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Say My Name, Say My Name: Appealing Neighbors Must Name the Permit Applicant

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

A partner of mine in New York used to say, “Few things can’t be undone in litigation.” I didn’t agree. A recently-decided case, following on less-recently-decided authority, from the North Carolina Court of Appeals reveals...more

Massachusetts Appeals Court Holds that Restrictive Covenants Created as Part of a Common Scheme May Be Extended Beyond Thirty...

by Mintz Levin on

On December 5, 2017, the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued an important decision in Berger v. 2 Wyndcliff, LLC, No. 16-P-336 (Mass. App. Ct. Dec. 5, 2017), clarifying the extent to which land owners in a common-scheme...more

Alleging and Proving Standing to Challenge Rezoning

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In the recently-decided Cherry Community Organization v. City of Charlotte, the North Carolina Court of Appeals determines that standing to bring a declaratory judgment action challenging a rezoning requires both allegations...more

Court May Seek Clarification From Agency Regarding Issue In Pending Litigation

by Perkins Coie on

The Sixth District Court of Appeal held that a trial court in a mandamus action had the inherent power to remand to the Board of Supervisors for clarification regarding an ambiguous general plan consistency finding. The...more

California "In Lieu" Affordable Housing Fees Withstand Constitutional Challenge - U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 30, 2017, denied a petition for certiorari filed by the developers of an 11-unit residential condominium project in the City of West Hollywood seeking to challenge the application by the City of...more

Littoral Rights/Lakefront: Florida Appellate Court Addresses Damage Action for View Obstruction

The District Court of Appeals of Florida (“Appellate Court”) addressed in an October 20th opinion a dispute between adjacent lakefront neighbors related to construction of a dock and walkway. See HagertySmith, LLC v....more

Subdivisions May Speed Up in Jurisdictions Near You

As we all know, many areas of Washington are experiencing considerable growth. The Seattle Metro region, in particular, grew approximately 1,100 people per week since 2010. People are moving to our state in droves, and...more

Fourth Appellate District Upholds City of San Diego’s Rejection of Subdivision Project and Related MND

by Downey Brand LLP on

CEQA decisions usually arise in the context of a challenge to a lead agency’s approval of a project and a related CEQA document. However, in a recent decision, Kutzke v. City of San Diego (2017) 11 Cal.App.5th 1034...more

Building seawall erodes homeowners' rights to challenge conditions

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The California Supreme Court recently held that you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. Two adjacent homeowners, with oceanfront properties in Encinitas, California, live on a coastal bluff that “cascades steeply down to...more

Queens Shopping Mall Nixed by Court’s “Public Trust” Doctrine Ruling

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In Matter of Avella v. City of New York, 2017 NY Slip Op 04383 (June 6, 2017), the New York Court of Appeals reviewed a decision by the City of New York approving a proposal by Queens Development Group, LLC (“QDG”) which...more

California Supreme Court Sides with Coastal Commission in Case Challenging Permit Conditions - Ruling Holds That Property Owners...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Lynch v. California Coastal Comm'n, __ Cal.5th __, No. S221980, 2017 WL 2871762, 2017 Cal. LEXIS 5054 (Cal. July 6, 2017), the Supreme Court of California held that the owners of bluff-top residences along the California...more

Supreme Court Decides Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214.

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 23, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214, holding that, in determining whether a regulatory taking has occurred under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment, courts should...more

Supreme Court decision slashes empty rates bills for developers

by Hogan Lovells on

The rateable value of commercial premises is generally equal to the rent payable under a hypothetical letting on the relevant assessment date. There are some express statutory assumptions for this – it is to be an annual...more

Texas Court of Appeals Holds That Owner’s Change to Contractor’s Means and Methods Resulted in a “Breach,” Instead of a “Change”...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Port of Houston Auth. of Harris Cnty. v. Zachry Constr. Corp., 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 13306 (Tex. App. Houston 14th Dist. Dec. 15, 2016) - This contract dispute dates back to 2004, when the Port of Houston Authority...more

California Supreme Court Denies Review in Expedited CEQA Litigation over Golden State Warriors Arena Project Approval

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On January 17, 2017, the California Supreme Court denied the losing appellants’ petition for writ of supersedeas, stay request, and petition for review of the First District Court of Appeal’s decision in Mission Bay Alliance...more

Strict Compliance with Performance Bonds

by White & Case LLP on

Performance bonds and bank guarantees are commonly used as forms of security under construction and engineering contracts. Calling on a performance bond or bank guarantee requires, in most countries, "strict" compliance with...more

Court rejects contractor’s mechanic’s lien because of ‘intent’

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Illinois Court of Appeals’ recent decision in AUI Construction Group, LLC v. Vaessen highlights the need for careful planning in structuring development agreements, construction contracts, and the use of an easement as...more

Evaluating a Project’s “Exacerbation” on Existing Environmental Hazards

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Substantial Evidence Proving “Exacerbation” Required, California Appellate Court Says - A significant decision interpreting the scope of the California Supreme Court’s ruling in California Building Industry Association...more

California Supreme Court Rejects "New Project" Test In High Profile CEQA Suit

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

“Enough already!” Reading between the lines, this is what a seemingly exasperated California Supreme Court appears to be saying in its latest California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) decision?Friends of the College of...more

My Project Changed—Is My EIR Still Valid: A New California Supreme Court Case Provides Guidance

by Snell & Wilmer on

Change is inevitable. Many times between project approval and project construction fluctuations in market conditions, financing terms or other factors mandate project changes. Do the changes require a further or modified...more

Texas Supreme Court Affirms Property Owners' Rights Within the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction

by Jackson Walker on

On May 27, 2016, in Town of Lakewood Village v. Bizios, the Texas Supreme Court held that general law municipalities do not have the authority to enforce building codes within their extraterritorial jurisdictions (ETJs). This...more

A Distinction without a Difference

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On April 8, 2016, we posted a blog regarding the case of Quality Built Homes, Inc. v. Town of Carthage, ___N.C. App. ___, 766 S.E. 2d 897 (2015)(unpublished). In this case, the Court of Appeals had held that the Town of...more

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2016

Court of Appeal Holds EIR Inadequately Analyzed Energy Impacts - Ukiah Citizens for Safety First v. City of Ukiah et al. (248 Cal.App.4th 256) (partially published) - Why It Matters: The California Court of Appeal...more

Cómo los desarrolladores inmobiliarios del sur de Florida están reduciendo el riesgo de litigios

by Bilzin Sumberg on

En los días previos a la Gran Recesión de 2008, las propiedades en todo el sur de Florida se compraban solamente para ser revendidas posteriormente con una ganancia. Este “intercambio” de propiedades culminó en un mercado...more

Two Decisions out of San Diego Remind Us to Follow the Rules

by Nossaman LLP on

We don’t often see multiple takings-related cases in one week, but last week we saw three. The California Supreme Court’s decision in Property Reserve was obviously the most important, but the Fourth Appellate District Court...more

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