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Umatilla fire chief's crash went unreported; former mayor seeks investigation
East Oregonian (subscription)April 1, 2017

He also was under an administrative investigation at the time, but he nor the fire board revealed why and the outcome has not been publicized. A few months later, Roxbury ran for a seat on the Umatilla City Council and won 59 percent of the vote ...more »

Weekly litigation update — April 1, 2017
Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) (press release) (blog)April 1, 2017

We received this court order in our challenge to Walton County's ordinance declaring public “customary” ownership in a large portion of all privately owned beaches in this Florida County. In Goodwin v. Watlton County, Florida, the County first ...more »

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Building Codes
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NJ Justices Update Real Estate Contract Cancellation Rules
New Jersey Law JournalApril 3, 2017

Guerrero's attorney, Martin Liberman, said the community of real-estate lawyers had been waiting for an update to the 1983 ruling. "The law has finally changed," said Liberman, who runs a firm in Morristown. "This was a perfect case for appellate review.".more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Pot's cousin explored as viable crop option for Minnesota
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 2, 2017

However, the 2014 Farm Bill allowed states to begin pilot programs to raise industrial hemp as long as they had corresponding laws to regulate it. About half of the states have done so or are moving in that direction. Vaubel said the goal of the state ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. Announces Dates for First Quarter 2017 Earnings Release and ...
Business Wire (press release)April 10, 2017

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (the “Company” or “ARI”) (NYSE:ARI), today announced the Company will hold a conference call to review its first quarter 2017 financial results on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 10:00 a ...more »

Mechanic's Liens
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Homestead: More than just a property-tax exemption
The LedgerApril 19, 2017

A. Many Florida court cases have found a revocable living trust can own a natural person's homestead property and maintain Article X creditor protections. However, many other entities and types of trusts cannot own a homestead property and still ...more »

A Warning Sign For Business Owners Looking For A Mortgage
ForbesApril 4, 2017

After vacationing in the Gulf Coast of northern Florida for years, my wife and I found the perfect second home. It was where we planned to live eventually. But a recent financial curveball blindsided me during the mortgage process and almost cost me ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Hong Kong Judge Stays Highway Contract Row For Arbitration
Law360 (subscription)April 7, 2017

Law360, Washington (April 7, 2017, 4:34 PM EDT) -- A Hong Kong judge has stayed a dispute over a Chinese highway construction venture, pending arbitration proceedings, rejecting claims by an allegedly spurned partner in the agreement that an ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Williams Partners Agrees to Sell Its Interests in the Geismar Olefins Facility to NOVA Chemicals for $2.1 Billion ...
Yahoo FinanceApril 17, 2017

Williams Partners is an industry-leading, large-cap natural gas infrastructure master limited partnership with a strong growth outlook and major positions in key U.S. supply basins. Williams Partners has operations across the natural gas value chain ...more »

Construction Litigation
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US Supreme Court lets Cowlitz ruling stand, 'good news' for Taunton casino prospects
Taunton Daily GazetteApril 3, 2017

... after a different judge on the opposite side of the country came to the opposite conclusion regarding the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, which had already broken ground on the First Light Resort & Casino in Taunton – causing construction to grind to a ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Compliance With Laws: What Does It Actually Mean‎
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)April 7, 2017

Responsibility for compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 is likely to include both the landlord and the tenant as it catches anyone with responsibility for maintenance or repair of any part of a property, or access to it. The duty ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Property Owners Challenge Eminent Domain for Pipeline | New ...
New Jersey Law JournalApril 3, 2017

The New Jersey Pineland Commission recently issued approvals for South Jersey Gas to construct a natural gas pipeline through the New Jersey Pinelands.more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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The Fair Housing Act: an explainer
CurbedApril 11, 2017

Housing laws don't normally receive such fulsome praise. But when President ... Practices such as redlining and restrictive covenants (denying people of color access to insurance or home loans) fostered segregation in many areas. In a now-legendary ...more »

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I Will Be Your Mother Figure | Modern Love 6121:07
WBURApril 5, 2017

Additionally, Dern will be seen starring in Showtime's revival of the cult hit crime, mystery series “Twin Peaks.” Reuniting with director David Lynch, Dern will star alongside Kyle MacLachlan and Amanda Seyfried. The series will ... In order to get ...more »

Title Litigation
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Tactical use of Data Protection Act in litigation
International Law Office (registration)April 10, 2017

The Court of Appeal has clarified the circumstances in which a party to litigation can use a subject access request under Section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (which implements the EU Data Protection Directive (1995)) to obtain information which ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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ReutersApril 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, April 5 U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he may package a $1 trillion infrastructure plan with either healthcare or tax reform legislation as an incentive to get support from lawmakers, especially from Democrats.more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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California Appellate Court Upholds Negative Declaration for County "Up-Zoning" Ordinance
Lexology (registration)April 13, 2017

Spurred in part by a desire to reduce vehicle miles traveled and corresponding greenhouse-gas emissions, many local agencies are in the process of revising zoning ordinances and land use regulations to relax restrictions on high-density projects near ...more »


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