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In Lease Case, Maryland's Highest Court Brings State Law in Line With FOIA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Confidentiality is important for landlords and tenants in commercial lease transactions. For that reason, a recent Maryland Court of Appeals decision should be kept in mind when leases and other documents are submitted to...more

Supreme Court Develops New Multifactor Balancing Test to Determine What Constitutes a “Larger Parcel” in Regulatory Takings Cases

by Nossaman LLP on

Last week, the United States Supreme Court in Murr v. Wisconsin issued a key regulatory takings decision which creates a new multifactor balancing test to determine whether two adjacent properties with single ownership could...more

Redefining the Denominator: Supreme Court Adopts New Test in Regulatory Taking Case 

In Murr v. Wisconsin, the US Supreme Court declined to find that a landowner's riverfront property was the subject of a regulatory taking. In a 5-3 decision, the majority adopted a new test for defining the bounds of the...more

U.S. Supreme Court: State Law Merging Lots in Common Ownership Not a Regulatory Taking

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In an interesting twist, eight members of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed on June 23, 2017, in the case of Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214, that state regulations making two adjoining lots held in common ownership into a single...more

City of Bayonne, New Jersey Sued Over Denial of Application to Build a Mosque

Last month, Bayonne Muslims, a New Jersey not-for-profit religious congregation, sued the City of Bayonne, New Jersey (the “City”), challenging the City’s denial of certain variances needed to construct a mosque. ...more

[Webinar] OSHA Interpretations and Variances: Regulatory Strategies Resurrected in a Trump Administration - June 6th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

A new world has just taken hold in Washington, DC, and with it, we expect OSHA to be much more open to employers’ views how regulatory programs should apply in their workplaces. This opens the door to regulatory strategies...more

Dan Bailey Testifies Before Massachusetts Legislature on House Bill No. 1112, “An Act Improving Housing Opportunities and the...

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Massachusetts Legislature is considering a bill that seeks to reform zoning law and simplify the process for developers to build housing. Pierce Atwood real estate partner Daniel J. Bailey appeared on behalf of the...more

Mike Knapek and Steven Dimitt Provide ‘Tips for Handling a RLUIPA Lawsuit’

by Jackson Walker on

Attorneys Mike Knapek and Steven Dimitt represent churches and religious institutions in matters related to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). In a recent article published by the American Bar...more

Jewish School’s RLUIPA Claims Are Ripe For Adjudication

A federal court in the District of New Jersey has determined that claims asserted by the Congregation Kollel, Inc. (“Congregation”) against the Township of Howell, New Jersey (“Township”), based on the allegedly improper...more

Safety Issue Can Be “Hardship” Justifying A Zoning Variance

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Massachusetts standard for granting a zoning variance is notoriously difficult to meet. In a nutshell it requires proof that: (1) due to circumstances concerning soil conditions, the shape of the lot, or the topography...more

Artists’ Studios in East Hampton: “Cease and Desist”

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

East Hampton Town restricts the size of accessory structures to 600 s.f. (each) with no plumbing. However, because of a long history of artists in the Town (e.g., Pollock, Willem and Elaine DeKooning), an Artist’s Studio is...more

Fair Play in Granting Area Variances on the Tennis Court and in the Judicial Court

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The orientation of a tennis court in a north/south direction is a benefit to competitive players interested in fair tennis play. Even the Appellate Division, Second Department, agrees. To avoid the impact of sun glare, a...more

If Looks Could Kill … Your Wireless Siting Application

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Many (most?) wireless siting applications that face opposition involve some level of NIMBYism – but you can’t just dismiss the NIMBY naysayers and move on. In this episode, attorneys Leslie Moylan and Dan Reing identify some...more

DOJ’s RLUIPA Claims Survive Motion to Dismiss

A federal court in Pennsylvania has denied Bensalem Township’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice challenging the Township’s denial of a use variance for a mosque. The lawsuit...more

Can Zoning Stop Property Owners from Renting?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Local governments may not rely on zoning rules to prohibit renters in multi-family housing developments. Many local governments (and residents) prefer property owners living in their communities rather than tenants. This...more

Missouri Church Wins Digital Sign Appeal

The Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled that the Kansas City, Missouri, Board of Adjustment abused its discretion in failing to grant a variance to Antioch Community Church (Church) to install digital components into its...more

RLUIPA Round-Up: Happy Cyber Monday

Take a break from the sales and give the Round-Up a read: ABC Channel 9 in Sioux City reports on a US Justice Department inquiry into the proposed siting of Our Savior Lutheran Church in a former Budweiser warehouse in...more

A Primer on Zoning Variances in North Carolina

What is a "variance" in the zoning context? Simply, it is relief from -- or a variation of -- the application of a zoning law to a particular piece of property....more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Coastal Act Blocks Housing Project in Venice Despite Earlier Approvals - Judge James C. Chalfant of the California Court of Appeal on Sept. 29, 2016, affirmed a lower court ruling denying a developer’s...more

Ocean, NJ ordered to allow Yeshiva boarding school

In January of this year, Yeshiva Gedola Na’os Yaakov, Inc. (the “Yeshiva”) filed a 79-page complaint in federal court against the Township of Ocean, New Jersey, and the Township’s Zoning Board of Adjustment (the “Township)...more

Department of Justice Sues Bensalem Township, PA Over Mosque Denial

On July 21, the United States Department of Justice sued Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania, in federal court alleging violations of each of RLUIPA’s provisions following the Township’s 2014 denial of a variance application...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19480 - McCullough v. Swan Engraving, Inc. - This case determined that when a husband had already filed a claim for disability benefit in a timely fashion under the Worker’s...more

Unusual Fact Situation? Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Imposition of Alternative Apportionment in Vodafone v. Roberts

Corporate taxpayers that benefit from cost of performance sourcing face the unwelcome prospect of filing correctly under a state’s statute, yet later learning that a state revenue department is imposing an alternative...more

Fourth Circuit: Church Never had Reasonable Expectation to Use Property as Place of Worship

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a church’s claim that denial of a setback variance substantially burdened its religious exercise under the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized...more

Appellate Court Notes

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SC19309 - Staton v. Commissioner of Correction - SC19195 - Campos v. Coleman - SC19195 Dissent - Campos v. Coleman - In a 4-3 split decision the Court insured that the cost of living will be going up in...more

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