Private Property

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Guns in the Trunks: Employees Now Can Sue Their Employers!

It has long been a crime to carry a gun on private property if prohibited by the owner. The enactment two years ago of the so-called "Guns in the Trunks" law changes this long standing law. See Tenn. Code Ann. 39-17-1313....more

A “Magnificently Convoluted and Contentious” Plat

Plats continue to be a source of frustration, uncertainty and expense for owners of waterfront property. In Sims Township v. Arenac County Drain Commissioner, the Michigan Court of Appeals described a "magnificently...more

An Overview of the Lingering Uncertainty Surrounding the "Guns in Trunks" Law

Background The volume of gun sales has been increasing steadily across the United States over the last few years, and more citizens than ever are obtaining state-issued concealed firearms licenses. State governments, as well...more

DWI in Your Driveway

Drivers in the Commonwealth be forewarned: a conviction for driving while intoxicated does not require that the defendant be driving the vehicle or that it be on a public road....more

Court Decision Confirms Shopping Center's Right To Limit Expressive Activity to Designated Areas

The California Court of Appeal recently affirmed a retail owner's right to limit expressive activity to areas designated in a written policy. The decision highlights the value of time, place, and manner policies to commercial...more

High Court Reaffirms Local Government's Authority in Denials of Applications for Cell Towers

Decision Clarifies that Local Government’s Decision Need Not State Reasons if they are Contemporaneously Published Elsewhere - A local government need not state the reasons for its denial of a new cell-tower...more

Drone on Drones: Drones on Drones

Domestic drone use presents a variety of problems, from worries about privacy and pervasive surveillance, to fears of public safety and concerns about how a crowded airspace may change life on the ground. But one new idea...more

Industry Challenging County and Municipal Bans on Multiple Fronts

Municipalities and counties have joined forces with environmental groups to halt hydraulic fracking and related well stimulation techniques. Environmental groups have filed suits under the National Environmental Policy Act...more

District Court Strikes Down Regulation of Purely Intrastate Species on Private Land

In a significant Endangered Species Act case, the Utah District Court has ruled that Congress may not regulate take of the threatened Utah prairie dog, a purely intrastate species, on non-federal land. The court found that...more

Court Finds Endangered Species Act Cannot Regulate Species on Private Lands Within a Single State

In a win for property owners and project proponents, a Utah federal district court has ruled that the United States Constitution does not authorize the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) to regulate impacts to the Utah...more

There is Still No Private Right of Condemnation (Generally)

Most people understand the basic concept of eminent domain: the government takes someone’s private property and pays the owner “just compensation” for the taking. Sometimes, however, the government “takes” (or “damages”)...more

Court Permits Political Candidate to Solicit Nominating Signatures on Retailer’s Private Property

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a supermarket violated a political candidate’s state constitutional rights when the store manager prevented him from collecting nomination signatures on the sidewalk...more

Shopping for Milk, Bread and Signatures: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Allows Solicitation of Political Nomination...

A recent decision issued by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has expanded a citizen’s right to conduct political activity on a retailer’s private property. In the case, STEVEN M. GLOVSKY vs. ROCHE BROS....more

Fourth Amendment Precludes Inspection Of Private Property Even In Assessment Review Litigation

Recently there has been increasing debate regarding if and when assessing jurisdictions, or its agents, can invade the privacy of New York residents. Even New York’s governor has been impacted by this issue. Last week, the...more

Employers’ Right to Restrict Non-Employees’ Access to Their Property

Can Non-Employees Be Denied Access to Employers’ Property? Employers often raise questions on whether labor law requires them to allow non-employees to solicit, hand-bill, demonstrate, etc. on the employers’ property....more

Legal Update: Government Precondemnation Entry and Inspection – A Review of Property Reserve, Inc. v. Superior Court (2014)

There are four ways the government can enter onto private property: - It has permission of the property owner. - In an emergency (Tenth Amendment/police power). - It has a search warrant, based on...more

Firearm Concealed Carry Act

On July 9, 2013, the Firearm Concealed Carry Act became state law and Illinois became the 50th state to enact concealed-carry legislation. The Illinois law allows concealed guns on private property and places of work and...more

Legislation Requiring the Purchase of Private Property

As recently reported by Aaron Kinney of the San Mateo County Times, State Senator Jerry Hill is planning to introduce legislating requiring the California State Lands Commission to acquire the private property of a Silicon...more

Victory on Permit Conditions Does Not Justify Fee Award

In Norberg v. California Coastal Commission the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided a unique case arising from a permit dispute with the California Coastal Commission (“the Commission”)....more

Proposed EPA Water Rule Could Expand Regulatory Authority Over Streams And Wetlands

A new EPA rule could drastically expand the agency's regulatory authority over streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The agency released a draft report in September titled "Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to...more

Leaked Draft Rule Increases Federal Power Over Private Lands

Federal control over private lands would be expanded significantly under a proposed rule reportedly drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ("Corps"). Industry groups...more

This Land Is Your Land - I Better Keep Off

Contrary to Woody Guthrie's catchy tune, there are many good reasons to keep your property "private" and free from uninvited guests: the potential for property damage, theft, and liability for injuries to name a few. The...more

Can Bankruptcy Be A Tool To Combat Eminent Domain? Probably Not

There are times when governments, attempting to revitalize a downtown area or conduct other operations, need to take private lands to further their purpose. To do so, they may invoke their eminent domain powers....more

Florida Federal Court Orders $137 Million Forfeiture for Investment Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

The US District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently ordered one participant in a sophisticated investment fraud and money laundering scheme to forfeit $137 million in assets including cash, real property,...more

Understanding Property Easements in California

What is an easement? Simply put, an easement is a right to use land that belongs to someone else. In California, easements are considered a critical component of property law....more

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