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Legal Update: New Legally Required Disclosures

Starting July 1, 2013, you will be legally required to make the following additional disclosures in certain California real estate contracts and leases: Accessibility Compliance Disclosure: California Civil...more

Proposed “Homeless Person’s Bill Of Rights And Fairness Act” Will Have Huge Impact On Government And Business

California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, Civil Code Section 51, generally provides that all persons within California are free and equal, regardless of their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability,...more

Koontz v. St. John's River Water Management District

Brief Amicus Curiae of Owners' Counsel of America in Support of the Petitioner

Today, on behalf Owners' Counsel of America, we filed this amicus brief in Koontz v. St Johns River Water Mgmt Dist., No. 11-1447 (cert. granted Oct. 5, 2012). That's the case asking whether the "essential nexus" and "rough...more

Justice Department Extends Deadline for Swimming Pool Compliance Accessibility under the Americans With Disabilities Act

Hotel and resort owners are keenly interested in the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), because of its multiple requirements for removing accessibility barriers that hinder disabled persons from use of...more

Property and Business Owners' Precondemnation Damages Claims Dismissed

We've covered in the past the impacts property and business owners suffer when government agencies plan for public projects. We've also covered when agency planning crosses the line and results in precondemnation damages or...more

Justice Scalia Predicts Kelo v. City of New London Will be Overturned

When we think of some of the most well-recognized and controversial decisions from our judicial system, cases like Roe v. Wade (abortion) and Dred Scott v. Sandford (slavery) come to mind. Within our group of right of way...more

“Squatters Rights” to be axed in the UK and new Government Guidance

Many of my followers outside the UK ask me about the rather bizarre nature of “squatter’s rights” in the UK. How can members of the public take over vacant properties (such as Saif Gaddafi’s Hampstead home, or Guy Ritchie’s...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

Recovering Business Damages in Condemnation Cases

Are business losses compensable as part of "just compensation" when a business property is taken by eminent domain? This article surveys the circumstances around the United States in which business profits and good will may...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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