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First Amendment May Protect Public Employees' Testimony

July 2014 Number 38 Under Garcetti v. Ceballos (2006) 547 U.S. 410, the First Amendment does not protect a public employee's speech made pursuant to the employee's official job duties and

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Employee's Immigration Status Does Not Bar Claims of Employment Discrimination, But Does Limit Recovery

July 2014 Number 37 In Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co. (June 26, 2014) __ Cal.4th __ 2014 WL 2883878, the California Supreme Court recently held that federal immigration

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Supreme Court to Law Enforcement: No Warrant, No Cell Phone Search!

July 2014 Number 36 The United States Supreme Court has concluded that a police officer may not search an arrested person's cell phone data without first obtaining

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Parent Has Standing to Sue School District for Alleged Failure to Ensure that Students Are Not Discriminated Against, Harassed or Bullied

July 2014 Number 35 In Hector F. v. El Centro Elementary School District (June 24, 2014) ___ Cal.App.4th ___ 2014 WL 2854704, the California Court of Appeal held that the parent of

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California Court of Appeal Upholds Injunctive Relief to Keep Charter School Open and Funded During Revocation Appeal Process

July 2014 Number 34 In a decision favorable to charter school proponents, a California court of appeal has upheld a preliminary injunction that kept

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Every Vote Counts: Local Election Invalidated Under California Voting Rights Act

June 2014 Number 29 On May 28, 2014, a California appellate court upheld a decision to invalidate the City of Palmdale's city council election for violating the

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Pray Tell: Supreme Court Upholds Prayer at Council and Board Meetings

May 2014 Number 28 In Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway (Town of Greece), the Supreme Court of the United States upheld prayer at a town board meeting, but did not

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California Court of Appeal Addresses California False Claims Act Claims

April 2014 Number 26 An appellate court recently issued a ruling that will make it easier for California's public agencies to seek damages for

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Appellate Court Affirms a Public Agency's Right to Waive an Inconsequential Bid Defect

April 2014 Number 25 When is a defect in a low bidder's paperwork too significant for the public entity owner to waive?

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