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High Court's BofA Ruling Leaves State Preemption Questions

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Cantero v. Bank of America sheds light on whether certain state banking re... (more story)

How A Bumblebee Got Under Calif. Wildlife Regulator's Bonnet

A California bumblebee's listing as an endangered species could lead to a regulatory quagmire as California Depart... (more story)

The Clock Is Ticking For Fla. Construction Defect Claims

Ahead of the fast-approaching July 1 deadline for filing construction defect claims in Florida, Sean Ravenel at Fo... (more story)

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Texas High Court OKs Golf Course-To-Housing Conversion

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that permanent restrictions on lots within a subdivision do not bar owners from converting an adjacent golf course into additional housing, finding that the developers had not... (more story)

Latham Guides Data Centers Biz In $2.2B KKR-Led Group Deal

A consortium led by private equity giant KKR announced Tuesday it agreed to invest up to $2.22 billion in Singapore-based data center provider ST Telemedia Global Data Centres, which is advised by Latham & Wat... (more story)

A potato field in Maine is pictured. An association in the state aiming to help farmers with the identification and aftermath of PFAS contamination on their land is expected to join a suit brought by a group of ranchers in Texas against the EPA over a lack of regulation on PFAS found in biosolids. (iStock)
Farms Blame EPA Inaction In New Contaminated Land Claims

A lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency brought by a group of farmers over federally approved biosolids containing a group of chemicals known as PFAS could mark the start of a new wave of la... (more story)

10-Story DC Office Building Steps Closer To Foreclosure

A 176,000-square-foot office building in downtown Washington that last traded for $84 million 3½ years ago may soon head off to a foreclosure auction, the latest indicator that the nation's capital's office ma... (more story)

NYC Real Estate Week In Review

Katten Muchin, Wachtel Missry and Rosenberg & Estis are among the law firms that landed work on the largest New York City real estate deals to hit public records last week, a slow period that saw only four tra... (more story)

Bain Capital JV Snaps Up San Diego Industrial Site For $20M

A Bain Capital affiliate and a Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm said Tuesday that they acquired a San Diego area industrial property for about $20 million.

Mich. AG To Pursue Deadlocked Charges In Carhartt Atty Case

Prosecutors will continue pursuing embezzlement charges against a Michigan attorney accused of stealing from his client, a former leader of the Carhartt workwear company, after a Wayne County jury couldn't rea... (more story)

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CFPB Tags Reverse-Mortgage Servicers With Permanent Bans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced on Tuesday it had permanently banned Sutherland Global and NOVAD Management Consultant from reverse-mortgage servicing activities and hit Sutherland with $16.... (more story)

Home Builders Sued For Non-FHA-Compliant Apartments

A group of home building and financing companies including the Toll Brothers were sued by Manhattan federal prosecutors Tuesday for allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act by building residential units that w... (more story)

Plaintiffs argued that HUD enforcement actions begin with an informal warning and progress to a formal letter of violation and then penalties if the violation is not corrected; the action of interest here is currently at the first step of the process. (Jimmy Hoover | Law360)
HUD Freed From Pa. Pot Patients' Suit Over Housing Rebuff

Unless the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development fulfills its threat to withhold a Pennsylvania county housing agency's funding for complying with a state court order to admit licensed medical marij... (more story)

Split Pa. High Court Finds Rental Registry Suit Moot

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed out landlords' appeal of Pittsburgh's 2015 ordinance requiring them to list their rental units in a public registry, because it had been replaced by a newer, narrower law,... (more story)

Sterling Bank Ex-CEO Won't Face Charges Over Loan Program

The founder and former CEO of Sterling Bank and Trust, who has been investigated in connection with a fraud-plagued loan program, will not face criminal charges from the U.S. Department of Justice, according t... (more story)

Blue States, Enviro Groups Back DOE Furnace Rule

Several blue states and environmental and consumer groups Monday threw their support behind the U.S. Department of Energy's tighter energy efficiency standards for furnaces and water heaters, telling the D.C. ... (more story)

NY High Court Backs Manhattan Housing On Garden Site

A proposed seven-story, mixed-use, 123-unit affordable housing project in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood shouldn't be blocked from development after New York City's government "rationally determined" that it ... (more story)