay Area's greenhouse gases ("GHG") emissions. This is beyond the recently enacted State goal under SB 32 of a 40% reduction ... read more
- CA Supreme Court Rules Attorney-Client Privilege Does Not Automatically Protect Attorney Billing Invoices from CPRA DisclosureJanuary 4, 2017The California Supreme Court held that billing invoices sent by an attorney to a public agency client are not automatically protected in their entirety by the attorney-client privilege and, therefore, portions of the invoices may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act ("CPRA," Government Code §§ 6250 et seq.). (Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors v. Superior ... read more