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In its recent judgment in Land Burgenland (Joined Cases C-214/12 P, C-215/12 P and C-223/12 P) the Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that State aid granted to an undertaking in the past must not be taken...more
NY Federal Court Rules Auditors Strictly Liable for Their “Opinions”
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Ernst & Young and PriceWaterhouseCoopers will not be dismissed from the securities classaction lawsuit...more
Implementing Executive Order 38, which was issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo early last year, thirteen New York State agencies have released final regulations placing limits on state funds that can be used for administrative...more
In This Presentation:
• Public Agency Approach
• Existing Local Authority
• Public Private Partnerships
• Redevelopment/Economic Development
• Public Infrastructure
- Excerpt from Public Agency...more
White-collar crime can involve any number of types of fraud against the government or private parties. One that isn’t usually thought about but can result in serious jail time involves conspiracies to obtain government...more
Yesterday, the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution establishing a Public Private Partnership Program for the County....more
On June 27th, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law that gives counties, municipalities, school boards and other political subdivisions in the Sunshine State authority to enter into public-private partnership...more
This article explores the anatomy of a public-private partnership in the context of major real estate projects entered into by a governmental body with a real estate developer or owner. The author has been involved in a...more
Corporate Counsel can efficiently and cost-effectively delegate their commercial real estate transactions to outside counsel. This article touches on key-points of the corporate leasing process and the dynamics that corporate...more
Be careful, your Letters of Intent may be binding unless drafted properly. That’s the message from a 2011 case First National Mortgage Co. v. Federal Realty Investment Trust, 631 F.3d 1058 (February 1, 2011).
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A recent appellate case addressed the issue of minor problems and deficiencies in an Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) and whether they were prejudicial errors that amounted to defects in the approval process required for a...more
Solar power panels on residential rooftops are an increasingly common sight these days. But the legal mechanics behind the development and delivery of solar power to consumers can be complex.
There are several alternative...more
The US Supreme Court sometimes makes news by refusing to hear cases, not by taking them. That was certainly the case on May 29, 2012 when the Supreme Court declined to hear a case in which Minnesota’s high court upheld state...more
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Workers Compensation reform is on the way.
Cynics might ask, didn’t we do this several years ago?
Yes we did.
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Independent contractors are not employees but their work is often vital to the success of a business.
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