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  • July 25, 2024

    NJ Town's Challenge To County Tax Table Can Proceed

    A New Jersey town may continue challenging a county's 2024 equalization table, the New Jersey Tax Court ruled, rejecting the county's argument that the town waited too long to make the challenge.

  • July 25, 2024

    Ohio Church Too Late For Retroactive Tax Refund, Board Says

    An Ohio church cannot be refunded for a retroactive property tax exemption for 2014 through 2016 because the state tax commissioner only has the authority to issue refunds for up to three years, the state Board of Tax Appeals ruled.

  • July 24, 2024

    Ohio Chicken Farm Ruled Overvalued By County

    An Ohio chicken farm was overvalued by the local tax board, the state board of tax appeals said, after taking into consideration an appraisal by the owner that valued the property based on its special use as a hatchery.

  • July 24, 2024

    IRS Sets Criteria For Carbon Capture Credit Life Cycle Report

    The Internal Revenue Service detailed standards and procedures Wednesday for a written report on a carbon sequestration facility's greenhouse gas emissions that project owners must submit and get agency approval on before claiming the carbon oxide tax credit.

  • July 24, 2024

    Affordable Housing Pro Moves Practice To Nelson Mullins

    An attorney who specializes in advising clients on completing affordable housing development projects has recently moved her practice to Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's Pittsburgh office.

  • July 24, 2024

    Polsinelli Gains Real Estate Finance Pro In DC From Sidley

    Polsinelli PC announced Wednesday that it has continued to deepen its real estate finance bench with a counsel in Washington, D.C., who arrived from Sidley Austin LLP.

  • July 23, 2024

    Bannon To Face Border Wall Trial After Release From Prison

    Steve Bannon's New York trial on charges that he stole donor money earmarked for a wall along the southern U.S. border will begin on Dec. 9, a month and a half after the former Donald Trump adviser is released from prison on a separate contempt of Congress conviction.

  • July 23, 2024

    Ariz. Court OKs Hospital District Tax For Legal Costs

    A property tax levied to fund an Arizona hospital district's expenses including legal fees was properly authorized and did not require approval by voters, the Arizona Tax Court said, rejecting a suit by a local taxpayer.

  • July 23, 2024

    Pryor Cashman Hires Ex-Warshaw Burstein Real Estate Atty

    Pryor Cashman LLP announced Tuesday the hiring of a former partner and litigation co-chair at Warshaw Burstein LLP as the latest addition to its real estate litigation practice.

  • July 23, 2024

    Ohio Municipal Airport Is Exempt From Tax, Board Rules

    An Ohio municipal airport is exempt from property tax despite leasing certain hangars to private individuals, the state Board of Tax Appeals ruled Tuesday. 

  • July 22, 2024

    Colo. Judge Blocks Zoning Ban On Church's Shelter Program

    A Colorado federal judge preliminarily blocked a town from enforcing zoning regulations to prevent a church from allowing homeless people to live in RVs on church property, finding the church could likely prove such enforcement unlawfully violates its religious freedom.

  • July 19, 2024

    Property Plays: Barings, Blackstone, Tishman Speyer

    Property Plays is a weekly roundup of the latest loans, leases, sales and projects around the country. Send your tips — all confidential — to realestate@law360.com.

  • July 19, 2024

    2nd Circ. Rejects Webuild Discovery Bid In Panama Arbitration

    The Second Circuit on Friday affirmed a Manhattan federal judge's order that quashed a subpoena from Italian builder Webuild SPA to engineering firm WSP USA for use in an arbitration related to an expansion of the Panama Canal.

  • July 19, 2024

    Ryan Companies Chief Legal Officer Adds New HR Role

    National commercial real estate services provider Ryan Companies US Inc. has announced that its chief legal officer has taken on an expanded role to lead its human resources team.

  • July 19, 2024

    Ohio Coal Plant Correctly Valued At $13M, Board Rules

    A shuttered coal plant in Ohio was properly valued at $13 million, despite the plant owner's assertion that the buildings on the property had no value, the state Board of Tax Appeals ruled. 

  • July 18, 2024

    6th Circ. Looks To Wash Hands Of Waters Of US Appeal

    An exasperated Sixth Circuit panel on Thursday looked for an easy way to dispatch Kentucky and industry groups' appeal of the dismissal of their challenges to a federal government rule defining the scope of the Clean Water Act.

  • July 17, 2024

    Lawmakers Say Bid To Toss Monument Suit Is A 'Red Herring'

    The Arizona Legislature is fighting a bid by the Biden administration to dismiss a challenge to a presidential proclamation that established an Indigenous site as a national monument in the Grand Canyon region, arguing that the state's constitution gives the lawmakers power over state trust lands.

  • July 17, 2024

    Minn. Court Says VFW Property Subject To Lower Tax Rate

    A group of properties used as a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Minnesota should be subject to a lower property tax classification because they weren't used for revenue-making purposes, the state's tax court ruled.

  • July 17, 2024

    DC Mayor Allows Council's Tax Plan To Go To Congress

    Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser returned — without her signature — a plan approved unanimously by the district council to raise taxes on high-end property sales and make other tax and policy changes, sending the matter to Congress for final approval.

  • July 16, 2024

    The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

    Law firms' ongoing initiatives to address diversity challenges have driven another year of progress, with the representation of minority attorneys continuing to improve across the board, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. Here's our data dive into minority representation at law firms in 2023.

  • July 16, 2024

    These Firms Have The Most Diverse Equity Partnerships

    Law360’s law firm survey shows that firms' efforts to diversify their equity partner ranks are lagging. But some have embraced a broader talent pool at the equity partner level. Here are the ones that stood out.

  • July 16, 2024

    Ex-Philly Charter School Exec Gets 7 Years For Embezzlement

    Abdur Rahim Islam, who ran famed R&B producer Kenny Gamble's Philadelphia-based housing and education nonprofit, was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the organization and using the ill-gotten gains for Caribbean vacations.

  • July 15, 2024

    4th Circ. Rejects Couple's $5.1M Easement Deduction

    The Fourth Circuit rejected Monday a married couple's bid to revive a claimed $5.1 million conservation easement deduction, saying it represented a "remarkable" attempt to inflate the value of a 41-acre property that was worth just $652,000 the year before they donated it.

  • July 15, 2024

    Ariz. Rancher Says Monument Order A 'Regulatory Regime'

    A sixth-generation Arizona rancher is fighting a bid by the Biden administration to dismiss litigation challenging a presidential proclamation that designated an Indigenous site in the Grand Canyon region a national monument, arguing the order subjects him to a "regulatory regime" he must comply with to enhance his property.

  • July 15, 2024

    Okla. Tribes Agree To Share Hunting, Fishing Rights

    Oklahoma's Five Civilized Tribes say an agreement that will allow its members to use their tribal hunting and fishing licenses to access one another's territories strengthens their sovereign rights and gives them greater autonomy over the care and preservation of the land for future generations.

Expert Analysis

  • Being A Luthier Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    When I’m not working as an appellate lawyer, I spend my spare time building guitars — a craft known as luthiery — which has helped to enhance the discipline, patience and resilience needed to write better briefs, says Rob Carty at Nichols Brar.

  • Lead Like 'Ted Lasso' By Embracing Cognitive Diversity

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    The Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso” aptly illustrates how embracing cognitive diversity can be a winning strategy for teams, providing a useful lesson for law firms, which can benefit significantly from fresh, diverse perspectives and collaborative problem-solving, says Paul Manuele at PR Manuele Consulting.

  • Now More Than Ever, Lawyers Must Exhibit Professionalism

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    As society becomes increasingly fractured and workplace incivility is on the rise, attorneys must champion professionalism and lead by example, demonstrating how lawyers can respectfully disagree without being disagreeable, says Edward Casmere at Norton Rose.

  • Serving In The National Guard Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My ongoing military experience as a judge advocate general in the National Guard has shaped me as a person and a lawyer, teaching me the importance of embracing confidence, balance and teamwork in both my Army and civilian roles, says Danielle Aymond at Baker Donelson.

  • A Midyear Forecast: Tailwinds Expected For Atty Hourly Rates

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    Hourly rates for partners, associates and support staff continued to rise in the first half of this year, and this growth shows no signs of slowing for the rest of 2024 and into next year, driven in part by the return of mergers and acquisitions and the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence, says Chuck Chandler at Valeo Partners.

  • States Should Loosen Law Firm Ownership Restrictions

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    Despite growing buzz, normalized nonlawyer ownership of law firms is a distant prospect, so the legal community should focus first on liberalizing state restrictions on attorney and firm purchases of practices, which would bolster succession planning and improve access to justice, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • Texas Ethics Opinion Flags Hazards Of Unauthorized Practice

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    The Texas Professional Ethics Committee's recently issued proposed opinion finding that in-house counsel providing legal services to the company's clients constitutes the unauthorized practice of law is a valuable clarification given that a UPL violation — a misdemeanor in most states — carries high stakes, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • How To Clean Up Your Generative AI-Produced Legal Drafts

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    As law firms increasingly rely on generative artificial intelligence tools to produce legal text, attorneys should be on guard for the overuse of cohesive devices in initial drafts, and consider a few editing pointers to clean up AI’s repetitive and choppy outputs, says Ivy Grey at WordRake.

  • Industry Self-Regulation Will Shine Post-Chevron

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's Loper decision will shape the contours of industry self-regulation in the years to come, providing opportunities for this often-misunderstood practice, says Eric Reicin at BBB National Programs.

  • 3 Ways Agencies Will Keep Making Law After Chevron

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    The U.S. Supreme Court clearly thinks it has done something big in overturning the Chevron precedent that had given deference to agencies' statutory interpretations, but regulated parties have to consider how agencies retain significant power to shape the law and its meaning, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Atty Well-Being Efforts Ignore Root Causes Of The Problem

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    The legal industry is engaged in a critical conversation about lawyers' mental health, but current attorney well-being programs primarily focus on helping lawyers cope with the stress of excessive workloads, instead of examining whether this work culture is even fundamentally compatible with lawyer well-being, says Jonathan Baum at Avenir Guild.

  • Unpacking The Circuit Split Over A Federal Atty Fee Rule

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    Federal circuit courts that have addressed Rule 41(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are split as to whether attorney fees are included as part of the costs of a previously dismissed action, so practitioners aiming to recover or avoid fees should tailor arguments to the appropriate court, says Joseph Myles and Lionel Lavenue at Finnegan.

  • After A Brief Hiccup, The 'Rocket Docket' Soars Back To No. 1

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    The Eastern District of Virginia’s precipitous 2022 fall from its storied rocket docket status appears to have been a temporary aberration, as recent statistics reveal that the court is once again back on top as the fastest federal civil trial court in the nation, says Robert Tata at Hunton.