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Real Estate News - August 2015

Coming Soon… New Closing (no, Consummation…) Rules! Now Starting October 3, 2015 Instead of August 1, 2015 - What?! We can’t call it a closing anymore? Under new federal regulations regarding the Truth in Lending Act...more

Gov. Brown Assembles Fracking Review Panel

According to several news organizations, Governor Brown has announced plans to form a new panel to review the recent well stimulation study conducted by the California Council on Science and Technology (“CCST”)....more

Claims about Biodegradable Plastics Breakdown Under FTC Scrutiny: Marketers Beware!

In the recent administrative proceeding before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against ECM Biofilms, Inc. (ECM), the FTC’s presiding chief administrative law judge (ALJ) ruled that the plastics additive manufacturer ECM...more

CFPB settles action against land developers for ILSA violations

The CFPB recently announced that it had entered into a consent order with a land-development company and several individuals involved in the company’s operations to settle charges that the respondents violated the Interstate...more

Supreme Court Rejects FERC’s Preemption Argument and Permits State Antitrust Claims Against Interstate Pipelines to Proceed

On April 21, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in ONEOK, Inc., et al., v. Learjet, Inc. et al holding that state antitrust claims are not pre-empted by the Natural Gas Act. This important decision put the brakes on an...more

Condominium unit ILSA sales exemption now effective

Effective March 25, 2015, the sale of condominium units are no longer subject to the registration requirements of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) under a new exemption. This new exemption applies only to...more

Regulatory Implications of New Products and Services in the Australian Electricity Market

The Energy Market Reform Working Group (Working Group) in Australia released a consultation paper at the end of 2014 regarding the regulatory implications of new products and services in the national electricity market. New...more

Vape and Mirrors: The Legal Issues Concerning e-Cigarettes for Municipalities

In this Presentation: - Introduction - Overview - What are e-cigarettes? - Emerging Market - Food and Drug Administration - California Law - Other State Laws - Potential...more

Albany County, NY Enacts Stringent Children’s Product Safety Law

Do local governments, such as town councils and county legislatures, have a role in regulating consumer products that is typically reserved for the federal and state governments? Apparently, the legislature and executive of...more

Completed Condominium Units to be Exempted from ILSA Registration Requirements

A bill exempting completed residential condominium units from the burdensome registration provisions of the Interstate Land Sales Act (“ILSA”) was passed by the U.S. Senate on September 18, 2014, after earlier passage by the...more

PRC Legal Alert--New Measures for Senior Care Facility

As of 1st July, the Ministry of Civil Affairs has implemented two Measures to regulate the establishment and operation of senior care facilities. Our careful review finds the Measures are very welcome and encouraging...more

Where is China CCRC's Industry

In this article, we will discuss on the topic of: --What’s Happening in the Marketplace in China? --The History and Development of CCRCs in the U.S. --Fee Structures for CCRCs --Financial, Regulatory and...more

CFPB files amicus brief in Second Circuit ILSA case

On March 12, 2013, the CFPB filed a new amicus brief supporting the consumer/appellee’s position that the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) applies to condominium units, even where the unit does not also...more

Home News South Seneca Public Speaks Out on Puppy Mills, Fracking

Public Speaks Out on Puppy Mills, Fracking by Aneta Glover | Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 2:28 pm With a much smaller than expected group assembled, Supervisor Walter Prouty called the Town Board Meeting to order,...more

Notice of Public Hearing: Town of Ovid, New York, Puppy Mill Moratorium

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED LOCAL LAW, TOWN OF OVID, NEW YORK PROPOSED LOCAL LAW NO. BB OF THE YEAR 2012: A local law enacting an Eighteen-month Moratorium On The New Construction/Establishment Of Kennels And/Or...more

Upstate New York Landowners Can Renegotiate Natural Gas Leases Under New Agreement

Attorney Steven Getman reports that Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. will allow over 4,400 landowners who were locked into potentially unfavorable natural gas leases the opportunity to renegotiate with the energy company. As...more

Village of Interlaken passes ban on 'puppy mills'

The village of Interlaken is the latest area municipality to ban so-called “puppy mills." At its April 12 meeting, the Village Board enacted the ban as part of its overhaul of the entire village code, according to...more

Mass. SJC Rules Purchaser Of Faulty Foreclosure Property Is Not Owner

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled today in much anticipated Bevilacqua v. Rodriguez case. The final edict is mix of bad and good news for owners of property whose titles have been rendered defective due to...more

Green Buildings and Greener Leases

GREEN BUILDINGS AND GREENER LEASES The Environmental Background All buildings, including residential, commercial and industrial buildings have a significant impact on our environment. For example,...more

Oregon Poised to Adopt Nation’s Strictest Water Quality Standards for Toxic Chemicals

After years of planning and debate, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) next week will likely adopt a proposal by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to tighten human health-based water quality...more

A Practical Guideline for Retail Leasing in China

While retail sales in China are growing by around 18% annually, China has become the world’s fastest-growing retail market, and maybe one day be the biggest. Foreign chains from different sectors are piling in. For most...more

Shawn Collins - Don't Trust What Polluters Say

This is an article by environmental litigator Shawn Collins discussing his experience in environmental class action cases, and why homeowners cannot afford to trust what the polluting companies say. Their lawyers or public...more

Ejerskifteforsikring og tilstandsrapporter - nyeste domme/kendelser

Oversigt i summarisk form over den nyere praksis vedrørende tilstandsrapporter, bygningssagkyndiges ansvar og ejerskifteforsikringer....more

Are Land Contracts Now SAFE in Indiana

In 2008, Congress passed and President George Bush signed into law the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, (Public Law 110-289) (HERA). HERA is designed to assist with the recovery and the revitalization of America’s...more

The Catch-22 Impact of New Fannie Mae Condominium Lending Regulations

Recent Fannie Mae (FNMA) condominium lending regulations are beginning to live up to the hype as having an onerous impact on condominium sales and project development. The changes, made in January, were part of an effort by...more

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