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Client Alerts

2014

Land Use

First Amendment

Environmental Law

  • Ninth Circuit Expands Judicial Scrutiny of CERCLA SettlementAugust 8, 2014 The Ninth Circuit recently issued an opinion that emphasizes the obligation of district courts to independently review the adequacy of proposed consent decrees under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("CERCLA").  In Arizona v. City of Tucson, ---F.3d--- (9th Cir. 2014), 2014 WL 3765569, eighteen proposed consent decrees between the State of ... read more
  • Regulatory Scope of “Waters of the United States” to be ClarifiedMarch 31, 2014Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Agencies”) jointly released a proposed rule that further defines the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). The proposed rule revises the definition of “waters of the United States” and also adds ... read more

California Public Records Act

Municipal and Special District Law

Public Contracts

Labor and Employment

  • U.S. Supreme Court Tells Us What “Changing Clothes” Really MeansJanuary 30, 2014In a unanimous opinion delivered by Justice Scalia, the Supreme Court on Monday decided that employers and unions could agree in collective bargaining agreements to exclude the time workers spend putting on and taking off protective clothing from the work time that is subject to the minimum wage and overtime protections of ... read more