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The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

Cuts to foreclosure-prevention aid fought
Ithaca JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The agency, which oversees lending in the state, will review New York's laws governing foreclosure, he said. New York has appropriated $26 million in state funds and $21 million in federal stimulus money since the 2008-09 fiscal year for housing ...more »

Real Estate Law News and Stories

Building Codes
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Who should pay the $200 million for nursing home death? It's complicated
Tampabay.comFebruary 5, 2012

"Instead, decisions are being made by a real estate investor in New York.'' Lack of transparency can contribute to bad care, said Evin Isaacson, a fellow at the National Senior Citizens Law Center. If regulators can't decipher who ultimately makes ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Chester Borrows: Foreign ownership vexed issue
Wanganui ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

There wouldn't be a rurally based or provincial electorate where the news of the week is not the decision around the sale of Crafar Farms or the proposals to change the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA). The foreclosure of the mortgages financing ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Sheppard Mullin Elects Twelve Attorneys to Partnership
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Franklin is a registered patent attorney with expertise in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and counseling, patent reexamination proceedings, unfair competition, and IP due diligence.more »

Mechanic's Liens
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Guest Column: Time for authentic leadership in Winnebago County
The Rock River TimesFebruary 15, 2012

Christiansen's character ethic is unfortunately documented for all the public to see; judgments against Christiansen in 2003 and 2005, numerous foreclosures, a federal tax lien for more than $500000 in 2007, and a mechanic's lien in 2009.more »

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

"If you're ineligible for refinancing just because you're underwater on your mortgage, this plan changes that. You'll be able to refinance at a lower rate, saving hundreds of dollars a month you can put back in your pocket." To qualify, borrowers must ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Bullock: Ennis schools wrongly transferred adult education funds to building fund
The RepublicFebruary 3, 2012

The letter, written to then-Madison County Attorney Chris McConnell, twice said it did not appear Ennis Schools was violating the law in the way it was funding the building. Parman said Friday the school never requested an opinion and noted the letter ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. (EEQ) Shares Downgraded by Wells Fargo & Co ...
LocalizedUSAFebruary 1, 2012

Enbridge Energy Management, LLC (Enbridge Management) is a limited partner of Enbridge Energy Partners, LP (the Partnership), through its ownership of i-units, a special class of the Partnership's limited partner interests.more »

Construction Litigation
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Goodwin Procter Expands Intellectual Property Litigation Practice with ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Garnett and Yip have substantial experience defending major Asian and US computer, semiconductor, and computer software companies in cases involving patent infringement, patent enforcement and other intellectual property disputes.more »

Residential Real Estate
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

JUSTIN PASS, Plaintiff, represented by Henry Ian Pass, LAW OFFICES OF HENRY IAN PASS, Pro Hac Vice. CAPITAL CITY REAL ESTATE, LLC, Defendant, represented by Jason Alejandro Pardo, Pardo & Drazin, LLC. CAPITAL CITY REAL ESTATE, LLC, Defendant, ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Va. eminent domain legislation clears another hurdle
Smith Mountain EagleFebruary 2, 2012

The legislation tightens the definition of public use and requires just compensation for owners whose property has been taken using eminent domain. "Our members are appreciative that the committee recognizes the need to place private property rights in ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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South Middleton Township considers taking over iron furnace, land
Carlisle SentinelFebruary 12, 2012

In addition, the authority made the transfer conditional on the township agreeing to any required easements for sewer and water and to the addition of a restrictive covenant in the deed that would prohibit the future transfer of ownership to an entity ...more »

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Live Q&A; 11 am ET
Washington Post (blog)February 9, 2012

Research schools, recent home sales, demographics, crime stats and nearby establishments. Thanks to lower or stable price trends -- and to declining interest rates -- homes in the DC area are becoming more affordable. What does the foreclosure...more »

Title Litigation
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Paris eyes litigation over gravel pit right-of-way
Lewiston Sun JournalFebruary 7, 2012

By Tony Reaves, Staff Writer PARIS — The Board of Selectmen is considering legal action against a landowner who has asserted that he can block certain uses of a right-of-way through his land. At a special meeting Monday night, board members discussed ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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Seniors' home workers rallying over contracting out
Nanaimo News BulletinFebruary 2, 2012

The rally starts at 11 am in front of Malaspina Gardens, located at 388 Machleary St. It marks one month since employees were given layoff notices by Chartwell Senior's Housing REIT, which operates the long-term care facility.more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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CB 1 not sold on city's new 'green' zoning
Downtown ExpressFebruary 8, 2012

While CB 1 generally supported the plan, board members committed to preserving the historic characteristics of Tribeca buildings voiced concern that the allowances could result in unlawful aesthetic changes to landmarked buildings without additional ...more »


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