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New York Times Article Features Current Firm Project

Demetriou, Del Guercio, Springer & Francis, LLP represents the investor property owner in connection with the Garden Grove site discussed in the New York Times article, Turning Polluted Properties Into Profits.

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Plans Are in the Air

At roughly three-year intervals, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) adopts a regional Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) to address public health standards for ozone and particulate matter, The AQMP coordinates the efforts of many agencies, including the … Continue reading

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Putting the Development Back Into Redevelopment

The demise of the “redevelopment agency” in California in 2012 was swift and sudden.  In the midst of a budget crisis, the California legislature dissolved the hundreds of redevelopment agencies across the state, and used their tax proceeds to balance … Continue reading

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California Supreme Court Overrules Henkel and Holds Insurer Consent Is Not Required For Assignment

In Fluor v. Superior Court (August 20, 2015) 61 Cal.4th 1175, the California Supreme Court overruled its prior decision in Henkel Corp. v. Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co., 29 Cal. 4th 934 (2003) and found policyholders could assign rights to … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Reverses Ninth Circuit Regarding a “Discharge of a Pollutant” under Clean Water Act

In its January 8, 2013 decision in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. (Docket No. 11-460), the Supreme Court reversed the 9th Circuit and declared that the flow of water from an improved portion … Continue reading

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It is Prudent to Involve Counsel at the Outset When Selling a Potentially Contaminated Property,

In most commercial real estate transactions, the buyer and/or lender require a Phase I environmental site assessment (“ESA”). Hopefully, the ESA does not identify any recognized environmental conditions (“REC”), and the transaction closes. However, if RECs are identified, it is … Continue reading

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NAS Releases Report on Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites

The National Research Council, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), recently released a report entitled, “Alternatives for Managing the Nation’s Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites.” The report estimates there are more than 126,000 sites in the United States … Continue reading

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Firm Wins $4 Million Verdict Against Caltrans

On September 12, 2011, Jed Springer and John Mackel won a jury verdict in the amount of $4,005,795.90 against Caltrans on behalf of RockTenn CP, LLC, an owner of property along the I-5 Freeway.  Caltrans sought to acquire a portion … Continue reading

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Arrested Redevelopment

On December 29, 2011, the California Supreme Court dealt a severe blow to California cities in a decision not only eliminating redevelopment agencies, but also striking down compromise legislation that would have allowed the continuance of redevelopment agencies, contingent upon … Continue reading

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EPA Region 9 Issues Updated Screening Levels

In November 2011, Region 9 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued updated Regional Screening Levels (“RSL”) (or Preliminary Remediation Goals) to harmonize with similar risk-based screening levels used by Regions 3 and 6. The new RSLs are … Continue reading

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