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|United States District Court for the District of Maryland Grants Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss Regarding Plaintiff’s Fair Housing Act Claims|
Nida Kanwal; Semmes Bowen Semmes A Professional Corporation;
August 4, 2015, previously published on July 2015In 2001, Brian Nichols bought a condominium from Carriage House Condominiums at Perry Hall Farms, Inc. (“Carriage House”) and Residential Realty Group, Inc. (“Residential Realty”) (collectively, “Defendants”). He had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, gout, and...
|Clarifying Kilmer: Post-Production Costs Are Assessed When Title Passes|
Genevieve A. Pecharka, Jesse J. Zirillo; Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.;
August 4, 2015, previously published on July 22, 2015On June 18, 2015, United States Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell issued an opinion in the case of Pollock, et al. v. Energy Corporation of America, 2:10-CV-01553 (W.D. Pa. June 18, 2015). The opinion was primarily issued to address the defendant’s motion for judgment as a matter of law or...
|The Defaulting Seller and a Notice of Lis Pendens|
August 3, 2015, previously published on August 3, 2015After months of searching, you have finally found the house of your dreams, and much to your delight the Seller has accepted your offer of $500,000. You deposit your $15,000 “earnest money” with the escrow company, and an escrow is opened. As part of your “due diligence” you...
|Greenbaum Attorneys Successfully Influence EDA Policy Concerning Incentives for the Redevelopment of Historic Properties|
Laurence E. Fundler, Robert S. Goldsmith; Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP;
July 31, 2015, previously published on July 2015Developers seeking to redevelop New Jersey properties deemed historic sites now have greater incentive to do so as a result of a regulatory reinterpretation and ensuing policy change by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA).
|North Dakota Supreme Court — Ownership of Minerals Under Land Deeded to Railroads by Private Landowners|
Lynne J. Boomgaarden, John R. Lee, John W. Morrison; Crowley Fleck PLLP;
July 30, 2015, previously published on July 17, 2015In a recently decided case—EOG Resources, Inc. v. Soo Line R.R. Co., 2015 ND 187—a divided North Dakota Supreme Court held that a series of deeds from fee owners to a railroad, all titled “Warranty Deed—Right of Way,” unambiguously conveyed fee interests to the...
|Introductory Guide to Rev 973 v. Mouren-Laurens Et Al|
Albert M. Cohen; Loeb & Loeb LLP;
July 27, 2015, previously published on July 2015Rev 973, LLC v. John Mouren-Laurens, et al, 98-cv-10690 DSF (Ex), is pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The case was filed in 1998 and involves claims that two sites in Compton, California, known as the Mouren-Laurens site (ML Site) and the Leach Oil...
|Recent SCOTUS Ruling Adds New Discrimination Claim under Fair Housing Act|
James R. Raines, Sunny Mayhall West; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
July 16, 2015, previously published on July 14, 2015On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States added a new device for plaintiffs to claim discrimination in residential real estate-related practices. In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., the Court affirmed the decision made by...
|E-Signatures - Do They Change Ontario Real Estate Deals?|
Leonard A. Gangbar, Sandra Geddes, Jane C. Helmstadter; Bennett Jones LLP;
July 15, 2015, previously published on July 9, 2015Over the last 20 years, since the introduction of the electronic land registry system, real estate in Ontario has slowly been making its way into the electronic age. On July 1st, 2015 another step was taken. All real estate documentation may now exist and be signed electronically as the result of...
|U.S. Supreme Court Finds Disparate Impact Claims Cognizable Under the Fair Housing Act|
Kevin C. Donovan; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
July 15, 2015, previously published on July 9, 2015The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a practice or policy adopted with no discriminatory motive but having a disproportionate effect on minorities protected under the Fair Housing Act may be challenged as unlawful under that Act. Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The...
|Real Estate in St. Barths Presents Investment Opportunity for US HNWIs|
Kelsey Butler, Emmanuel Jacques; Emmanuel Jacques Almosnino;
July 15, 2015, previously published by Private Assessment Management magazineInternational real estate market opens doors for American investors in St. Barths.