Briefs and Opinions

Read selected court opinions related to cases handled by our attorneys and amicus briefs authored by our attorneys to assist the courts in making their decisions.

First Amendment

Published Opinion: Second District Confirms That Anti-SLAPP Statute Protects Private Support for Major Public Projects And Institutions

January 16, 2015, Julia Bond, Amrit S. Kulkarni, Shiraz Tangri

The Second District published today its December 22, 2014 decision in Save Westwood Village v. Meyer Luskin, applying the anti-SLAPP statute to protect significant charitable donations to public institutions and projects from baseless claims.  The Court of Appeal confirmed that written and financial support from private donors for a new University of California facility is expression protected by the constitutional right of free speech.  In addition, the Court rejected arguments that the claim against the private donors was exempt from the anti-SLAPP statute as a public interest lawsuit.

Labor and Employment

Published Opinion: Retiree Medical Program

February 13, 2014, Arthur A. Hartinger

Retired Employees Association of Orange County  v. County of Orange
2/13/2014 –  U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Land Use

Published Opinion: Annexation – CEQA and the Reorganization Act

February 13, 2014, Edward Grutzmacher

Protect Agricultural Land v. Stanislaus County Local Agency Commission; City of Ceres
1/28/14 - 5th District Court of Appeal

Published Opinion: Coastal Development Permitting

February 13, 2014, Deborah J. Fox, Peter S. Hayes

Hagopian v. State of California et al.
1/24/14 - 2nd District Court of Appeal

In a permitting dispute with a Southern California landowner, Meyers Nave obtained a published decision by the 2nd District Court of Appeal in favor of the County of Los Angeles, affirming an earlier trial court victory and securing recovery of costs. The underlying case involved a large property in the Santa Monica Mountains segment of the State’s Coastal Zone. The landowners, who built eight structures, other facilities, and a commercial vineyard without Coastal Development Permits (CDPs), sued the County, the State, and the California Coastal Commission in 2010, after the Commission cited the owners for violating the California Coastal Act. See the 2nd District’s January 24, 2014, opinion here. Please contact Meyers Nave attorneys Deborah Fox or Peter Hayes, who represented the County of L.A. in this matter, with any questions about this decision. 

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