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Jurisdiction, Choice Of Law And Property, Daniel M. Klerman 2014 BLR

Jurisdiction, Choice Of Law And Property, Daniel M. Klerman

University of Southern California Legal Studies Working Paper Series

Jurisdiction and choice of law in property disputes has been remarkably stable. The situs rule, which requires adjudication where the property is located and application of that state’s law, remains the norm in most of the world. This article is the first to apply modern economic analysis to choice of law and jurisdiction in property disputes. It largely confirms the wisdom of the situs rule, but suggests some situations where other rules may be superior. For example, in disputes about stolen art, the state where the work was last undisputedly owned may be both the most efficient forum and ...


Can We (Anti)Trust Leed?: An Analysis Of The Antitrust Implications For The Green Building Movement, Jessica Alfano 2014 Boston College Law School

Can We (Anti)Trust Leed?: An Analysis Of The Antitrust Implications For The Green Building Movement, Jessica Alfano

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

Sustainable construction and energy efficient structures are en vogue, and a “green building movement” has produced buildings all over the country and the world that are constructed from sustainable, energy efficient materials meant to minimize the building’s impact on the environment. A leader in this movement is the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a private, non-profit organization that stresses sustainability in all areas of construction. The USGBC’s flagship work is a rating system called Leadership in Environmental Design (LEED) that measures and endorses the sustainability of a building. The success of this movement in general and the ...


Confusing Regulatory Takings With Regulatory Exactions: The Supreme Court Gets Lost In The Swamp Of Koontz, Israel Piedra 2014 Boston College Law School

Confusing Regulatory Takings With Regulatory Exactions: The Supreme Court Gets Lost In The Swamp Of Koontz, Israel Piedra

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

In 2013, the Supreme Court concluded that monetary exactions must be considered with the same judicial scrutiny as land exactions. Land exactions are required contributions from an individual to a government entity in exchange for approval to develop real property. Land exactions proposed by regulatory bodies must be roughly proportional and bear a nexus to the development permit requested, otherwise the exaction constitutes a taking in violation of the Fifth Amendment. In Koontz v. St. Johns River Management District, the Supreme Court extended the nexus/rough proportionality test to instances in which government bodies impose monetary conditions on land development ...


Will Arkansas Game & Fish Commission V. United States Provide A Permanent Fix For Temporary Takings?, Brian T. Hodges 2014 Boston College Law School

Will Arkansas Game & Fish Commission V. United States Provide A Permanent Fix For Temporary Takings?, Brian T. Hodges

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. United States recognized that any government action that interferes with the enjoyment and use of private property—whether permanent or temporary in duration—can give rise to a claim under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Yet dicta in the decision left many pondering whether significantly different tests will apply depending on the duration of the government invasion. This Article reviews the state of the law regarding temporary physical takings both before and after Arkansas Game & Fish with particular regard to the test applicable to physical ...


Squatting: Lifting The Heavy Burden To Evict Unwanted Company, Shannon Dunn McCarthy 2014 University of Massachusetts School of Law

Squatting: Lifting The Heavy Burden To Evict Unwanted Company, Shannon Dunn Mccarthy

University of Massachusetts Law Review

In the later part of 2012, news and media outlets gave widespread attention to the fact that people were living rent-free in homes across the United States while the property owners were left with the burden of evicting the unwanted company in order to gain rightful possession to their property. These stories were not isolated to low incomes areas. News broadcasts shed light on squatters making camp in high-end realty valued in the millions. At the same time, news outlets in the United Kingdom were reporting on the squatting topic, but with a different angle – a recent law criminalizing squatting ...


Resolving The Double Liability Problem: A Critique Of California's Mechanics Lien Statute, Terrence Nguyen 2014 University of Massachusetts School of Law

Resolving The Double Liability Problem: A Critique Of California's Mechanics Lien Statute, Terrence Nguyen

University of Massachusetts Law Review

California’s mechanics lien statute allows a sub-contractor to file a lien on a homeowner’s property when a direct contractor, for whom the sub-contractor worked, has failed to pay the sub-contractor. The statute compels the homeowner to pay the sub-contractor even when the homeowner has paid the direct contractor in full. This Note argues that California’s mechanics lien statute is too broad, because the statute does not provide any exception for a homeowner who has paid the direct contractor in full. Specifically, this Note argues that California’s mechanics lien statute violates public policy, as well as constitutional ...


The Civil Codes Of Libya And Syria: Hybridity, Durability, And Post-Revolution Viability In The Aftermath Of The Arab Spring, Dan E. Stigall 2014 SelectedWorks

The Civil Codes Of Libya And Syria: Hybridity, Durability, And Post-Revolution Viability In The Aftermath Of The Arab Spring, Dan E. Stigall

Dan E Stigall

The Arab Spring sent shockwaves through the political landscape of the Middle East and North Africa and upended long-standing authoritarian regimes throughout the region in rapid succession. Among the many countries touched by the Arab Spring, however, Libya and Syria have been among the most profoundly impacted, experiencing institutional deficits that complicate efforts to resolve ongoing conflicts and now threaten regional stability.

The effects of such instability pose a threat to the international community, making the stabilization of these countries a matter of international concern. In order to transition from conflict to peace and sustainable development in Libya and Syria ...


Options And Rights In Real Property…. Oh My!! The Scary Truth About Future Interests, Alisa M. Levin 2014 SelectedWorks

Options And Rights In Real Property…. Oh My!! The Scary Truth About Future Interests, Alisa M. Levin

Alisa M Levin

The law is a many splendored thing, but one thing is clear, that certain kinds of contracts and rights embodied within contracts can be confusing, especially for attorneys. True to form then, where even lawyers practicing in a particular area of law find something difficult to deal with, or they find that the law itself is unclear or that it has many ways to say the same thing, clarity is a welcome thing. In relation to real estate law in particular and specifically about the law of options and rights embodied within real estate contracts (whether purchase/sale documents or ...


Conflicting Property Rights Between Conservation Easements And Oil And Gas Leases In Ohio: Why Current Law Could Benefit Conservation Efforts, Nicholas R. House 2014 College of William & Mary Law School

Conflicting Property Rights Between Conservation Easements And Oil And Gas Leases In Ohio: Why Current Law Could Benefit Conservation Efforts, Nicholas R. House

William & Mary Law Review

First, this Note will establish why conservation easements and oil and gas leases are likely to conflict. Second, this Note will present two scenarios under which conservation easements and oil and gas leases might conflict and then demonstrate how current law sorts out the conflicting rights. Third, it will advance several arguments for how conservation easements should be adapted, identifying specific provisions that should be altered in light of the Internal Revenue Code and Ohio’s current legal structure. By doing so, this Note will elucidate how the oil and gas boom in Ohio offers conservation organizations a unique opportunity ...


Let Educators Educate, Let Builders Build: Making A Case For School Facility Privatization, John Pizzo 2014 SelectedWorks

Let Educators Educate, Let Builders Build: Making A Case For School Facility Privatization, John Pizzo

John Pizzo

No abstract provided.


The Waters Are Rising! Why Isn't My Tax Basis Sinking? Why Coastal Land Should Be A Depreciable Asset In Light Of Global Warming And The Rise In Sea Level, Jason P. Oppenheim 2014 University of Massachusetts School of Law

The Waters Are Rising! Why Isn't My Tax Basis Sinking? Why Coastal Land Should Be A Depreciable Asset In Light Of Global Warming And The Rise In Sea Level, Jason P. Oppenheim

University of Massachusetts Law Review

Depreciation deductions are the Internal Revenue Code's method of allowing taxpayers to take deductions on long-term investments. Unlike normal deductions, depreciation requires the taxpayer to apportion the expense over the life of the asset. While most assets used for the production of income may be depreciated, the Internal Revenue Service and courts have never allowed land to be depreciated. The treatment of land as a non-depreciable asset is deeply rooted in the idea that it does not have a useful life -- it lasts forever. However, global temperature has risen rapidly over the past fifty years and is expected to ...


Abandonment And Adverse Possession, Sally Brown Richardson 2014 SelectedWorks

Abandonment And Adverse Possession, Sally Brown Richardson

Sally Brown Richardson

In the last decade, abandonment of real property has emerged as an important issue for scholars and policy makers. Due to a variety of factors such as the financial crisis and natural disasters, the number of vacant properties nationwide jumped by 4.5 million between 2000 and 2010, an increase of 44 percent. Vacant properties create a vicious cycle of negative externalities: abandoned property breeds blight and crime, thereby further depressing the economy, which leads to more abandoned property. Solving the problem of abandonment is a top priority for municipal leaders, but effective remedies are hard to come by. Cities ...


The Pcs Nitrogen Case: A Chilling Effect On Prospective Contaminated Land Purchases, Kellie Fisher 2014 Boston College Law School

The Pcs Nitrogen Case: A Chilling Effect On Prospective Contaminated Land Purchases, Kellie Fisher

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) requires that all potentially responsible parties, including current and former land owners, contribute to the costs of cleanup of contaminated property. CERCLA includes a provision that grants bona fide prospective purchaser (BFPP) status and exemption from liability to land owners if liability under CERCLA is based solely on owning the land. In PCS Nitrogen v. Ashley II of Charleston, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit refused to grant BFPP status to Ashley II and suggested that a high standard of due care is required to obtain such ...


How To Achieve Right Of Way Success, Dawn Haecker, Michael B. Jett, Jim Crall, Kathy Heistand, Nicolette Mendenhall, Todd Clift 2014 Purdue University

How To Achieve Right Of Way Success, Dawn Haecker, Michael B. Jett, Jim Crall, Kathy Heistand, Nicolette Mendenhall, Todd Clift

Purdue Road School

The Real Estate Division of INDOT will provide an overview of the Right of Way process and key factors that affect time and expenditures. Panel discussion and Q&A session will include established best practices, new developments, lessons learned, and factors resulting in improved customer service and efficiency in terms of time and money for project delivery.


The Beginning Of The End Of Coverture: A Reappraisal Of The Married Woman’S Separate Estate, Allison Anna Tait 2014 SelectedWorks

The Beginning Of The End Of Coverture: A Reappraisal Of The Married Woman’S Separate Estate, Allison Anna Tait

Allison Anna Tait

Before statutory enactments in the nineteenth century granted married women a limited set of property rights, the separate estate trust was, by and large, the sole form of married women’s property. Although the separate estate allowed married women to circumvent the law of coverture, historians have generally viewed the separate estate as an ineffective vehicle for extending property rights to married women. In this Article, I reappraise the separate estate’s utility and argue that Chancery’s separate estate jurisprudence during the eighteenth century was a critical first step in the establishment of married women as property-holders. Separate estates ...


Property, Exclusivity, And Jurisdiction, James Y. Stern 2014 College of William & Mary Law School

Property, Exclusivity, And Jurisdiction, James Y. Stern

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Facilitating The Commons Inside Out, Hanoch Dagan, Tsilly Dagan 2014 BLR

Facilitating The Commons Inside Out, Hanoch Dagan, Tsilly Dagan

Tel Aviv University Law Faculty Papers

Commons property is a true challenge to the law, especially in a legal context that respects individual mobility, which is key to freedom and autonomy. While a tragedy of the commons is not inevitable, the sustainability – let alone flourishing – of the commons is far from obvious either. But the rewards of the latter trajectory are critical: a successful commons property can generate significant economic benefits, due to its intrinsic advantages of economies of scale, risk-spreading, specialization, and synergy. These benefits multiply in the context of social commons property regimes that function as the loci and engines of meaningful interpersonal relationships ...


New York State Commercial Landlord-Tenant Law And Procedure: A Primer—Part Ii, Gerald Lebovits 2014 SelectedWorks

New York State Commercial Landlord-Tenant Law And Procedure: A Primer—Part Ii, Gerald Lebovits

Gerald Lebovits

No abstract provided.


The Utopian Promise Of Private Law, Hanoch Dagan 2014 BLR

The Utopian Promise Of Private Law, Hanoch Dagan

Tel Aviv University Law Faculty Papers

This Essay uses Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia as a springboard for examining the relationship between private law and the basic structure of society. Such an inquiry may seem odd, given that this book stands for a libertarian credo that questions the idea of such a normative structure in the first place. And yet, I hope to show that this is still a worthwhile pursuit because Nozick’s account of utopia as a framework for utopias captures a profound truth about private law.

His insight points to the normative underpinnings of private law, namely, to its irreducible role ...


Banking And The Social Contract, Mehrsa Baradaran 2014 Notre Dame Law School

Banking And The Social Contract, Mehrsa Baradaran

Notre Dame Law Review

This Article asserts that there are three major tenets of the social contract: (1) safety and soundness, (2) consumer protection, and (3) access to credit. Regulators can and should require banks to meet standards in these areas to benefit society even if these measures reasonably reduce bank profits. Implicit in the social contract is the idea that each party must give up something in the exchange. This Article provides policymakers not only the appropriate narrative and justifications needed to frame their regulatory philosophy, but it also provides important textual support from the most prominent acts of banking legislation to give ...


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