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Is Meaningful Eminent Domain Reform Finally On The Horizon?

by Nossaman LLP on

Many states have enacted eminent domain reform since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London, which broadly defined “public use” to include the government’s acquiring property for another private...more

Alleged Government Inaction Did Not Amount to Inverse Condemnation and a Compensable Taking

On April 20, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided the case of St. Bernard Parish Government, et al., v. U.S., reversing a decision by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The Court of Claims had found that a...more

Poetry in Motion: High School Student/Immigrant Allowed to Participate in Contest Even When Excluded from Eligibility

by Verrill Dana LLP on

On April 20, 2018, Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. of the US District Court of Maine issued a well-reasoned 39 page decision granting an injunction against the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) from prohibiting a high school...more

Dual Sovereignty for $1200, Alex

I was thinking about double jeopardy yesterday. Not the Trebek kind, though that is my favorite tv show. Instead, I was thinking about the somewhat enigmatic statement in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that no...more

Podcast - Developments in FDA & DOJ Regulation and Enforcement of Manufacturer Communications

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The rules regarding truthful, non-misleading communications by medical product manufacturers have long been unclear. In recent years, there have been significant developments in the case law, as well as in FDA guidance and...more

Promises, Promises: Second Circuit Reverses District Court’s Ruling That Suppressed Post-Arrest Statements Based On Allegedly...

In United States v. Haak, 16-3876-cr, the Second Circuit (Raggi, Hall, Carney) reversed a suppression order, finding that local law enforcement authorities did not falsely promise the defendant immunity from prosecution and...more

Podcast Episode 17 - Let's Get It Right - Estimating Construction Costs with Bennett Ratliff

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Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 17, Bennett Ratliff joins us to talk about estimating construction costs and how a civil engineer can assist with eminent domain valuation...more

Michigan Court of Appeals Rules Teacher Discipline is a Prohibited Subject of Bargaining

by Clark Hill PLC on

On February 22, 2018, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) properly concluded that the Association’s efforts to arbitrate a grievance over an individual teacher’s discipline...more

You Can Use BMS To Oppose Class Certification, Too

by Reed Smith on

We have written a lot about personal jurisdiction and class actions, and we have particularly questioned how, after BMS, anyone could proceed with a nationwide class action applying state law in a forum where there is no...more

Should Property Owners Pursue Takings Claims in State or Federal Court?

by Nossaman LLP on

When state and local governments impose unreasonable conditions or exactions on private property, owners pursuing a regulatory takings claim often face a maze of procedural obstacles just to have their case heard. ...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case Requesting Reconsideration of Williamson County’s Unfair and Unworkable State Court...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On March 5, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Knick v. Township of Scott (Case No. 17-647) to address the requirement, established in Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank, 473 U.S....more

Amtrak Performance Rules Won’t be Revived

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Supreme Court declines to review a lower court ruling that the Surface Transportation Board cannot assume regulatory authority that Congress unconstitutionally delegated to the Federal Railroad Administration and...more

$50 Million Lawsuit Filed Against FDA

by Knobbe Martens on

On January 22, 2018, a $50 million lawsuit was filed against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the Central District of California. The complaint was filed by Semler Research Center Pvt. Ltd., a contract research...more

Cockfighting Not Sincerely Held Religious Belief, Rules Federal Court

In United States of America v. Cruz (F.D.N.Y. 2018), Hector Cruz pled guilty to the charge of knowingly attending a cockfighting event (a fight between two roosters) for sport and entertainment in the Bronx, New York, in...more

Illinois Police Officer Drug and Alcohol Tests Raise Constitutional Questions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Illinois expanded the Police and Community Relations Improvement Act (PCRIA) to add special procedures for officers involved in incidents where their firearm is discharged causing injury or death to an individual. • New...more

A Quick Look at Parallel Proceedings

Hypothetical Bad News. You or your company has been served with a civil investigative demand requiring you to produce documents and answer questions from the government. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating you...more

Understanding eDiscovery in Criminal Cases, Part Two: eDiscovery Best Practices

by CloudNine on

...Because more than 90 percent of documents today are generated in electronic format, ESI is becoming more and more prominent in criminal matters, especially white collar criminal cases. But many attorneys who take on a...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

Sixth Circuit Denies that Government Action Had Legal Consequences Appealable Under the APA

On December 18, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit employed recent U.S. Supreme Court Administrative Procedure Act (APA) rulings to decide whether the fans of the “Insane Clown Posse” group known as...more

Chancery Adopts Federal Test to Determine Whether to Stay a Civil Case Based on a Criminal Investigation

by Morris James LLP on

Neither the Delaware Supreme Court, nor other Delaware state courts have “articulated a specific test” to analyze whether to stay a civil case based on the pendency of a criminal case or investigation. The federal courts...more

Supreme Court Considers Zoning Merger Case- How does this apply in Southampton Town?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The stakes could not be higher; would the property yield one or two waterfront building lots? On June 23, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States decided a case that involved the merger of two parcels of property...more

How "Highest and Best Use" Can Substantially Impact Just Compensation for Landowners

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The taking of private property for public use is referred to as condemnation or eminent domain. While federal, state, and municipal governments may unilaterally take private property for public use, landowners are...more

DOJ Issues New FCPA Policy Offering Incentives to Encourage Disclosure of Foreign Bribery and Corruption Misconduct

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 29, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was issuing a new enforcement policy covering its enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The...more

Religious Institutions Update: November 2017 - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - Serious data breaches have become routine in the United States, yet a recent survey shows that the majority of religious institutions do not have a full-time IT professional, have no system to detect a...more

When a Park in the Sky Leads to a Lawsuit - Three Strategies for Success in High-Stakes Litigation

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

In 2002, New York City announced its support for preserving the High Line—turning an unused elevated railroad into a thriving park in the heart of Manhattan’s West Side. Fifteen years later, it is one of the City’s top...more

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