November, 2010 Articles

ADA Representation

CASp May Not Provide Some of its Intended Protections when Sued in Federal Court Under the ADA

The O’Campo Decision: CASp may not provide some of its intended protections when sued in federal court under the ADA California’s 2009 Construction-Related Accessibility Standards Compliance Act (“the Act”) was designed to curb abusive ADA litigation by creating the Certified Access Specialist program (CASp). CASp enables business owners to follow procedures to “certify” that their […]

Taxation and Trusts & Estates

Elite Advisor Forum: GRATs: Time Is Running Out

Burton Mitchell and Wendy Bleiman’s article titled "GRATs: Time Is Running Out" was published in the Elite Advisor Forum. To view this article as a pdf, click here. "By transferring appreciating assets to a GRAT, individuals may transfer those assets free of gift or estate taxes, provided the grantor outlives the GRAT annuity term and […]

Los Angeles Business Journal: Reining In Area Planning Commissions

Reining In Area Planning Commissions OP-ED: Decision against planned Brentwood restaurant — later overturned — shows dangers of local control. This article originally ran in the Los Angeles Business Journal on Monday, November 15. Reprinted with permission. You can view the original version here. In 2000, the voters of the city of Los Angeles adopted […]

Litigation

Orange County Litigation Newsletter, Fall 2010: Be Prepared: The New ADA Standards Take Effect March 15, 2011

Orange County Litigation Newsletter, Fall 2010 Be Prepared: The New ADA Standards Take Effect March 15, 2011 On July 23, 2010, the U.S. Attorney General signed into law revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), now the ADA Regulations. Thereafter, on September 15, 2010, the 2010ADA Standards for Accessible Design (“2010 Standards”) […]

Land Use

JMBM Development Rights Newsletter: Area Planning Commissions Need Help

JMBM Development Rights Newsletter Fall 2010 Area Planning Commissions Need Help In the City of Los Angeles we have seven Area Planning Commissions (known as “APCs”), each consisting of five volunteer members appointed by the Mayor and covering a distinct geographical part of the city. These APC commissioners need not and, in fact, do not […]