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Something for Everyone? Pre-election FCC Draft Business Data Service Fact Sheet Leaves No One Entirely Happy

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has released an October 7, 2016 “Fact Sheet” summarizing key points of his draft Business Data Service (“BDS”) Reform Order to regulate the leased, dedicated high capacity circuits that are used for…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

"Peanut Buttering is Better than Firebombing"

Hard to argue with the logic of someone drunk on blackberry brandy! Thankfully, as the deputy wryly notes, she didn't use chunky peanut butter ... oh the carnage!!…more
| Elections & Politics

Managers: Be Sure You Know All FCC Rules

On July 4, PBS-affiliated television stations nationwide purported to show live fireworks from the Mall in Washington, DC, without directly informing viewers that they were instead showing “a combination of the best fireworks…more
| Communications & Media Law

What's an 18 hour city?

Ely Portillo, of the Charlotte Observer, brings us all up to speed on defining commonly thrown about real estate development jargon. Low-rise? Mid-rise? Mixed-use? Your guide to jargon in a city of cranes…more
| Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Hurricane Matthew flood claims may not be entirely preempted by federal law

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew and its associated flooding (particularly in North Carolina and South Carolina), a recent case of first impression in the Sixth Circuit may be cited by both damaged businesses and insurers and…more
| Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Insurance, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential

Quicksands and Cutting Edges of the Law: Do Municipal Utility Customers possess Due Process and Vested Rights to Continued Sewerage Service?

Sometimes, I read a court’s opinion and put it aside because it is thought provoking beyond its facts and outcome. The case of United States Cold Storage, Inc. v. Town of Warsaw, __ N.C. App. ___, 784 S.E. 2d 575 (April 5,…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

A Primer on Zoning Variances in North Carolina

What is a "variance" in the zoning context? Simply, it is relief from -- or a variation of -- the application of a zoning law to a particular piece of property…more
| Administrative Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

N.C. Court of Appeals Affirms Local Government Board's Recusal of One of Its Own Members In Quasi-Judicial Proceeding

A quasi-judicial land use proceeding requires an impartial decisionmaker, like any courtroom proceeding. State law does its best to spell out what constitutes an "impermissible violation[] of due process"..…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Real Estate - Commercial, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Hurricane Matthew insurance tips for businesses

With Hurricane Matthew downgraded to a tropical cyclone, it is time for affected businesses, property owners, and insurers to focus on quantifying the amount of damage caused by the storm. By some estimates, Hurricane Matthew…more
| Insurance

Less Is More?: New North Carolina Law Clarifies When Building Permits Are NOT Required

A new law took effect in North Carolina on October 1, 2016, and it affects the need for building permits. Session Law 2016-113, entitled An Act to Provide Further Relief to the Agricultural Community, clarifies in Section 13…more
| Agriculture, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Brexit and UK Healthcare Real Estate

We just can't get enough of Brexit, can we? Seems every day I see something new on my news feed or Twitter feed about the impact of Brexit on the global economy or UK economy or Scottish economy. Funny thing is, a lot of these…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Sleep with an Eye Open: The New Age of Hotel Privacy Intrusion

A hotel is a personal place, even if you share it with thousands of other people. The very obscurity in a crowd can make you feel anonymous, and the private living space allows for the most private of conversations and…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Real Estate - Commercial, Science, Computers, & Technology

Let's Talk North Carolina Leases: The Leased Premises Is Primary

We talked in our last piece about the parties to a lease, and the nuances of that requirement. Today, as promised in our last post, we discuss the "leased premises". A lease is a contract. It is a contract in which the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential

N.C. Court of Appeals: Absent Notice to the Federal Government, Foreclosure for Unpaid Local Taxes Won't Extinguish Federal Tax Lien

North Carolina is a "pure race" state, for real estate title purposes. That is, “first to record an interest in land holds an interest superior to all other purchases for value, regardless of actual or constructive notice as to…more
| Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Clinton vs. Trump: How the U.S. Presidential Election Could Impact IP Law

A great deal has been made of the distinct policy differences between Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Nominee Donald Trump in such areas as immigration, national defense, crime and taxation. But…more
| Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology
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