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Supreme Court rules for small business owners, not government

By   /  Friday, June 26th, 2015  /  Columns, Law, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Supreme Court rules for small business owners, not government

Big companies can afford armies of lawyers to keep government regulators at bay. Just look at the big banks’ response to the financial crisis or the clever-but-stupid way Plains All American used the courts to get around state pipeline regulations, then had a nasty oil spill due to negligence or worse. But rare is the Read More →

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Nitrates big problem for Central Coast water board

By   /  Friday, June 26th, 2015  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Health Care, Latest news, Law, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Nitrates big problem for Central Coast water board

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Plains All American Pipeline faces class action lawsuit by property owners over Refugio oil spill

By   /  Thursday, June 25th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Law, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Plains All American Pipeline faces class action lawsuit by property owners over Refugio oil spill

Litigation over the May 19 Plains All American Pipeline spill off the Gaviota Coast gained a powerful combatant on June 24 when former Santa Barbara City Attorney Barry Cappello said he’d filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 3,000 property owners from Point Conception to the Mexico border. Capello’s lawsuit comes as tar balls Read More →

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Oil spill claims process will likely be long, ugly legal battle

By   /  Friday, June 12th, 2015  /  Columns, Energy, Latest news, Law, Opinion, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Oil spill claims process will likely be long, ugly legal battle

Plains All American Pipeline is taking a page straight out of BP’s oil spill response playbook, according  to at least one attorney with firsthand experience in oil spill litigation. Thomas Young, a Tampa-based attorney who went to work trying to secure claims for clients in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, told the Read More →

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Moving toward privatizing our courts in California

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Law, Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on Moving toward privatizing our courts in California

By Lisa Spiwak California courts have been devastated by deep budget cuts.  In California, over 50 courthouses have been shut down and over 250 courtrooms are now closed. Fewer courtrooms and fewer judges mean that it takes longer to get into court and that could be highly relevant to any business seeking legal redress from Read More →

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Glendale court victory could mean big money for other cities

By   /  Friday, April 10th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Law, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Glendale court victory could mean big money for other cities

Policy makers should keep operating efficiencies and overall costs in mind as they reinvent the RDA game.

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Law: Ventura County case spotlights dispute over NBVC complex

By   /  Friday, March 13th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Law, Real Estate, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Law: Ventura County case spotlights dispute over NBVC complex

A company that helped build a 300-unit housing project for Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme claims it’s owed more than $7 million by its long-time development partner. Watt Properties, in addition to plaintiffs F.W. Parker and David Parker, filed a complaint March 3 in Ventura County Superior Court against Jesco Limited Partnership. The Read More →

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