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Supreme Court denies Cert in Cases Challenging Constitutionality of AIA Trials

On October 11, 2016, the US Supreme Court denied petitions for certiorari filed in two cases by parties challenging the constitutionality of post grant proceedings instituted under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act....more

The Saga of Pennsylvania's Act 13 Comes to an End

With a bang, rather than a whimper, the saga of Pennsylvania’s Act 13 appears to have finally come to an end. On September 28, 2016, nearly three years after giving teeth to the long-dormant environmental rights amendment to...more

Top Ten Things To Know About California's Proposition 64

The Basics: Prop. 64 is a voter-initiated statute legalizing nonmedical use/possession of 1 oz. or less of loose marijuana and up to 8 grams of marijuana products for those 21 and older. It also legalizes personal cultivation...more

No Prescriptive Rights Arise from Misuse of Dedicated Area

In 2012 the Michigan Legislature passed PA 56 in an attempt to stop the misappropriation of public road ends by private individuals. Though PA 56 carries criminal penalties, a recent Court of Appeals decision reflects that...more

MCLE Self Study Article: Property Rights to the Periphery of the Universe or Only to the Rooftop?: The Effects of Drones on...

Imagine a peaceful summer afternoon at home with your family. You’re inside preparing food for a barbeque while the rest of your family sunbathes and plays by the backyard pool. Suddenly, your teenage daughter runs into the...more

How to Negotiate a Right of Entry After Property Reserve

Last month, the California Supreme Court’s decision in Property Reserve v. Superior Court provided long-awaited certainty for public agencies after a court of appeal determined the often-used “right of entry” statutes failed...more

Pokémon Go Faces More Criticism

Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality game in which players use their mobile device to catch Pokémon in the players’ real-world surroundings by utilizing the camera, GPS, and gyroscope features of the mobile...more

Pokemon Go Away: Monsters Creating Nuisance Problems

This game has been all the rage since July. Engadget reports over 100 million downloads of Pokemon Go, racking up $10 million each day in revenue for game makers Niantic, The Pokemon Company and Nintendo. It’s a beast. ...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

California Supreme Court Upholds Right of Entry Statutes, but "Reforms" them to Comply with Constitution

When public agencies analyze a potential public project, they often need to gain access to private property for surveys, testing, and to otherwise investigate whether a particular property is suitable for a planned project. ...more

California’s Precondemnation Right of Entry Statutes Upheld — With a Slight Judicial Tweak

For the last two-plus years, we have been waiting for guidance from the California Supreme Court on whether public agencies could utilize the statutory “right of entry” procedure to gain access to private property to conduct...more

Don't make promises you cannot keep: Developer behaviour in the spotlight

In Ottercroft Ltd v. Scandia Care Ltd (1) and Rahimain (2), the court of Appeal has upheld a first instance decision to award an injunction against a developer who infringed an adjoining owner's rights of light. ...more

Wyoming Prohibits Trespassing For Resource Data Collection: Might Massachusetts Follow?

In a fascinating case, Judge Scott Skavdahl (who recently struck down BLM’s fracking regulations) dismissed challenges from NRDC and PETA, among others, to a Wyoming law that prohibits trespassing on private land for the...more

Princesses Everywhere Embrace Recent Decision, Private Land Property Owners Not So Much

This decision is reminiscent of a fairytale about a princess and her frog prince and the croaking chorus of the Frogs of Aristophane. On June 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a significant ruling...more

Classic Private Property Rights and Public Coffers

In April 2014, we posted a blog discussing the North Carolina Supreme Court’s opinion in Beroth Oil v. NCDOT, 367 N.C. 33, 757 S.E. 2d 466 (2014). (See here) In that post, we compared high frequency stock market trading and...more

Private Employer Posting Requirements: Prohibition Of Guns In The Workplace

With recent events regarding gun violence, employers should be aware that several states require private employers to post notices if they ban guns at the workplace. An employer’s obligation regarding specific language and...more

The writing's on the wall - Winterburn & another v. Bennett & another

In Winterburn & another v. Bennett & another [2016] EWCA Civ 482 the Court of Appeal held that signs clearly visible to all stating that a car park was private property defeated a claim by a neighbouring owner that it had...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: May 2016 #1

IRS Reevaluates "Bad Boy" Carve-Outs - Before providing a non-recourse loan to a Limited Liability Company (LLC) – i.e., one for which the LLC members do not bear the risk of economic loss – a lender often will require...more

Impairment of Views From (or to) Private Property Does Not Constitute a Taking Requiring the Payment of Just Compensation

On April 26, 2016, in Boxer v. City of Beverly Hills (Case No.B258459), the Second District Court of Appeal roundly rejecting a takings lawsuit premised on alleged impairment of private views and speculative risk of fire...more

Unraveling the Property Right of Access to Roadways

For owners, “access” to abutting or surrounding roadways is essential to their property. Without it a piece of property is “landlocked” and thus has little, if any, economic utility. Private property owners want good access...more

FERC denies Oregon LNG project applications

U.S. energy regulators have denied applications to site, construct, and operate the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal, an associated pipeline and related facilities slated for development in...more

Flying Witnesses: Admissibility of Drone-Gathered Evidence in Florida

Unmanned flight isn’t new, nor is aerial photography. Hobbyists have been rigging cameras to model airplanes since long before the word “drone” became commonplace. What’s new is the proliferation of massproduced, inexpensive...more

Court Affirmed Government Seizure Of Trust Asset

In 3607 Tampico Dr. v. State, the government brought a forfeiture proceeding under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 59.02(a) for a house owned by a trust. No. 11-13-00306-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 13056 (Tex....more

Aerial trespass, privacy violations, and the drone slayer

John David Boggs’s drone was shot down out of the sky last summer when he flew it over another individual’s home. Bogg’s claims that he was flying his drone over Class G airspace –federal protected airspace. Bogg’s claims...more

Water and Land Part 2

Water and Land - In Part I, we discussed the lawsuit between the State of North Carolina and Alcoa which determined that Alcoa owns a 45 mile portion of the Yadkin River riverbed. State of North Carolina v. Alcoa Power...more

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