• 05.16.18

    New Regulations Require Disclosure of Energy Use in Certain Buildings

    On March 7, 2018, the California Energy Commission (CEC) implemented the regulations behind California Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802). AB 802 directed the CEC to create a statewide building energy use benchmarking and public disclosure program for buildings larger than 50,000 square feet.

  • 12.21.17

    New Trump Tax Plan’s Impact on Real Estate

    On Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, Congress passed a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax reform of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

  • 07.07.17

    Landowner Waives Right to Challenge Permit Conditions

    Can a landowner accept the benefits of a permit while simultaneously rejecting the burdens of that very same permit? 

  • 06.29.17

    California Supreme Court Restricts Implied Dedication Rule

    Many large private landowners record notices under the provisions of the Civil Code in order to ensure that public use of their property does not morph into an implied dedication of their land to the public.

  • 06.28.17

    Murr Decision Makes Takings Law Murkier

    The Supreme Court missed an opportunity to bring some clarity to the law of regulatory takings and, instead, made the law more confusing and less protective of the rights of property owners.

  • 05.10.17

    Public/Private Partnerships

    Manatt real estate partner Clayton B. Gantz and Stephen B. Friedman, president of SB Friedman Development Advisors, co-authored an article titled “Public/Private Partnerships,” which appeared in the March/April issue of LandWrites.

  • 02.09.17

    Nationwide Permits Reauthorized; Already-Issued Permits to Expire March 2017

    Under Section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. § 1344), a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is required for activities involving the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States.

  • 11.15.16

    California Modifies Commercial Lease Disclosures for Disability Access Laws

    Manatt previously published a news alert on July 1, 2013, regarding California's update to Civil Code Section 1938, which required all commercial property leases to disclose whether or not commercial premises have undergone an inspection by a Certified Access Specialist (CASp), and if so, ...

  • 11.14.16

    Subsequent Mitigated Negative Declaration Reviewed Under Substantial Evidence Test

    The California Court of Appeal applied the substantial evidence standard of review and not the fair argument standard in affirming a County's decision to prepare a subsequent mitigated negative declaration (SMND) for a development project in Sonoma County (County).

  • 10.26.16

    Negotiating a Solar Deal

    Point Energy Innovations recently published a white paper titled “Profiting from the Sun: How Building Developers Can Unlock the Country’s Largest Potential for Renewable Energy—Quickly and Profitably,” which discusses the nation’s need for sustainable energy and ...