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Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

Federal MS-13 informant who lied about murders granted new trial
San Francisco ExaminerFebruary 1, 2012

Acosta was recruited as an undercover informant by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2005 and gave federal agents information about the gang's activities in San Francisco, including murders and planned murders. It was not immediately clear ...more »

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Building Codes
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A New Alternative For Real Estate Investors
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

Over 50 years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation that enabled small investors to make investments in large-scale, significant income-producing real estate. This law, named the REIT Act, combined the attributes of mutual funds and ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Russell Industrial Center Raid: Federal Drug Enforcement Agents Descend On ...
Huffington PostFebruary 3, 2012

The Russell Industrial Center hosts 150 commercial tenants including architects, painters, clothing designers, glass blowers, wood craftsman, metal sculptors and graphic designers. Several medical marijuana businesses are also located on the premises.more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Resource America, Inc. Reports Operating Results for the First Fiscal Quarter ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

LEAF's commercial finance assets at December 31, 2011 increased to $224.5 million, an increase of $32.5 million, or 17%, from September 30, 2011. -- Securitization: On October 28, 2011, LEAF securitized approximately $105 million of leases, ...more »

Ex-Credit Suisse Traders To Be Charged Over Subprime Fraud
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The banking giant itself reportedly won't be charged. After years of criticism and public outrage over the lack of criminal prosecutions of Wall Street traders and executives whose risky trading helped cause the financial crisis, the Justice Department ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Ventas Announces Pricing of Senior Notes Offering
SunHerald.comFebruary 2, 2012

The notes are being issued by the Company's operating partnership, Ventas Realty, Limited Partnership, and a wholly owned subsidiary, Ventas Capital Corporation (collectively, the "Issuers"), and will be guaranteed, on a senior unsecured basis, ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Sansom businesses rejoice end of Law School construction
The Daily PennsylvanianFebruary 1, 2012

By Huizhong Wu · January 31, 2012, 8:23 pm Some business owners on Sansom Street will heave a sigh of relief when the construction trucks drive away from Golkin Hall for the final time. The Law School's Golkin Hall — which opened Jan.more »

Residential Real Estate
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New Tips for Old Real Estate Professionals
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 4, 2012

The site offers free marketing tips to real estate professionals. It also offers free e-books from some of the industry's top authors. Agents can read Donald Trump's How to Get Rich, Napoleon Hill's Law of Success, and Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, ...more »

Construction Litigation
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In Clarence, proposed change in housing density law aired
Buffalo NewsFebruary 9, 2012

By Matt Glynn Clarence residents spoke out Wednesday on a proposed change in town law that would alter density restrictions for multifamily housing developments in certain areas. If approved, the change could open the door to construction of a 131-unit ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2012 Operating ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Inclusive of letters of credit, which reduce borrowing availability under the bank credit facility, and after taking into account restrictive financial covenant requirements under the bank credit facility and the Authority's line of credit and note ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Letter: Poor comparison of 2004 bill to HB 1039
Historic City NewsFebruary 2, 2012

School districts and universities are required to participate in inter-local agreements, and both have the power of eminent domain. Wiles' bill would have forced the school to engage in inter-local agreements but omitted any reference to eminent domain...more »

Title 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 »

Foreclosure
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Mad, Passionate Love -- and Violence
Huffington Post (blog)February 22, 2012

When it was people facing foreclosure, or who'd lost their jobs, or were thrashing around under avalanches of college or medical debt, they weren't hard to accept as us, and not them. And then came the people who'd been damaged far more, ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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Proposed rules governing composting inching ahead
Bennington BannerFebruary 2, 2012

SHAFTSBURY -- Proposed rules governing commercial composting inch forward at both the local and state level. Involved in both processes in Shaftsbury and Montpelier are local residents concerned about such facilities' potential impacts in the absence ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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Goodwin Procter | Goodwin Procter: Then and Now
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)February 23, 2012

Goodwin Procter was instrumental in the creation of the REIT industry, helping craft the underlying legislation known as the Real Estate Investment Trust Act of 1960. Firm partners Allan Higgins and Charlie Post worked with the Treasury Department and ...more »

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