Addressing Environmental Issues in Real Estate Development
Construction Lien Law: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Company
When to file a lis pendens--Martin Desmery, Partridge Snow & Hahn
In The Cross-Hairs? Protecting Your Company Against Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Investigations and Investors' Mortgage Buyback Claims
Litigation of Construction Delay: Claims of Delayed Early Completion
Homebuilder Series Webinar: Joint Ventures Solutions, Steve Lear
Real Estate Trends in the Bay Area & Beyond – Interview with Paul Churchill, Member, Mintz Levin
Ventas' Debra Cafaro on why the Health Care asset class is well positioned in today's economy
A New World for Mortgage Banking – What You Need to Know About the CFPB’s Final Mortgage Servicing Rules
Taking it Seriously: Unusual Lease Violations in Virginia
Weekly Brief: Lawyers Laid Off After Foreclosure Settlement
Allen Matkins/CBRE 360 in 60 - Industrial Markets Overview
Allen Matkins/CBRE 360 in 60 - Capital Markets Overview
Allen Matkins/CBRE 360 in 60 - Economy Overview
Weekly Brief: Hurricane Sandy, GC Donations, Tweeting Fake News
Weekly Brief: BoA Sued; SCOTUS Shortlists; Fund Fights Argentina
Weekly Brief: CFPB, Legal Fees & Hashtag Hijackers
Can Cities Use Eminent Domain To Seize Mortgage Loans?
Abacus Bank Indicted for Mortgage Fraud; More Prosecutions to Come?
Whalen: Too Much Regulation Caused JP Morgan $2 Billion Loss
A Battle in the Making in the Oil and Gas Sector: Second Lien vs. High Yield Debt -
In the oil and gas industry, there is a storm brewing between holders of second lien debt and unsecured high yield bonds. These...more
Last month we reported that the Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner had issued a bulletin cautioning earthquake insurers against denying claims on the basis that the quake was attributable to a man-made cause, which is to say oil...more
On March 31, 2015, the New York State Court of Appeals issued an opinion in the case of Walter R. Beardslee, et al. v. Inflection Energy, LLC, et al., interpreting the applicability of force majeure clauses to extend the...more
It is not uncommon for royalty disputes between mineral lessors and operators to increase as oil and natural gas prices decrease. Before mineral lessors go running to the courthouse in Colorado, however, and before operators...more
PACE loans can cover up to 100% of the cost of a project, depending on the specific program and the particular project. Similar to other assessments, a PACE assessment runs with the property and can be transferred to a...more
The jury is still out on whether hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” causes earthquakes, but carriers whose policies afford coverage for quakes have recently been denying such claims, asserting that they are excluded because...more
The UK government has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, compared to the 1990 baseline. Since energy use in buildings is a major source of UK carbon emissions, improving their energy...more
What must a Louisiana lessee do to avoid statutory penalties for non-payment of royalty, and what must a royalty owner do to put the lessee on notice that royalties are not being paid? The answers are, more than the lessee...more
Are you a developer or landlord of commercial or residential multi-let premises?
Are those premises supplied with heat by either a communal heating system or a district heating system?...more
We are coming off a solid economic performance in 2014 marked by improvements in hiring, wages and corporate investments. It has been a magnificent year for both the stock and bond markets, even with a...more
Earlier today, President Obama signed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771) into law, following its passage through Congress on Tuesday. Among other things, the act will provide a one-year retroactive extension...more
Welcome to our 2014 edition of UK Legal Highlights. This publication is a reminder of some of the most important and significant developments DLA Piper reported in 2014, along with some forthcoming developments to look out...more
Draft legislation currently before the UK parliament proposes some significant changes to existing trespass laws to facilitate the development and growth of the geothermal and shale-gas industries in the UK.
Notable 2014 Case Law -
Liability for owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals -
This year, California courts decided a variety of cases with important relevance to...more
This is a brief update on recent Pennsylvania tax developments.
Does New Governor Mean More Tax Reform?
In the recent gubernatorial election, challenger Tom Wolf (D) defeated incumbent Governor Tom Corbett (R)....more
In re Trinity Coal Corp., 514 B.R. 526 (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2014) –
The debtors sought to reject easement and disposal agreements with the owners of adjacent coal mines. The adjacent owners objected on the basis that the...more
Due to increased drilling activity in the Utica shale formation, state and federal courts in Ohio and the 6th Circuit have recently issued decisions related to local drilling regulations, drilling permits, leasing, indemnity...more
Why am I always reporting on plaintiffs who wait too long to file their lawsuit?
In the latest Texas case, Trahan v. Mettlen, the Trahans sued in 2010 on a 2006 warranty deed....more
It looks like what you’d expect: a bunch of litigants spending lots of time at a courthouse in Goliad, Texas, with no end in sight. After much ”sprawl” in Harkins v. Northshore Energy it came down to the meaning of this...more
The government’s consultation on underground drilling access for the extraction of gas, oil and geothermal energy came to an end on 15 August 2014. The consultation sought views on the government’s proposal to introduce new...more
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider whether an oil and gas lessee’s refusal to pay a “bonus” on acreage that the lease supposedly conveyed to it, but that the lessor did not own at the time of leasing and had not...more
In French vs. Occidental Permian, Ltd. the Texas Supreme Court held that costs associated with injection of carbon dioxide into a reservoir in a tertiary recovery operation were properly deducted from royalties.
In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of Texas concluded that the cost of removing carbon dioxide (“CO2”) from casinghead gas after completing enhanced oil recovery operations is a “post-production” cost, thus clarifying...more
In August 1999, Brock and Tipton signed a Farm and Ranch Contract by which Tipton would acquire 519 acres in Montague County. (Lots of Brocks were parties to the contracts and the suit. I refer to them as one for...more
Up until very recently, only campgrounds and marinas could sub-meter electricity usage. This meant that landlords were prohibited by law from sub-metering electricity to their tenants. As a result, any allocation of...more
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