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Property Reserve v. Superior Court of San Joaquin County

The Supreme Court of California held that the state may enter and conduct environmental and geological studies and testing on more than 150 privately owned properties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that the state might seek to...

Friends of Martin's Beach v. Martin's Beach 1 LLC

A California appellate court affirmed in part and reversed in part a trial court's summary adjudication in favor of the property owners in their dispute with a citizen's group over the use of a road, parking area, and the inland dry...

Marilley v. Bonham

The Ninth Circuit held that California's commercial fishing fees for nonresidents violates the Privileges and Immunities Clause of the U.S. Constitution. California's commercial fishing license fees are significantly higher for out-of-...

Association des Éleveurs de Canards et D'Oies du Quebec v. Harris

A district court struck down California's sales ban on foie gras—a delicacy made from fattened duck liver. Foie gras producers and sellers argued that the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) preempts the ban, Cal. Health...

State Department of Finance v. Commission on State Mandates

A California appellate court held that California's Commission on State Mandates erred in ruling that certain requirements set forth in a municipal stormwater sewer permit for Los Angeles County constituted unfunded state mandates...

Sierra Club v. County of Solano

A California appellate court held that a newly enacted state law that prohibits counties from restricting or limiting the importation of solid waste into a privately owned facility in the county based on the waste's place of origin...

Schmeer v. County of Los Angeles

A district court upheld a county ordinance prohibiting retail stores from providing plastic carryout bags and requiring them to charge customers 10 cents for each paper carryout bag provided. The paper carryout bag charge is not a tax...

Habitat Trust for Wildlife v. Rancho Cucamonga, City of

A California appellate court upheld a lower court decision denying an environmental group's petition seeking to force a city to set aside a resolution determining that the group is not a qualified conservation entity, thereby preventing...

Eder v. California Dep't of Fish & Game

A California appellate court upheld the constitutionality of California Fish and Game Code §8279.1(c), which regulates Dungeness crab fishing. The section states that if the crab season in Oregon or Washington is delayed, no one...

Coastside Fishing Club v. California Resources Agency

A California appellate court upheld a lower court decision dismissing claims challenging a memorandum of understanding (MOU) entered into by a state agency and an environmental group to help implement the California Marine Life...