Representative Cases

  • Neighborhood association filed petition seeking writ of mandamus directing city to set aside approval of permit of landowners to demolish historic house and to consider any application for new permit under requirements of CEQA.

  • CEQA case wherein opponents to amendment to city’s general plan filed petition for writ of mandate and complaint for injunctive relief. Trial court judgment in favor of city affirmed on appeal.

  • Preservation Council filed a writ petition against the city challenging the city’s decision to certify an environmental impact report (EIR) and approve a home improvement warehouse project on sites occupied by an unused historic building, alleging that the city violated CEQA by failing to analyze a reasonable range of alternatives. Trial court granted the writ, affirmed on appeal.

  • Environmental nonprofit corporation brought petition for writ of mandamus to enforce CEQA against county, which had approved agreement with university regarding trail easements. Trial court determination that the action was barred by 30-day statute of limitations was reversed by Court of Appeal. The California Supreme Court granted review and unanimously reversed the decision of the Court of Appeal.

  • Citizens group and individuals who opposed construction of a retail superstore in a shopping center filed a petition for writ of mandate to set aside city’s certification of an environmental impact report (EIR) and approval of project. Trial court denial of petition was affirmed on appeal.

  • Water company and activist group petitioned for writ, injunction, and declaratory relief to challenge decision to approve extension of existing water recycling program. Trial court judgment for City affirmed.

  • Complicated environmental and land use planning lawsuit involving an HOA which filed a petition for writ of mandate and other relief to set aside a land use decision of the city council permitting a high density housing development contiguous to a single family residential area.