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European Real Estate Finance: Recent developments

by White & Case LLP on

As part of our periodic updates, we will provide you with an overview of recent developments of relevance to participants in the real estate finance market and who may have an interest in the jurisdictions in which we have...more

Michigan’s 2017 Property Tax Assessment Appeal Deadlines Are Approaching

by Dickinson Wright on

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, is the deadline for filing 2017 petitions with the Michigan Tax Tribunal for property tax appeals involving commercial real property, industrial real property, developmental real property, commercial...more

Old MacDonald Had a Farm. Wait, Maybe He Didn’t.

In March 2015, Katie and Chris Brewer bought 22 acres in Chapel Hill, Orange County – a rural, wooded spot – through an entity called Southeast Property Group, LLC. Among other things on their property, the Brewers intended...more

Property Tax Exemption Application Deadline Approaches

March 1st is the deadline for filing all property tax exemption applications in the state of Florida. No matter in which of the 67 Florida counties you own property, please be certain that any property tax exemptions you may...more

Land tax win for property developers, primary production

by Dentons on

In a ground breaking win for property developers, a recent NSW Court of Appeal decision found that land held for future development but used for grazing, can be exempt from land tax....more

US Federal Regulatory Agencies Request Comment on Proposed Private Flood Insurance Rule

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Federal Reserve Board, the Farm Credit Administration, the FDIC, the National Credit Union Administration and the OCC issued a joint notice of proposed rulemaking to implement provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood...more

Waters of the United States Are Not What You’d Expect

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ new rule defining “waters of the United States” covered by the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) provides a good example of what can happen when a simple term gets...more

Tentative 2014 Cook County Equalization Factor Released

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois Department of Revenue has released the tentative 2014 Cook County equalization factor. The preliminary factor is 2.6922. Prior year equalization factors are summarized...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2014 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus: Federal Appeals Court rejects challenge to new highway linking LA and Long Beach - Courthouse News Service - Oct 31: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court ruling...more

The Doctrine of Emblements: Protection for Texas Farm Lessees

by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet on

Under Texas law, a lessee who plants crops on the leased property may have a right to enter the property to harvest the crops even after the termination of the lease if the doctrine of emblements is applicable. Learn more...more

Current Issues in Texas Surface Water Law

by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet on

Learn more about the major issues currently going on in Texas related to surface water. This article was initially published on the Texas Agriculture Law Blog at http://agrilife.org/texasaglaw ...more

Texas Water: Basics of Surface Water Law

by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet on

This article outlines the basics of surface water law in Texas. *This was first published on the Texas Agriculture Law Blog at http://agrilife.org/texasaglaw . ...more

Texas Water Wars: Texas v. New Mexico

by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet on

Learn more about a lawsuit between the states regarding the waters of the Rio Grande River that is creating serious controversy between the two states and may be decided by the United States Supreme Court. This article is...more

Devon Energy Seeks Appellate Review of Application of Marketable Condition Rule

by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet on

Devon Energy Corporation has filed an application for interlocutory appeal with the New Mexico Court of Appeals. If accepted, the Court of Appeals will likely determine whether New Mexico recognizes the "Marketable Condition...more

Most Favored Nations Clause: Something To Consider

by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet on

A recent Texas appellate court decision outlines the mechanics of a "most favored nations clause" in an oil and gas lease. These clauses require that a mineral lessor treat the lessee as well as any other lessee in a defined...more

Reeves v. Hooton: Texas Right to Farm Act Inapplicable

by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet on

The Tyler Court of Appeals recently upheld a jury verdict that deemed the Texas Right to Farm Act inapplicable in a case involving the use of a propane cannon. The jury found insufficient evidence that the farmer's use of...more

Texas Surface Owners Beware!: Understanding Mineral Lessee’s Rights to Use the Surface Estate

by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet on

In Texas, surface owners are often surprised to learn that mineral owners who lease the mineral rights to an oil company grant that company the right to various uses of the surface estate. In these situations, the surface...more

A Cattle Rancher v. An Oil Company - The Accomodation Doctrine

by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet on

The Texas Supreme Court recently outlined the parameters of the accommodation doctrine as it applied when oil companies are granted the implied right to enter and utilize a surface estate in order to drill for and produce oil...more

Water Bills - Summary of the 2013 Texas Legislative Session

by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet on

This article provides a summary of the water-related bills considered by the 2013 Texas Legislature. *This article was originally posted on the Texas Agriculture Law Blog: http://agrilife.org/texasaglaw ....more

Massachusetts Landlords Smoking Mad About New Medical Marijuana Law

by Richard Vetstein on

Burned up Massachusetts landlords are fuming with concern over the state’s newly passed but hazy medicinal marijuana law. The law — rolling out Jan. 1 — grants medical marijuana users the right to grow a two-month supply of...more

New Taxes on Farmland Sales for 2013

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

If there is a chance that you may want to sell your farm, then you should think hard about getting it done before the end of 2012. There is a load of new taxes on capital gains and unearned income coming into effect on Jan....more

Legal Byte: “Boundary by Agreement:” a fence alone is not enough

by Alan Goldberg on

California landowners can agree on a boundary between their properties. However, they have to conform to specific requirements by California law....more

What is Downzoning and When is it Compensable?

by Brad Kuhn on

"Downzoning" describes a government agency's rezoning a parcel of land once previously zoned for a more intense use to a more restrictive use (e.g., changing the commercial zoning designation of an undeveloped parcel of land...more

Bounds v. New Mexico

Amicus Curiae Brief of Water Systems Council Amici in Support of the State of New Mexico and the State Engineer John D'Antonio

by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet on

This amicus brief, filed by Tiffany Dowell and Jesse J. Richardson, Jr., was filed on behalf of 17 nationwide clients in support of the constitutionality of New Mexico's domestic well statute. This brief discusses the prior...more

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