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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...

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...

California, Climate Change, and the Constitution

Editors' Summary: Climate change, like many environmental challenges, is a global problem requiring local solutions. While the United States has of yet not passed meaningful legislation that addresses climate change, several U.S. states...

Marine Forests Soc'y v. California Coastal Comm'n

The court held that California Coastal Act provisions governing the appointment and tenure of members of the California Coastal Commission do not violate the separation-of-powers clause of the California Constitution. The California...