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Court rejects contractor’s mechanic’s lien because of ‘intent’

The Illinois Court of Appeals’ recent decision in AUI Construction Group, LLC v. Vaessen highlights the need for careful planning in structuring development agreements, construction contracts, and the use of an easement as...more

Third Circuit Decision Confirms Jury Decision Disallowing Deduction of Certain Post-Production Costs from Royalty Checks

On October 24, 2016, in Pollock v. Energy Corp. of Am., Nos. 15-2648 & 15-2649, 2016 WL 6156313 (3d Cir. Oct. 24, 2016), a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit denied Energy Corporation of...more

Illinois Appellate Court Ruling Has Far-Reaching Implications for Construction Participants in Wind Energy Projects

A landmark opinion issued by the Second District Illinois Appellate Court on November 9, 2016, contains vital information for construction industry participants involved in Illinois wind energy projects. In AUI Construction...more

Expropriated Servitudes: They Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon

The Third Circuit recently released an unpublished opinion making clear that when a pipeline company expropriates a servitude, the servitude is “perpetual,” and a Court cannot impose a term on that servitude. The Third...more

Gavel to Gavel: Shifting water courses may affect property rights

As anyone who has spent significant time near a western Oklahoma river is likely aware, our water courses tend to be shallow, with beds composed of loose, sandy soil. These characteristics make western Oklahoma rivers...more

Supreme Court of Ohio Will Not Follow Any "Rules" for Mineral Royalty Disputes

In a decision that resulted in three separate opinions, the Ohio Supreme Court in Lutz v. Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C., Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-7549, refused to answer a question certified from a federal court regarding...more

Ohio Supreme Court Rules in Landowner Royalty Case

In a closely watched and long-awaited case with potentially sweeping industry-wide consequences, the Supreme Court of Ohio refused to adopt a default rule regarding deduction of postproduction costs from landowner royalties...more

Key Real Estate Ruling from South Carolina Supreme Court

Justices Rule on Prescriptive Easements - 2016 Case Notes: Real Estate- Introduction - The South Carolina Supreme Court clarified the law of prescriptive easements in its decision in Simmons v. Berkeley Elec....more

Oklahoma Federal Court Denies Injunctive Relief in Wind Farm Nuisance Suit

A recent decision in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Terra Walker et al. v. Kingfisher Wind, LLC, No. 5:14-cv-914-D, Doc. 160 (W.D. Okla. Oct. 13, 2016), could sound a death knell for nuisance...more

Trouble in Paradise: Florida Third DCA’s Opinion in Beyer v. City of Marathon Declaimed as “For The Birds”

Nestled in the center of the Florida Keys lies the City of Marathon; a tropical paradise splitting the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Recently, Florida’s Third DCA hatched the case of Beyer v. City of Marathon. On...more

Financing Increased Demand On Pre-Existing Services Constitutes “Additional Services”

California Court Decision Rules on Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 - Community Facilities Districts formed by a landowner vote may be used to finance increased demand on pre-existing services, a California...more

California Recreational Immunity Statute Applies to Shield Landowner from Liability for Injuries to Off-Premises Persons Not...

The California Court of Appeal, in a case of first impression, recently held that California's "recreational immunity" statute (Cal. Civil Code §846(c)) applies to shield landowners from liability where recreational users of...more

Town and Village Greens Update October 2016

Since we last posted on common land and town and village greens, there have been new cases. Given the impact common land can have on developments, applications to register land as a town or village green are often appealed...more

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

(UK) Rentcharges: beasts of burden or burdensome beasts?

Rentcharges are, in theory, a very useful way of securing a positive obligation to pay against freehold land owners. They are mainly now created to cover estate service charges to ensure freeholders will pay common expenses...more

The New Electronic Communications Code - Areas of Concern for Landowners

The Electronic Communications Code (“Code”) gives rights to certain providers of telecommunications services (as Code “operators”) to install and maintain their “apparatus” (such as masts, exchanges, cables, cabinets etc.)...more

Cabot Oil & Gas Continues to Fight $4.24 Million Federal Court Jury Verdict on Landowners’ Nuisance and Negligence Claims

After a recent round of post-trial motion briefing in Ely v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., Case No. 3:09-cv-02284-MCC (M.D. Pa.), it appears one of the most heavily publicized landowner lawsuits against an exploration and...more

Landowner’s Guide to Condemnation in South Carolina - The Government Wants Your Land…What Are Your Rights?

Government projects to build or expand roadways, erect public buildings, and install infrastructure, such as sewer, water and electrical lines, all require land. So long as building projects meet certain requirements,...more

NJ Supreme Court Opens Door to More Take-Home Exposure Claims against Landowners

On July 6, 2016, in Schwartz v. Accuratus Corporation, No. A-73-14-076195, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that individuals other than spouses exposed to take-home toxins may pursue claims against landowners....more

Wolverine Pipe Line Company filing Condemnations in Washtenaw County for Detroit Multi Access Project

Wolverine appears to be staging the filing of lawsuits to secure rights from larger, commercial properties in Washtenaw County before implementing processes against residential properties in Wayne and Washtenaw...more

Regulated Parties – 2, Regulators – 0

The United States Supreme Court has handed regulated parties their second win in four years concerning when they can take EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to court over wetlands permitting issues. In 2012, the...more

Conserve Your Land, Preserve Your Estate: The Conservation Easement as a Land Use, Tax & Estate Planning Tool

We have all been told at one point or another that we simply “can’t have it all.” But for owners of recreational or agricultural land who desire to preserve the land, pass it down to their descendants as a legacy property,...more

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Nuisance Law

Gardiner v. Crosstex North Texas Pipeline LLC, has brought clarity to Texas nuisance law. It took the Texas Supreme Court 54 pages; we have it in under 600 words. ...more

Argentina Relaxes Restrictions on Ownership of Rural Properties by Foreigners

On June 29, 2016, the Argentine executive branch enacted decree 820/2016 (the New Decree), easing certain restrictions imposed under existing law on the acquisition and leasing of rural lands by foreign individuals and legal...more

Tightening the Timeline for Original Condition: the First Circuit Denies Writ from Ruling Applying Subsequent Purchaser Doctrine...

In the watershed Corbello decision, the Louisiana Supreme Court affirmed a $33 million award—the cost to restore property valued at $108,000 to its “original condition” after it was damaged by oil and gas operations.  If...more

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