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Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Five municipalities in Eskom cut-off reprieve - The municipalities have set up payment plans after the national power utility caused an uproar by threatening...more

Update on Town of Huntington’s Proposal To Ban Short-Term Rentals

At its January 10, 2017 meeting, the Town Board of the Town of Huntington held a public hearing to discuss its proposed ban on short-term rentals. Several residents testified at the public hearing in opposition to the ban,...more

Municipal Bond Offering Disclosures after a Chapter 9 Filing—A Few Reflections on Orange County and the City of Detroit

Although not intended to be classics of literature, we have found tales of two municipalities and their Chapter 9 bankruptcies. One was warm and prosperous and on the West Coast, whose housewives we have followed in the age...more

Case Alleging That Hair Follicle Drug Testing Has Disparate Impact on African-Americans Allowed To Proceed

A municipal employer that conducted hair follicle drug testing on police officers was not entitled to summary judgment on a Title VII disparate impact claim, because a reasonable jury could conclude that an alternative to...more

Legislation Update: How Should Law Enforcement Video Recordings Be Handled in NC?

House Bill 972 was signed into law last summer, and took effect on October 1, 2016. The law is a significant change in the way municipalities are required to handle video recordings made by law enforcement, both with dash...more

Appellate Court Notes

AC37979 - Meadowbrook Center, Inc. v. Buchman - Nursing home sued son/guarantor of patient and obtained a judgment for $45,000. The guarantee agreement allowed the nursing home to seek attorney fees. The son appealed...more

Quality Built Homes Revisited: The Court of Appeals Weighs In On Critical Issues

If you happen to work in local government, are a developer who has worked with a local government, or simply have an interest in the world of municipal water and sewer services, you are no doubt aware of the North Carolina...more

Farrell Fritz Land Use Blog- 2016 Year in Review

Before we blog our way into 2017, we wanted to take a moment to review the topics that we blogged about in 2016 and to remind our readers that the land use practice group at Farrell Fritz is a diverse group of attorneys,...more

The Pitfalls of Pithy Latin Phrases

Crack open any law dictionary worth its salt and you will find the Latin phrase “Qui Tacet Consentire Videtur” or “He who is silent appears to consent.” Do not be fooled – context matters – a pithy Latin phrase is not a...more

Looking Forward: New California Laws for Public Agencies

Like years past, there were plenty of laws passed in Sacramento in 2016 that will impact public agencies. Here is a summary of those that have specific importance to your work. We hope that you will contact us for further...more

Texas Likely To Take Aim at Municipal and County Ban the Box Laws

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Legislature of the State of Texas has introduced a new bill designed to create uniformity within its borders by prohibiting municipalities and counties from micro-managing the particular steps involved...more

Ohio Adopts Preemption Legislation, Blocking Local Minimum Wage Hikes and Other Local Employer Restriction Proposals

On Monday, December 19, 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 331, which prohibits municipalities and other political subdivisions from raising the minimum wage beyond Ohio’s state minimum wage rate, currently...more

Recent NH Supreme Court Opinion Changes the Scope of Liability for the Construction Industry

NH Supreme Court rejects City’s bid to expand nullum tempus - Earlier this week, the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued a significant opinion holding that cities and towns are not exempt from the State’s statute of...more

Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development Release Updated Fair Housing Act Guidance on State and Local Land Use...

Jointly responsible for enforcing the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), the U.S. Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development (“the Departments”) have issued numerous guidance documents and policy statements to...more

Settlements Ended Under the SEC’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ended settlements under its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative. Details of the SEC’s MCDC Initiative can be found in our prior Alert. For those...more

Final Issue Price Regulations Present Municipal Industry Challenges (and 180 Days to Overcome Them)

The Internal Revenue Service promulgated final Issue Price Regulations under Section 148 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, that were published in the Federal Register on December 9, 2016. The new regulations...more

Procurement Card Attorney Fee Award

Scott Enterprises, Inc. v. City of Allentown, 142 A.3d 779 (Pa. 2016) — Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that a jury finding of bad faith does not mandate a trial court to award penalties and attorney fees under the...more

Tax Credits Now Available to Emergency Service Volunteers

On November 21, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law HB1683 (Act 172 of 2016), which authorizes municipalities to grant fire and emergency medical service (EMS) volunteers tax credits for local taxes. The new law takes...more

California Must Pick Up Stormwater Check

Local public agencies realized an important victory in a more-than-decade-long, who-should-foot-the-stormwater-bill battle — a battle focused on a permit issued by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board to the...more

Charter Cities: No Longer an Oasis From CA Prevailing Wage

The Number of Charter Cities Exempt from Prevailing Wage Has Dropped from 52 to Almost None in Less Than Two Years - A charter city is a city that governs itself by adopting a "charter" - sort of a municipal...more

Forgiving Fines: The NYC Amnesty Program

In an effort to collect more than one billion dollars in outstanding fines, the City of New York is offering an amnesty program that allows participants to resolve violations received from various City agencies, including the...more

Ohio Supreme Court Rules No Compensable Taking Occurred as a Result of Filming Captain America: The Winter Soldier in Downtown...

Earlier this month the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that reduced access to a downtown Cleveland parking lot did not constitute a compensable taking under the Ohio Constitution. The case arose after the City of Cleveland granted a...more

SEC Seeks Record Penalty Against Former Miami Budget Director - $450,000 Penalty Sought After Former Official Found Guilty of...

After a federal jury found the City of Miami's (City) former budget director guilty of defrauding investors in connection with a 2009 bond offering, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking a record...more

Was Negligence the Cause of the Fatal Hoboken Train Crash?

Tragedy recently struck the New Jersey Transit’s Hoboken Terminal when a speeding train crashed through several safety barriers before ultimately smashing into the passenger depot. One person was killed and over 100 were...more

Purchasers of NJ Tax Sale Certificates - What You Include in Your Proof of Claim Can Cause a Loss of Your Claim and Lien

In Princeton Office Park, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the bankruptcy and district court rulings that the purchaser of a NJ tax sale certificate forfeited its claim and lien because it included the...more

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