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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 »

Regency Window fate still unclear
Plain DealerFebruary 1, 2012

Forty-three people have filed complaints against Regency with the Ohio attorney general's office since reports that it had closed without explanation. Emails sent from the Akron Better Business Bureau to Regency's vice president of operations and legal ...more »

Real Estate Law News and Stories

Building Codes
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Study: Licensing rule cut number of real estate agents
Boston HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

In addition, prior to the introduction of the continuing education requirement, the inflation-adjusted incomes of agents averaged $26504 but rose to $34970 after the licensing law was changed. “In short, contrary to the claims of the MAR, ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Asbestos Law Firm Updates Website for Army Veterans Diagnosed with Mesothelioma
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 9, 2012

CPSM has been exclusively handling mesothelioma lawsuits for over 30 years and are experts in the field of asbestos litigation, including filing asbestos bankruptcy trust claims. Over the last 3 decades CPSM has consistently won high verdicts and ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Early signs suggest growth in demand for warehouse space
Contra Costa TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Business leaders and market reports from local brokerage offices suggest that demand for space within the inland region's many warehouses is increasing. "We see industrial commercial and real estate prices stabilizing. We don't see prices declining in ...more »

Mechanic's Liens
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GRANAHAN v. TRENKENSCHU
Leagle.comFebruary 16, 2012

This appeal concerns whether a building contractor, appellant Granahan, asserting a mechanic's lien claim regarding real property in Sonoma County on which he had built a home for the original owners, can successfully foreclose on that lien as against ...more »

Hong Kong Homes Face 25% Drop in Year of the Dragon: Mortgages
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

Mortgages that need to be insured by the government because of risk experienced the steepest plunge in six years in 2011, a sign the biggest home price decline since the global credit crisis is accelerating. Property prices that have slid 6 percent ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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High Tide: From Banning Insider Trading To New Serbian Law
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 3, 2012

Tom Fox says the defeats for the Justice Department in the FCPA sting case mean nothing for enforcement of the law. The FCPAProfessor criticizes the Justice Department's website. The FCPA Americas blog runs a guest post. An Australian businessman is ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Wright to Retire From Williams
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 14, 2012

He has served as a senior executive of the company since 2001 in roles that included president of Williams' gas pipeline business; chief restructuring officer; and chairman, president and chief operating officer of the first master limited partnership...more »

Construction Litigation
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Scott Appoints Solicitor General Makar to First District Court of Appeal
Sunshine State News (blog)February 7, 2012

“Scott's extensive knowledge of the law and experience in appellate courts is widely known and respected,” Gov. Scott stated in a release. “I am confident he will consider every case presented to the appellate court in a thorough and fair manner.more »

Residential Real Estate
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Greenwich Real Estate Magnate Pleads Guilty to Bridgehampton DWI
Patch.comFebruary 8, 2012

Robert Futterman will be required to complete 1000 hours of community service before sentencing, according to The Real Deal. By Brendan J. O'Reilly *Editor's note: This story originally appeared Feb. 6 on Southampton Patch. Real estate broker Robert ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Red River diversion: Those for or against plan may try court
In-ForumFebruary 7, 2012

St. Paul attorney Igor Lenzer explains federal acquisition laws during a special meeting of the MnDak Upstream Coalition on Monday in Christine, ND About 150 rural residents attended to hear about the rights and benefits they have as property owners ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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California's interests and public policy trump contract's choice-of-law provision
Lexology (registration)February 28, 2012

Hunter Group, Inc. and reaffirmed that companies with California ties must consider the state's unique employment laws and public policy even when crafting employment agreements and restrictive covenants for contemplated use outside California.more »

Foreclosure
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Big Pine Hills complex to slim down during redevelopment
Orlando SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

By Laura Newberry, Orlando Sentinel Orlando-area Seville Place Apartments, once part of the beating heart of Orange County's Pine Hills neighborhood, is now dilapidated, riddled with crime, and sparsely occupied. But by the end of the year, ...more »

Title Litigation
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King & Spalding Continues Expansion of Its Litigation Practice With the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Balser represents Fortune 500 companies, privately held businesses, corporate officers and directors, and law firms in trials, arbitrations and appeals in complex business litigation matters throughout the United States. He represents both plaintiffs ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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Mitt Romney, 'welfare queen'
Aljazeera.comFebruary 1, 2012

But making the law more creditor friendly to protect against asset-stripping should also be considered, Baker said. "The original leveraged buyout firms saw that there were no laws against companies taking out loans to finance their own sales, ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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Proposal would pave way for 'green' infrastructure upgrades
CU Columbia SpectatorFebruary 1, 2012

Citywide legislation would relax zoning codes, giving property owners more flexibility to update old buildings with environmentally friendly features. By Avantika Kumar The Department of City Planning and the City Council are considering a rezoning ...more »

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