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mandamus

In the nature of an appeal, mandamus is a command from a court ordering a government authority, or a lower court official, to do some act that is within their power to do and they are supposed to do without exercising any discretion. One would appeal a decision to deny a building permit for construction with minor or inconsequential variances from code requirements. However,
one would seek mandamus if the permitting office acknowledged that all requirements had been met, but still refused to issue the permit. The decision of proper remedy—mandamus or appeal—is highly technical,and the wrong choice could result in the loss of all rights to reverse a decision.

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AHF's initial lawsuit sought a Writ of Mandate "Odirecting DPH to enforce California Health and Safety Code sections 120575 and 120175 by requiring all performers to use condoms in the making of hardcore pornography, or alternatively taking any and all other reasonable steps necessary to stem the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in the production of pornography in Los Angeles County.
The County's legal motion was filed last week in response to AHF's July 16th legal petition for a writ of mandate against the County's Public Health Department on the 'condoms in porn' issue.
City officials said proper reviews were conducted and that they expect to prevail against the union's petition for a writ of mandate.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 will file a writ of mandate in Los Angeles Superior Courton on Monday seeking to force the city to accept a petition seeking a vote on a general plan amendment made to accommodate a proposed Wal-Mart store.
The lawsuit seeks a writ of mandate preventing the State from eliminating Medi-Cal adult dental, chiropractic, optometry, podiatry, and psychology services when provided by an FQHC or RHC.
and Operating Engineers separately filed a writ of mandate last week to appeal the trial court's decision, but Westlake Village attorney Ed Masry said Monday that he isn't planning a response and expects the appellate court's ruling within a week.
We believe that DHCS officials refused to negotiate in good faith as they had in prior years and continued to insist on a low rate at that time in retaliation for our filing a Petition for a Writ of Mandate to compel compliance with the 2002 law.
I guess what they were requesting was an extraordinary writ of mandate, where the city makes the case (that) the trial judge made a mistake and issue a stay order.
The writ of mandate, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, addresses SES's concern that the 2-year long environmental review process was abruptly abandoned on January 22, 2007 by the Harbor Commission.
We will not seek an extraordinary writ of mandate from the appellate court at this time.
NASDAQ:LACO) announced today that on December 15, 2006, Voices for Rural Living ("VRL") filed two Notice of Appeals to the Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District, the first one appealing Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Connelly's Judgment discharging the Peremptory Writ of Mandate in the Voices for Rural Living and Shingle Springs Neighbors for Quality Living v.
However, I feel the issue is not important enough for me to file a petition for a writ of mandate in the Superior Court (in downtown Los Angeles) to have it changed.