The firm prevails in the court of appeal in a CEQA challenge to a Kern County ordinance, adopted in 2015, that would have streamlined the permitting of 72,000 new oil wells throughout the County including near low-income communities. The court directs that the approval of the ordinance be rescinded. (King and Gardiner Farms, LLC. v. […]
On behalf of the League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County, the Sierra Club, and a local community group, the firm prevails in a legal challenge to the City of Stockton’s approval of a $600 million contract to privatize all of its water utilities. After losing in two trials, the City terminates the contract. […]
The firm wins a case requiring state water quality regulators to implement a statute addressing “toxic hot spots” in state waters. (DeltaKeeper v. State Water Resources Control Board (2001).)
In 1994 the firm represents Rodeo residents in opposing the Pacific Refinery Company’s plan to increase the output of a refinery whose emissions threaten public health. As a result of legal issues raised by the firm, the refinery eventually decides to shut down.