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Eminent Domain for California’s Social Infrastructure

While much of the focus in California lately has been on eminent domain for transportation projects, there’s some new condemnations moving forward in both Northern California and Southern California for social — or community...more

According to the Right and Good of Ancient Law

“You don’t know what you don’t know” is a popular catchphrase. So, do you know what a “betterment” is and how the law of betterments operates? Land use law has ancient roots. Sometimes, a case requires an appellate...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19408 - NPC Offices, LLC v. Kowaleski - In this case, the Supreme Court reversed the Appellate Court. The Appellate Court had agreed with the Trial Court that a driveway...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19480 - McCullough v. Swan Engraving, Inc. - This case determined that when a husband had already filed a claim for disability benefit in a timely fashion under the Worker’s...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36040, AC36270 - Barton v. Norwalk - Congratulations to Elliott B. Pollack and Tiffany K. Spinella on their big win before the Appellate Court. This decision upheld a...more

The sky’s the limit…

What would you do if; - ..your property development business had obtained planning permission to construct a 62 storey tower comprising 200,714 sq.m; ..you had secured funding in principle to commence the...more

Land Use Restrictions under the Spotlight

On 18 March 2016, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) published only the second case to be brought under the new fast track procedure before the CAT under the provisions of the Consumer Rights Act 2015. The fast track...more

Pennsylvania Court: Sublease of Production Rights Does Not Sever “Dual-Purpose” Oil and Gas Leases

In a published opinion, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that utilization of the subject land for gas storage held production rights under a “dual-purpose” lease providing for both storage and production. See Loughman v....more

The Ready-Made Suit of Standing

Chief Superior Court Judge James H. Pou Bailey informed lawyers - “Justice under the law is like buying a suit off the rack. It doesn’t fit anybody perfectly, but it fits a lot of people fairly well.” Sometimes, an...more

U.S. Supreme Court Steers Clear of Two Eminent Domain Cases

In the last month, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear appeals on two eminent domain-related cases. The first case, California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose, is one we discussed last year....more

Environmental Notes - March 2016

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Jurisdictional Determinations May be Appealed - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determines the presence or absence of wetlands and other “waters of the United States” on a...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Jurisdictional Determinations May be Appealed

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determines the presence or absence of wetlands and other “waters of the United States” on a particular site by issuing a “jurisdictional determination” (JD). A JD is of great significance to...more

Business Owner Ordered to Pay $1.3 Million for Leaking UST

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) obtained a judgment against William Arnett for $1.3 million for underground storage tank (UST) law violations that stem back to the late 1980s. A Maricopa County Superior...more

Aesthetics and Land Use Regulations

Perhaps disappointing to those who enjoy debating architecture, the North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a challenge to a historic district commission’s approval of a house located across the street from the...more

No Appeal to Housing Court for Major Development Projects Says Top Mass. Court

Appeals of major development projects of 25 or more dwelling units or 25,000 square feet or more of gross floor area cannot go to the Massachusetts Housing Court, as jurisdiction for these projects is exclusively with the...more

Property Owners and Developers Take a Hit from Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for a new form of exaction from property owners and real estate developers by refusing to hear an appeal from a decision by the California Supreme Court upholding San Jose’s inclusionary...more

Religious Institutions Update: March 2016

Timely Topics - The death of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia will have an uncertain effect on religious institutions. Justice Scalia delivered the majority opinion in Employment Div. v. Smith, 494 U.S...more

Real Estate and Land Use - February 2016

New Draft CEQA Guidelines Evaluating Transportation Impacts—Level of Service No Longer Considered to Be an Environmental Impact - The Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) was mandated by SB 743 in 2013 to...more

Will The Supreme Court Loosen The Reins On Regulatory Takings Claims?

It is an understatement to say that pursuing a claim against the government for a Fifth Amendment regulatory taking is difficult. The United States Supreme Court has described such claims as presenting “an especially steep...more

Developers Dodge Bullet with Northern Long-Eared Bat

Developers have to deal with a number of environmental issues. These include stormwater management and potential impacts to wetlands, historic resources, and threatened and endangered species. The northern long-eared bat is...more

Stop the Presses. Superfund is Stupid.

I know that pointing out CERCLA’s stupidity has something of a dog bites man quality, but sometimes Superfund’s stupidity bears repeating. Today’s exhibit? New York v. Next Millenium Realty, in which Judge Feuerstein held –...more

Not So Fast My Friend: Implied Covenant to Develop and Non-Apportionment Subdivision Tracts

I can acquire a 2,000-acre lease in Ritchie County, West Virginia, held by production from one well, drilled in 1905. I can acquire a 100-acre lease with an affidavit of nonproduction from an individual who has owned...more

Purple Line Continues to Move Forward

The Maryland Court of Appeals issued an opinion on January 22, 2016 holding in favor of Montgomery County, Maryland that the future Purple Line (the proposed light rail between Bethesda and New Carrollton that includes a stop...more

Ohio Supreme Court: Form Oil and Gas Lease Not Void as Against Public Policy

Earlier this week, in an unsurprising but nevertheless meaningful decision, the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the standard form oil and gas lease at issue was not “perpetual,” and thus was not void as against...more

Real Estate and Land Use - January 2016

Using Project Objectives to Select a Reasonable Range of Alternatives - North Coast Rivers Alliance v. A.G. Kawamura (January 4, 2016) Third District Court of Appeal Case No. C072067 - Why It Matters: This opinion...more

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