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Texas Supreme Court Reinforces that Subcontractors May be Liable to Property Owners

On August 22, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that both the trial court and the court of appeals improperly dismissed a property owner's claim for negligence against a subcontractor for improper plumbing installation in...more

If the Suit Fits: A Washington Court Clarifies Triggers for the Duty to Defend

Like many other federal and state environmental laws, Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) exposes property owners to strict liability, regardless of fault or intent, for certain types of environmental contamination. ...more

New retainage law goes into effect November 6

Massachusetts enacted a new retainage law that will require owners, prime contractors and subcontractors to pay retainage according to the law’s terms on a construction contract if... ...more

Claimant Must Exhaust Administrative Remedies Provided For In The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of...

After defaulting on his Hawaii home mortgage with Washington Mutual Bank ("Wamu") and facing nonjudicial foreclosure, Todd Rundgren (Hello It's Me) and his wife, Michelle (collectively the "Rundgrens"), sued Wamu and JP...more

Insight on Estate Planning - August/September 2014

In This Issue: - Unintended consequences: After divorce, review your estate plan to avoid surprises - Protecting your real estate assets - How will the GST tax affect your estate plan? - Estate...more

Changes Made to the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law to Protect Holders of Open-End Mortgages and Residential Property Owners

Mechanics’ liens grant contractors and subcontractors an interest in improvements made to real property to secure the payment obligations of owners to contractors, and of contractors to subcontractors. While these liens...more

Property owners encouraged to act now to preserve real burdens

The purpose of this bulletin is to highlight the fact that certain real burdens will be automatically extinguished on 28 November 2014, unless action is taken by property owners to preserve them....more

Naming rights: Finding and naming the proper entities in a premises case

The lawyer looked at the satellite view. The client had circled where the injury occurred – in the midst of a plaza. The injury? Straightforward. Who owned the plaza? A little more complicated. The pondered how to find the...more

Government to Remove Rules Preventing Short-Term Renting of Residential Properties in London

The rules were introduced by the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1973 (and amended by the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1983). Under these Acts, use as temporary sleeping accommodation in exchange...more

New Jersey Allows Localities To Levy Fines For Failure To Maintain Vacant Properties

On May 15, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed AB 347, which authorizes municipalities to impose penalties on a creditor that fails to timely remedy violations related to the maintenance of vacant residential property...more

Chuck Yeager Tackles Numerous Legal Battles

After spending the better part of his life accomplishing what most men could only dream of, the legendary General Charles “Chuck” Yeager has been locked up with legal issues for the past few years. Once admired for being a...more

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – Reading Between the Liens

Maine has one of the most powerful mechanics lien laws in the country protecting contractors’ rights to get paid for their work, sometimes to the detriment of owners and mortgage holders. A mechanics lien creates a security...more

3 Reasons Why Florida Property Owners Need Title Insurance

If you’ve never purchased a home or other property before, the learning curve can seem overwhelmingly steep. There are forms to sign, authorizations to give, and a seemingly never ending list of questions to answer. Florida...more

Mi Casa es Su Casa! - Planning Considerations Non-Resident Aliens Purchasing a Home in America

Overview - In spite of our many problems as a nation, the quality of life and level of economic opportunity as well as the overall respect for the rule of law, places the United States in a very unique position when...more

Arizona Supreme Court Holds That Property Owner Who Quarreled With Light Rail Construction Should Be Compensated For Lost Access

Late last week, the Arizona Supreme Court handed down a decision that clarified the rights of property owners who lose access to an abutting road and, in the process, reinforced the principle that both elimination and...more

Flash Boys and the Transportation Corridor Act

Michael Lewis' new book, Flash Boys concerns high frequency traders using advance notice of a stock purchase to reap extra profits. Fittingly, the North Carolina Supreme Court's decision in Beroth Oil v. NCDOT was published...more

FHFA, City Of Chicago Resolve Dispute Over Vacant Property Ordinance

On April 3, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois approved an order of dismissal and memorandum of understanding jointly entered by the FHFA and the City of Chicago to end more than two years of...more

Property Tax Appeals In Minnesota: Deadline For Petition Is April 30

Property owners should have already received their 2014 property tax statements from the county assessor. The tax statements will identify the assessor’s estimated market value for the owner’s property as of January 2, 2013,...more

New Hurdles for Public Agencies: Accessing Property May Now Require Eminent Domain Actions

For the first time in 38 years, a court has declared part of California’s statutory eminent domain law unconstitutional. The ruling, if upheld, will create additional hurdles for public agencies and may have unintended...more

Property Reserve, Inc. v. Superior Court: California Property Owners Secure Victory in New Eminent Domain Opinion

In a victory for California property owners, the California Court of Appeal, on March 13, 2014, issued a new opinion holding that the State of California's proposed entry onto hundreds of properties in Northern California for...more

New California Court of Appeal Opinion Holds That Supreme Court's Seminal Nollan and Dolan Opinions do Not Apply Where a Permit...

The well-known "nexus" and "rough proportionality" tests from the United States Supreme Court's opinions in Nollan v. California Coastal Commission, 483 U.S. 825 (1987) and Dolan v. City of Tigard, 512 U.S. 374 (1994) do not...more

I Know My (Vested) Rights! Developing a Project in a Changing Climate

More than one landowner has been disappointed to find out they cannot develop their property how they would like. This disappointment can be compounded if the landowner bought a property based on its zoning potential, but the...more

Separate But Not Equal: The New Commercial and Industrial Common Interest Development Statute

Introduction - Since 1986, a single body of law, the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act (“Davis-Sterling Act”), has governed both residential and commercial common interest developments. The provisions of...more

ABOR Fences Out a Property Owner’s Quiet Title Action

In May of last year, the Arizona Court of Appeals determined that “the statute of limitations does not run against a plaintiff in possession who brings a quiet title action purely to remove a cloud on the title to his...more

John Gaied v. New York State Tax Appeals

Opinion Reversing Appellate Court Judgment

New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, today issued a decision reversing an appellate court judgment in John Gaied v. New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal. The case involved a resident of New Jersey who owned...more

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