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Stockton Citizens for Sensible Planning v. Stockton, City of

A California appellate court affirmed a lower court decision dismissing a citizen group's lawsuit seeking to vacate a city's approval of a "big box" retail store. The group alleged that the approval violated planning and zoning laws....

Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch v. California Dep't of Forestry & Fire Protection

A California appellate court held that environmental groups were not entitled to attorneys fees in an underlying suit challenging the state forestry departments' approval of three timber harvest plans for logging in Tuolumne County. The...

Strother v. California Coastal Comm'n

A California appellate court reversed a lower court decision dismissing residents' motion challenging the California Coastal Commission's approval of coastal development permits for two unimproved residential lots. The case involves...

San Diego Unified Sch. Dist. v. San Diego, County of

A California appellate court reversed a lower court's grant of summary judgment in favor of a county that was sued by a school district for environmental problems and remediation costs incurred on district property due to ongoing...

Sustainability of Parks, Recycling & Wildlife Legal Defense Fund v. Solano Dep't of Resource Management

A California appellate court held that an environmental group challenging proposed revisions to a solid waste facility permit for a local landfill is entitled to an administrative hearing before the county. The county denied the group's...

Right Site Coalition v. Los Angeles Unified Sch. Dist.

A California appellate court held that a trial court improperly denied a group's motion to preliminarily enjoin a school district from demolishing 49 housing units to make way for a new school under the power of eminent domain. The...

Schuette & Koerting, Inc. v. Regional Water Quality Control Bd.

A California appellate court reversed a lower court decision denying a petition to set aside a regional water board order requiring a company to perform a human health risk assessment in connection with its cleanup of a large toxic...

California State Parks Found. v. Superior Court of San Diego County

A California appellate court held that a lower court erred in transferring environmental groups' California Environmental Quality Act claim to another venue. The groups filed suit challenging the certification of an environmental impact...

Morris v. AGFA Corp.

The court held that Texas is a suitable alternative forum for a family's California survival and wrongful death action against a chemical manufacturer in a case involving their husband and father who contracted fatal leukemia due to his...

Cockshott v. Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

A California appellate court held that the statute of limitations governing the filing of a petition for administrative mandamus challenging a decision of the state's Board of Forestry and Fire Protection is found in California Public...