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Appeals court rules that California's carbon allowance auctions not an illegal tax

By Melissa Busch | Apr 18, 2017

A state appeals court recently ruled that California’s carbon allowance auctions, which are main aspects of its greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade program, are not an illegal tax.

California court denies appeal by limited liability company that failed to pay taxes

By Melissa Busch | Apr 18, 2017

A California appeals court recently dismissed a motion to toss out a default judgment filed against a household and commercial storage business because the company lost is status as a limited liability company after failing to pay taxes.

California appeals court rules group can file suit against an air quality management district

By Melissa Busch | Apr 11, 2017

A California appeals court recently ruled that a neighborhood group can sue an air quality management district under the California Environmental Protection Act (CEQA) in its efforts to prevent asphalt production at an aggregate operation site.

California judge, civil rights advocates encourage courts to protect liberties

By Melissa Busch | Apr 7, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — On the heels of the U.S. Senate confirming Neil Gorsuch as the 113th member of the U.S. Supreme Court, a California judge and civil rights advocates have called on state courts to do their parts to protect individual rights.

State Supreme Court rules that government business communicated on personal devices is matter of public record

By Melissa Busch | Mar 10, 2017

SAN JOSE — An advocate for government transparency is praising a recent ruling by the California Supreme Court, stating public officials cannot hide government business by using personal accounts or devices.

Nation's first undocumented lawyer set to release book in March

By Melissa Busch | Jan 27, 2017

CHICO – Soon, the first undocumented lawyer in the nation will release his book that tells the story of his journey.

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