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What is RESPA?

Since 1974, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act has been the law prohibiting kickbacks and referral fees for services associated with real estate closings. But according to Virginia Beach, Va. attorney Charles D. Pittman Jr., it did not have an ...

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HUD Regs Threaten Real Estate Bar

Real estate lawyers, already beleaguered by competition from non-lawyers, could face yet another blow to their business, this one delivered by the federal government. New regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development could be “the death ...

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New Fed. Reg May Be `Death Knell' for Real Estate Practices

Will a new HUD regulation damage real estate attorneys across the country? Some lawyers say it could be “the death knell for small real estate practices.” These lawyers have formed CRISIS, an organization to fight the regulation, which allows kickbacks ...

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Business Loses Under ADA

Cancer Victim With Six Months to Live Is Awarded $572,000 by Jury in First Suit A 59-year-old executive who was fired when it was discovered that he had terminal cancer has been awarded $572,000 by a Chicago jury in the ...

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Justices: Late Filing OK in Federal Case

This decision would apply to almost all late filings in federal civil suits, according to attorneys on both sides of the case including discovery motions, affidavits, complaints, answers, and many other documents for which a court sets a filing deadline. ...

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Civil Rights Plaintiff Sues Officers

A plaintiff can sue a police department under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 even though she had previously signed a release in return for the police dropping criminal charges against her, says the Third Circuit. This type of release usually known ...

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Alabama Coastline.

The precise boundary between waters belonging to the state of Alabama and waters belonging to the U.S. under the Submerged Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. § 1301 et seq., is delineated by the Court. U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. v. State of ...

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Federal Tort Claims Act.

The U.S. is not liable for an injury in Antarctica, because the suit comes within the “foreign country” exception to liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act. U.S. Supreme Court. Smith v. U.S., No. 91-1538. March 8, 1993. Lawyers Weekly ...

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Prejudgment Interest.

The U.S. is entitled to collect prejudgment interest on a debt owed to it by a state. U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. v. Texas, No. 91-1729. April 5, 1993. Lawyers Weekly USA No. 9900179) (16 pages). To order a copy of ...

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