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Court Decision Dismisses Challenge to Gun Lake Band’s Trust Land

Last Friday, July 15, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the constitutionality of the Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act. Because the Court agreed with the D.C. District Court's finding of constitutionality, it...more

Not Just About the Money

Early intervention by property owner counsel can sometimes result in convincing condemning authorities to alter either their project or the rights sought to prevent catastrophic consequences to the owner and massive just...more

New York City Expands Law Governing Displaced Building Service Workers

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed a bill amending the New York City Displaced Building Service Workers Protection Act (“the Displaced Workers Act” or “the Act”), first enacted by the City Council in 2002. As originally...more

Changes to the resolution of domestic building disputes in Victoria

The Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2016 (BLA Act) will come into operation on 1 July 2017 changing the way domestic building disputes are handled under the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 (DBC...more

Texas Supreme Court Classifies Mosquitos as Wild Animals, Discharges Liability for Mosquito Bites

The Texas Supreme Court handed property owners a major victory on an issue of increasing importance as West Nile Virus and Zika Virus spread around the country. The court held that the doctrine of ferae naturae limits a...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

If You Build It, They Will Get Just Compensation

One thousand nine hundred fifty-four (1,954) miles: the length of the United States’ border with Mexico, and the possible future site for President Donald Trump’s infamous Great Wall. The Wall has been a calling card of the...more

Wetlands Determinations - Uncertainty for the Clean Water Rule?

On May 31, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc. holding that approved judicial determinations as to the presence of wetlands issued by the...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - July 2016

It is a busy week at the General Assembly as legislators are pushing through the final days of the 2016 short session. The legislature is expected to adjourn for the year either late today, July 5, or tomorrow, July 6. The...more

An Owner’s Guide to Notices of Completion, Cessation and Non-Responsibility

We talk a lot about contractors on the California Construction Law Blog. Owners? Not so much. So this one’s for you...more

SCOTUS Gives Landowners New Tools to Challenge Wetlands Permitting Decisions

The United States Supreme Court handed landowners and developers a win this month in a unanimous decision allowing appeals to federal courts of Army Corps of Engineers determinations that a body of water or wetland is subject...more

Issues for overseas companies relating to UK land and UK government work

Recent government proposals will affect overseas companies that own UK land and that bid for UK government contracts. On 12 May 2016, the UK's Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced plans to introduce a public register...more

Oakland County Road Commission Filing Suits for Maple/Orchard Lake Roundabout

Recently, the Oakland County Road Commission has been filing suits involving properties on Orchard Lake Road. The Oakland County Road Commission has a long-term plan to install multiple roundabouts in the area of Orchard...more

Elevator Considered “Falling Object” Under New York Labor Law §240(1)

In McCrea v. Arnlie Realty Co. LLC, 2016 N.Y.App.Div LEXIS 4215 (1st Dep’t June 7, 2016), plaintiff, an elevator repairman, was present at defendant’s property to investigate a scraping noise that could be heard while the...more

That Sinking Feeling

Structuring the ownership of mixed use buildings requires care both initially and then during the management of the building.  In a recent case, an investor in the residential parts of a mixed use building faces a significant...more

TAKEN! Historic Eminent Domain Decision: NCDOT Must Pay When it Files a Transportation Corridor Protection Map

On June 10, 2016 the North Carolina Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the North Carolina Court of Appeals in the case of Kirby v. North Carolina Department of Transportation....more

Make the Most of Your Mediation: The Neighbor Dispute

Disputes between neighbors are among the most blistering battles in the courthouse. As one advocate observed during a break in Day 3 of Hatfield v. McCoy, “At least in a divorce, one of the parties moves out of the house.”...more

10th Circuit Reverses Punitive Damages Against Property Owner Based on Use of “Reputable” Contractor

As we reported earlier this month, courts sometimes disregard the general rule of non-liability for the conduct of independent contractors, and allow liability to be imposed against principals — including for punitive damages...more

A New Defense to Nuisance Injunction Actions in Tennessee

After July 1, 2016, under certain limited circumstances, real property owners in Tennessee may abate a nuisance on their property (of which they were unaware), and avoid the harsh effects of an injunction, without...more

The Supreme Court Holds that Army Corps’ Jurisdictional Determinations are Final Actions Subject to Judicial Review

On May 31, 2016, in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., the US Supreme Court unanimously held that a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) approved jurisdictional determination (JD) is a final agency action...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - U.S. Supreme Court allows pre-permit challenges to approved jurisdictional determinations - Allen Matkins - May 31 - In a major new legal development for the Clean Water Act's...more

Supreme Court Sides with Property Owners: Jurisdictional Determination is Reviewable

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court decided that Army Corps’ jurisdictional determinations are judicially reviewable. This decision leaves open the question of whether other types of administrative decisions are immediately...more

Alabama Puts The Mystery Back Into All-Risk Coverage

Insuring property against loss creates an unavoidable moral hazard: policyholders often have an incentive to cause or allow their property to disappear. Early efforts to limit insurers’ exposure to that risk—such as requiring...more

Unanimous Supreme Court Sides With Property Owners In Clean Water Act Row

Introduction - On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision that continues a trend of judicial skepticism toward federal agency efforts to avoid judicial review of agency permitting and related...more

US Supreme Court Holds US Army Corps Clean Water Act Determinations Reviewable

Decision allows landowners to challenge in court a US Army Corps of Engineers’ determination that a property is subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act....more

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