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2018 Construction Outlook: Mature Expansion, Deceleration in Some Sectors, Continued Growth in Others

U.S. construction starts are expected to increase 3 percent to $765 billion in 2018 according to Dodge Data & Analytics in its 2018 Dodge Construction Outlook. But we may be approaching the end of a construction boom, at...more

When Does a Contractor Legally Abandon a Construction Project?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Lately, we’ve been spending more time as litigators pursuing and defending claims of abandonment against contractors. It has become apparent that abandonment is often misinterpreted in its legal meaning and effect. Here are...more

Podcast Episode 14 - Four Cases to Watch in 2018

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 14, we discuss four cases to watch in 2018: Ganson v. City of Marathon –...more

A New Maryland Ruling on Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements- Score Another Round for the Developer

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Maryland Court of Appeals recently heard and decided a case involving Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements. In my first blog post on this topic, “Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements: The Give and...more

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Real Estate and Construction Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

Conference of State Bank Supervisors Urges Federal Regulators to Simplify Regulatory Capital Rules

by Ruder Ware on

On September 27, 2017, the FDIC, the Federal Reserve, and the OCC (the “Agencies”) issued a proposed rule that simplifies the compliance requirements of the existing regulatory capital rules and is intended to reduce the...more

Washington Supreme Court Upholds Investigation Costs as a Remedial Action Under the Model Toxics Control Act But Restricts...

by Lane Powell PC on

Construction and Environmental Legal Update - The Washington Supreme Court has affirmed in a unanimous ruling that the costs to test soil for hazardous substances qualify as a “remedial action” under the Washington Model...more

Los Angeles Adopts Affordable Housing ‘Linkage Fee’

Why it matters: The newly adopted Affordable Housing Linkage Fee will be assessed against all commercial and residential developers in order to help pay for affordable housing in the city....more

El arte en lugares públicos: ¿carga regulatoria u oportunidad?

by Bilzin Sumberg on

El concepto de arte en lugares públicos está bien establecido en los Estados Unidos. Ya en la década de 1930, el gobierno federal creó los programas New Deal a través de los cuales se les pagaba a artistas para crear obras...more

Podcast Episode 13 - Penn Central and the Loft by Central Park

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 13, Professor Jamila Jefferson-Jones joins us to discuss the sharing economy, regulations on short-term rentals, and how such regulations...more

From Red to Black: Using Tax Credit Programs to Complete the Project

Similar to other industries in today’s economy, our contractor and developer clients deal in a highly competitive marketplace. As contractors and developers seek opportunities to expand business, they should consider some...more

Out is Now In – Understanding the Outparcel Trend and Potential Pitfalls

During the last several years, we have noticed a trend in the world of retail development. More and more “big-box” retail companies are carving out parts of their parking lots to create new outparcels. To understand the...more

Trendy Building Material May Cause Future Problems

We all remember the litigation nightmare surrounding synthetic stucco or EIFS (exterior insulation finish systems) in the recent past. Now, commentators worry that Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer, also known as manufactured...more

Art in Public Places: Regulatory Burden or Opportunity?

by Bilzin Sumberg on

The concept of art in public places is well-established in the United States. As early as the 1930s, the federal government created New Deal programs that paid artists to create works of art for display in municipal buildings...more

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): Will Gruber (Pulaski County) Brownfield Presentation

Harbor Environmental and Pulaski County, Arkansas jointly sponsored a November 15th seminar held in North Little Rock, Arkansas addressing a variety of Arkansas Brownfield issues...more

Podcast Episode 12 - When the Government Pays for the Moving Van with Ms. Lisa Harrison

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Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 12, Ms. Lisa Harrison SR/WA, URAC, RAC, NAC, President of Pinnacle Consulting Management Group, joins us to discuss relocation expenses. ...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

Restoring Lives and Revitalizing Communities: Josh Fout (Pulaski County) Brownfield Presentation

Harbor Environmental and Pulaski County jointly sponsored a November 15th seminar held in North Little Rock, Arkansas addressing a variety of Arkansas Brownfield issues. Mr. Josh Fout, who serves as Pulaski County...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

NSW re-opens its door to foreign developers

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The Berejiklian Government has introduced a Bill into the NSW Parliament which may change the way surcharge purchase duty and surcharge land tax applies to foreign developers....more

Podcast Episode 11 - Damaging Clauses with Professor Maureen "Molly" Brady

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 11, Professor Molly Brady from the University of Virginia joins us to discuss damaging clauses and her recent law review article. She has...more

HVCRE Reform is HOT HOT HOT: Pittenger Bill Progresses to Senate

by Dechert LLP on

Add HVCRE reform to the list of things that have bi-partisan support (currently on the list: flag pins and banning the use of Twitter in the White House). On Tuesday, the House passed (with bi-partisan support…which should...more

Denver Green Roof Initiative Passed by Denver Voters

By a narrow margin, on Nov. 7, 2017, Denver voters approved a Citizen Ballot Initiative (“Initiative”) that mandates green roofs on all new buildings with over 25,000 square feet of floor area. The Initiative also requires...more

Current Issues for Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Campus Real Estate, Property Management, Tax Credits The 15th Annual Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers conference was held in San Francisco, where attendees listened to and learned from both in-house and outside counsel at...more

Town of Chelmsford, et al. v. Newport Materials, LLC, et al

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In Town of Chelmsford, et al. v. Newport Materials, LLC, et al., C.A. No. 1681CV03455 (Mass. Super. Ct. Sept. 6, 2017), the Town of Chelmsford appealed a Westford Planning Board (“Board”) decision granting Newport Materials,...more

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