Dianne Jackson McLean, a Partner at the firm, and a Diversity Committee Chairperson of the California Lawyers Association’s Real Property Section, was a featured speaker at the CLA Annual Meeting discussing importance and efforts to involve more minority bar attorneys in the real property section.  Click here to read more.

Goldfarb & Lipman is pleased to announce that Dolores Bastian Dalton has become certified by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Appellate Law. Dolores’s email address is ddalton@goldfarblipman.com.

In a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that the City of Miami, Florida was an “aggrieved person” for purposes of the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), and so its complaint against Bank of America Corporation and Wells Fargo & Co. (the Banks) should be reviewed to determine whether Miami’s injuries were directly caused by violations of the FHA. Click here to read more.

A unanimous decision of the California Supreme Court concluded that the City of Newport Beach abused its discretion by approving an environmental impact report for the development of coastal zone land that “omitted any analysis” of the Coastal Act’s environmentally sensitive habitat area requirements. Click here to read more.

The California Supreme Court has weighed in on a closely watched case involving the scope of the California Public Records Act (the CPRA) and its applicability to communications on personal accounts about public issues by public employees. Click here to read more.

3131The State Board of Equalization (BOE) recently provided a legal determination in response to issues raised by Mutual Housing California, assisted by Goldfarb & Lipman, regarding certain practices of the Sacramento County Assessor’s Office. Click here to read more.

Two new directives have been issued recently by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) which affect certain HUD-assisted affordable housing projects. Click here to read more.

In a significant decision involving the scope of the attorney-client privilege applicable to public agencies, the California Supreme Court offered a nuanced approach to determine when local agencies must disclose lawyers’ invoices when requested under the California Public Records Act (PRA). Click here to read more.

On January 1, 2017, four laws went into effect that amend California’s mandatory density bonus program (Government Code sections 65915–65918). Click here to read more.

The California Supreme Court has unanimously rejected an attempt by the City of Orange to “correct” its general plan to allow a residential project on property previously designated as open space, after opponents of the project successfully mounted a referendum battle against it. Click here to read more.