What happens when a newspaper files for adjudication, but it doesn’t meet those requirements?

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California Government Code sections 6000 and 6008 are the two statutes that allow a publication to become adjudicated as a newspaper of general circulation (NGC) in California. This entitles the newspaper to publish legal advertising in its particular jurisdiction of adjudication. This article outlines the general parameters of these two statutes. California Government Code Section 6000 […]

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A California attorney has apparently become the first person with legal training to issue a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the White House seeking the recipe of President Obama’s White House Honey Ale.

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Reprimanded teacher objects to disclosure of the reprimand. The appellate court’s opinion in Marken v. Santa Monica-Malibu Unif. Sch. Dist. (Jan. 24, 2012) No. B231787 is an excellent recap of the California Public Records Act with respect to disclosure of certain records of public employees.

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The Court of Appeal recently found that statements made at a homeowner association meeting immediately before the election of the board of directors could not support a claim for defamation.

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Should the California Public Records Act allow free access to high-tech mapping databases maintained by governments? The California Court of Appeal says no, concluding the governments may charge for access to these databases maintained at taxpayer expense.

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The unanimous opinion of the First District Court of Appeal held that the trial court erred when it refused to allow a UCLA Law School professor to view the demographic data of the State Bar.

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Not all statements by a union and its members are protected, even in the context of a strike or other union action.

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California employers wrestling with how to control the social media of their staff now have some guidance concerning permitted discipline of rogue employees.

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In a prior blog, I briefly discussed relevant state law regarding the formation and operation of medical marijuana cooperatives and collectives, pursuant to the Compassionate Use Act (the Act), Medical Marijuana Program Act (the Program) and California Attorney General Aug. 2008 Guidelines. In response to the rampant proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries (MMD’s), many cities […]

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Public employee pay and benefits have been hot topics of late, exacerbated by the fiscal crisis in California at all levels of government. This topic reached the courts when one of the state’s leading newspapers sought the records of a public employee retirement system.

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When is a retraction not a retraction? When a court edits it. In Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc. v. Schneickert, the California Court of Appeal ruled that if an arbitration agreement is broad enough and if the applicable arbitration rules are, too, then an arbitrator may require a retraction of defamatory statements.  However, the appellate court […]

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