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California Court Decision Creates Uncertainty as to the Ownership of Aggregate Resources on Land Subject to General Mineral Reservations
The recent California Court of Appeals decision in Vulcan Lands Inc. et al. v. Victoria Older Currier et al. 2023 WL 8821307 challenges the long-standing interpretation of mineral rights in land deeds. Contrary to the Bambauer v. Menjoulet (1963) 214 Cal.App.2d 871 precedent, which excluded sand and gravel from general mineral reservations, the Vulcan decision recognizes these aggregates as "minerals" included in such reservations. This shift in legal interpretation impacts landowners and aggregate mining companies in California, introducing uncertainty in land use rights and potential legal disputes regarding the ownership and mining of aggregate resources.
Two recent decisions out of the Sixth Appellate District and one out of the First Appellate District provide helpful guidance for public agencies when responding to California Public Records Act (PRA) requests for investigative records, preparing for potential PRA litigation, and maintaining records responsive to PRA requests.
Partner, Gary Watt, and Senior Counsel, Stella Padilla, explain how California Evidence Code Section 352.2 became effective January 2023 – a code that directly modifies section 352 in criminal cases.
SB 235 requires most civil litigants to share information and documents supporting their claims and defenses at the outset of any case filed after January 1, 2024. Upon demand, parties will have 60 days to produce supporting witness information, documents, and insurance details. Intended to bring efficiency and swifter resolution to civil process, the new law adds to available discovery methods and may bring unsupportable claims to light early in the litigation process.
Dan Spector provides a practical guide to mediations of disputes involving trust, estate (which is used broadly to include contested conservatorships), and civil financial elder abuse (“FEA”) claims.
Hanson Bridgett Prevails for Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District and Bay Area Toll Authority
October 10, 2023 (San Francisco, CA) – On October 5, 2023, a litigation team led by Hanson Bridgett partner Alexandra Atencio secured dismissal of a putative class-action lawsuit on behalf of long-time clients the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District (District) and the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA).
Ninth Circuit finds commercial landlord has standing to sue for alleged impairment of his contractual rights by LA County’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium.
On July 31, 2023, the 2nd Appellate District issued its decision in Pollock v. Superior Court of Los Angeles holding that, unlike a response to a production demand, a document production does not have to be verified
David Casarrubias, Thomas Rivera, Bianca Velez, Brenda Quintanilla, and Cynthia Loyola discuss the large majority of California courts that do not reflect the Latinx communities they serve.