California Adds Trucks to Its Electric-Vehicle Mandate, a US First

California air quality regulators approved the nation’s first electric truck standards Thursday, requiring over half the trucks sold by manufacturers in the state be zero-emission vehicles by 2035 — a rule that will impact air quality and greenhouse gas emissions beyond the Golden State’s borders.

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Qualified Immunity

The Ninth Circuit reversed a ruling that had been granted in favor of the City of Hayward, California, and a police officer sued for excessive force by the brother of a car passenger who was shot to death. The officer is not entitled to qualified immunity for shooting at a person in a fleeing vehicle who did not “pose a danger to them or the public.” 

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Emissions Scandal

The Clean Air Act does not prevent two counties from enforcing regulations against Volkswagen for tampering with post-sale vehicles by updating the software in cars to better avoid and prevent compliance with federally mandated emission standards, the Ninth Circuit ruled. The court notes its ruling may “result in staggering liability for Volkswagen.”

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Excessive Force

An appeals court in California reversed the dismissal of an excessive force suit against Los Angeles, its police department and one of its police officers brought by a limousine driver who was arrested in an airport parking lot. The officer allegedly approached the driver, claimed he had been speeding and tackled him and put a knee to his back after he answered a call from his customer.  

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California Leads Charge Against Fuel Economy Rollback

Led by California, 24 states and several cities on Wednesday challenged the Trump administration’s rollback of the Clean Car Standards, the 2010 rule that was supposed to guide fuel efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas emissions reduction through 2026.

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