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Why Contain Iran When Its Own Aims Will Do Just That?: Vali Nasr
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

Even while claiming nefarious outsiders are fomenting the unrest in Syria, they have begun to add veiled criticisms of the regime's brutal crackdown, an obvious means of pandering to the street. What's more, Iran's leaders perceive that it is the US ...more »

Phila. would lose, Chesco would gain in redistricting plan | Philadelphia ...
Philadelphia InquirerNovember 1, 2011

HARRISBURG - Philadelphia would lose a state House seat while Chester County would gain one under a plan tentatively approved Monday by a legislative commission charged with redrawing the state's House and Senate districts. ...more »

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Building Codes
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Jones Lang LaSalle Research: Legal Industry Finding Efficiencies and ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 15, 2011

While law firms in most major markets continue to search for space efficiencies, they still play an important role in the overall health of the commercial real estate sector, occupying 17.1 percent of Class-A downtown office space nationwide. ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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LG nod for govt takeover of industrial areas
Times of IndiaNovember 3, 2011

To end the deadlock between the state government and MCD and convinced by the arguments advanced by the state for taking over maintenance of industrial areas, Khanna has issued orders that, in keeping with the law, the MCD must hand over all 13 ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Thompson & Knight Expands Real Estate and Banking Practice
PR.com (press release)November 2, 2011

Dallas, TX, November 02, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that Brian A. Bolton has joined the Firm as an Associate in its Real Estate and Banking Practice Group in Dallas. ...more »

Mechanic's Liens
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Courthouse deal close
Woodstock IndependentNovember 8, 2011

The city of Woodstock is now the owner of the old courthouse building on the Square after purchasing mechanic's liens and reaching an agreement with Centralia Investors for transfer of the property. The council has met in executive session multiple ...more »

Republican Senator Calls on Obama to Cancel Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Bonuses
Fox NewsNovember 1, 2011

Last week, Obama launched an executive action to help underwater borrowers with mortgages backed by Fannie and Freddie while visiting Nevada – which is drowning in underwater loans. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who represents Nevada, ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Ford Nassen & Baldwin Earns Top-Tier National Ranking in Construction Law In ...
Citybizlist (press release)November 8, 2011

... is nationally recognized in the construction industry and is one of the largest construction law firms in Texas. With offices in Dallas, Austin and Houston, the firm focuses on matters including the negotiation and drafting of contract documents, ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Western Gas Partners Announces Third-Quarter 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Net income available to limited partners for the third quarter totaled $34.4 million, or $0.41 per common unit (diluted). The Partnership's third-quarter Adjusted EBITDA (1) was $66.0 million and distributable cash flow (1) was $51.3 million. ...more »

Construction Litigation
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Collective bargaining cases from St. Louis area aired at Missouri Supreme Court
STLtoday.comNovember 3, 2011

So if there's no law spelling out the procedures, who should establish them, asked Judge Mary Russell. The Fraternal Order of Police noted that it has unsuccessfully sought collective bargaining legislation for years. If the city has no obligation to ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Analysis: With legal home, car sales, even cynics in Cuba believe changes here ...
Daily JournalNovember 4, 2011

"Certainly the real estate and the car laws are major changes but there will be a lot of people wondering how they follow up. There is no philosophy of 'To get rich is good,' which is the philosophy in China and Vietnam." Other reforms that were ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Butterfield eminent domain effort could end up in court
Morgan Hill TimesNovember 4, 2011

Construction on the Butterfield Boulevard south extension project will not be delayed by eminent domain proceedings, but some of the final price tags for private property the city needs for the project could be the ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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State Board says Cappelli Concord group has not met its 'representations' to ...
Mid-Hudson NewsNovember 23, 2011

Cappelli also told Sabini his group has a “restrictive covenant” on the EPT resort land “with a deed restriction and lis pendence filed on their property prohibiting them from building a casino or racetrack on their resort site. ...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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The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation of ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 8, 2011

The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC is a full service business litigation and shareholder rights advocacy firm with more than 20 years of experience in complex litigation and transactional matters. Powers Taylor, LLP is a boutique litigation law firm that ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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Smith & Williamson | Significant and welcome changes to the REIT regime
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)November 8, 2011

The results of the real estate investment trust (REIT) regime consultation were made available on 4 October and indicated some welcome changes to be included in the draft Finance Bill on 6 December. Under the existing regime REITs are only a practical ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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Fawn supervisors map plans for Marcellus shale drilling
Tarentum Valley News DispatchNovember 2, 2011

They can't say when, but township supervisors plan to pass an ordinance regulating Marcellus shale drilling. Officials said the ordinance will take certain zoning considerations into account, ...more »

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