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  • January 11, 2024

    Tribal Biz Wants Calif. DA Barred From Wrecking Greenhouses

    A business owned by a tribal conglomerate led by the Crow Tribe of Montana asked a California federal judge Wednesday to bar San Bernardino County officials from entering property it acquired and destroying greenhouses based on their use in an illegal cannabis operation run by the tenants of a prior owner.

  • January 11, 2024

    Suit Aims To Protect Candy Darter From Coal Hauling In W.Va.

    Conservation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service, claiming its decision to let a mining company haul coal and equipment through part of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia is imperiling an exceptional watershed and endangered species, including a colorfully striped fish, the candy darter.

  • January 11, 2024

    Tenn. Bill Would Boost Ag Land Eligible For Less Property Tax

    Tennessee would more than triple the amount of land within a property tax jurisdiction that may be classified as agricultural, forest or open-space land and subject to a lower tax assessment under a bill introduced in the state Senate.

  • January 11, 2024

    Fla.'s Shubin Law Expands To Tampa After Co-Founder's Split

    Shubin Law Group PA, formerly known as Shubin & Bass, revealed this week the firm bolstered its South Florida presence by adding a new partner with decades of experience in the region to helm a new Tampa office, shortly after one of its co-founders left to launch another practice of his own.

  • January 10, 2024

    WWII, Vietnam Vets Tell Jury PacifiCorp Fires Razed Homes

    Following a $90 million class verdict against utility PacifiCorp over a cluster of Labor Day 2020 fires in Oregon, jurors heard individual damages testimony Wednesday from a 101-year-old World War II combat veteran and a Vietnam War combat veteran who lost homes in the fires.

  • January 10, 2024

    Ill. City May Be Liable In Own Pollution Suit Against Metal Co.

    An Illinois federal judge has allowed a counterclaim by a scrap metal recycling company to move forward against the city of Aurora, Illinois, seeking to hold the city at least partially responsible for environmental contamination around the recycling operation.

  • January 10, 2024

    10th Circ. Urged To Keep National Monuments Designation

    Native American tribes and environmental organizations have urged the Tenth Circuit to uphold a lower court decision dismissing Utah and other groups' challenge to President Joe Biden's redesignation of large swaths of the state as part of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

  • January 10, 2024

    Wash. Judge Calls Eviction Protection Ruling 'Disturbing'

    A day after a Washington appellate court panel said the CARES Act's eviction notice requirement applies beyond late-rent cases, another judge on the court reviewing a separate eviction suggested Wednesday the ruling could lead to "disturbing" consequences if landlords aren't allowed to quickly evict violent tenants.

  • January 10, 2024

    Native Owners Again Seek To Intervene In ND Pipeline Row

    A group of North Dakota tribal landowners with property alongside a gas and oil pipeline are asking a federal district court to allow them to intervene in litigation over right of way trespassing claims through the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, saying the federal government is only trying to protect its own interests in forthcoming breach of trust claims against it.

  • January 10, 2024

    EPA's Water Leader To Step Down After Busy Tenure

    The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's water office on Wednesday said she'll be stepping down at the end of February, after three years leading the office through a multibillion-dollar infusion and several high profile rulemaking efforts.

  • January 10, 2024

    Montana Camp Must Pay $1M Bond To Stay Tribal Lease Order

    A Montana campground operator must post a $1 million surety bond to allow a stay to remain in place while it appeals a ruling to the Ninth Circuit in favor of the Blackfeet Nation in an ongoing land lease dispute, a federal district court judge said, determining that the company presented a "substantial case for relief on the merits."

  • January 10, 2024

    Md. Real Estate Co. Sued For $10M Over $2.5M Loan

    A lender has hit a Maryland real estate company and two of its officers with a more than $10 million suit alleging that the company misused a $2.5 million loan to pay off debts instead of renovating multiple Maryland properties for resale.

  • January 09, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Splits In Affirming Zillow's Patent Win Over IBM

    A split Federal Circuit panel on Tuesday backed a lower court's finding that a pair of IBM patents were not valid under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice test, handing a win to Zillow, which had been accused of infringing the patents with its real estate website and app.

  • January 09, 2024

    71-Year-Old CPA Sentenced To 25 Years In $1.3B Tax Case

    An accountant blamed by federal prosecutors for pioneering the use of conservation easements as illegal tax shelters was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday following his conviction on all counts of a $1.3 billion tax fraud scheme that drew the first criminal prosecution of its kind.

  • January 09, 2024

    Minn. Justices Question Denial Of Housing Charity Tax Break

    The Minnesota Supreme Court questioned arguments by the state's largest county Tuesday that low-income housing owned by a charitable nonprofit was not exempt from property taxation because the occupancy by the tenants did not further the organization's charitable purpose.

  • January 09, 2024

    NJ Revises Process For Valuation Of Farmland Easements

    New Jersey revised its process for determining the value of farmland and development easements on farmland intended to be acquired for preservation purposes under a bill signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

  • January 08, 2024

    Wash. Marketing Co. Looks To Escape Timeshare Class Action

    A marketing firm connected with financial planning celebrity Dave Ramsey has urged a Washington federal judge to free it from a proposed class action accusing it of falsely promoting a timeshare-exit company, saying a decision in another suit prohibits any judgment against it.

  • January 08, 2024

    Feds Want Decades For Atty, CPA Convicted In $1.3B Tax Case

    An attorney and an accountant found guilty by a jury of selling $1.3 billion in fraudulent tax deductions in connection with conservation easements should spend decades behind bars, federal prosecutors told a Georgia federal court in advance of their Tuesday sentencing hearings.

  • January 08, 2024

    Tulsa Has Interest In Prosecuting Native Crimes, Officials Say

    The city of Tulsa has a strong interest in enforcing criminal law within its boundaries, its officials said, arguing that concurrent jurisdiction with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation over Native Americans who commit crimes within its boundaries is "paramount" to the Oklahoma tribe's safety.

  • January 05, 2024

    Minn. County Accuses Feds Of Illegally Taking Land For Tribe

    A Minnesota county has sued the U.S. government in federal court, claiming the Interior Board of Indian Appeals wrongly allowed it to accept about 3,238 acres of land into trust for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians and has threatened the county's tax revenue.

  • January 05, 2024

    Biden Admin Floats New Natural Resource Damage Rule

    An "inefficient and inflexible" rule intended to facilitate settlements that pay for environmental damage resulting from pollution would be streamlined under a new rule proposed Friday by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

  • January 05, 2024

    Neb. Bill Aims To Expand Tax Break For Nonprofits' Purchases

    Nebraska would expand a sales and use tax exemption for purchases by nonprofit organizations under a bill introduced in the state's unicameral Legislature.

  • January 05, 2024

    Del. House Bill Seeks Lodging Tax On Short-Term Rentals

    Delaware would apply the state's 8% lodging tax for hotel and motel stays to short-term rentals under a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives.

  • January 05, 2024

    Salt Lake City, Lumen Agree To End Removal Fee Row

    Salt Lake City has settled its dispute with Lumen Technologies more than two years after suing the telecom provider for $400,000, saying it had refused to pay up for the cost of moving the company's communications infrastructure from public rights-of-way during a city construction project.

  • January 05, 2024

    NY LLC Transparency Law Set To Lose Public Access Element

    A recently signed New York law that allows the public and law enforcement to look behind the veil of limited liability companies is likely to be gutted of one of its main functions when it goes into effect in a year.

Expert Analysis

  • Biden's Enviro Justice Focus Brings New Business Risks

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    A recent executive order from President Joe Biden continues the administration's whole-of-government approach toward environmental justice, and its focus on transparency may increase the risk of permit challenges, enforcement actions and citizen suits, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Attorneys Should Have An Ethical Duty To Advance DEI

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    National and state bar associations are encouraging attorneys to apply diversity, equity and inclusion practices in the legal profession and beyond, and these associations should take it one step further by formally recognizing ethical duties for attorneys to promote DEI, which could better the legal profession and society, says Elena Mitchell at Moore & Van Allen.

  • EV Chargers Can Bring Benefits For Calif. Property Owners

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    California property developers and owners face growing pressure to provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure — but this can be a unique opportunity to add value to real estate assets, and can be accomplished in multiple ways, say Riley Cutner-Orrantia and Eurie Hwang at Crosbie Gliner.

  • Brownfield Renewables Guidance Leaves Site Eligibility Murky

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    Recent IRS guidance sheds some light on the Inflation Reduction Act's incentives for renewable energy development on contaminated sites — but the eligibility of certain sites for brownfield status remains uncertain, say Megan Caldwell and Jon Micah Goeller at Husch Blackwell.

  • Water Infrastructure Crisis Requires Private Investment

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    The federal government is in the process of distributing billions of dollars recently allocated for upgrades to U.S. water infrastructure — but capital, beyond what government can provide, is needed to fully address decades of neglect, meaning that private investment must be a part of the solution, says Damian Georgino at Womble Bond.

  • Ambiguity In 'Buy America' Implementation May Slow Projects

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    The White House Office of Management and Budget's most recent guidance, which builds on a complex patchwork of Buy America restrictions that vary by federal agency, would perpetuate government contractors' uncertainty regarding product and material classification and could delay infrastructure projects, say attorneys at Miles & Stockbridge.

  • La. Suit Could Set New Enviro Justice Litigation Paradigm

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    Inclusive Louisiana v. St. James Parish, a lawsuit filed recently in Louisiana federal court that makes wide-ranging and novel constitutional and statutory claims of environmental racism based on centuries of local history, could become a new template for environmental justice litigation against governments and businesses, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • It's Time For Lawyers To Stand Up For Climate Justice

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    The anniversary this week of the Deepwater Horizon disaster offers an opportunity for attorneys to embrace the practice of just transition lawyering — leveraging our skills to support communities on the front lines of climate change and environmental catastrophe as they pursue rebuilding and transformation, says Amy Laura Cahn at Taproot Earth.

  • Without Stronger Due Diligence, Attys Risk AML Regulation

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    Amid increasing pressure to mitigate money laundering and terrorism financing risks in gatekeeper professions, the legal industry will need to clarify and strengthen existing client due diligence measures — or risk the federal regulation attorneys have long sought to avoid, says Jeremy Glicksman at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.

  • The Legal Consequences Of High PFAS Background Levels

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    As federal and state regulations around per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances proliferate, emerging scientific literature is showing that PFAS exist in many environments at background levels that exceed regulatory limits — and the potential legal implications are profound, say Grant Gilezan and Paul Stewart at Dykema and Dylan Eberle at Geosyntec Consultants.

  • Building On Successful Judicial Assignment Reform In Texas

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    Prompt action by the Judicial Conference could curtail judge shopping and improve the efficiency and procedural fairness of the federal courts by implementing random districtwide assignment of cases, which has recently proven successful in Texas patent litigation, says Dabney Carr at Troutman Pepper.

  • IRS Green Energy Tax Credit Notice Provides Needed Clarity

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    Recent IRS guidance clarifying how the government will determine energy community locations for purposes of bonus clean energy tax credits should help resolve risk allocation disagreements among financing parties and parties to merger and acquisition transactions, say Casey August and Paul Gordon at Morgan Lewis.

  • How State Laws Are Taking On Clean Energy Project Protests

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    By enacting legislation that streamlines siting and permitting for large-scale renewable energy infrastructure projects, states like Illinois, New York and California are keeping approval processes out of the reach of "not in my backyard" opponents and increasing the probability of meeting ambitious climate goals, says Bo Mahr at Husch Blackwell.

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