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Bond Fraud Trial Shows Need to Scrutinize Municipal Revenue Generation

Ramapo, N.Y., Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence is in the middle of a multi-week trial on two dozen securities fraud charges stemming from municipal bond issuances and accounting practices in Ramapo, a Rockland County...more

Rock Hill Golf and Country Club Joins Brookhaven’s Golf Course District

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On April 27, 2017, the Town Board of the Town of Brookhaven approved a change of zone for Rock Hill Golf and Country Club from a one-acre residential lot zone to the Golf Course District. Manorville’s Rock Hill is the first...more

New Potential Threats to Communities from the FCC - Comments Due Soon — BB&K Coalition Formed to Respond

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Does your community rent space to wireless providers on your buildings or light poles, or in your rights of way, community parks or water tanks? If so, you need to be aware that the FCC is asking...more

Cities Can Sue Banks for Predatory Lending, U.S. Supreme Court Says

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While the nationwide economy has steadily improved since the recession, many cities are still clawing their way back to financial stability. California, in particular, was hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, leaving cities in...more

PAC Upholds Municipality’s Denial of Request for FOIA Fee Waiver

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Public Access Counselor recently issued a non-binding opinion holding that public bodies have the discretion to decide whether to waive or reduce copying fees associated with the production of documents responsive to FOIA...more

The State of Indiana Bans Political Subdivisions From Enacting “Ban the Box” Restrictions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Indiana Senate Bill 312 (the “Bill”) provides, among other things, that a political subdivision of the state, including a municipality, may not prohibit an employer from obtaining or using criminal history...more

Accessory Uses and Their Pitfalls

by PretiFlaherty on

Municipalities put a lot of thought into comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances to make sure that no uses are allowed which will cause negative impacts on a given neighborhood. However, we often see ordinances that...more

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Cities, Allowing Lawsuits Against Banks for Fair Housing Act Violations - Bank of America v. City of...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has given the City of Miami the go-ahead to sue banks under the Fair Housing Act for alleged racially discriminatory lending practices that resulted in increased foreclosures and fiscal harm to the...more

Beware The Restrictive Covenant

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Also known as negative easements, restrictive covenants can wreak havoc on the ability to develop property. Recently, in our real estate practice at Farrell Fritz, we have seen two alarming examples....more

Mayor De Blasio Signs New York City Law Barring Salary History Inquiries

As we previously reported, the New York City Council recently passed a bill restricting an employer’s ability to ask job applicants about their salary, benefits, or other compensation history during the hiring process. As...more

Governor Branstad Signs HF295 Preventing Municipalities from Adopting Higher Minimum Wages

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

In March 2017, Governor Branstad signed HF295, a bill standardizing Iowa’s minimum wage at $7.25 and preventing municipalities from adopting a minimum wage different from the Iowa standard. Background - Over the last...more

Amendments to Library TIF Legislation

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At the end of 2016, a series of bills were enacted into law that allowed library tax increments to be excluded from tax increment capture with respect to a number of authorities. However, the language of the bills was flawed....more

Calif. cities lift medical marijuana delivery ban: Is L.A. Next?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, enacted Jan. 1, 2016, California authorized the delivery of medical marijuana by licensed dispensaries to qualified patients but allowed municipalities to ban such...more

Enforcement of Vacant and Abandoned Property Ordinances on Rise

by Barley Snyder on

Banks and other mortgage servicers are receiving notices from companies like ProChamps, which have been retained to assist municipalities with enforcement of vacant property ordinances. These enforcement actions could...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19661 - ARS Investors II 2012-1 HVB, LLC v. Crystal, LLC - Owner recorded an unapproved subdivision map of its commercial property into three lots and then granted a...more

New York City Seeks to Ban Employer Inquiries Into Applicants’ Salary History

by Genova Burns LLC on

On April 5, 2016, the New York City Council passed a law amending the New York City Human Rights Law, barring all public and private New York City employers from asking job applicants about their prior wages and salary...more

Philadelphia Pay Equity Ordinance Stayed...Temporarily

On April 6, 2017, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia filed suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, seeking to block Philadelphia’s recently-enacted wage equity...more

RLUIPA Round Up

The recent confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has brought renewed attention to the often blurry line between the courts, government and individual religious liberty. Gorsuch wrote a concurring opinion in the...more

Can the Deliberative Session of Town Meeting in a Senate Bill 2 Town Change the Intent or Purpose of a Petitioned Warrant Article?

by PretiFlaherty on

In Cady v. Town of Deerfield, decided January 18, 2017, the New Hampshire Supreme Court dealt with the question of the extent to which the deliberative session of the Town Meeting in a Senate Bill 2 municipality may amend a...more

California Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates - Local Governments Need to Voice Their Concerns Before...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Local governments should take action to oppose a California bill that will drastically curtail local discretionary authority over small cell deployments and mandate use of public property such as street light poles at...more

Social Media Policies and the First Amendment

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Over the last several years, the National Labor Relations Act has driven much of the discussion around the legalities of social networking policies. Since 2011, for example, the NLRB’s Office of General Counsel has issued...more

South Carolina Prevents Local Municipalities From Passing Paid Leave Requirements

Governor Henry McMaster recently signed a law that prevents political subdivisions in South Carolina from requiring private employers to provide employee benefits such as paid sick leave, paid vacation, and paid holidays....more

Mike Knapek and Steven Dimitt Provide ‘Tips for Handling a RLUIPA Lawsuit’

by Jackson Walker on

Attorneys Mike Knapek and Steven Dimitt represent churches and religious institutions in matters related to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). In a recent article published by the American Bar...more

Urban Renewal Applicability Bill Provides Certainty to Urban Renewal Community; Plus Two Other Urban Renewal Bills

On Friday, March 31, more than a year of ongoing discussions and negotiations among urban renewal stakeholders came to fruition with the introduction by Colorado State Sens. Rachel Zenziger (D – Arvada) and Beth Martinez...more

Appellate Group News: 2016 Year In Review

by Murtha Cullina on

The Appellate Practice Group of Murtha Cullina is regularly trusted to handle appeals by trial counsel within and outside the firm, as well as individuals and institutional clients. We are grateful for these opportunities and...more

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