5 Things Lawyers Need Know About Latest CEQA Changes

Law360, New York (May 19, 2014, 3:14 PM EDT) -- The California Judicial Council's recently approved changes to the California Environmental Quality Act, which fast-track a small number of CEQA suits, stop short of meaningful reform but may lead to broader revisions to the massive environmental act, lawyers say.

Under the new rules, CEQA suits for qualifying projects, of which there are currently only a handful in the state, now have to be completed within 270 days, as opposed to the typical three to five years. Some lawyers say the fact that the legislature was hoping for broad CEQA reform and came up with this limited change is a sign of...

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