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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 »

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 »

Real Estate Law News and Stories

Building Codes
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Real estate broker charged with regulatory offences denies allegations
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 2, 2012

Absolutely nothing has been proven in the court of law.” The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO), which regulates the real estate industry, laid the charges. They are related to alleged obstruction of a RECO investigator trying to get information ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Indiana poised to approve anti-union law
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

By Susan Guyett | INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - The Indiana state Senate was expected on Wednesday to give final approval to a new law allowing workers at unionized businesses to avoid paying union dues, the last major legislative hurdle to making Indiana ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Real estate transactions
Houston ChronicleFebruary 6, 2012

Chris Knighton with New Skyline Realty and Rich Norris with Greenbriar Real Estate Services represented the seller. Shannon Fine Jewelry has purchased a 7560-square-foot building at 6944 FM 1960 West. Denise Ksiazek of Cypressbrook Co. represented the ...more »

Mechanic's Liens
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Gay couple hosts reception for judicial candidate
Windy City TimesFebruary 8, 2012

Reyes currently serves as a circuit court judge in chancery court, hearing mortgage foreclosures and mechanics' liens. Johnsen, an insurance lawyer, met Reyes through volunteering for First Defense Legal Aid and the Minority Legal Education Review.more »

Mortgage Plan Aims at Refinancing
New York TimesFebruary 1, 2012

“I am sending Congress a plan that will give every responsible homeowner in America a chance to save about $3000 a year on their mortgage by refinancing at historically low rates,” he told an audience in Falls Church, Va. “No more red tape.more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Another stop work for Cotter Dam
ABC OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

WorkSafe ACT has issued another stop work order for part of Canberra's Cotter Dam construction site because of fresh safety concerns. More than 20 serious safety issues have been reported since work began on the Cotter Dam enlargement project.more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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The Seigneurie de Beaupré wind farms win an international prize for their ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

31, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ - On January 25, at the 2011 Project Finance International (PFI) Awards in London, England, representatives of Boralex Inc. (Boralex), Gaz Métro Limited Partnership (Gaz Métro) and Valener Inc. (Valener) accepted a prize for ...more »

Construction Litigation
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Pa. town ponders councilman's arrest in old murder
Fox NewsFebruary 4, 2012

Public records show that in 2006 a building company sued Hopkins, who owned a construction company. The building company recovered a $52654 judgment for unpaid bills and legal fees. Bridgewater Council President William Rains told the Beaver County ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Sonoma County Home Loans Specialist, HP Investments Inc. Recognized as a ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

HP Investments Inc. is the parent company to North Bay Realty and Loans, a firm that specializes in helping first-time home buyers find their dream homes and receive affordable mortgages. North Bay Realty and Loans knows the Sonoma County real estate...more »

Eminent Domain
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Landowners fight eminent domain in Pa. gas field
CBS NewsFebruary 1, 2012

A pipeline operator assured federal regulators it would minimize using eminent domain against private landowners if given approval to lay a 39-mile natural gas pipeline in northern Pennsylvania's pristine Endless Mountains. Yet the company was readying ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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Can a former employee poach my customers?
Financial TimesFebruary 3, 2012

However, if you can prove that the restriction has been put in place to protect a legitimate business interest, and that the clause goes no further than is reasonably necessary to protect that interest, then a court is likely to enforce it.more »

Foreclosure
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A New Attempt To Deal With Foreclosed, Vacant Properties
Progress IllinoisFebruary 7, 2012

Pat Quinn has announced a new pilot program aimed at assisting homeowners and rehabilitating vacant, foreclosed upon properties in Cook County. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn recently introduced a new pilot program to rehabilitate vacant, foreclosed upon ...more »

Title Litigation
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Local Law School Sued Over Job Statistics
KGTV San DiegoFebruary 3, 2012

The new accusations come at a time when another local law school is currently in litigation over similar allegations. For nearly 90 years, California Western School of Law has educated aspiring attorneys, but the school now finds itself on the wrong ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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Extendicare REIT Announces 2011 Fourth Quarter and Year-end Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

... a bill was passed that will reduce the amount of reimbursable bad debt for dually eligible residents from 100% to 65% over a three-year period commencing in 2013. The estimated impact of this change for Extendicare REIT is US$2.5 million in 2013, ...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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