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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 »

Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

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Building Codes
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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 »

Industrial Development Issues
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Indiana 'right to work' law: what it means for the pro-union Rust Belt
Alaska DispatchFebruary 7, 2012

In Wisconsin, a Republican takeover of state government in 2010 led to a new law restricting collective bargaining for most unionized public employees. But in Ohio, voters last fall turned back a similar measure that had been approved by that state's ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Venable Adds Stroock's Koffler to Head N.Y. Real Estate Practice
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

Venable LLP (1214L), the Washington-based law firm, hired Peter G. Koffler, a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, as the firm expands its New York real estate practice. Koffler joined Venable's New York office and will lead its real estate group, ...more »

Mechanic's Liens
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Synergy Between Survey, Title and Client
GlobeSt.com (blog)February 17, 2012

A less common item that would need removal prior to closing would be a Mechanic's Lien; a lien placed on the property resulting from the failure of the current or past owner to pay a contractor for work in place. Within a commercial real estate ...more »

LendingTree Monthly Mortgage Review: High Affordability and Record-Low Rates ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

According to the LendingTree Monthly Mortgage Review - which tracks the lowest and average mortgage rates offered by lenders on the LendingTree network, offers an industry overview and provides an outlook for the month ahead - average mortgage rates ...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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Timminco extends stalking horse bid talks with QSI Partners
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 2, 2012

QSI's bid is for all of Timminco's business and assets — including partial ownership in the Quebec Silicon Limited Partnership. Quebec Silicon LP, which isn't included in Timminco's court-supervised restructuring, is 51 per cent owned by Dow Corning ...more »

Construction Litigation
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The Court That Broke Jersey
City JournalFebruary 5, 2012

New Jersey's supreme court, charged with hearing cases brought to it from lower judicial levels, is the product of the state's 1947 constitution, which replaced an unwieldy 16-member Court of Errors and Appeals with today's seven-member body, ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Lawyer To Appeal Panhandling Decision
WINA AM 1070February 1, 2012

The county says it's the result of a continued softening of the local real estate market as well as nationwide. The lawyer fighting the city panhandling ordinance has decided to appeal. Members of the Albemarle School Board are hoping Superintendent ...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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LUXUS AVIATION, LLC v. KERWIN MEDIA LLC
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Plaintiffs do not claim that Kerwin Media violated an explicit term of the agreement, but instead contend that the company breached its implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well as an implied restrictive covenant "to refrain from ...more »

Foreclosure
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As I See It | A land bank could be the answer to foreclosure crisis
Kansas City StarFebruary 15, 2012

In Austin, Texas, blocks with vacant buildings had 3.2 times as many drug calls to police, 1.8 times as many theft calls and twice the number of violent crime calls as blocks without vacant buildings. Kansas City will find itself in a similar situation ...more »

Title Litigation
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Legal experts call for curbing the rising tide of litigation
Arab NewsFebruary 3, 2012

By ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: A number of prominent legal experts and jurists have underlined the need for reining in the rising tide of litigation in the Kingdom. They point out that most of the cases that have been pending before courts for several years are ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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INTERRENT REIT : March 2012 Distributions
4-tradersFebruary 22, 2012

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning applicable to Canadian securities legislation. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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Oldsmar officials will talk about whether to allow backyard chickens
Tampabay.comFebruary 8, 2012

By Lorri Helfand, Times Staff Writer Or, at least, that was the intent of the city regulations that prohibit livestock in residential zoning districts, said council member Jerry Beverland. But council member Janice Miller said it's time for a change.more »

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