Posted on November 28, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The Los Angeles Times calls it “The Green Rush,” referring to the newly-lucrative cultivation of premium marijuana to serve the “discriminating consumers who frequent medical cannabis dispensaries.” California laws permitting medical marijuana have spawned an industry that has moved from remote, clandestine locations to our city centers. But what’s become a boom for growers and sellers is causing a headache for many city regulators. (more…)
Filed under: Business, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments, Real Property | Tagged: Compassionate Use Act, land use regulation, medical marijuana, medical marijuana dispensaries, Medical Marijuana Program Act | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 23, 2011 by Julie Brook, Esq.
This post goes under the category of “good to know.” It’s probably not something most of us are concerned about, but it’s still comforting to know that the law protects the privacy of our video preferences. (more…)
Filed under: Business, Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: personal information, privacy, video downloading, Video Privacy Protection Act, video rental | 4 Comments »
Posted on August 19, 2011 by Julie Brook, Esq.
For what seems to be the first time in the United States, a government agency cut off mobile-internet and phone service to quash a protest demonstration. Was this a valid and reasonable way to protect public safety or an unlawful infringement on free speech rights protected under the First Amendment? (more…)
Filed under: Constitutional Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: BART, constitutional rights, demonstrations, First Amendment, free speech, prior restraint, protests | 7 Comments »
Posted on August 15, 2011 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The Sussex County Council in Delaware begins each public meeting with the Lord’s Prayer, and has now ended up with a lawsuit (.pdf) for violation of the separation of church and state. (more…)
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: city council, establishment clause, First Amendment, free exercise, freedom of religion, invocation, Lord's Prayer | 2 Comments »
Posted on July 25, 2011 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The following is a guest blog post by Marianne Dellinger, a law professor at Western State University College of Law.
In a world marked by increased ease of conducting international business, you might think that it would also be getting easier to sue foreign corporations in American courts. Think again! In two new opinions, the United States Supreme Court shows just how hard it is to sue foreign corporations in the United States. (more…)
Filed under: Business, Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: foreign corporation, personal jurisdiction, stream of commerce, suing foreign corporations | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 29, 2010 by Julie Brook, Esq.
As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.
This week, we profile Mitch Abbott:
CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?
Mitch: I specialize in handling writs and appeals (mostly in the state courts) on behalf of cities and other public agencies. The cases I handle include election disputes, complaints of non-compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), “takings” claims in the context of local land use regulation, challenges to local taxes, assessments and bonds, and constitutional challenges to city ordinances in a wide variety of settings — from billboards to newsracks, and from juvenile curfews to regulation of adult-oriented businesses. (more…)
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Posted on September 20, 2010 by Julie Brook, Esq.
In a decision that conflicts with those of at least six other cases from various jurisdictions, the Ninth Circuit, as Law.com puts it, “had no trouble deeming tattoos and the business of tattoo parlors forms of pure expression fully protected by the First Amendment.” (more…)
Filed under: Constitutional Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: First Amendment, free speech, municipal law, tattoo, tattoo parlor | Leave a Comment »