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|Nevada Real Property Tax Caps In The Cross-Hairs For The 2017 Legislative Session|
Jonathan P. Leleu; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
April 18, 2016, previously published on April 5, 2016America’s construction “boom” during the previous decade was particularly dramatic in Nevada, where property values skyrocketed, in some instances, several hundred percent. The escalation in assessed property value resulted in a corresponding increase in property taxes, which...
|Florida Revamps and Clarifies Judgment Collection Law|
Craig S. Barnett; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
April 14, 2016, previously published on March 17, 2016On March 9, 2016, Governor Scott signed into law significant changes to Chapter 56, Florida Statutes, governing judgment collection, including a revised Section 56.29, which revamps proceedings supplementary completely. Until now, judgment collection law in Florida was a patchwork of related...
|Freedom of Information Act Ruling|
Bob Coble; Nexsen Pruet LLC;
April 14, 2016, previously published on March 7, 2016A recent ruling regarding South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act is one to note. It came on February 22 in DomainsNewMedia.com vs. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.
|New Building Code Legislation Provides Relief for Existing Buildings Required to Install First Responder Radio Signal Systems|
Robert S. Fine; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
April 13, 2016, previously published on March 29, 2016On Friday, March 25, 2016, Governor Scott signed House Bill 535 into law. While the majority of this omnibus building code bill affects new construction or the construction permitting process, one provision will provide immediate financial relief for owners and management of existing buildings.
|"Inaction" by Government May Constitute a "Taking" of Property|
William D. Shaughnessy; Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
April 13, 2016, previously published on March 2016In Litz v. Maryland Department of Environment, No. 23, Sept. Term 2015 (Md.Ct.App. Jan. 22, 2016), the Maryland Court of Appeals held that a property owner has a claim that government has “taken” property when a governmental entity has failed to act in the face of an affirmative duty of...
|Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Clears the Senate: Is the Uniform Act on Life Support?|
Ann G. Fort, Matt Gatewood, Peter G. Pappas, William L. Warren, Gail L. Westover; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
April 12, 2016, previously published on April 11, 2016The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a bill increasing the protections available to companies for their commercial secrets. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA or the Act) provides for the first time a truly uniform, nationwide set of standards protecting trade secrets, plus a private...
|A Retreat from "Fairyland": The Sixth Circuit Reduces Damage Award in Circle C Litigation|
Stephen J. Kelleher; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
April 5, 2016, previously published on March 1, 2016A recent False Claims Act decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals appears to have drastically reduced the damages recoverable by the federal government for an alleged violation of the Davis Bacon Act. In the well known Circle C Construction case, the court ruled that False Claims Act damages...
|House Budget Committee Passes Budget Blueprint|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
March 24, 2016, previously published on March 18, 2016This week, the House Budget Committee, by a vote of 20 to 16, passed a spending blueprint for Fiscal Year 2017. The budget drama, however, is far from over.
|House Republicans Agree On Budget Framework|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
March 24, 2016, previously published on February 26, 2016Republicans in the House have settled on a budget framework, one that at least guarantees they can get out of committee, though passage on the floor is much murkier.
|GOP Governor Takes Himself Out Of Running For SCOTUS|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
March 24, 2016, previously published on February 26, 2016According to multiple reports, President Barack Obama was considering nominating Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R-NV) to take recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Sandoval is a centrist Republican and a former federal judge who is...