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Legislation combats welfare fraud
CitizentribuneMarch 26, 2017

Tennessee loses an estimated $123 Million per year in fraudulent welfare payments. Legislation ... Senate Bill 704 would place the assessment in a fund, allowing the state to receive additional federal dollars from Medicaid to be redistributed to the ...more »

Lakeland Police: Woman stole identity to pay for $11K plastic surgery
7News - WSVN-TVMarch 26, 2017

LAKELAND, Fla. (WSVN) — Police said a Florida woman got thousands of dollars worth of plastic surgery by stealing somebody's identity — and she didn't pay a penny of it. On her Instagram page, Nyaira Thomas is all about showing off her brand-new look.more »

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Building Codes
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Dustin Hoffman Loses Millions in Real Estate Investment with...
JDJournal.comApril 18, 2017

Summary: Paul Manafort's son-in-law allegedly screwed Dustin Hoffman out of $3 million in a shady real estate deal. Academy Award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman jumped into business with a Trump-associated real estate developer, and now he's out of $3 ...more »

Mortgage Rates Fall As Global Tensions Rise |
Bankrate.comApril 13, 2017

And this week's world events sent investors scrambling to buy bonds as a safe haven, which sent mortgage rates a little lower. Some good news as homebuying season arrives and more of us are shopping for mortgages. Applications for purchase loans ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Retooling a law firm for retention
Pacific Business News (Honolulu)April 7, 2017

Christian Porter, a Honolulu attorney who has specialized in Hawaii's real estate industry for over 30 years, helped develop his firm, Porter McGuire Kiakona Chow LLP, from the remains of Foley Maehara Nip & Chang.more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Limited Partnership Reform – Streamlining the Existing UK Limited Partnership Regime for Private Funds
JD Supra (press release)April 4, 2017

On 6 April 2017, changes to the law governing UK limited partnerships will come into effect through the Legislative Reform (Private Fund Limited Partnerships) Order 2017 (the "LRO"). The changes introduce the new concept of a "private fund limited ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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NATIONAL: Trump son-in-law's ties to Israel raise questions of bias
Sun SentinelMarch 27, 2017

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has deep business and personal ties to Israel that could raise questions about his ability to serve as an honest broker as he oversees the White House's Mideast peace efforts. But ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Safeguarding contracts on the shifting sands of Brexit
The Construction IndexApril 11, 2017

While the terms of Brexit are debated and negotiated it is impossible to say with any certainty how the legal landscape will look once Britain departs the EU. However, construction firms must continue to draft and negotiate contracts with confidence ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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Best practices: drafting arbitration agreements
Buffalo Business First (blog)April 12, 2017

Ernst & Young LLP from the Ninth Circuit – will resolve an issue that has split the U.S. Circuit Courts: whether class or collective action waivers in arbitration agreements violate an employee's right to engage in “concerted activities for the purpose ...more »

Construction Litigation
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Israel summons EU official over support for illegal construction in Area C
Jerusalem Post Israel NewsApril 4, 2017

... and humanitarian assets [including EU-funded] and the obstruction of delivery of humanitarian assistance are contrary to Israel's obligations under international law,” Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen said, with envoys from all EU member states ...more »

Title Litigation
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PTO Litigation Report – April 5, 2017
The National Law ReviewApril 5, 2017

Listed below are all new filings before the PTAB of petitions for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods review (CBM). Since the last report, no new requests for ex parte reexamination at the USPTO have been posted. This listing is ...more »

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'Vulture capital' firm preys on Baltimore
Baltimore SunMarch 27, 2017

Joann has tried to negotiate a modification that would allow her to pay off her mortgage and stay in her house, but instead, her house is being foreclosed on by a Wall Street vulture capital fund called Oaktree Capital Management. Instead of ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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Local officials being honored for excellence
TribDem.comApril 12, 2017

Each of the 67 municipalities in Cambria County has zoning regulations and permit requirements for businesses, Sernell said. “Every municipality has its own rules,” he said. “We came up with a two-phase, map-based approach to rectify the problem.”.more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Why a Clarence company is taking the high out of marijuana
Buffalo NewsApril 6, 2017

Yet industrial hemp has a big problem. It is a close cousin of the marijuana plant, and while its leaves contain far less of the chemical that gives marijuana its druglike qualities, it still is considered to be a narcotic under federal law. It's been ...more »


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