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House Passes Bill To Amend Title III Of The ADA In Attempt To Curb Drive-By Lawsuits

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: HR 620 requires potential plaintiffs to provide businesses with notice of architectural barriers and give them an opportunity to remove them before filing suit. ...more

A Primer on Zoning Nonconformities in North Carolina

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Zoning laws, like any other laws, can change from time to time. What happens if your structure, lot, or use is permitted under an existing law, but the law changes in a way that your structure, lot, or use is suddenly no...more

City's General Plan Land Use Policy Survives CEQA Challenge Based on Potential Urban Decay

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In Visalia Retail, LP v. City of Visalia, the California Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge brought under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to a land use policy in the City of Visalia's General Plan...more

Fifth Appellate District Upholds City of Visalia’s General Plan Update Against Challenge to Square Footage Restrictions in...

by Downey Brand LLP on

On January 30, 2018, the Fifth Appellate District certified for publication its earlier opinion in Visalia Retail, LP v. City of Visalia, upholding the City of Visalia’s (“City”) 2014 General Plan Update. Plaintiff and...more

Attempts To Amend Conditions Of Approval

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent case decided by the PA Commonwealth Court, titled Toll Brothers and Orleans Homebuilders v. Upper Uwchlan Township, the court upheld the decision of the Court of Common Pleas and the Board of Supervisors to deny...more

New York Supreme Court Upholds Riverhead Town ZBA Determination Affirming Pre-existing Nonconforming Marina, Commercial Oyster...

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

By letter dated November 24 2009, the Town of Riverhead’s Building Department Administrator provided that the docks, bulkheaded structures, commercial oyster operation, and six summer rental cottages were legal pre-existing...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Upholds Entry of Summary Judgment In Favor of Defendant In Slip And Fall Case

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In a case with very good facts for the property owner, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the entry of Summary Judgment against the Plaintiff in a case filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County (Collins...more

Supreme Court Makes Jurisdictional Determination on Clean Water Act Rule - EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Act to Delay Rule...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously – on narrow procedural grounds – that the courts of appeals do not have original jurisdiction to hear challenges to the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Obama Administration's 2015 rule...more

Podcast Episode 15 – Development Credits, Permitting, and Ripeness with Mark Miller of Pacific Legal Foundation

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 15, Mark Miller of the Pacific Legal Foundation joins us to talk about three cases that PLF is involved in presently, including the case of...more

City of Oakland’s Building Code Appeal Process Violates State Law and Infringes Private Property Rights the State of California...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

The law has many terms for the word “fairness,” including due process, good faith, neutral and unbiased. And among the basic principles of fairness, the Latin maxim “nemo debet esse judex in propria causa” stands out. It...more

Massachusetts Highest Court Clarifies When Claims for Permanent Property Damage Under Chapter 21E Accrue

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Jan. 19, 2018, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a decision in Grand Manor Condominium Association v. City of Lowell, 2018 WL 473078, which clarified, and some would say "changed," when a claim for...more

It’s That Time Again! Property Tax Appeals In Connecticut: Know When To File

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The deadline for appealing Connecticut local property taxes is again approaching. For many cities and towns, that date is February 20 unless the town has extended the deadline. If a property owner does not file a tax appeal...more

Decoding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Part IV: The IRC § 199A Deduction for Qualified Business Income—the Devil Is in the Details...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

BACKGROUND - The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) adopted a new 20% deduction for non-corporate taxpayers. It only applies to “qualified business income.” The deduction, sometimes called the “pass-through deduction,” is...more

Real Estate Aspects of Tax Reform

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the most extensive overhaul of the United States tax regime in over thirty years. The new tax laws will have a significant impact upon...more

FEMA and New York City are Redrawing the City’s Flood Maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and New York City have announced that they will be working together to update the City’s flood flood-300x200maps. The need for updating FEMA’s flood maps has become more than...more

FEMA Flood Map Changes

by Harris Beach PLLC on

As reported by the New York Times earlier this month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) is “for the first time in three decades” redrawing flood maps in the state of New York. As noted, New York has over 500...more

Spain's Tax Reporting Rule Targets Vacation Rental Intermediaries

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Spain has introduced a new tax reporting obligation applicable to intermediaries in the renting of houses for tourism purposes, which mainly affects collaborative online platforms. Until now, the Spanish...more

Depreciation, Bonus Depreciation and Other Changes of Interest for Real Estate Owners Under 2017 Tax Reform

by Lane Powell PC on

We wrote an article explaining new IRC 199A — the flow through deduction that will materially benefit many owners of real estate — at least until the benefits of the lower tax rate are factored into the values paid for new...more

Supreme Court Rules WOTUS Challenges Properly Before Federal District Courts

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

In an important procedural decision, a unanimous United States Supreme Court ruled that challenges to the 2015 Obama-era rule re-defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act were properly before...more

Notable Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation Cases from 2017 (and one from 2018)

Here are the cases that caught our attention from the universe of eminent domain and inverse condemnation during 2017 (and one case from January 2018)....more

New Jersey Property Tax Appeal Time

by McCarter & English, LLP on

It is property tax appeal season in New Jersey. If you own or lease commercial, residential and/or investment property in New Jersey, now is the time to review whether you should file a 2018 appeal. If you own real...more

Washington Supreme Court Upholds Rule That Property Owner and General Contractor Are Not Indispensable Parties in a Lien...

by Lane Powell PC on

On January 18, 2018, the Washington Supreme Court has clarified any misunderstanding about the necessary parties in a mechanic’s lien foreclosure action when a lien release bond has been posted. In Inland Empire Dry Wall...more

Stormwater Utility Ordinance: U.S. District Court Addresses Whether Assessment Violates Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory...

A United States District Court (Western District Virginia)in a December 26th Memorandum Opinion (“Opinion”) addressed a challenge to a stormwater utility ordinance assessment. See Norfolk Southern Railway Company v. City of...more

The New 20% Pass-Through Deduction: Can Real Estate Owners Claim It?

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The new 20% deduction for “pass-through” business owners under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is raising many questions from owners of real estate-related businesses. Can these owners qualify for this important deduction, and...more

NC Department of Transportation Condemnation: What Do They Mean By Permanent Utility Easement?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

When the North Carolina Department of Transportation ("DOT") exercises its power of eminent domain, in addition to taking private property in fee simple, it will often take various easements, including Permanent Utility...more

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