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  • April 18, 2024

    Maui County Sued Over Wildfire Landfill Debris Storage

    Maui County has been slapped with a lawsuit in Hawaii federal court alleging it relied on a deficient, 28-year-old environmental impact statement when taking over a nearly 20-acre parcel of land to house debris from last year's massive wildfires, in violation of the Hawaii Environmental Protection Act.

  • April 18, 2024

    Judge Backs Keller Williams' Exit From 'Shotgun' Claim

    A federal magistrate judge recommended releasing Keller Williams Realty from a proposed class action, calling the lawsuit a "shotgun pleading" claiming the broker sought to generate commissions with harassing phone calls to pressure homeowners into selling.

  • April 18, 2024

    Mich. Treasury Dept. Clarifies Homestead Property Tax Credit

    Michigan's Treasury Department clarified when a homestead property tax credit applies to property that is contiguous to a property owner's home.

  • April 17, 2024

    Hawaii AG Releases Timeline Of Deadly Lahaina Wildfire

    Hawaii's attorney general on Wednesday released findings from the first report of a three-part investigation into how state and county governments responded to the wildfires that ignited on the island of Maui last year, decimating the historic town of Lahaina and leaving more than 100 people dead.

  • April 17, 2024

    Fannie Mae Gets Partial Early Win In $12M Loan Default Row

    A Texas federal judge mostly sided with Fannie Mae in its suit over a defaulted $23.26 million multifamily loan, of which the government enterprise claims it's still owed $12.56 million.

  • April 17, 2024

    States, Biz Groups Back Fight Over DOE Furnace Rules

    Eighteen states and several business associations are backing gas utility groups' challenge to the U.S. Department of Energy's tighter energy efficiency standards for furnaces and water heaters, telling the D.C. Circuit that the agency is unlawfully forcing a switch to new appliances.

  • April 17, 2024

    Okla. Lawmakers OK Use Of Images For Property Inspections

    Oklahoma would allow county assessors to inspect property remotely using aerial images taken from airplanes after an initial in-person inspection under a bill passed by the state House of Representatives and headed to the governor.

  • April 17, 2024

    NJ Appeals Court Backs Exemption For Adult Support Home

    A New Jersey Tax Court judge was correct in finding that a residential property owned by a charity and used to house a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities was entitled to a tax exemption, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.

  • April 17, 2024

    Survey Tees Up Another NY City For Rent Stabilization

    A survey of rental stock in Poughkeepsie, New York, revealed a low vacancy rate qualifying the Hudson Valley city to opt in to rent stabilization should its representatives move to declare a housing emergency.

  • April 17, 2024

    Proptech Profile: Jurny Builds AI Base For Short-Term Rentals

    Technology is an essential part of successfully running and scaling up a short-term rental portfolio, given the decentralized nature of the business with properties spread across different locations. But to date, operators have faced a fragmented landscape of tech solutions, which can greatly frustrate their efforts.

  • April 17, 2024

    4th Circ. Affirms No Shield From IRS For Home In Bankruptcy

    A North Carolina man who filed for bankruptcy protection and owes federal tax debt cannot shield the house he owns with his wife from the Internal Revenue Service, which is pursuing the asset as a creditor in the proceedings, the Fourth Circuit affirmed Wednesday.

  • April 17, 2024

    Ore. City And Homeless Class Stake Spots Over Camping Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in a case weighing whether an Oregon city's anti-camping laws violate the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Here, Law360 previews the stances carved out by the city and a certified class of homeless residents.

  • April 17, 2024

    BH Group, Kolter Partner On $102.6M Fla. Beachfront Site

    BH Group and Kolter Group said April 17 they purchased one of the few remaining ultra-luxury beachfront development sites in Florida with a $102.6 million land buy in Naples.

  • April 17, 2024

    An Architect's Guide To Lunar Housing

    While some architects are challenging local zoning codes and designing innovative facades, the team at Bjarke Ingels Group is figuring out how to construct housing to withstand frequent meteorite attacks and one-sixth of the Earth's gravity.

  • April 16, 2024

    IRS Publishes 2024 Average Residence Purchase Price Data

    The Internal Revenue Service published data Tuesday on the average purchase price for U.S. residences in different areas, which is used to determine whether bond interest can be excluded from gross income.

  • April 16, 2024

    NY Budget Deal Revives 421a Credit In Housing Supply Push

    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said state lawmakers have agreed to the terms of a state budget reviving an expired affordable housing tax credit, backing office-to-residential conversions and taking other steps to combat New York City's housing affordability crisis.

  • April 16, 2024

    Manufactured Housing Cos. Slam 'Nonsensical' Antitrust Suit

    A mobile homes data company and multiple manufactured housing companies once again have urged an Illinois federal court to toss rent price-fixing claims brought by a proposed class of mobile home renters.

  • April 16, 2024

    3 Takeaways From Urban Land Institute's Resilience Summit

    Real estate professionals across the country convened in New York City last week to talk about how to navigate an inconvenient truth in real estate — that extreme weather and climate change must be factored into investments. Here are three takeaways from the conference.

  • April 16, 2024

    Excess Carriers Say Property Co. Not Covered In Antitrust Suit

    Two excess insurers said they don't owe coverage to a property management company for underlying litigation alleging a price-fixing conspiracy involving software company RealPage Inc., telling a Massachusetts federal court that a professional services exclusion in the primary policy bars coverage.

  • April 15, 2024

    Union Pacific Beats Most Claims In Kansas Chemical Spill Suit

    A Kansas federal judge tossed most of a proposed class action's claims against Union Pacific Railroad Co., which is accused of contaminating Wichita properties by mishandling hazardous and toxic materials at an industrial railroad site located at 29th Street and Grove.

  • April 15, 2024

    NYC Offers 'Wholesale' Zoning Update To Boost Affordability

    New York City Mayor Eric Adams and city planning officials are relying on a constellation of zoning changes that loosen parking requirements, permit more density and aid building conversions as part of a plan that could pressure state lawmakers to act on housing costs.

  • April 15, 2024

    Brookfield Cos. Want Va. Homebuyers' Class Action Tossed

    Entities connected to Brookfield Asset Management Inc. urged a Virginia federal court to toss homebuyers' proposed class claims that the entities invalidated their home warranties by building and selling homes without having proper licenses.

  • April 15, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Court Must Consider Pay In Navajo Benefits Bid

    The Ninth Circuit has vacated a ruling that a Navajo Nation member failed to prove he was wrongfully denied relocation benefits after the U.S. gave his ancestral lands to the Hopi Tribe, with a split panel remanding the case to federal district court with instructions to consider evidence of his income.

  • April 15, 2024

    Ind. Tax Board Hikes Home Value Based On Purchase Price

    The Indiana Board of Tax Review increased the valuation of a couple's home based on its purchase price after finding that a sales comparison analysis by the property owners was insufficient to justify a lower value.

  • April 15, 2024

    Addiction Recovery Home Says City Seeks Wrongful Eviction

    An addiction recovery home is suing the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission in federal court, saying they are wrongly using zoning rules in a bid to evict residents from one of its homes in violation of the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.

Expert Analysis

  • Key Provisions In Florida's New Insurer Accountability Act

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    Florida's recent bipartisan Insurer Accountability Act introduces a range of new obligations for insurance companies and regulatory bodies to strengthen consumer protection, and other states may follow suit should it prove successful at ensuring a reliable insurance market, say Jan Larson and Benjamin Malings at Jenner & Block.

  • Fair Lending Activity: Calm On The Surface, Churning Below

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recently released annual fair lending report to Congress confirms that despite the paucity of public fair lending enforcement actions in 2022, the CFPB and prudential banking agencies are engaged in significant nonpublic oversight, examination and enforcement activities, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • Negotiating Material Escalation In Construction Contracts

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    As material price escalation clauses have remained popular in construction contracts despite an easing of recent supply chain issues, attorneys representing owners should understand key considerations for negotiating such clauses, and strategies to mitigate potential exploitation by contractors, says H. Arthur Black II at Brooks Pierce.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • Key Drivers Behind Widespread Adoption Of NAV Financing

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    While net asset value-based lending has existed for years, NAV lending has only started to move into the mainstream recently — likely due to difficult market conditions faced by sponsors including persistent inflation, high interest rates and a lack of exit opportunities, say Matthew Kerfoot and Jinyoung Joo at Proskauer.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • Beware Unique Compliance Risks In Home Equity Lending

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    As borrowers increasingly look to junior-lien mortgages and home equity lines of credit instead of first-lien mortgages, regulators will pay increased attention in turn and lenders will have to watch for a number of legal and regulatory pitfalls as they rush to meet this newfound demand, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • 4 Business-Building Strategies For Introvert Attorneys

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    Introverted lawyers can build client bases to rival their extroverted peers’ by adapting time-tested strategies for business development that can work for any personality — such as claiming a niche, networking for maximum impact, drawing on existing contacts and more, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • New AI Lending Tech Could Exacerbate Old Bias Risks

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    As credit and mortgage lending businesses increasingly utilize artificial intelligence technology to help make decisions, they must be aware of the legal risks that may arise under familiar anti-discrimination laws, say Kali Bracey and Grace Wallack at Jenner & Block.

  • Caregiver Flexibility Is Crucial For Atty Engagement, Retention

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    As the battle for top talent continues post-pandemic, many firms are attempting to attract employees with progressive hybrid working environments — and supporting caregivers before, during and after an extended leave is a critically important way to retain top talent, says Manar Morales at The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • AI Road Ahead Is Promising For Cautious Fintechs

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    Financial institutions should understand the conceptions and misconceptions about artificial intelligence likely to influence regulators, and proactively study potential adverse impacts and establish use case strategies and other guardrails for deploying AI, say attorneys at Jones Day.