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New law would revamp Illinois School Report Cards
Chicago TribuneNovember 1, 2011

Organizers held more than 60 focus groups statewide, said Robin Steans, executive director of the nonpartisan education policy group Advance Illinois and the co-chair of the committee that oversaw the redesign project. "If we do our job right," Steans ...more »

UPI NewsTrack Business
UPI.comNovember 1, 2011

Burroughs predicted membership at the nine-branch credit union would grow 5 percent this year, compared to 4 percent in 2010, The Detroit News reported Monday. With a new law limits the amount banks can charge when a consumer uses a debit card at a ...more »

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Building Codes
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Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLP Attorney Alan J. Reyner Selected as ...
PR Web (press release)November 2, 2011

Alan J. Reyner has been selected by Greater Columbia Business Monthly as a Midlands Legal Elite in the tax law category. Mr. Reyner's selection was published in the magazine's October 2011 issue. A reception was held at Saluda River Club's Chickawa ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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John A. Riley and Christopher C. Thiele Join Bracewell & Giuliani's ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Thiele's practice focuses primarily on the regulation of air pollution under the federal Clean Air Act and related state and local laws and regulations, notably in Texas. He represents industrial clients on a wide range of air permitting, rulemaking, ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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New law creates real estate market in Cuba
CNNNovember 3, 2011

(CNN) -- In a move that could reshape the Cuban economy, the government on Thursday announced a new law that allows for the sale of real estate. The National Assembly in August approved a plan to permit the sale of real estate, ...more »

Mechanic's Liens
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Donation process nears end
Northwest HeraldNovember 10, 2011

The property was tangled in a lawsuit with a tenant and had a number of liens against it, holding up the donation for months. Mechanics' liens, which typically are issued for unpaid construction or renovation work, were bought by the city. ...more »

Zillow: 30-Year Mortgage Rate Falls Following Treasury Yields
Wall Street JournalNovember 1, 2011

Zillow Inc. (Z) said its real-time rate on 30-year fixed mortgages fell in the last week to 3.82%, taking a particular tumble on Tuesday morning as jittery investors sought solace in Treasurys. The real-estate website said the 30-year fixed mortgage...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Farm Bureau sues over using farm land for solar farm
Central Valley Business TimesNovember 1, 2011

Williamson Act contracts include an agreement from landowners to maintain their property in agricultural use for 10 years. In return, landowners receive a property tax assessment based on the agricultural value of the property rather than on its ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Morgan Lewis Partner Passes Away in Office
Above the LawNovember 9, 2011

Mark P. Edwards, 52, of Havertown, a partner since 1998 in the Philadelphia law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, died of cardiac arrest at his office Friday, Nov. 4. Mr. Edwards was vice chairman of the antitrust committee at the Philadelphia Bar ...more »

Construction Litigation
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Cain Allegations Focus Attention on Old Taboo
NewsMax.comNovember 5, 2011

That kind of evidence makes it easier to prove the case actually happened.” A federal jury in New Orleans recently awarded a former male construction worker of Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC with $451000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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PERSONNEL FILE: Jackson Kelly only firm in US to receive mining law recognition
West Virginia RecordNovember 3, 2011

... Mining Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil & Gas Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Project Finance Law, Public Finance Law, Real Estate Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Tax Law, Water Law and Workers' Compensation Law - Employers. ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Plea sways ND lawmakers to study eminent domain
Devil's Lake Daily JournalNovember 4, 2011

Earlier, the Legislature approved a study of the state's eminent domain laws and how they affect pipeline construction. But the idea was dropped. Mathews asked the Legislative Management committee on Thursday to order the study. ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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Town’s pledge over war memorial future
Morpeth HeraldNovember 7, 2011

“It was 1929 when the subsequent Earl gave the park to the Borough of Morpeth and put a restrictive covenant on the park, which means you can't sell this or that, and the only way it can be changed is if the present Earl of Carlisle, ...more »

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Housing Crisis Gone To Pot
RealtyBizNewsNovember 16, 2011

William Sousa, a criminologist who teaches at the University of Nevada, explained that cultivators of marijuana simply saw the huge number of foreclosed homes in the state as an opportunity that was far too good to miss. “Crime doesn't exist without ...more »

Title Litigation
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Salt Lake City's Parr Brown law firm gets top rank
Salt Lake TribuneNovember 3, 2011

Parr Brown was tops in commercial litigation, communications law, construction law, three areas of corporate law, environmental law, labor-union law, construction litigation, eminent domain litigation, media and first amendment law, ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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NPR reports Q3 2011 results
Canada NewsWire (press release)November 8, 2011

The recently tabled Federal budget did not include legislation respecting the increase in REIT non-qualifying income to the promised 10% level. Jim Britton said, "NPR's stapled unit structure will remain in place at least until the 10% rule is enacted ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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What's up with the Panera and Outdoor Gear Exchange signs?
Seven DaysNovember 9, 2011

Warning: This edition of WTF deals with Burlington zoning regulations. If you think you can stay awake, read on. When the national bakery chain Panera Bread opened a store on Church Street in September, a big illuminated sign ...more »


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