From tackling a complex client matter, to engaging in a new pro bono assignment, to welcoming a new associate to the Meyers Nave team, we are thrilled to share what keeps us engaged and excited about the work we do.

Eric Casher Receives President’s Award from Charles Houston Bar Association

December 9, 2014, Meyers Nave, Eric S. Casher

OAKLAND – Meyers Nave proudly congratulates Associate Eric Casher for receiving the President’s Award at the December 6 annual gala of the Charles Houston Bar Association.

Eric’s active involvement in the leadership of CHBA includes serving as the organization’s General Counsel in 2013 and currently serving as its Vice President. He received the President’s Award in recognition of his dedication to CHBA, commitment to its mission and contributions to the greater good of society in immeasurable ways.

Meyers Nave Supports 2014 AIDS LifeCycle

February 6, 2014, Eric S. Casher, Arthur A. Hartinger, Nicholaus W. Norvell

Meyers Nave is honored to support 2014 Aids/LifeCycle by participating in their 7-day, 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that raises money and awareness for the HIV and AIDS services of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. 2014 marks the thirteen year for AIDS/LifeCycle and the twenty-first for the event overall, and during the week of June 1-7, thousands of Cyclists and volunteer Roadies will come together to do something incredible. Something that will change lives. Something that YOU can be a part of!

California Public Utilities Commission

Meyers Nave Advocacy Leads to $10.85 Million Fine Against PG&E for Carmel-by-the-Sea Explosion

December 2, 2014, Steven R. Meyers, Britt K. Strottman

Britt Strottman and Steve Meyers helped the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea convince the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to issue a $10.85 million citation against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for multiple failures leading to a March 3, 2014 gas explosion that destroyed a cottage and damaged three homes. Britt and Steve assisted Carmel-by-the-Sea officials in successfully demanding that CPUC escalate its initial inquiry into a full-scale regulatory investigation of the blast.

Environmental Law

Meyers Nave Continues Winning Streak on Behalf of Sacramento Kings

November 24, 2014, Shaye Diveley, Amrit S. Kulkarni, Adam U. Lindgren, David W. Skinner

Agreeing with Meyers Nave, the Third District Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling that denied a request for an injunction to halt construction of a new $477 million downtown arena for the Sacramento Kings. The Court’s Nov. 20 decision rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of SB 743, which amended the California Environmental Quality Act to facilitate expedited review of the arena and set a target of 270 days for resolving CEQA litigation related to the arena.

Meyers Nave Argues Landmark CEQA Case Before CA Supreme Court

December 9, 2014, Julia Bond, Amrit S. Kulkarni

On December 2, Amrit Kulkarni presented oral argument before the California Supreme Court on a case that Law360 calls the “biggest CEQA case” and members of the state’s land use legal community describe as a “landmark” case that will result in a “blockbuster decision.”

First Amendment

Published Opinion: Second District Confirms That Anti-SLAPP Statute Protects Private Support for Major Public Projects And Institutions

January 16, 2015, Julia Bond, Amrit S. Kulkarni, Shiraz Tangri

The Second District published today its December 22, 2014 decision in Save Westwood Village v. Meyer Luskin, applying the anti-SLAPP statute to protect significant charitable donations to public institutions and projects from baseless claims.  The Court of Appeal confirmed that written and financial support from private donors for a new University of California facility is expression protected by the constitutional right of free speech.  In addition, the Court rejected arguments that the claim against the private donors was exempt from the anti-SLAPP statute as a public interest lawsuit.

Labor and Employment

Published Opinion: Retiree Medical Program

February 13, 2014, Arthur A. Hartinger

Retired Employees Association of Orange County  v. County of Orange
2/13/2014 –  U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Land Use

Meyers Nave CEQA Team Defeats Attempt to Stop Construction of UCLA Conference Center

October 22, 2014, Julia Bond, Amrit S. Kulkarni, Shiraz Tangri

Meyers Nave obtained a crucial victory for the University of California, Los Angeles, when Superior Court Judge Thomas I. McKnew, Jr. rejected all the California Environmental Quality Act claims filed by a local community group in its crusade to stop the construction of a conference center and hotel on campus. 

Published Opinion: Annexation – CEQA and the Reorganization Act

February 13, 2014, Edward Grutzmacher

Protect Agricultural Land v. Stanislaus County Local Agency Commission; City of Ceres
1/28/14 - 5th District Court of Appeal

Published Opinion: Coastal Development Permitting

February 13, 2014, Deborah J. Fox, Peter S. Hayes

Hagopian v. State of California et al.
1/24/14 - 2nd District Court of Appeal

In a permitting dispute with a Southern California landowner, Meyers Nave obtained a published decision by the 2nd District Court of Appeal in favor of the County of Los Angeles, affirming an earlier trial court victory and securing recovery of costs. The underlying case involved a large property in the Santa Monica Mountains segment of the State’s Coastal Zone. The landowners, who built eight structures, other facilities, and a commercial vineyard without Coastal Development Permits (CDPs), sued the County, the State, and the California Coastal Commission in 2010, after the Commission cited the owners for violating the California Coastal Act. See the 2nd District’s January 24, 2014, opinion here. Please contact Meyers Nave attorneys Deborah Fox or Peter Hayes, who represented the County of L.A. in this matter, with any questions about this decision. 

Writs and Appeals

Meyers Nave Obtains Rare Writ of Supersedeas

November 24, 2014, Harry W.R. Chamberlain II, Arthur A. Hartinger, Linda Ross

On Nov. 12, Division One of the Second Appellate District granted a rare writ of supersedeas benefitting Meyers Nave’s client in a case that will help define the constitutional powers of elected bodies. The case addresses whether the Los Angeles City Council may withdraw its “delegation” of authority to the Retirement Board in setting the amount of a health care “subsidy” for retired Police and Fire Department union members.

Meyers Nave Amicus Briefs Featured in Verdict Magazine

September 18, 2014, Harry W.R. Chamberlain II

VERDICT Magazine published this week (at Pages 38-39) features our Appellate Practice Group’s role in two pending California Supreme Court cases that affect the potential liability of public and private health care providers:

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