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Client Alert: Fourth DCA Reverses Itself in Ober, Restores Certainty with Foreclosures

Back in October, Shumaker published a Client Alert which described the judicial uncertainty generated by the decision in Ober v. Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, 41 Fla. L. Weekly 1978, Case No. 4D14–4597 (Fla. 4th DCA, August...more

Annexing Property in Maryland: So You Want to Be Part of Life in the Big City?

Life in the big city has its advantages. Desirable public services, such as police protection, trash collection, public water and sewer service, and other services and amenities are available that you may not have if you live...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017

Los Angeles, Seattle Top List of Best Markets for Multifamily Investment - Marcus & Millichap's 2017 National Multifamily Index (NMI) ranks Los Angeles and Seattle first and second, respectively, among 46 major domestic...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017

The Agency of Transportation has submitted a proposal to the House Transportation Committee that would allow the agency to seek damages from a utility that fails to move or adjust a utility line that is in a state or local...more

The Continued Uncertainty of Paid Sick Leave Laws

Just days after Cook County passed its Paid Sick Leave Ordinance on October 5, 2016, several Cook County suburbs began the process of opting out of the law. So far, four have successfully done so. On November 15, 2016,...more

Seventh Circuit Strikes Down Zoning Regulations and Age Restriction Governing Shooting Ranges

On Jan. 18, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit struck down Chicago's zoning regulations limiting shooting ranges to only a small portion of the city, as well as the city's ban on minors entering shooting...more

South Carolina Court of Appeals, in Olds v. City of Goose Creek, Affirms Circuit Court Order Regarding Definition of Gross Income...

In Olds v. City of Goose Creek, 2016 S.C. App. LEXIS 147, the South Carolina Court of Appeals provides a thorough discussion of the application of the South Carolina business license tax to a taxpayer’s gross income. The...more

New Orleans Mayor Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Wage History Inquires

On January 25, 2017, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed Executive Order MJL17-01, which prohibits questions about salary history during the application process for persons seeking employment with the City of New Orleans....more

Billboards in Unincorporated Areas of California Subject to City, County Regulations

Many of California’s roadways are littered with advertising. A question regarding oversight of roadside billboards, however, has long remained: Does the state have ultimate control or can municipalities weigh in on...more

Illinois Appellate Court Limits Warrantless Searches of Liquor Licensees

The Illinois Appellate Court has found unconstitutional a provision of the Illinois Liquor Control Act (Liquor Act) that authorizes unlimited inspection of liquor retailers' premises by local officials. The court ruled that...more

Fishers City Council Member and Advisory Plan Commission Member Updates

The Fishers City Council recently elected David George to serve as President of the City Council in 2017 and Todd Zimmerman to serve as Vice-President....more

Update: Michigan Library TIF Legislation

Earlier this month, a package of bills was signed into law that would phase out the capture of tax increment revenues generated by library millages by downtown development authorities, tax increment finance authorities, local...more

Alert: Massachusetts Property Tax Alert

On August 9, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed The Municipal Modernization Act – An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government – H. 4565, which was effective as of November 7, 2016, unless otherwise...more

Can Zoning Stop Property Owners from Renting?

Local governments may not rely on zoning rules to prohibit renters in multi-family housing developments. Many local governments (and residents) prefer property owners living in their communities rather than tenants. This...more

Minneapolis Safe and Sick Leave Ordinance Survives Broad Injunction Threat but Is Restricted to Employers Within City Limits

A challenge brought in state court by a coalition of business groups, employers, and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce seeking a temporary injunction to prevent the Minneapolis Safe and Sick Time Ordinance (No. 2016-040) from...more

Closing the Salary Gap: Mayor Kenney Signs Philadelphia’s First Pay Equity Bill

Last month, Philadelphia’s City Council unanimously approved a pay equity bill—priming Philadelphia to become the first city in the nation to adopt comprehensive “wage-gap” legislation. On January 23, 2017, three days...more

Philadelphia Becomes First U.S. City to Prohibit Inquiries into Applicants’ Wage Histories

On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law the “Wage History Ordinance,” which bans all employers doing business in Philadelphia from asking job applicants about their wage histories, subject to a few...more

Notable Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation Cases from 2016

Here is a list of California’s appellate cases from 2016 in the eminent domain and inverse condemnation arenas that caught our attention...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Brown secures an Eskom cut-off reprieve - Indebted municipalities have been handed a reprieve from scheduled power outages after Public Enterprises Minister...more

Are Land Use Fees the Solution to Long Island’s Fiscal Challenges?

In an effort to generate revenue without raising taxes, many municipalities on Long Island, and elsewhere in New York State, are turning to the use of various forms of land development fees to meet their fiscal challenges. In...more

Connecticut Town Struck by Cyber Fraud

On January 17, 2017, officials in Farmington, Connecticut disclosed that the town was recently the victim of a multi-million dollar theft likely perpetrated by sophisticated cybercriminals operating in China. The thieves...more

Municipal Land Use Appeals – Ripe for Confusion?

For the past decade, Maine's Supreme Judicial Court has been struggling to find a way to reduce – and expedite – the number of land use appeals going through the courts. It took the opportunity to make a sweeping new rule in...more

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

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