Real Estate Law News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in February, 2012

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Court of appeals rules on ship construction contract dispute
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

"in the Brazilian legal framework there is no legal rule determining that the registration of the vessel construction contract with the respective Maritime Registration Office is a requirement for the validity thereof. The effect of its registration is ...more »

10 top tips on becoming a franchisee
Mirror.co.ukFebruary 1, 2012

1 Find out what franchises are available: There are franchise exhibitions, directories, magazines, all devoted to franchising and starting a business. Start by visiting the British Franchise Association website, www.thebfa.org.more »

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Building Codes
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Property disclosure ranks high among real estate legal disputes
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Combining surveys of state real estate commissions and other key people in the business with a close analysis of case law and recently enacted statutes, the document identifies potential pitfalls that can ensnare anyone. Property condition disclosures ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Foreign ownership still a vexed issue
Wanganui ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

There wouldn't be a rurally based or provincial electorate where the news of the week is not the decision around the sale of Crafar Farms or the proposals to change the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA). The foreclosure of the mortgages financing ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Law changes mortgage rules
SignalFebruary 8, 2012

By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor AP/ In support of the real estate market, state senators voted Jan. 23 on a pair of bills that would offer protections to those hurt by the California mortgage crisis. By Monday, one of those bills was withdrawn ...more »

3 Ex-Traders at Credit Suisse Charged With Fraud
New York TimesFebruary 2, 2012

These banks were later forced to take billions of dollars of losses when the housing market collapsed. Mortgage securities were at the center of the SEC's 2010 lawsuit against Goldman Sachs that accused the bank of securities fraud, a case that Goldman ...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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Grayson & Grayson Personal Injury Attorneys Announce Free Case Review for ...
PR.com (press release)February 1, 2012

Los Angeles Personal Injury law firm, Grayson & Grayson has announced free case review by top personal injury lawyers for victims of auto accidents including car wrecks, truck accidents, medical malpractice, dog bite injuries, bicycle accidents, ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Residential market shows signs of stability in Dubai
Arab NewsFebruary 5, 2012

The Dubai government announced the introduction of "Law No. 13 of 2011" in an effort to boost business confidence and attract new investment. The amended commercial law aims to create a more transparent, efficient and competitive environment by ...more »

Construction Litigation
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CALA: It's time to take smart action against double dipping
Southeast Texas RecordFebruary 7, 2012

By Chip Hough Not so long ago, the Texas court system was drowning in asbestos personal injury lawsuits, seriously threatening access to our courts, harming our business climate and posing a real obstacle for those who were truly harmed by asbestos and ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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Treaty's objectives can't be met if TFN land constrained by the ALR
Delta-OptimistFebruary 1, 2012

The Ladners later returned to the delta with other pioneers and took possession of land under the authority of the Preemption Act of 1860. In keeping with the act, any man could claim 160 acres of untitled land for himself and his family.more »

Eminent Domain
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House passes eminent domain bill
Florida Times-UnionFebruary 16, 2012

By Matt Dixon TALLAHASSEE - The House easily passed a bill Wednesday giving the Florida School of the Deaf and the Blind the power — called eminent domain — to take private property if there is a “compelling state reason,” they compensate the owner ...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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84 Percent of San Francisco Foreclosures Fraudulent--Why are Bankers Still ...
AlterNetFebruary 20, 2012

“But I Last week, five of the nation's largest banks and 49 of its attorneys general announced a $26 billion settlement that essentially let the banks off the hook for the widespread use of fraudulent documents in the foreclosure process.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 »

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