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Published Articles

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. One way our attorneys provide superior value is by authoring articles in professional journals and legal newspapers that provide both context and analysis on a wide range of critical issues impacting public and private entities.  Our most recent published articles are provided below, alphabetized by area of law. Prior articles are available in the annual  archives in the left column or via the search function on our website. If you have a question about one of our articles or would like one of our attorneys to write an article for your publication, please contact us at info@meyersnave.com.

Environmental Law

  • California Senate Bills Respond to Trump Administration’s Rollback of Environmental LawsMarch 20, 2017The Trump Administration has begun taking significant action to deliver its promised repeal or replacement of various federal laws affecting air, water, climate, endangered species, and public land. To both hedge against and work around an expected ongoing rollback of environmental, natural resources and public health protections, California Senators recently unveiled three bills: SB 49 ... read more
  • Environmental Law Compliance for Cannabis Cultivators in CaliforniaMarch 20, 2017The passage of Proposition 64, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), is expected to lead to a rapid expansion of outdoor cannabis cultivation, which is likely to impact water supply, water quality, fish, wildlife, and related habitats. In order to obtain and maintain a cultivation license from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the AUMA requires cultivators to comply ... read more

Municipal and Special District Law

  • Initiative Campaigns: Do’s and Don’ts Checklist for Elected Officials and Public EmployeesMarch 7, 2017The California Secretary of State's "Statewide Initiative Guide" provides the procedures and requirements for preparing and circulating initiatives, filing sections of the petition, and describing the procedure for verifying signatures on the petition.  The Guide is available here.  To help elected officials and public entity employees understand the primary restrictions on what they may and ... read more

Labor and Employment

  • AB 1289: New Law Creates Exception to the Trend of Limiting Pre-Employment ScreeningJanuary 18, 2017The overall trend in California has been, and continues to be, toward restricting the use of pre-employment screening. AB 1289, which took effect on January 1, 2017, added a narrowly defined type of employer -- transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber, Lyft and Wingz -- to the exceptions of employers that must conduct more, not less, pre-employment screening. In contrast, AB 1843, ... read more

Trial and Litigation

  • California Supreme Court Closes an Anti-SLAPP LoopholeJanuary 17, 2017The California Supreme Court began 2017 with a significant anti-SLAPP decision that confirmed the broad reach of the state's statute designed to protect freedom of expression. In Barry v. State Bar of California, 2017 DJDAR 83 (Jan. 5, 2017), the high court ruled that a lack of subject matter jurisdiction over a claim does not preclude a court from granting a special motion to strike under the ... read more
  • California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute: New Case Law in 2016January 4, 2017In 2016, California state and federal appellate courts grappled with First Amendment protected freedom of speech issues in numerous critical rulings addressing the reach of the state's anti-SLAPP statute - a powerful litigation tool intended to protect free speech. Codified in Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16, the anti-SLAPP statute authorizes a special motion to strike claims that are ... read more