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|Alabama Court of Appeals Reiterates the Strict Requirements for Filing a Proper Materialman Lien|
Burr Forman LLP;
December 18, 2013, previously published on December 2013In a recent Alabama Civil Circuit Court of Appeals (“Court of Appeals”) decision, Gunther v. Carpet Systems of Huntsville, Inc., 2013 WL 5496178 (Ala. Civ. App. Oct. 4, 2013), the Court of Appeals highlighted the notice provision required to assert a mater ialman lien against the owner...
|Pennsylvania's Six-Month Notice Rule For Suit Against the State|
James C. Warmbrodt; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
December 18, 2013, previously published on December 16, 2013Public utilities face numerous challenges in recovering property damage claims against state and local government agencies in Pennsylvania above and beyond the normal burdens of establishing causation, negligence and damages. Claims must fall within a statutorily delineated exception to sovereign...
|Budget Deal Passes House|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
December 17, 2013, previously published on December 13, 2013Despite opposition from conservative interest groups, an overwhelming majority of House Republicans joined leadership Thursday night to approve a budget deal brokered by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Republican Paul Ryan (R-WI).
|Mexican Congress Passes Historic Energy Reform|
Pablo C. Ferrante, John D. Furlow, Dallas Parker, Gabriel J. Salinas, Jose L. Valera; Mayer Brown LLP;
December 17, 2013, previously published on December 12, 2013The Mexican Congress has approved a constitutional reform that will open Mexico’s energy sector to investment and competition. To become law, the bill now needs to be approved by a majority of Mexico’s state legislatures, which is expected soon.
|Commissioner Adler is now the Acting Chairman of the CPSC|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
December 16, 2013, previously published on December 12, 2013We first wrote about Chairman Tenenbaum departing the CPSC and Commissioner Bob Adler assuming the role of Acting Chairman back in October. Last week the CPSC issued a press release confirming that Commissioner Adler became the Acting Chairman of the agency on December 1, 2013 following the...
|CPUC Extends Comment Period to Friday on Net-Energy Metering Transition|
Sophie A. Akins; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
December 16, 2013, previously published on December 9, 2013The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) granted a one-week extension until December 13 for interested parties to submit comments on establishing a transition period under the newly signed Assembly Bill 327 (AB 327). Comments were originally due last Friday but the CPUC last week granted...
|Seventh Circuit Strikes down Local Government’s Stormwater Assessment Fees on Indian Lands|
Morris Polich Purdy LLP;
December 16, 2013, previously published on December 9, 2013In 2007, the Village of Hobart (“the Village”) passed an ordinance assessing stormwater management fees to finance the construction and operation of a stormwater management system on all land in the Village, including those owned by the Oneida Tribe of Indians. The tribe sued and the...
|Florida Citizens Property Insurance Clearinghouse Launch to Be Delayed by One Month, Senators Advised|
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
December 16, 2013, previously published on December 10, 2013The Florida Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance ("Committee") was advised during its meeting today, December 10, 2013, that Citizens Property Insurance Corporation's ("Citizens") new Clearinghouse would be delayed from its original launch date by approximately one month.
|Mexico To Vote On Historic Amendment To Open Oil Industry To Private Investment|
Alison N. Kleaver; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
December 13, 2013, previously published on December 10, 2013The Mexican Senate has introduced a constitutional amendment that, if approved, would open the country’s oil market to foreign and private investors. Currently, oil production is controlled exclusively by the state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex). The amendment, however, would encourage...
|Unsealed Qui Tams Show That Government Declination is Not Always the End|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
December 13, 2013, previously published on December 5, 2013Mintz Levin’s most recent Qui Tam Update authored by our Health Care Enforcement Defense Practice provides focused analysis of four health care-related qui tam cases in which the government declined to intervene, including one that may be accepted for argument in front of the United States...