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Enacting and Enforcing Local Ordinances to Prohibit Medical Marijuana Dispensaries – Up in Smoke?

California’s cities and counties have a long and growing track record successfully defending challenges to their land use authority filed on behalf of medical marijuana dispensaries. These successes are largely a product of...more

Supreme Court Reinforces Strict Rule On Citizenship of Unincorporated Entities for Diversity Jurisdiction to the Detriment of...

Article III of the U.S. Constitution extends the jurisdiction of federal courts to “[c]ontroversies … between Citizens of different States.” U.S. Const. art. III, § 2, cl. 1. “This rule is easy enough to apply to humans, but...more

CERCLA Is Still Constitutional

To paraphrase Shakespeare, United States v. Sterling Centrecorp, Inc., is a great feast of legal argument. The PRP in that case purchased the assets of a mining company whose operations in California had caused releases of...more

Religious Camp Exemptions Continue Under Attack

In our May newsletter, we discussed the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision upholding denial of real estate exemption to a religious camp. Mesivtah Eitz Chaim of Bobov, Inc. v. Pike County Board of Assessment Appeals, ___...more

UPDATE: Sifting Through the Ashes: The Demise of Redevelopment Agencies and the Scramble to Figure Out the Next Step By Brian D....

INTRODUCTION - Faced with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, Governor Jerry Brown targeted the dissolution of redevelopment agencies (“RDAs”) as a means to lower the deficit and redirect RDA assets to other areas of state...more

Back to the Future for Real Estate Tax Exemptions and PILOTs/SILOTs? Charities Must Meet HUP Test and Act 55, Pennsylvania High...

For charitable organizations in Pennsylvania, obtaining and preserving real estate tax exemptions just got a little more difficult. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the statute intended to clarify the...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

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