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Construction E-Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - Arbitration Panel Misconstrues Contractor Licensing Law: Court Allows Decision to Stand - Expect New Sports Stadiums - as Long as They Make Money for the State - OSHA Proposes New Injury...more

Texas Supreme Court opinions and orders (8/14 - Part 1)

In its weekly orders (8/22/14), the Texas Supreme Court issued seven opinions, granted four petitions for review, and set four mandamus petitions for argument. In this post, I will summarize three of the opinions, two of the...more

Boston Stripped of Surrounding Community Status for Wynn Project

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) stripped Boston of its status as a “surrounding community” for the proposed Wynn casino. While initially the Commission appeared to agree with Boston that the Commission...more

Massachusetts Gaming Commission to Decide Wynn Agreement With Boston

In the race for eastern Massachusetts’ sole casino license, Mohegan Sun and Wynn Resorts attempted negotiating Surrounding Community Agreements with the City of Boston. The agreements are designed to compensate surrounding...more

Appellate Notes: Week of April 18th

Welcome to our Supreme and Appellate Court summaries webpage. On this page, I provide abbreviated summaries of decisions from the Connecticut appellate courts which highlight important issues and developments in Connecticut...more

Abstention Trumps Arbitration In Tenth Circuit

The Tenth Circuit this week refused to consider a plaintiff’s substantive arguments about its right to arbitrate because it found abstention was appropriate under the Colorado River doctrine. D.A. Osguthorpe Family P’ship v....more

Environmental Update - Michigan Environmental News November/December 2012

In This Issue: - Michigan Passes Groundwater Well Dispute Statute - Again - EPA Pushes Back on Stormwater Discharges from Logging Roads - Storage Tank Program Undergoes Changes - Sierra Club Ready to Sue on...more

On Stream - Spring 2012

In this issue: - International arbitration and the efficient management of complex oil and gas disputes...1 - Russian legal developments...2 - Shale gas exploration in Poland ...4 - Conversion or upgrade of...more

City Councils Impose Greater Liability on Mortgagees and Securitization Trustees

The city council of Springfield, Massachusetts recently approved ordinances relating to (i) mortgagee and securitization trustee liability for the maintenance of vacant residential real property or real property in...more

Tips and Tricks for Attorneys to Use Google Maps and Google Earth

You’ve probably used Google Maps for driving directions. But have you tried using it for your case? From a litigation standpoint, there is no quicker and easier way to start building useful demonstratives for your client than...more

California Supreme Court Sets Oral Argument for December 2010

The California Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument in three civil cases for hearing in Los Angeles in December 2007. Cortez v. Abich, which will address the extent of the household domestic service exception to...more

Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Two Bills Providing Moderate CEQA Improvements

Senate Bill ("SB") 1456, authored by Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), and Assembly Bill ("AB") 231, authored by Assembly Member Alyson Huber (D-El Dorado Hills), were signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September...more

California Supreme Court To Address Public Forum Doctrine and Nursing Care For Diabetic Students

The Court has recently granted review in two civil cases: Ralphs Grocery v. United Food & Commercial Workers Union, S185544, in which the Court of Appeal, formerly 186 Cal.App.4th 1078, held that the state cannot force...more

2010 South Carolina Constrution Law Update

This is an update on the key decisions in South Carolina concerning Construction Law. Mechanics liens, contract, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, litigations,...more

Land Use Mediation

Mediation has proven to be a better alternative to litigation. It saves time, money, and gets better results. This PowerPoint presentation shows how mediation can be applied to land use planning to achieve similar results....more

California Appellate Courts Continue to Limit Alternative Dispute Resolution for Developers

Within the past month, two cases decided by the California Appellate Court have ruled against arbitration and judicial reference provisions in home builder sales documents. The two cases were decided based on different legal...more

Real Estate Tip

Real Estate Tip: *Errors in arbitration clause expose developer to significant costs: Fourth District refuses to enforce arbitration clause in construction defect action *Arbitration clause Do's and Don'ts Please see...more

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