Posts Tagged: Appeal Lawyers

Supreme Court Rules on Same Sex Marriage – Appellate Lawyers’ Analysis

            In a landmark decision Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the Constitution allowed same sex couples the right to legally marry, regardless of where they resided in the United States. The Court was closely divided in its 5-4 ruling, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the opinion… Read more »

What the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act Decisions Could Mean for the EPA’s New Clean Power Plan

The EPA’s recently developed “Clean Power Plan” is causing quite a bit of controversy. In a nutshell, the Plan does two things. First, the Plan requires states to adopt their own clean power plans to meet EPA greenhouse emissions reduction goals. If a state fails to adopt an emissions reduction plan that the EPA will… Read more »

If Proposition 218 is a Straight Jacket, Does that Make California’s Taxing Habits Crazy?

 The phrase “never let a crisis go to waste” has been attributed to various political Prop 218 thinkers over the years. The general idea behind the quote is that the people will allow the government to do all manner of things in a crisis that they might otherwise oppose. Thus, if you’re the type of… Read more »

California Appeal Law Firm Analyzes Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley : California Supreme Court Restores Common Sense to CEQA

In a major victory for the rights of property owners throughout the state, on March 2 the California Supreme Court in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley held that the construction of a single family home is categorically exempt from the requirement of the preparation of an environmental impact report (EIR) under the California Environmental… Read more »

9th Circuit Court of Appeals to Decide a Major Occupational Licensing Case

  The Ninth Circuit will soon have the opportunity to decide whether occupational licensing applicants must submit to all licensing procedures and be denied a license before they can challenge the constitutionality of those procedures in court. The facts of the case are fairly straightforward. Maurice Underwood wants to run a moving truck company in… Read more »

Supreme Court to Determine the Constitutionality of the Federal Government’s “Rails to Trails” Land Grab

Under the “Rails to Trails” program, the Federal government has begun converting abandoned railroad tracks into hiking and biking trails for the public. While this may seem like a noble endeavor, there is one major problem: the land the trails run through doesn’t belong to the federal government. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century when… Read more »

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Private Home Assistants Can be Compelled to Join a Union Against Their Will

This term the US Supreme Court will have the opportunity to decide whether the state can force private home assistants to join a public employee union. Recently, the Court agreed to hear arguments from appeal lawyers in Harris v Quinn. That case challenges the constitutionality of an Illinois executive order that declared personal home assistants (i.e…. Read more »