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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

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Building Codes
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Mont. attorney seeking GOP bid for AG
Legal News LineFebruary 6, 2012

The state has had a Democratic attorney general since 1993. Fox is a partner in the law firm Gough Shanahan Johnson & Waterman, specializing in the areas of banking, commercial construction, real estate, corporate, bankruptcy, foreclosures and ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Report: Power plants pollute
Milford Daily NewsFebruary 5, 2012

By David Riley/Daily News staff Power plants throughout eastern Massachusetts are the largest industrial sources of greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change in the state, according to new data from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).more »

Commercial Real Estate
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$1m missing from real estate agency
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Authorities are investigating after a NSW real estate agency admitted more than $1 million was missing from its books. NSW Fair Trading has appointed auditor Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to manage Dougmal Harcourts Warilla after discrepancies totalling ...more »

More mortgage relief from the White House, but Congressional OK doubtful
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 2, 2012

By Pete Carey President Barack Obama holds up a proposed mortgage application form as he speaks at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Obama outlined a proposal he proposed in his State of the Union address to ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Fitch Rates Ventas, Inc.'s $600MM 4.25% Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2022 'BBB+'
Business Wire (press release)February 3, 2012

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to the $600 million aggregate principal amount 4.25% coupon senior unsecured notes due 2022 issued by the operating partnership of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR), Ventas Realty, Limited...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Dettmer sponsors bills on veterans' issues in House
Forest Lake TimesFebruary 1, 2012

A more controversial bill Dettmer is pursuing deals with changing state law — and offering the chance for counties to change their contracting practices — to allow more veteran-owned small businesses to win road construction contracts.more »

Residential Real Estate
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$1m missing from real-estate agency
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Authorities are investigating after a NSW real-estate agency admitted more than $1 million was missing from its books. NSW Fair Trading has appointed auditor Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to manage Dougmal Harcourts Warilla after discrepancies totalling ...more »

Construction Litigation
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Probity and discounts
Manila Standard TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The case of Cobarde arose from a complaint filed at the regional trial court for almost P30 million in unpaid brokers fee for the sale of a resort beside Shangri-La hotel in Mactan Island. In the course of the proceeding, the parties entered into a ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE . . .
New Bern Sun JournalFebruary 13, 2012

AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 10 SP 445 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Dan Ni and Shang Hua Chen to Shapiro & Kreisman, Trustee(s), dated the 14th day of June, 2006, and recorded in Book 2468, ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Fine print could sink eminent domain bills
The Free Lance-StarFebruary 5, 2012

A constitutional amendment to bar use of eminent domain to take land for economic development passed the legislature once before, in 2011, and must pass again this year and then be approved by voters to become law. The amendment says that governments ...more »

Title Litigation
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George F. Will: Niggling campaign laws are squeezing the life from free speech
National PostFebruary 2, 2012

A Washington state law is notably protective of the political class: There must be litigation before a campaign to recall a public official can start, and lawyers are essentially forbidden from volunteering their help with that litigation.more »

Foreclosure
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Deutsche Boerse-NYSE, Gupta, JC Flowers, Muni Bonds: Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

A nationwide sweep to rein in identity theft and tax-refund fraud targeted 105 people in 23 states, leading to 939 criminal charges, including 58 arrests and 10 guilty pleas, according to the Internal Revenue Service. The sweep took place last week and ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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Court sets stiff rules for zoning inspections
Waterbury Republican AmericanFebruary 6, 2012

The state Supreme Court says towns and cities must have probable cause and a court order now to search someone's property for possible zoning violations. The court in case involving the town of Bozrah set up a new procedure for zoning officials to ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II Acquires Medical Office Buildings in ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II (formerly known as Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT II) announced today that it has acquired three medical office buildings in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina for an aggregate ...more »

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