Government Contract 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.…

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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…

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Texas Clean Air Act

In BCCA Appeal Group, Inc. v. The City of Houston, the Texas Supreme Court sided with an industry challenge to a Houston ordinance regulating air quality within its corporate limits. In 1967, the Texas legislature enacted the Texas Clean Air Act. The Act empowered the predecessor agency of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)…

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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…

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Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) is a federal statute generally designed to protect workers who are unorganized or who lack bargaining power. The protections afforded individuals by the FLSA extend only to “employees.” The question whether one falls under the definition of employee is usually readily apparent. Most workers who are not…

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How Are Law Offices Structured?

Four Common Organizational Structures A law office is a place to go whenever you need guidance or representation for various types of legal matters ranging from child custody and juvenile defense to bankruptcy and oil/mineral rights. At its most basic level, a law office houses a lawyer, who provides services in his or her area…

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Do You Need an Oil and Gas Attorney?

By Don R. White, Attorney at Law For a culture that depends so heavily on oil and gas, it can be easy to forget just how prevalent these resources are in our day-to-day lives. Due to this dependence, oil and gas law encompasses many complicated legal policies, procedures and agreements. What Is Oil and Gas…

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King v. Burwell

By Lance Vanzant Today in King v. Burwell the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that tax credits provided under the Patient Protection and  Affordable Care Act are allowed for health insurance purchased on any exchange created under the Act.  The Petitioners challenged the giving of tax credits on those exchanges created by the federal government.  The Act…

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Today in Horne Et al v. Department of Agriculture

Today in Horne Et al. v. Department of Agriculture the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that the government must pay just compensation when it takes personal property from an owner, just as when it takes real property.  Purportedly to help maintain stable markets for agricultural products, the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 authorizes the…

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How to Choose a Lawyer

Choosing Your Attorney Attorneys are the people you call when you need a problem solved. Law firms vary greatly and it is important to find the attorney best equipped to resolve your issues efficiently and effectively. Here are some factors to consider when wondering how to choose a lawyer: Experience in the Practice Area Many…

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