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Developers Beware – Court of Appeal Clarifies the Effect of a Breach of the Sale of Land Act

In Barker v Midstyle Nominees Pty Ltd [2014] WASCA 75, the West Australian Court of Appeal has considered the legal consequences of a developer entering into off the plan contracts in breach of Section 13 of the Sale of Land...more

Why California Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries Need to Know About California's New Industrial Storm Water Permit

On April 1, 2014, the California State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) unanimously adopted a new Industrial Storm Water permit (2014 Permit). You can find the new Industrial Storm Water permit and supporting...more

Maine Tax Alert: Legislature Moves To Slash Pine Tree Zone Benefits And R&D Super Credit

The Supplemental Budget just released by the Legislature (LD 1843), if passed as written, may hurt Pine Tree Zone Business as well as businesses that engage in a substantial amount of research and development in Maine....more

Appellate Court Notes - Week ending March 24

SC18996 - Meyers v. Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly, P.C. This case arrived from a divided Appellate Court where some jurist opined that the plaintiff’s attorney malpractice claims sounded solely in tort,...more

Developing Renewable Energy Projects on Brownfields: Mitigating Enivronmental Risks & Liabilities

“Greenfield” utility-scale renewable energy projects have generated both considerable praise and criticism. Government agencies and the public generally applaud efforts to generate renewable energy, while at the same time,...more

4 Key Questions For Evaluating PPP Opportunities

Public-private partnerships are all the rage, as governments seek new ways to deliver public infrastructure, facilities and services in the face of daunting budget limitations and doubts about older procurement modes. PPP...more

New EPA Standard Provides Guidance for Phase I Investigations

In a recent rulemaking, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended its “All Appropriate Inquiries Rule” (set forth in 40 CFR Part 312) to reference in the rule ASTM Standard E1527-13. ASTM Standard E1527-13 is the...more

Reaping What You Sow – City Of Dallas Sued By Trinity East Energy

Suppose I own a large tract of land in the region of the Barnett Shale, the exclusive right to allow (or prevent) drilling on the aforesaid land, and a desparate need for funds. You have $19 million and the desire to exploit...more

Case update Scotland: Retail park - whether tenant withholding consent to further development by landlord was reasonable

Aviva Investors Pensions Ltd v McDonald's Restaurants Ltd [2014] CSOH 009A: 31 January 2014 - Introduction - In this case, which was heard in the Outer House of the Court of Session, the judge (Lord Malcolm)...more

LBTT: A new Scottish property transactions tax

SDLT is to be replaced in Scotland by a new tax known as the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax ("LBTT"). LBTT is being introduced under the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Act 2013, and will come into effect on...more

Rumblings From A Louisiana Seismic Agreement

If the significance of a lawsuit can be gauged by the 23 lawyers and 10 firms identified in the opinion, Olympia Minerals, LLC, et al v. HS Resources, Inc., et al., is as noteworthy as Bush v. Gore, Brown v. Board of...more

The Stimulus Shall Continue: IRS Gives OK to Current Refundings of Recovery Zone Facility Bonds

The Internal Revenue Service has announced in Notice 2014-9 that current refunding issues of Recovery Zone Facility Bonds qualify as tax-exempt provided that the current refunding issue meets certain requirements. Generally,...more

The Eagle Ford

2013 was another remarkable year in the Eagle Ford. Whereas five years ago few had heard of it, today the Eagle Ford is one of the largest oilfields in the United States. What is most exciting is that the play is just...more

Chancel Repair Liability - The New Regime

Provisions contained in the Land Registration Act 2002 were finally implemented from 13 October 2013. From that date, chancel repair liability no longer binds a buyer of land for value (i.e. where a payment in money or in...more

Friday 13th: an Unlucky Day for Scottish Liquidators

On 13 December 2013, the Court of Session ruled that the liquidators of The Scottish Coal Company Limited (SCC) were not able to disclaim ownership of certain open-cast mines and the environmental permits which were connected...more

Ninth Circuit: City Requirement That Cell-Tower Company Obtain Voter Approval Upheld

When T-Mobile sought to place a cell-tower in a park owned by the City of Huntington Beach, California, the City granted the company all the regulatory approvals it required. But the City also informed T-Mobile that before...more

Court Denies Cell-Tower Company's Challenge to Initiative Requiring Voter-Approval Before City Can Lease Property

Decision Could Be Relevant to Upcoming FCC Rulemaking - An appellate court last week ruled that a provision of the federal Communications Act limiting how a local government may regulate the “placement, construction,...more

Québec Finally Adopts its Reform of the Mining Act

The English version will be available soon. Le 10 décembre 2013, le Projet de loi no 70 – Loi modifiant la Loi sur les mines (le « Projet de loi 70 »), qui avait été déposé par la Ministre des Ressources naturelles (la...more

Oregon Court Limits Agri-tourism at Farm Stands

A land use decision by the Oregon Court of Appeals could impact farm marketing activities across the state, imposing new permitting requirements and forcing changes to business operations. The case, Greenfield v....more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - December 2013

In This Issue: - Challenge to Coal Plant's Modified Air Permit Fails - Electric Reliability Project to Include Focus on Outages - Michigan Shorts - Consumers Energy May Terminate Case for New Gas Plant -...more

The Condominium Corporation and the Developer Board

Upon the registration of a condominium plan at Land Titles (or the first phase of a condominium plan in the case of a phased development), a condominium corporation is created. The condominium corporation is the vehicle by...more

Construction & Land Use Newsletter - December 2013

In This Issue: - Five Major Terms Construction Contractors Need to Worry About - Handshakes to Hashtags: The Evolution of Deal-Making in the Construction Industry - Searching for the Escape Hatch: The...more

Surface Owner’s Regulatory Taking Claim Denied

In Walton v. City of Midland, the surface owner of a 35 acre tract within the city limits of Midland, Texas, contended that a provision in a city permit for an oil or gas well was a regulatory taking because it required the...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - Fall 2013: More than just a handshake - Due diligence, purchase contract required for real estate purchases

In western Oklahoma, where this author was born and raised, a handshake is often all that takes place to solidify a deal for the sale or purchase of a piece of land. The need for a purchase contract or anything other than a...more

The EU looks at fracking: regulations taking shape

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to extract shale gas from deep rock formations, has recently been much in the news in Europe. In October, the European Parliament, which was considering proposals for a revision of...more

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