City of Norco v. Mugar: Reinforcing the Legal Rights of Cities in California and Beyond

November 2021
ELR 10919
Rene L. Farjeat, Matthew Silver, and Nicolas Jaber

This Comment asserts that hiring outside counsel in complex, specialized matters and recovering enforcement costs is crucial for local jurisdictions across the nation, especially in the code enforcement and nuisance abatement context, and discusses the California Court of Appeal's decision in City of Norco v. Mugar as a signal to cities and counties that access to outside legal counsel in the realm of code enforcement is squarely permissible and clearly necessary under California law.

Rene Farjeat and Matthew Silver are Partners, and Nicolas Jaber is a Legal Intern, at Silver & Wright LLP, a law firm serving cities, counties, and other government agencies across the state of California.

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