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State Government Control of Local Water Systems

It is impossible to know the internal considerations of the North Carolina Supreme Court when it accepted for review the case of City of Asheville v. State of North Carolina and the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe...more

Challenge to FCC Preemption of State Prohibition on Municipal Broadband to be Heard in March

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has set oral argument for 9:00 a.m., Thursday, March 17, 2016 on the appeals brought by the States of Tennessee and North Carolina challenging the FCC’s order striking down provisions of...more

Land Use Matters: Alston & Bird LLP, January 2016

On January 4, 2016, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the nomination of Vince Bertoni as the new General Manager of the Department of City Planning (DCP). Bertoni has served five years as the City of Pasadena’s Planning and...more

Expropriation in Calgary: The Southeast LRT is Coming

The City of Calgary has identified portions or all of several dozen residential and commercial properties it may need to expropriate along the planned route of the Green Line Southeast LRT. Councillors debated the potential...more

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Holds Lease Exception of Local Tax Enabling Act Does Not Prevent Business Privilege Tax from...

On December 21, 2015, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held that the exception in 53 P.S. §6924.301.1(f)(1) of the Local Tax Enabling Act (LTEA), which prohibits the taxation of leases and lease transactions, does not...more

Shrinking Buffer Zones? Municipalities Now Have Discretion to Decrease the 1,000 Foot Requirement

Looking for a location for a licensed marijuana premises? Changes to the buffer zone requirements may be headed to your fair city. Previously, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“LCB”) would not issue a...more

Uncertainty Remains Surrounding the Nonprofit Hospital Tax Exemption

In a recent ground-breaking decision, the New Jersey Tax Court in AHS Hospital Corp., d/b/a Morristown Memorial Hospital v. Town of Morristown shattered the previous near incontestability of the tax exemption that has...more

Limitations and Notice Requirements for Tort Claims Against Government Entities

Alabama - Source of Government Immunity - - Claims against State: Ala. Const. art. I, §14. ..State is immune from tort actions. ..Bars (1) claims against the State, (2) claims against a State agency, (3)...more

Public Utility Companies Look to Gobble up Municipal Systems through Private Sales

Large privately held, publicly regulated utility companies with a focus on rapid growth and expansion throughout the Commonwealth have a new target - municipally owned water and wastewater systems. Pennsylvania legislation...more

[Event] Agribusiness Expansion Impacts on Wastewater Utilities: How to Plan and Support a Successful Project - Jan. 27th, Grand...

TECHNICAL AND ENGINEERING ISSUES FOR CONSIDERATION WHEN ASSESSING PROJECT VIABILITY David Filipiak and Wayne Langeland, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc....more

Employer Posting Requirements Under New Jersey Law

In 2015, Elizabeth and Bloomfield joined the growing number of New Jersey municipalities mandating paid sick leave. These new laws all contain corresponding mandatory posting requirements (see below). Consequently, with the...more

If Pain, Yes Gain — Part XV: Court Rejects Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act

On December 21, 2015, Judge Joseph James of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas overturned Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Days Act (“PSDA”), agreeing with the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association and several local...more

Court Issues Moratorium on New TIF Projects Due to City’s Reporting Violation

A recent court decision shows that judges are willing to hold a municipality responsible for failing to strictly comply with Tax Increment Financing (TIF) reporting requirements....more

NYC To Provide Municipal Employees With Six Weeks of Paid Maternity, Paternity, Adoption And Foster-Care Leave As of January 1,...

On December 22, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he will sign an Executive Order granting municipal managers and non-unionized workers up to 6 weeks of paid maternity, paternity, adoption and...more

Defense Wins Motion Regarding Damages in Fernandez v. City of Phoenix

Donald L. Myles, Jr., Lori L. Voepel, Michele Molinario, and Justin M. Ackerman previously obtained a win for the City of Phoenix at the Superior Court of Arizona. Plaintiffs, assignees of former Phoenix police officer...more

New California Laws Impacting Public Agencies

This comprehensive round-up includes new legislation that will impact cities, counties, special districts and schools. There were many bills passed by California lawmakers this year that will impact municipalities and...more

Property Owners: Be Aware of Upcoming Washington Country Tax Reassessment

To culminate a process that has been years in the making, in February 2016, Washington County will be issuing notices to real estate owners showing their new property assessments. Because county, municipal and school...more

Portland Passes Strict New "Ban The Box" Law

The Portland City Council passed its own version of a “Ban The Box” law right before the Thanksgiving holiday, which will require most businesses operating in the city to adjust their hiring practices. Under the strict new...more

Bankruptcy Beat: The Second Circuit Establishes a Binding Standard For Lien Extinguishment Under a Plan of Reorganization

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion, City of Concord, N.H. v. N. New England Tel. Operations, LLC (In re N. New England Tel. Operations LLC), 795 F.3d 343 (2d Cir. 2015), addressing an issue of...more

If Pain, Yes Gain — Part XII: Paid Sick Leave Spreading in New Jersey

After a wave of recent developments, New Jersey continues to solidify its status as the state with the most municipal paid sick leave laws in the country. Earlier this month, voters in Elizabeth approved a paid sick...more

Municipal Legal News: Volume 1, Number 2 November 2015

Employment Requirements for Building Officials - The Michigan Attorney General has interpreted a recent law requiring municipal building officials to be “employed” by a municipality to mean that building officials cannot...more

SEC Announces Further Enforcement Actions in the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) announced enforcement actions against 22 municipal underwriters on September 30, 2015, as part of its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative...more

Legal Ramifications of the Bedbug Renaissance

Recently, several states and municipalities have increased landlords’ responsibility pertaining to prevention, disclosure and treatment of bedbugs in their housing units. As many unfortunately know, controlling a bedbug...more

Recent MCDC Settlements Provide Guidance Concerning Scope of Materiality in Continuing Disclosure Obligations

In responding to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) initiative, the unanswered question for many municipalities and broker-dealers was determining whether...more

New York City Defends its Community Preference Policy

Introduction - On October 2, 2015, the City of New York moved to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the City of unlawfully perpetuating racial segregation in the housing industry. See Janell Winfield, et al. v. City of New...more

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