Green Building Law Featured at Bench & Bar Conference

Climate Change and the Law was the theme of the Santa Barbara Bench & Bar Conference and Bret Stone delivered with a discussion of Green Building Law, LEED Certification, and CALGreen using the construction of his shipping container home, featured in Dwell, as a model. Building material conservation and resource efficiency was achieved by replacing wood framing with repurposed shipping containers and poured-in-place concrete walls. Energy efficiency features include a south-facing orientation to maximize passive solar design, rooftop solar panels, and battery storage for energy self-supply. Water efficiency attributes include drought tolerant native landscaping, grey water, storm water retention.

Accolades for Santa Barbara’s First Shipping Container House

Settlement Reached with Chevron

Representing a developer that purchased property that had been a Standard Oil bulk fuel storage facility for seventy years starting in the 1900s, Paladin negotiated an out-of-court resolution of claims for assessment and remediation of soil and groundwater contamination.

CLRRA Signed for Redevelopment Project

Paladin Law Group recently completed a successful transaction for a Brownfields redeveloper that included immunity protections under the California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act (“CLRRA”).  In the agreement reached with the Regional Water Quality Control Board (“RWQCB”), the buyer obtained immunity for a site that had been the subject of a Cleanup and Abatement Order and litigation in state and federal courts.  Ten separate environmental consulting firms worked on the site for years prior to the CLRRA agreement without a remedial action plan.  Under the CLRRA consultative services process, the buyer worked with the RWQCB to prepare an acceptable response plan to address contamination at the site.

Stone Named as Who’s Who in Energy & Environment

Bret Stone was recognized for his work in environmental law by the Pacific Coast Business Times.


Paladin Settles Dry Cleaning Contamination Case

After years of litigation with the former owners and operators of a dry cleaning plant and their insurers, a highly contested and complex environmental contamination case has finally come to a close.  Paladin’s insurance archaeology efforts identified the historic insurance assets.  Extensive investigation activities ensued and, once the parties were comfortable with the total cost of cleanup, a settlement was reached providing sufficient funds for the cleanup.

Stone Featured at Groundwater Law Conference

Bret Stone was part of panel on Strategies to Address Major Groundwater Contaminant Plumes at the upcoming Groundwater Law Conference at Loyola Law School.  For more information, click here.

Court Holds Insurer has Duty to Defend in Rev 973 Case

One of Paladin’s policyholder clients recently obtained a ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California held that Wilshire Insurance Company has a duty to defend a lawsuit entitled, Rev 973, LLC v. Mouren-Laurens et al., CV 98-10690-DSF (Ex), alleging liability against thousands of potentially responsible parties for environmental contamination.  Wilshire had argued that there could be no potential for coverage and thus no duty to defend its insured because the claims asserted against him do not allege an “accident” as required by the policies and are excluded from coverage by the qualified pollution and the handling of property exclusions contained in the policies.  The court rejected these arguments.  To read more, click here.

Pro Bono Brownfields Deal Closes for Bike Coalition

Long-time bike commuter, Bret Stone, provided pro bono legal support to help the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition purchase the property that houses its community cycling center and DIY bike repair shop.  The Brownfields site had been contaminated by historic dry cleaning operations.  Stone negotiated the transaction and related environmental protections to a successful close.  To read the article in the Santa Barbara Independent, click here.

John Till Featured at Environmental Law Section Seminar

Paladin Managing Partner, John Till, led a discussion regarding the implementation of AB 440 legislation to redevelop contaminated properties in urban blighted areas.  The Sacramento County Bar Association Environmental Law Section underwrote the event.

Lycett Featured in Stormwater Webinar

Paladin’s Jon Lycett was a featured speaker for a webinar entitled “Managing Risk Amid Changing Storm Water Regulations.”  Topics covered included an exploration of evolving compliance requirements related to updated Municipal (MS4), Industrial, and Construction General Storm Water Permits and best practices for managing risk.

Paladin wins Climate Leader Award

Paladin Law Group is proud to announce that the California Air Resources Board has recognized it with a Climate Leader Award.  The CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards recognize California small businesses that took action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, promoted climate friendly practices and integrated the tools on into their business operations.  For more information about, click here.

Bret Stone Selected as a Who’s Who in Professional Services by the Pacific Coast Business Times

For the seventh straight year, Bret Stone has been recognized by the Pacific Coast Business Times for his work.