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HTMLLetters of the Law: 'R' is for Retention
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 9, 2015, previously published on September 4, 2015
Contractors in Qatar are usually required to stump up an enormous 30% of the contract sum in security to the employer. This is more onerous than in most jurisdictions, and reflects the buying power of the client but also the need to protect against the risk that comes from engaging foreign...


HTMLImportant Tax Provisions of Extended Highway Trust Fund Act
Pessin Katz Law P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 4, 2015, previously published on September 3, 2015
The “Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015" (P.L. 114-41, “the Act”) became law on July 31, 2015. Designed as a 3-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund and related measures, the Act includes a number of important tax provisions,...


HTMLNew Texas Law Lists Requirements for Condominium Defect Litigation
Clayton C. Cannon, Collin G. Warren; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 3, 2015, previously published on August 25, 2015
The Texas Legislature recently passed House Bill 1455 which addresses defect and design claims relative to condominiums and condominium associations. Among the key issues are a series of new steps that must be accomplished before a lawsuit is filed. The new law applies only to a suit filed or...


HTMLAn Analysis of Ohio's Proposed Deed-in-Lieu and Leaseback Program
Larry R. Rothenberg; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 1, 2015, previously published on August 28, 2015
On August 25, 2015, House Bill 303 was introduced into the Ohio legislature, proposing the creation of a program whereby a borrower can give its mortgage holder a deed in lieu of foreclosure and remain in possession of the property pursuant to a lease with the mortgage holder, while the borrower...


HTMLSixth Circuit Holds that Legal Entities are “Persons” Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
Patricia J. Scott; Foster Swift Collins Smith P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2015, previously published on August 27, 2015
Is a corporation a person? This oft-debated topic has been the subject of many legal disputes, and even found its way into the headlines during the 2012 presidential campaign. The U.S. Supreme Court recently, famously and controversially grappled with the issue of whether corporations are...


HTMLCase Alert: Boudreaux v. Cummings - A Shift in the Law May Have Consequence for the Development of Property
David A. Martinez; Steeg Law Firm, LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 24, 2015, previously published on Summer 2015
In this article Senior Associate David A. Martinez clarifies a recent case, Boudreaux v. Cummings, which may signal a meaningful shift and restriction on the ability of an owner to acquire a servitude right to the use of a driveway or alley of another property owner to access their own property.


HTMLSupreme Court Takes on Housing Discrimination
Christopher A. Roach; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 20, 2015, previously published on August 17, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that certain actions that adversely affect minorities in poor neighborhoods violate the Fair Housing Act (FHA), even if there is no proof that discrimination was intentional. In a 5-4 decision, the Court formally recognized the availability of “disparate...


HTMLPayment by Installments for Changing Permitted Use of Land in Moscow Possible
Elena Stepanova; Capital Legal Services;
Legal Alert/Article
August 13, 2015, previously published on March 20, 2015
Currently, changing the permitted use of privately owned land to another permitted use allowing construction and/or reconstruction of the capital facilities is performed in Moscow on a paid basis according to the general rule.


HTMLBeware Of The One-Two Punch Expected In The Fair Housing Law Arena
Christine Baran, C. Edward Rawl, Danielle S. Urban; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 11, 2015, previously published on August 10, 2015
The combination of a recent unfavorable Supreme Court decision along with dramatically increased federal funding for fair housing enforcement could spell bad news. Businesses that operate in the housing industry and those businesses that provide financing and insurance coverage for the industry...


HTMLOrange County Hotels See Significant Increase in Property Appraiser Valuations
S. Brendan Lynch; Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Professional Association;
Legal Alert/Article
August 11, 2015, previously published on August 10, 2015
After weeks of rumors regarding hotel valuations in Orange County, it is now confirmed: the Orange County Property Appraiser has made it a priority to increase both the market values and assessed values of hotels for 2015. This is particularly true for “high-end” hotels, which have seen...


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