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Fast-Track Rules Set Key Precedent For CEQA Cases

Law360, San Diego (May 8, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT) -- While the Judicial Council of California’s new rules letting developers expedite suits brought under the California Environmental Quality Act are likely to affect only a handful of large projects, they create a precedential framework that could be used to cut delays for more real estate plans down the road, attorneys say.

On April 24, the council adopted rules that would allow for developers of certain large-scale, job-creating, environmentally friendly projects facing CEQA challenges to pay a $100,000 fee to bypass the trial courts altogether and put...
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