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Overview (February 2011)
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

As a result, during 2011 a number of amendments were introduced to the employment framework. Significant legislation affecting employers introduced in 2011 included the following. Enacted on September 19 2011 by the National Council of Employment, ...more »

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 »

Real Estate Law News and Stories

Building Codes
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Gov. Jerry Brown names panel to dismantle LA redevelopment agency
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

... the chairman of a real estate investment firm and the head of a consulting group with the job of dismantling the sprawling, half-century-old agency. The three-person panel is required under state law because LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Dr Gopaul's pronouncement
Stabroek NewsFebruary 7, 2012

Employer indifference to the country's labour laws and, by extension, to the welfare of workers never really seemed to be high on the agenda of the Jagdeo administration. A case in point has been its failure – despite several appeals by this newspaper ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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The American Lawyer Finds 2011 Lateral Partner Hiring Binge
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 1, 2012

ALM, an integrated media company, is a leading provider of specialized business news and information, focused primarily on the legal and commercial real estate sectors. ALM's market-leading brands include The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, ...more »

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

By Pete Carey President Barack Obama holds up a proposed mortgage application form as he speaks at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Obama outlined a proposal he proposed in his State of the Union address to ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Spectra Energy Partners Reports Year End and Fourth Quarter 2011 Results ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

Distributions per limited partner unit for 2011 were $1.87, compared with $1.74 per limited partner unit for 2010, up 7.5 percent. The increase in net income and cash available for distribution reflects the acquisitions of an additional 24.5 percent ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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New law to curb glass-walled buildings in city
EastDay.comFebruary 1, 2012

Under The Shanghai Glass Wall Management Act, future buildings constructed next to crossings cannot include glass walls. The legislation also prohibits them from hospital, school, kindergarten seniors' home and residential buildings of two or more ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Kansas Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
Kansas City infoZineFebruary 1, 2012

Stephen Hughes, of Overland Park, is President and CEO of Hughes and Company Real Estate Appraisal. The company focuses on residential subdivisions and golf courses. Hughes earned his MBA from the University of Kansas in 1977.more »

Construction Litigation
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Transportation system taking some risky turns
Korea TimesFebruary 7, 2012

By John M. Crisp It's always interesting when three apparently unrelated news stories materialize coincidentally and provoke a serendipitous question such as, in this case: Aren't we driving (literally) very rapidly in the wrong direction?more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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Towry and the dangers of kitchen sink litigation
Money MarketingFebruary 24, 2012

The Raymond James decision has brought into sharp focus the issue of what a departing employee can and cannot do with respect to their clients or customers. In the case, the advisers had enforceable non-solicitation restrictions in their contracts.more »

Eminent Domain
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Hedge of protection
The Free Lance-StarFebruary 8, 2012

City of New London, Conn., Virginia did pass a law providing some protection against takings for economic development. After all, why should a city or county be allowed to exercise eminent domain and seize your property just because Bob the Developer ...more »

Title Litigation
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'No win, no fee' litigation reforms pushed back by six months
Legal WeekFebruary 1, 2012

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced the delay earlier this week (30 January), with the decision taken to allow law firms and legal businesses more time to prepare themselves for the implications of the changes. The civil litigation reforms, ...more »

Foreclosure
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Sen. Menendez seeks local advice to address foreclosure crisis
MyCentralJersey.comFebruary 10, 2012

She also said that when a home goes into foreclosure, it often remains vacant for a long time, becomes run down and attracts vagrants or crime. And when neighborhoods have more than one foreclosed home, the decay sets in rapidly, negatively impacting ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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Commissioners Approve Alternative Energy Ordinance
Patch.comFebruary 2, 2012

A solar power case that the township Zoning Hearing Board considered early last year had demonstrated the need for an upgrade to the zoning ordinance. A plan by Luis and Christine Cordero to put up a solar power generating system in their yard had ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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Investing In China's Real Estate Market: A Look At Funding Options
NuWire InvestorFebruary 7, 2012

Two methods include real estate trusts and real estate private equity funds. These are investment vehicles that involve the collaboration of investors outside of banks with particular legal and tax structures that many people are finding favorable to ...more »

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