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Law in the News: In California, a handful of cities begin neighborhood patrols to warn residents of water waste

Published on: Author: Teresa L

At least 45 water agencies throughout California, including Sacramento, are imposing and enforcing mandatory restrictions on water use as their supplies run dangerously low. Sacramento is one of the few bigger agencies actively patrolling streets for violators and encouraging neighbors to report waste. They teach residents to avoid hosing down driveways, overwatering lawns or filling… Continue reading

Law in the News: $100M suit targets FedEx in fatal Northern Calif. crash

Published on: Author: Teresa L

A San Diego attorney who filed the first lawsuit against FedEx after its truck collided with a tour bus in Northern California spoke with 10News Thursday. Attorney King Aminpour filed a $100 million negligence lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of the family of 17-year-old Jennifer Bonilla of Los Angeles, one of 10 people killed in the… Continue reading

Legal News: Future of California’s multi-billion dollar ‘bullet train’ becomes election issue for Dems with reelection challenge

Published on: Author: Teresa L

California’s effort to build the country’s first taxpayer-funded, high-speed rail system is facing a midterm derailment — as Republicans make it an election-year issue and lawmakers with re-election challengers appear reluctant to continue to support the most expensive project of its kind. [State GOP Assemblyman] Gorell is trying to gather enough signatures to get an… Continue reading

Legal News: Two S.F. lawmakers push bills to slow Ellis Act evictions

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Faced with a surge in evictions and stratospheric prices for homes and apartments, two San Francisco lawmakers are now pushing separate bills in an effort to amend the state law that property owners used to evict hundreds of households in the city over the last year, often to put the apartments up for sale. More… Continue reading

Legal News: California drought: Why is there no mandatory water rationing?

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Fourteen months into a historic drought, with reservoirs running low and the Sierra snowpack 27 percent of normal, a growing number of Californians are wondering: Why isn’t everyone being forced to ration? …”The lawsuits would last longer than the drought,” said Barton “Buzz” Thompson, a law professor at Stanford University. More at the San Jose… Continue reading

Legal News: Battle Over California Drought Solution: As Golden State’s Fields Grow More Parched, Washington Offers Dueling Remedies

Published on: Author: Teresa L

California’s drought is becoming a hot issue on Capitol Hill, where bills from Senate Democrats and House Republicans offer rival solutions on how to best aid water-starved farmers. A bill introduced Tuesday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) would aid farmers, businesses and communities in drought-ravaged parts of California and Oregon by providing $300 million… Continue reading

Database Highlight: CEB Onlaw

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Connect to CEB Onlaw Overview: Searchable online resource for California practice guides, reporters, and Action Guides published by CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar). This database currently covers 90 publications and includes links to case law, statutes and forms. Coverage: CEB practice guides organized by legal areas including business law, civil litigation, criminal law, employment… Continue reading

Supreme Court to rule on 4th Amendment, cellphone searches

Published on: Author: Teresa L

The Supreme Court set the stage for an important 4th Amendment ruling Friday, announcing it will decide in this term whether police may inspect a suspect’s cellphone without a search warrant when they make an arrest. Courts in California and Massachusetts have split on the issue, and the justices agreed to hear cases from both… Continue reading