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Wetlands Determinations - Uncertainty for the Clean Water Rule?

On May 31, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc. holding that approved judicial determinations as to the presence of wetlands issued by the...more

Super Priority Municipal Liens: When Is Your First Mortgage Not First In Line?

In Connecticut, the General Statutes have granted “super” priority status to certain types of municipal liens. As a result, these liens jump to the head of the priority line, even if your bank has a first-mortgage on the...more

Drilling to the Essence of a Land Use Proceeding

What type of land use proceeding is this? Finding the correct answer to this question is critical to knowing your client’s rights and avoiding legal error. Like different sports, there are distinct types of land use...more

Cutting Through the Constitutionality Haze in the Battle Between PHH Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

So much has been written in recent weeks about the battle between PHH Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The panel heard oral argument on April 12,...more

Montgomery County Proposes to Raise Recordation Tax

The Montgomery County Council proposes to increase the recordation tax charged on the sale and refinance (in certain circumstances) of property. Expedited Bill 15-16 proposes to raise the recordation tax rate for taxable...more

A Day of Reckoning for the CFPB?

Virtually ever since its inception on July 21, 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has inspired wariness and skepticism in the financial institutions and financial services providers, subject to this new...more

CFPB Reopens Comment Period on Proposed Amendments to Servicing Rules

On April 21, 2016, the CFPB reopened the comment period on a narrow portion of its December 15, 2014 notice of proposed rulemaking (the “NPR”), which would amend the mortgage servicing rules in Regulation X and Regulation Z....more

Be Safe, Get Your Standing Evidence in Early

A Land Use Practitioner representing opposition intervenors in a quasi-judicial land use matter is best served to present any evidence of special damages during the quasi-judicial hearing in order to preserve standing for...more

Are Corps Jurisdictional Decisions Final Agency Action? It Appears So. Is This a Good Thing?

According to the trade press, today’s argument in Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes did not go well for the government. Pretty much the entire Court was seen as likely to conclude that Corps jurisdictional determinations are...more

HUD soliciting public comments on revised and new RAD forms

On March 17, 2016, HUD published a notice in the Federal Register to announce that as part of the process to renew the use of the form documents used under both the 1st and 2nd Component of its Rental Assistance Demonstration...more

The Single Director Structure of the CFPB Needs to Change

At times the CFPB can take actions that appear very aggressive. To fully realize the agency's power and ability it helps to understand their formation and their structure, and to remember that the CFPB was specifically...more

The Brown Act – Reminding Local Governments that the Sun Continues to Shine in California

Transparency in government is a staple of American democracy. The Federal Freedom of Information Act and California’s Public Records Act are two examples of laws that are intended to provide transparency for government’s...more

CFPB Director’s Divisive View of RESPA Limitations Period Central to Ongoing UDAAP Action

In the ongoing Integrity Advance enforcement action by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”), the Office of Enforcement this month filed a brief arguing that its claims for alleged unfair, deceptive,...more

Expropriation in Calgary: The Southeast LRT is Coming

The City of Calgary has identified portions or all of several dozen residential and commercial properties it may need to expropriate along the planned route of the Green Line Southeast LRT. Councillors debated the potential...more

Kyiv Real Estate Newsletter (Ukrainian)

The new year started with significant changes regarding the registration of rights to real estate. In particular, the restated Law of Ukraine “On State Registration of Proprietary Rights to Real Estate and Their...more

Kyiv Real Estate Newsletter

The new year started with significant changes regarding the registration of rights to real estate. In particular, the restated Law of Ukraine “On State Registration of Proprietary Rights to Real Estate and Their...more

In Flannery v. SEC, First Circuit Rebukes Commission, Signals Departure from Deferential Review

On December 8, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled in Flannery v. SEC that the Securities and Exchange Commission lacked substantial evidence in finding securities law violations by two executives in...more

Texas Notary Seals Must Include State-Issued Identification Number as of January 1, 2016

Pursuant to Texas House Bill 1683, effective as of January 1, 2016, all Texas notary seals must include an identifying number issued by the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. Failure to apply a notary seal in compliance with...more

Bypassing Scylla and Charybdis: Pre-enforcement Judicial Review of Wetlands Determinations Under the Clean Water Act

In the Odyssey, Homer told of the inescapable sailing hazards that confronted Odysseus: the six-headed sea monster, Scylla, on one side of a strait and a whirlpool, Charybdis, on the other. Odysseus chose to avoid losing all...more

Current Water Utility CCN Decertification Issues At The Public Utility Commission Of Texas

The responsibility for the regulation of water and sewer service, including the oversight of certificates of public convenience and necessity (“CCNs”), was recently transferred from the Texas Commission on Environmental...more

FHFA Finalizes House Price Index Measure for Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

On October 19, 2015, the Federal Housing Finance Agency issued a Final Notice indicating that it will continue to use “expanded-data” House Price Index when establishing Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s maximum conforming loan...more

IRS Limits Ability of REITs to Obtain Private Letter Rulings on Tax-Free Spin-Off Transactions

In the recently released Revenue Procedure 2015-43, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced that it no longer will issue private letter rulings with respect to certain tax-free spin-offs where, immediately after the...more

Florida Law Creates Right of Action against Drone Operators for Surveillance of Private Property

A bill passed by the Florida legislature and signed into law earlier this year expands Florida’s Freedom from Unwanted Surveillance Act (F.S. 934.50) to prohibit the use of a drone to record images of private property, or the...more

SB 107 Brings Significant Changes to Redevelopment Dissolution Law

New Law Includes Dec. 31 Deadline for Agencies with Outstanding Payments Due under a Due Diligence Review - After several attempts, the California Department of Finance successfully pushed forward new legislation to...more

Is it the End of the Story for Redevelopment in California?

Long, long ago (in 2012 to be exact) in a land not so far away (also known as California), legislation which allowed local governments to establish redevelopment agencies tasked with eliminating blight through the...more

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