Strumwasser & Woocher represents a wide range of environmental organizations, homeowner groups, and public agencies in environmental and land-use litigation under the California Environmental Quality Act, the Clean Air Act, California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65), the Subdivision Map Act, historic-preservation laws, and various other regulatory laws.
Exxon Oil Tankering
The firm represented the County of Santa Barbara when it was sued by Exxon, challenging, on Commerce Clause grounds, a county ordinance seeking to prevent oil-spill damage to county beaches by requiring the use of pipeline, rather than oil tankers, to transport oil to a Santa Barbara refinery.
The firm successfully prosecuted, under California’s Proposition 65, a manufacturer for failing to warn its employees of lead-poisoning, securing substantial settlement for injured employees.
The firm represented the Senate Rules Committee in a challenge to the Senate's power to require a gubernatorial appointee seeking confirmation to hold hearings before licensing a nuclearwaste dump. California Radioactive Materials Management Forum v. Department of Health Services, 15 Cal. App. 4th 841 (1993).
Americans for Nonsmoking Rights
Strumwasser & Woocher successfully represented an anti-smoking group in challenging a tobacco-industry-sponsored referendum seeking to block Los Angeles ordinance banning smoking in restaurants. Browne v. Russell, 27 Cal. App. 4th 1116 (1994).
Native American Heritage Commission
Strumwasser & Woocher successfully represented a group of Native Americans to block construction of a parking lot and strip-mall on a sacred site located on a state-college campus. Native American Heritage Com. v. Board of Trustees, 51 Cal. App. 4th 675 (1996).
The firm serves as outside counsel to the Hearing Board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the air-pollution control agency for the 16 million people living in the Southern California air basin. Strumwasser & Woocher advises the Hearing Board on administrative, constitutional, and environmental law, and represents the board in state and federal litigation.
Anti-Smoking Education Funds
Strumwasser & Woocher successfully challenged, on behalf of antitobacco groups, the California Legislature's diversion of funds earmarked by the voter-enacted Proposition 99 for anti-smoking education programs. American Lung Assn. v. Wilson, 51 Cal. App. 4th 743 (1996).
Representation of Homeowners Against Developers
The firm represents several Los Angeles area homeowner associations in actions against private developers and local governmental bodies alleging noncompliance with land use and environmental laws.
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