Municipal Law

Predatory Lending Practices by Bank of America Corp

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a case involving alleged predatory lending practices by the Bank of America and whether a municipality, the City of Miami, may file a suit for economic damages under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The City alleges that the bank’s predatory lending practices disproportionately affected minority communities….

Morrison v. County of Fairfax: Fire and Police Department Personnel Overtime

A recent case out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit gives a detailed explanation of the rules regarding overtime pay for fire and police department personnel. In Morrison v. County of Fairfax, a group of over one hundred current and former fire captains brought suit against Fairfax County for the denial…

What to Expect when You’re Expecting (A lawsuit)

Clients often ask, “Can they sue me for this?” The answer is always, “yes, they can file a lawsuit for anything; that doesn’t mean they can win.” In business and in life, people find themselves in conflicts, and often times threats about suing are thrown around. People tend to have an expectation that getting sued…

Texas City Annexation Procedures

Rapid population growth and aggressive annexation policies by Texas cities have extended municipal boundaries into areas that were once predominantly rural and dominated by agricultural land uses. In an effort to curb the ability of cities to annex legitimate farming operations and burden those uses with municipal regulations the Texas legislature in 2007 enacted House…

Weird Laws in America: Part One

The American legal system serves as a framework that oversees how our society functions. It takes into account the freedoms and ideologies of the nation at large and involves the creation and enforcement of various laws meant to keep our citizens safe. Be that as it may, our legal system also comprises various laws that…

Title IX

Title IX was a law enacted in 1972, sign by President Nixon, which read: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”   On July 21,…

Think Before Taking That Lawsuit to Court

Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before Heading to the Courtroom When people feel like they’ve been wronged by another party in some form or fashion, taking a lawsuit against that party to court tends to be one of—if not the first—options they entertain. Understandably, we can all fly off the handle to an extent after…