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  • SJC Decides A Forest Is Tax-Exempt

    In a decision issued last week, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled that New England Forestry Foundation, Inc. (NEFF) is a qualifying charitable organization whose forest land is exempt from property taxes under M.G.L. c. 59, § 5, clause third. In so ruling, the SJC reversed a contrary decision of the state Appellate Tax Board (ATB).

    Donald Pinto/ Massachusetts Land Use Monitor- 22 readers -
  • The Debate on Net Neutrality in 500 Words or Less

    The Precap: Allowing Internet service providers (ISPs) to charge websites a premium because their content uses a lot of bandwidth is like allowing electricity companies to charge air conditioning manufacturers a premium during the summer because their product uses a lot of electricity. You pay for electricity just like you pay for broadband, and these companies should no ...

    A.J. Afkari/ Techlawgic- 22 readers -
  • How Bad Is It? What Makes a DWI a Felony in Texas?

    Driving while intoxicated (DWI) cases in Texas are common, but that does not mean that their resolution is simple. Not all DWIs are alike. For starters, actions that constitute DWI depend on different factors. Drivers age 21 and older violate Texas drunk-driving laws when they drive while their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or more.

    Bill Mange/ Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer- 29 readers -
  • Recent Rulings on More Foreclosure Foibles

    In the last few weeks the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) decided two more cases dealing with the effects of botched foreclosure sales. The more important decision is U.S. Bank National Association v. Schumacher (pdf). Schumacher arises from M.G.L. c. 244, §35A, which the Legislature enacted in 2007 in response to the foreclosure crisis.

    Gordon Orloff/ Massachusetts Land Use Monitor- 30 readers -
  • Beverly Port Marina and the Fates of Permitting

    If you think land use is simple, read Beverly Port Marina, Inc. v. Department of Environmental Protection — not just the recent Appeals Court decision but the underlying agency decision. What’s so difficult? Begin with a smorgasbord of government laws and programs: Chapter 91, the Coastal Zone Management Plan, procurement law, the urban self-help program, Article 97 of the Mass ...

    Gareth Orsmond/ Massachusetts Land Use Monitor- 24 readers -