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18 06, 2017

You Need a Green Building Consultant (Who Speaks for the Trees)

June 18th, 2017|Environmental Law|

We are often asked “what is the best way to assure success in a green building project?” Whether that query is from a Fortune 1000 businesses or an architect, the answer is the same, have the owner engage an experienced green building consultant as early as possible in the project. Which often leads to a [...]

11 06, 2017

Attorney General’s End of Third Party Settlements is Good for the Environment

June 11th, 2017|Environmental Law|

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo on June 5, 2017 to all Department of Justice components and 94 U.S. Attorney’s Offices prohibiting them from entering into any agreement in settlement of federal claims or charges that directs or provides for a settlement payment to non-governmental, third parties that were not directly harmed by the [...]

4 06, 2017

Retailers Pay Millions for Hazardous Waste Violations

June 4th, 2017|Environmental Law|

Retailers across the nation are buttressing their trash disposal practices after Dollar General Stores and Big Lots Stores paid Millions of dollars to settle civil suits for environmental violations for the unlawful disposal of hazardous waste, including customer returned merchandise and batteries. Most businesses should have a solid waste management plan to provide staff with [...]

28 05, 2017

Solar Powered Advertisement is Deceptive

May 28th, 2017|Environmental Law|

A business installs photo voltaic panels on its roof to generate power, and advertises that it is “solar powered.” The business, however, sells the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) that are generated by the solar power. Even if the business is near net zero for electricity generated by the solar panels, according to guidance from the [...]

21 05, 2017

Selling a House with Solar Panels is Not for the Faint of Heart

May 21st, 2017|Environmental Law|

It can be difficult if not dangerous to fail to properly address rooftop solar panels at the time of sale of a house.

14 05, 2017

Is the 2018 IgCC Doomed to Fail?

May 14th, 2017|Environmental Law|

Last week the ICC and ASHRAE issued joint news releases on the status of the “unified green building code that could become the foundation for LEED certification” that will be published as the 2018 version of the International Green Construction Code. This blog regularly advances the postulate that green building is the ideal means of [...]

7 05, 2017

New Alcoholic Beverage Laws from the 2017 Session of the Maryland Legislature

May 7th, 2017|Real Estate Law|

More than 2,881 bills were introduced in the 2017 Maryland General Assembly session of which more than 361 bills were enacted, including more than a few that will provide business opportunities for those engaging in the sale of alcoholic beverages

6 05, 2017

New Sustainable Projects Exhibit in 2017 AIA Contract Documents

May 6th, 2017|Environmental Law|

The new Sustainable Projects Exhibit is a potential game changer that could revitalize the now sluggish if not moribund domestic green building industrial complex, that suffers from the lack of regular involvement of the legal profession, and as I recently wrote the resultant, Less than 20% of Green Building Contracts Properly Drafted.

2 05, 2017

Zombie Liquor License is Really Dead

May 2nd, 2017|Real Estate Law|

The transfer of a liquor license in Baltimore City often involves issues of life and death, and in some instances, zombies and phantoms.

2 04, 2017

It Appears that the “Growlette” a Smaller Growler is Coming to Maryland

April 2nd, 2017|Land Use Law|

It appears that the soon to be completed 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly will establish a 32 ounce nonrefillable container permit in the State. The permit authorizes the sale of draft beer for off-premises consumption by packaging the beer in a nonrefillable container that meets specified standards.