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Client Alerts

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.

Economic Development, Real Estate and Housing

Municipal and Special District Law

Crisis Management

  • Britt Strottman Helps Calaveras County Battle PG&E for Compensation for Fire DamageOctober 23, 2017On April 28, 2016, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) issued its Investigation Report finding PG&E responsible for the Sept. 9, 2015 Butte Fire in Calaveras County which consumed 71,000 acres, destroyed 921 structures, caused more than $1 billion in damage, killed two people and injured another. As explained in Britt Strottman’s read more

Public Contracts

First Amendment

  • Ninth Circuit is No Fan of Post-Game PrayerSeptember 5, 2017Last week, the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, affirming the district court's denial of a preliminary injunction for Joseph Kennedy, a high school football coach, who gained national attention when he was suspended for conducting public post-game prayers on the football field and asserted First Amendment retaliation.  In affirming, the Ninth ... read more
  • Ninth Circuit Addresses Unattended Collection Bins and Upholds Oakland’s Ordinance as Content NeutralMay 17, 2017In the recently decided Recycle for Change v. City of Oakland case, the Ninth Circuit addressed the issue of regulating unattended collection bins ("collection bins") and found the challenged Ordinance passed constitutional muster.  The Ninth Circuit's opinion provides a framework for First Amendment analysis regarding this new mode of solicitation in the wake of the Supreme Court's rigid ... read more
  • Ninth Circuit Reaffirms First Amendment Protection for Tattoo ParlorsApril 5, 2017On March 29, 2017, the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded a trial court's decision that a plaintiff did not have standing to challenge the City of Long Beach's zoning ordinances relating to tattoo parlors, in Real v. City of Long Beach.  The City's zoning ordinances restricted tattoo parlors to certain areas of the City; required a 1000-foot buffer between tattoo parlors and bars, adult ... read more

Public Finance

  • California Supreme Court Paves the Way for Electorate’s Majority-Vote to Adopt Special TaxesAugust 31, 2017In a decision issued August 28, 2017, the California Supreme Court concluded that a local tax measure submitted to voters by initiative petition is not subject to the state constitutional requirement, added by Proposition 218, that general taxes be considered only at "a regularly scheduled general election for members of the legislative body."  The reasoning of the case, California Cannabis ... read more

Land Use

Environmental Law

Climate Change and Green Initiatives

Labor and Employment

Workplace Investigations

California Public Records Act

Trial and Litigation

  • 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