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Increasing Legal Scrutiny of Website Accessibility in the Real Estate Industry

From fair housing laws to licensing requirements, the real estate industry is accustomed to navigating various legal constraints and requirements. However, as a result of current ambiguity in the law, class action lawsuits...more

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Decision Excluding Guarantors from ECOA Protection

4-4 Decision Keeps Issue Unresolved Outside of 8th Circuit - On March 22, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of Lathrop & Gage LLP client Community Bank of...more

Are Hidden Title III Claims Lurking in Your Business?

With the extraordinary volume of Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Title III claims clogging the courts, and an increase in the number of plaintiffs’ lawyers litigating ADA issues, we can expect to see another flood of Title...more

California Appellate Court Holds Unruh Act Does Not Apply to Legislative Action

Decision Comes in Short-Term Rental Ordinance Litigation - California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits a business establishment from discriminating in housing or other accommodations, does not apply to an...more

Wave of ADA Public Accommodation Lawsuits Continue to Spread, Hits Illinois

In recent weeks, we have seen a surge in Illinois of private plaintiff lawsuits filed under the public accommodation provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Public accommodation lawsuits have been...more

2d Cir Extends Williamson County Ripeness "Final Decision" Requirement To ADA Claims

Ah, Williamson County. We've ranted about it before, so we won't do so here (again). But takings mavens know that a property owner must meet two tests before she can raise a takings claim against a state or local government...more

Second Circuit Restores Litchfield Synagogue's Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by a Litchfield Jewish organization has been reinstated, giving the group new hopes it will ultimately win approval to build a 20,000-square-foot synagogue and community center near the historic...more

Failure to provide an Ounce of ADA Compliance is worth a Pounding by the DOJ - What you can learn from the DOJ's settlement...

The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to make the hospitality sector a target for enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and The Phoenician are the latest to...more

Court Stops Serial Plaintiff's Latest Effort: Payne v. Chapel Hill North Properties

The United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina recently dismissed an Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) case filed by Denise Payne, a Florida resident, and National Alliance for Accessibility,...more

SB 1186 Update: California Legislature Attempts to Promote Compliance with Accessibility Standards and to Curtail Vexatious...

In September 2012, the California State Legislature enacted SB 1186 in an effort to cut back on opportunistic litigation and encourage compliance with disability access laws. The new law imposes additional notice, procedural...more

LIttle Nell, et. al. v. City of Houston, et. al.

Immunity and Jurisdictional Drainage Fee Flow Chart

Jurisdictional Flow Chart created in response to a Plea to the Jurisdiction filed by the City of Houston and Daniel Krueger, in his official capacity, claiming the 129th District Court of Harris County, Texas, has no...more

California Property and Business Owners Gain Protection from Predatory ADA Lawsuits

California business owners gained new protection against expensive, predatory lawsuits involving disability access laws last week as Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1186. It became effective September 19, 2012....more

Kubicki v Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems et al.

County Sheriff May Appoint Special Deputies by Written Agreement to Execute Foreclosures

In this case, the Michigan Court of Appeals found nothing improper in a signed agreement by a county sheriff and a process serving company wherein the president of the process serving company was appointed a special deputy...more

After you buy a property .......

Purchase of immovable property comprises various steps, broadly categorised as post and pre-registration. Here are few measures the purchaser is required to take after purchase of the...more

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