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Tag Archives: California Supreme Court

Major Public Nuisance Ruling by California Court of Appeals

Posted in Environmental Quality
On November 14, 2017, California Court of Appeals affirmed liability findings in $1.15 billion judgment ordering three lead paint manufacturers to abate public nuisance in 10 counties and cities containing homes built before 1978 (when lead paint was outlawed). http://beta.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-lead-paint-ruling-20171115-story.html  The complete opinion is here (143 pages):  https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4232432/Lead-Paint-Appellate.pdf  (critical issue was whether lead paint manufacturers… Continue Reading

California Supreme Court’s CEQA Ruling Reaches Beyond Residential Development

Posted in California, Environmental Quality, NEPA, Rulemakings
On Monday March 2, the California Supreme Court handed down a decision allowing a Berkeley home builder to use an exemption from detailed environmental assessment under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) in its proposed construction of a nearly 10,000 square foot residence in the Berkeley hills.  While the limited holding of the case relates… Continue Reading