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Changes to Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for Land Title Surveys Coming in February

The American Land Title Association (ALTA) and National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) have announced changes to the standards for the minimum standard detail requirements for land title surveys of real property....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

(US) Property Reassessment is Coming to Washington County, PA

Washington County, Pennsylvania recently concluded its first county-wide reassessment in over thirty-five years, with reassessment values effective for the 2017 tax year. Property owners will receive two separate notices...more

Kyiv Real Estate Newsletter (Ukrainian)

The new year started with significant changes regarding the registration of rights to real estate. In particular, the restated Law of Ukraine “On State Registration of Proprietary Rights to Real Estate and Their...more

Kyiv Real Estate Newsletter

The new year started with significant changes regarding the registration of rights to real estate. In particular, the restated Law of Ukraine “On State Registration of Proprietary Rights to Real Estate and Their...more

AIG Bows Out of the Pollution Legal Liability Market

On January 26, 2016, insurance giant AIG announced a major restructuring designed to make it a “more profitable and focused insurer.” Apparently as a result of these efforts to streamline and slim down, AIG has begun...more

Contractors can be Liable for Following Owners’ Directives

In Downey v. Chutehall Construction Co. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-001-16), the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled a contractor can be liable for violating building codes despite the fact that the party suing it directed the...more

It’s That Time Again! Property Tax Appeals in Connecticut: Know When to File

The deadline for appealing Connecticut local property taxes is approaching. For many cities and towns, that date is February 20 unless the town has extended the deadline. If a property owner does not file a tax appeal...more

New regulations will oblige owners of buildings in Scotland to improve or report on energy efficiency of buildings

Section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 provides for regulations to be made for: (1) the assessment of the energy performance of existing non-domestic buildings and greenhouse gas emissions from such buildings;...more

Menlo Park Grade Separations – On Track

The City of Menlo Park is proceeding with two transportation projects. The first one, an undercrossing to separate bicycles and pedestrians from rail traffic at Middle Avenue, received the green light from the City Council...more

UPDATE: Pa. Commonwealth Court Affirms Trial Court Decision Permitting Use of Eminent Domain by Pa. Gas Utility to Supply Private...

A three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, in a pair of memorandum opinions, recently affirmed a trial court decision authorizing a natural gas public utility to use its eminent domain power to condemn an...more

New Year Brings New Gun Laws in Texas

Texas has long allowed licensed citizens to carry concealed handguns, but in 2016 Texas will allow “open carry” for the first time. For employers, this means dusting off the gun policies and signs on your front doors to...more

Georgia Court Confirms Measurement of Damages from Construction Stormwater Runoff onto Adjacent Property

The Georgia Court of Appeals recently upheld the assessment of damages against a property owner for the damage caused to a neighboring pond by erosion and sedimentation resulting from grading and construction inRidley v....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

Negligence – Premises Liability – Property Owner Not Liable For Painter’s Accident – No Evidence of Negligence by the Property...

Tomas Vebr v. Gary A. Culp et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (October 28, 2015) - Workers’ compensation insurance is required for issuance of a contractor’s license in California pursuant to...more

Understanding the New Texas “Open Carry” Gun Laws

Effective January 1, 2016, individuals with a license to carry will be authorized to carry a holstered handgun openly in public. Texas property owners must comply with specific requirements if they decide to prohibit guns on...more

Final Acceptance Under Utah’s Retainage Law: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

Property owners seeking to insulate themselves from some of the inherent risks associated with construction projects often turn to retainage provisions to reallocate very specific risks—the risks of delay, defective...more

Court Affirmed Judgment On Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claim Because Plaintiff Swore In Bankruptcy Filings That He Did Not Have Any...

In Archer v. Allison, a plaintiff sued his daughter and her husband for breaching fiduciary duties and other related causes of action related to their work in certain businesses. No. 07-14-003130CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 12361...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...more

Constitutional Court Provides Clarity on Rights of Licensees to Construct Facilities on Another Person's Land Under the Electronic...

In City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality v. Link Africa (Pty) Ltd and Others (CCT 184/14) [2015] ZACC 29, the Constitutional Court confirmed the constitutionality of a provision in the Electronic Communications Act 36 of...more

Report: solar panels add home appraisal value

"How will putting rooftop solar panels on my home affect its value?" is a common question among those considering residential-sited solar energy projects. ...more

Avoid Slips, Falls and Other Winter Injuries in Chicago

When winter comes to Chicago, the seasonal change brings injury risks along with the holiday festivities. Some of winter’s hazards are obvious. For example, most Chicago drivers know how to navigate snowy and icy roads, and...more

Deportee Subject to Personal Jurisdiction Under California’s Long-Arm Statute

In Buchanan v. Soto (Filed 11/6/2015, No. D065652), the Court of Appeal, Fourth District, held that a deportee who held an interest in real property within the State of California was subject to personal jurisdiction in...more

Water Rights Adjudication Process Serving Streamlined

AB 1390 expedites comprehensive groundwater adjudications to determine rights to extract groundwater in a basin. While AB 1390, a companion bill to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, streamlines several...more

Caltrans’ Highway 101 Overpass Condemnation Case Ends in Split Decision

For several years, we’ve been following an eminent domain lawsuit in Marin County involving Caltrans’ acquisition of 34 acres for a $29.7 million interchange project at the Redwood Sanitary Landfill, which would widen the...more

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