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Overview (February 2011)
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

As a result, during 2011 a number of amendments were introduced to the employment framework. Significant legislation affecting employers introduced in 2011 included the following. Enacted on September 19 2011 by the National Council of Employment, ...more »

Dallas-based Breast Cancer Group Drops Support of Planned Parenthood
KUT NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Planned Parenthood clinical assistant Nicki Bailey discusses the new abortion laws with a patient in Austin. Photo by Eric Schlegel, Texas Tribune by Emily Ramshaw, The Texas Tribune The Dallas-based breast cancer prevention group Susan G. Komen for ...more »

Real Estate Law News and Stories

Building Codes
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Tossed® Hires Real Estate Veteran A. Michael Toroyan as Chief Development Officer
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

Toroyan also served as both vice president of leasing and director of legal for a major Florida retail developer. He maintains partner status with Toroyan Group LLC (now StreetView LLC), a real estate consulting firm that represents national ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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How Republican opposition derailed SOPA and Protect IP
CNETFebruary 1, 2012

The phrase "Stop Online Piracy Act" and "bipartisan" appears no fewer than 113 times on the MPAA's Web site. The Recording Industry Association of America's initial press release from October lauding Smith for introducing SOPA was titled: "House ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Mortgage Rates Plumb New Lows
Wall Street JournalFebruary 2, 2012

By MIA LAMAR Average mortgage rates in the US dropped to more record lows over the past week, according to Freddie Mac's weekly survey of mortgage rates, after data on the nation's economic growth fell short of market forecasts.more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Marathon Petroleum posts 4Q loss, mulls MLP
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

Marathon's shares jumped in premarket trading after it said it may file an initial public offering later this year for a master limited partnership in its midstream pipeline operations. The company also said it will buy back $2 billion of its shares.more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Interdict planned to halt Chappies block
Independent OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

By Zara Nicholson CIVIL society groups are on the verge of filing for an interdict to halt the construction of an office block on Chapman's Peak Drive. UCT environmental law professor Jan Glazewski said yesterday the process leading to the construction...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Foreclosures Continue To Dog Residential Real Estate Market
Worcester Business JournalFebruary 5, 2012

Most of the slowdown in activity, he and other real estate experts believe, is due to legal challenges and changes in state and federal laws that have slowed the foreclosure process. For example, in late 2010, the state extended the time a bank must ...more »

Construction Litigation
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Maeda Road <1883.T>-2011/12 div forecast
ReutersFebruary 10, 2012

... Maeda Road Construction Co Ltd is a major road paver. If there is no Q1 or Q3 dividend, Q2 will in most cases correspond to the first-half dividend and Q4 to the second-half dividend announced before a new corporate law in 2006 allowed companies to ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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K&L Gates: On Notice - February 2012: TUPE
JD Supra (press release)February 3, 2012

The Court also considered the other employees' restrictive covenants, which included a 12 month non-compete covenant preventing the employees from being employed by any of the claimant's past or present customers. To be enforceable a restrictive ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Cuccinelli says $36 mill eminent domain costs now borne by landowners (blog)February 2, 2012

The bill in question provides for compensation for lost profits and access in eminent domain cases, and Cuccinelli is passionate about making it tougher for governments to use eminent domain to take private property. The bill — from Del.more »

Title Litigation
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Facebook suits will need 'armies of lawyers'
Herald SunFebruary 3, 2012

In its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook hinted at some of the legal tangles ahead, writing that it is already embroiled in litigation and anticipates "numerous" more lawsuits in coming years. "We are currently, and expect to ...more »

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Slab City, Here We Come: Living Life Off the Grid in California's Badlands
TIMEFebruary 3, 2012

With foreclosure no longer a matter of if, but of when, the couple looked on the Internet for the ideal place to lay low, spend less and experiment with solar power to "get more for our buck out of our environment." They bought a used RV and went off ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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Next sign issue debated
ReporterNews.comFebruary 6, 2012

By Brennan K. Peel Another chapter in the ongoing discussion between the city, residents and business owners will be written today when the Abilene Planning & Zoning Commission again considers the city's proposed regulations on signs businesses can use ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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Boardwalk REIT Announces Solid Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Financial ...
SYS-CON Media (press release)February 16, 2012

The Trust continues to undertake a cautious approach to the sale of non-core assets to comply with the existing rules surrounding the tax treatment of publicly traded REITs (the "SIFT" Legislation) until such time as technical amendments contained in ...more »


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