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California Supreme Court Divided In Key CEQA Case

Law360, New York (December 5, 2014, 10:15 AM EST) -- On a gray and rainy Los Angeles morning — the final day of oral arguments in retiring Justice Marvin Baxter’s long and distinguished career — the California Supreme Court presided over a spirited oral argument session in what promises to be a landmark California Environmental Quality Act case. The high court’s decision in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley is expected within 90 days of the Dec. 2 argument, and is anticipated to determine the fundamental legal nature and practical utility of CEQA’s regulatory exemptions — commonly known as categorical exemptions — as well as the exceptions to those exemptions....

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