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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.

Environmental Law

Land Use

Municipal and Special District Law

Public Contracts

  • New Law Subjects Public Agencies to Penalties Relating to Prevailing Wage ProjectsJuly 5, 2017On June 27th, Governor Brown signed into law SB 96 which, as a budget trailer bill, took effect immediately.  Almost hidden in the 50-plus page bill are amendments to the Labor Code that significantly impact every public agency regarding (1) the late filing of a special form entitled "PWC-100" and (2) the use of contractors or subcontractors not registered with the Department of Industrial ... read more

Economic Development, Real Estate and Housing

  • California’s Density Bonus Law: 2017 Updates and ClarificationsJune 15, 2017California's Density Bonus Law gives housing developers the right to build additional homes, and obtain other favorable local development requirements, in exchange for building much-needed affordable or senior housing.  In 2016 the California Legislature approved three bills to clarify the law and strengthen its encouragement of the development of affordable and senior housing.  The Legislature ... read more

Labor and Employment

First Amendment

  • 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

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

Climate Change and Green Initiatives