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Supreme Court Special Master Recommends Denial of Florida Water Rights Complaint Against Georgia

Florida and Georgia have been fighting for decades about flows in the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River Basin (ACF Basin) that provide drinking water for the City of Atlanta, as well as water for agriculture in...more

Managing Water Releases From Dams to Protect Fish: A Tale of Good Legislation and Bad Engineering

Earlier this week, the 9th Circuit found that the Bureau of Reclamation had authority under 1955 legislation to order additional releases of water to the Trinity River from the Lewiston Dam beyond the amount designated in an...more

Ninth Circuit Rules Injury from Future Water Rights Restrictions Too Speculative for Article III Standing

On February 21, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District (collectively, “Water Contractors”) lacked Article III standing to...more

Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Update – Mountain/West Coast Case Law Highlights

Ninth Circuit Finds “Threatened” Designation For Bearded Seals Proper Based On New Long-Term Projections - Alaska Oil and Gas Ass’n et al. v. Pritzker et al., 840 F.3d 671, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 19084 (9th Cir. 2016)....more

Executive Orders Expected this Week Regarding Clean Air and Water Act Rules

In addition to a January 20th Presidential Memorandum freezing all, not yet enacted, rules and sending them back to the agencies and Office of Management and Budget for reconsideration, and the utilization of the...more

The Texas Supreme Court Clarifies “Common Carrier” Status Criteria

Client Alert Takeaways Background This article is a supplement to our previous note discussing the regulatory regime for the transportation of CO2 across public and private land in the United States and the procurement of...more

ITC Macomb-Orchard Trail Subject of Media Attention

ITC’s filing of numerous condemnation lawsuits was the subject of press coverage by the Macomb Daily and WXYZ Television. I have discussed my representation of a large ownership group being impacted by ITC’s takings that...more

Ontario Municipal Board review: be careful what you wish for

NIMBYists and development antagonists across Ontario are rejoicing with the Province’s unveiling of its latest proposal to reform the Ontario Municipal Board (O.M.B.)....more

Ukraine: Changes and amendments in the town-planning law

On 17 January 2017 Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted Law 1817-VIII "On Introduction of Changes and Amendments to Certain Legislation Acts of Ukraine regarding Improvement of Town-Planning Activity" (Law). The Law is signed by...more

President Trump Issues Memorandum On “Construction Of American Pipelines” -Prioritizes U.S.-Produced “Materials And Equipment”

On January 24, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed a slate of executive orders and presidential memoranda focused on pipeline and other infrastructure projects. Along with memoranda that specifically concern the...more

RLUIPA Implications of Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court’s issuance of a temporary restraining order prohibiting the enforcement of Executive Order 13769 – “Protecting The Nation From...more

The ReSET - Tale of Two Cities

Our Urban Doppelganger. There’s a lot of buzz around innovation districts, much of it fed by the Brookings Institution’s extensive research on the movement. The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, whose board I’m on, is...more

Important Deadlines Loom For Landlords Under Portland Residential Renter Protection Ordinance

For a very limited time, residential landlords can rescind some pending Notices of Termination and Notices of Rent Increases that would otherwise trigger Relocation Assistance under Portland’s new Renter Protection...more

Fifth Circuit Issues Contentious Dissent Over Designation of Louisiana Land

On June 13, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a 2-1 decision, held that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) had properly included approximately 1,500 acres in Louisiana as designated critical...more

Consumers Energy to Reconstruct Line 2800 Pipeline, a 24" Natural Gas Pipeline

Consumers will replace and partially reroute its pipeline in Saginaw, Genesee, and Oakland Counties. Consumers Energy is joining the pipeline party. In the last year, I have represented property owners in pipeline...more

Dealing with Nuisance Properties: The Tools in Your Code Enforcement Tool Box

A nuisance residential or commercial property creates serious problems for the surrounding community and headaches for the officials who must deal with it. If left unchecked, these blighted properties become a chronic drain...more

Inclusionary Housing Recommendations a Mixed Bag for Developers

The City is one step closer to sorting out inclusionary housing requirements and local implementation of the State Density Bonus law now that the City Controller has released its final recommendations to the Board of...more

[Event] Right of Way & Legal Strategies for Successful Project Delivery - March 8th, San Francisco, CA

Nossaman LLP and Bender Rosenthal, Inc. invite you to this complimentary afternoon seminar that will provide insight on current right of way issues affecting public agencies and utilities. Our panels of leading industry...more

Texas Court of Appeals Holds That Owner’s Change to Contractor’s Means and Methods Resulted in a “Breach,” Instead of a “Change”...

Port of Houston Auth. of Harris Cnty. v. Zachry Constr. Corp., 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 13306 (Tex. App. Houston 14th Dist. Dec. 15, 2016) - This contract dispute dates back to 2004, when the Port of Houston Authority...more

Annexing Property in Maryland: So You Want to Be Part of Life in the Big City?

Life in the big city has its advantages. Desirable public services, such as police protection, trash collection, public water and sewer service, and other services and amenities are available that you may not have if you live...more

Impact of New Administration on Natural Resources Development in United States

Anyone who has owned or operated a project involving public lands in the United States knows of the complex jigsaw puzzle of land ownership that defines the landscape of the United States. Jurisdictional governance is divided...more

Oil Transportation and Suction Dredge Mining Legislative Topics in Washington Too

Following up on last week’s post about Oregon legislative proposals, here are some of the mineral-related bills currently pending in the Washington State Legislature...more

Six 5th Circuit Judges Oppose USFS’s Critical Habitat Designation: Sounds Like Certiorari to Me

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals just denied en banc review in a case involving the Fish & Wildlife Service’s designation of critical habitat for the dusky gopher frog. There are only 100 of these “shy” frogs left, and none...more

Fairfax County Establishes Community Council on Land Use Engagement

Chairman Bulova recently created a Community Council on Land Use Engagement to discuss and make recommendations on ways to improve communication with citizens during the land use process. The first meeting was held on...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Petition For Banc Rehearing In ESA Case Markel Interests, LLC v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

On February 13, a sharply divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit , by a vote of 8 to 6, rejected a petition seeking an en banc rehearing of the court’s initial decision in the case of Markel Interests, LLC, et...more

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