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Malaysia court rules against student politics ban
The AustralianNovember 1, 2011

Students have long campaigned for a repeal of the 1971 Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA), which bars them from joining political parties and trade unions, saying the ban violates human rights and free speech. Malaysia's Court of Appeal ...more »

Felon arrested for gun possession
Daily Mail - CharlestonNovember 1, 2011

A criminal history check showed McClain had a prior felony conviction in Florida that made it illegal for him to possess any kind of firearm, Stover said. McClain was charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. ...more »

Real Estate Law News and Stories

Building Codes
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Seeking transparency in real estate records
Austin American-StatesmanNovember 14, 2011

However, as the American-Statesman's Shonda Novak and Tony Plohetski reported Sunday, county officials in Texas worry that an online registry system obfuscates the public record on real estate transactions. As a result, they have initiated legal...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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CF Industries Holdings, Inc. Reports Record Third Quarter Results
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Ammonia sales volume for the third quarter of 2011 was 21 percent lower than the year-ago quarter due to the company's decision to decrease industrial contract volume and to drought conditions in the Southern Plains wheat region of the US The company's ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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How to make rock-solid investment decisions in a shaky real estate market
Smart Business NetworkNovember 1, 2011

Historically, commercial real estate afforded investors predictable and favorable returns. In fact, many of the richest Americans on Forbes infamous annual list attribute all or a portion of their hard-earned fortunes to a bevy of sound real estate...more »

Mechanic's Liens
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Settlement eyed in Russell 150 case
Northern Virginia DailyNovember 21, 2011

Frederick County Circuit Court had ordered the sale of the site because SPE was owed more than $400000 in mechanic's liens, according to court records. Additionally, Quinnelly agrees to file a motion to dismiss the bankruptcy case within five days ...more »

30-year mortgage rates fall to 4.2 percent
Christian Science MonitorNovember 3, 2011

30-year mortgage rates fell to 4.2 percent since last week. 30-year mortgage rates have been in decline for most of this year. By SoldAtTheTop, Guest blogger / November 3, 2011 This chart shows the average interest for 30-year mortgage rates and 15-yer ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Savannah City Council reverses course on Children's Museum contract
Savannah Morning NewsNovember 4, 2011

By Lesley Conn Savannah City Council members heaped criticism upon the city's purchasing process during a review of a contract award for construction of the Children's Museum. They disregarded City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney's recommendation to rebid ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Grant Park Funds Responds to MF Global's Bankruptcy Announcement
Sacramento BeeNovember 2, 2011

MF Global's regulators, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, have suspended the transfer of all cash positions from MF Global until they can determine the issues relating to the ultimate bankruptcy of that firm. ...more »

Construction Litigation
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Prosecution in crisis
Korea TimesNovember 1, 2011

The Seoul Central District Court Monday acquitted ex-Prime Minister Han Myeong-suk of receiving illegal political funds from a construction company CEO. It was the second consecutive setback in 18 months to the prosecution's efforts to jail Han, ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Real estate lawyer Michael Eddings closes firm amid audit
Columbus Ledger-EnquirerNovember 2, 2011

“Audits for real estate law practices are very common and routine,” he added, saying he'd discuss the matter after the audit is complete. Carrie Navarifar, a First American spokeswoman, said the company does not comment on “internal matters. ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Battle Red Radio: Eminent Domain (9 P.M. CT)
Battle Red Blog (blog)November 2, 2011

by riversmccown on Nov 1, 2011 7:03 PM CDT in Battle Red Radio Did you know that the Houston Texans are 3-0 in their division? It took just seven games to match the number of division wins they had last season. Oh, and a really crappy division. ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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Town's pledge over war memorial future
Morpeth HeraldNovember 6, 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 »

Foreclosure
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Review: 'Tower Heist' A Crime
WESH OrlandoNovember 4, 2011

There's the Russian sugar daddy with the young blonde on his arm, the old woman who lives alone with just her sweater-clad Yorkie to keep her company and a laid-off Merrill Lynch worker who is seriously depressed as he faces foreclosure on his ...more »

Title Litigation
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Chamberlain Hrdlicka Ranked in 2012 Editions of Best Law Firms and Best Lawyers
Citybizlist (press release)November 3, 2011

The 13 selected Chamberlain Hrdlicka attorneys span the firm's Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia and San Antonio offices in the specialty areas of construction law, construction litigation, eminent domain & condemnation, tax litigation and controversy, ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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Brookfield Office Properties Canada Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)November 8, 2011

UN +1.11% , a Canadian REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust), today announced that net income for the three months ended September 30, 2011 was $50.7 million or $0.55 per unit, compared to $39.0 million or $0.42 per unit during the same period in 2010. ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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Needham Town Meeting approves $8 million senior center
Boston.comNovember 8, 2011

Also at Town Meeting, members approved changes to zoning regulations at the New England Business Center office park that would allow increased density and taller buildings. That move comes in anticipation of the “Add-a-Lane” project, which will add an ...more »

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