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Miami cop innocent of reckless driving on turnpike, lawyer says
MiamiHerald.comNovember 1, 2011

Officer Fausto López's lawyer, William Matthewman, said in a statement that López client is innocent of the charge of driving recklessly, a second-degree misdemeanor, on the morning of Oct. 11, when Florida Highway Patrol Trooper DJ Watts stopped him ...more »

Failed Solar Company's Auction Draws Bargain Hunters
New York TimesNovember 1, 2011

To some people, the bankruptcy of the solar-module maker Solyndra shows the folly of government trying to pick winners in technology markets. To others, the furor over its $535 million federal loan guarantee represents an attack on the solar industry ...more »

Real Estate Law News and Stories

Building Codes
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Real estate brokers can double-end deals in any state
Inman.comNovember 1, 2011

Until about 20 years ago, agency relationships were largely determined by general statutes and common-law precedents. Few, if any, states had laws on the books that pertained specifically to the formation of agency relationships between real estate...more »

Mechanic's Liens
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Haymon pleads guilty to mortgage scheme, tax evasion
Post-TribuneNovember 10, 2011

... in the US District Court in Hammond, Haymon will plead guilty to one count of tax evasion and four counts of wire fraud that are connected to four homes Haymon helped sell, including one he renovated using grant money from the city of Gary. ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Co-op and Condo Boards in the Age of Transparency
CooperatorNovember 1, 2011

Under the BCL case law, that is, judges' interpretation of the law as determined by their ruling on cases brought before them in court, any shareholder is allowed to review the corporation's other books and records, so long as the inspection is sought ...more »

Fannie Mae Freddie Mac executives get big housing bonuses
PoliticoNovember 1, 2011

The Obama administration's efforts to fix the housing crisis may have fallen well short of helping millions of distressed mortgage holders, but they have led to seven-figure paydays for some top executives at troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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No headline - Briefs_hearing
Naples Daily NewsNovember 2, 2011

An administrative law judge has postponed a hearing on a dispute over plans to build boat docks near Gordon Pass until March 2012. The hearing had been set for last month, but the sides in the dispute asked to put off the hearing because they needed ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Colluding builders fined $1.3 million
Brisbane TimesNovember 2, 2011

Three Queensland-based building firms have been fined a combined $1.3 million for undermining competition by discussing contract prices before tendering on government construction projects. The nation's competition watchdog took action against Woollam ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Thompson & Knight Expands Real Estate and Banking Practice
Citybizlist (press release)November 7, 2011

Dallas -- The global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that Benjamin FS Herd has joined the Firm as Counsel in its Real Estate and Banking Practice Group in Dallas. "We are very pleased to welcome Ben to Thompson & Knight," says ...more »

Construction Litigation
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Federal judge says no to moving Ohio corruption case, attorneys said they ...
The RepublicNovember 1, 2011

CLEVELAND — A federal judge has refused to move a former county commissioner's high-profile corruption trial out of northeast Ohio, where defense attorneys said they fear a "media circus." US District Judge Sara Lioi said in her ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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Epstein Becker Green Promotes Eight Attorneys in Four Practices - Health Care ...
Sacramento BeeNovember 17, 2011

... represents employers before state and federal courts, the EEOC and state administrative agencies in litigation concerning harassment, discrimination, retaliation, breach of employment contracts, tort claims, and restrictive covenants. ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Five ballot battles to watch
Campaigns & ElectionsNovember 8, 2011

A recurring issue in Mississippi, eminent domain has once again found its way onto the November ballot. This year's measure would prohibit the state from taking land under eminent domain and transferring it to private interests. ...more »

Title Litigation
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Indian tops Oxford post-graduate law course
Times of IndiaNovember 6, 2011

It's not just policy-oriented law, but what a barrister interested in litigation would want to read. I interacted with the best minds in the field there, like Lord Hoffmann,'' he said. Niranjan had always dreamt of studying litigation in Oxford for the ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Moberly says it will not repay Mamtek bonds
Columbia Daily TribuneNovember 1, 2011

In 2010, Moberly borrowed $39 million to build and equip a sucralose factory that would be operated by Mamtek US Inc. Those bonds, issued under the state's Industrial Development Authority law, are not legal obligations of the city. ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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Keeping the 'Pig Out of the Parlor': Can NY Towns Restrict Fracking?
Natural Resources Defense Council (blog)November 3, 2011

For nearly a century, zoning law in New York has given its citizens both a voice in the growth of their communities and the power to keep hazardous industrial activities out of areas where they could do the most harm. As the prospect of a new type of ...more »

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