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20 08, 2017

Solar Panel Tariff Fight Makes Strange Bedfellows

August 20th, 2017|Environmental Law|

The U.S. International Trade Commission held a nearly 10 hour initial public hearing this past Tuesday on a petition seeking tariffs and price minimums on low cost imported solar panels. The petition seeks duties of 40 cents per watt on imported solar cells and also a floor price of 78 cents per watt on solar [...]

13 08, 2017

You Should Not Contract With Your Environmental Consultant

August 13th, 2017|Environmental Law|

In an effort to mitigate risk you should not contract directly with an environmental consultant, but rather your attorney should contract with that consultant. While laws vary from state to state, in the vast majority of factual situations a business or property owner is ill served by contracting directly with a third party for most [...]

24 07, 2017

A Single Family Home in Maryland Cannot be Sold “As Is”

July 24th, 2017|Real Estate Law|

The question this law firm is asked most often about single family home sales is whether or not a house can be sold “as is.” The answer since a dramatic change in Maryland law effective October 1, 2005, is “no” a single family home cannot legally be sold “as is.” Caveat emptor no longer exists [...]

24 07, 2017

859 Maryland Liquor License Violations Reported

July 24th, 2017|Land Use Law|

This blog post is a review of retail liquor license violations across Maryland during 2016. The twenty three counties in Maryland, Baltimore City, and the City of Annapolis issue retail alcoholic beverages licenses and local boards of liquor license commissioners police activities under those licenses.

22 07, 2017

Paint Companies Settle FTC Charges Over Deceptive Zero VOC Claims

July 22nd, 2017|Environmental Law|

Four paint companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively promoted products as containing zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or as emission free, including during and immediately after application. Some promotions also made explicit safety claims. Specifically, the first FTC complaint alleges, In connection with the advertising, promotion, offering for sale, [...]

16 07, 2017

South Miami Poised to Mandate Solar Panels

July 16th, 2017|Environmental Law|

The City of South Miami, Florida City Commission is scheduled to take a final vote on July 18 on an ordinance that will require rooftop photovoltaic panels on new construction and major renovations. The ordinance is likely to pass given that at its July 12 meeting the second reader version of this ordinance passed with [...]

10 07, 2017

Who Really Owns A Liquor License?

July 10th, 2017|Land Use Law|

It is not surprising that in Maryland the determination as to whether the liquor license is owned by the individual applicants, or by a corporation that operates the business, depends on the circumstances of the particular case.

9 07, 2017

Mold can be Arrested in the Marketplace

July 9th, 2017|Environmental Law|

Concern about exposure to indoor mold has been increasing as the public becomes sensitive to issues of building occupant health and wellbeing. Mold problems in buildings have in large measure been exacerbated by changes in building codes and construction practices that began in the 1970s. In the quest to be more energy efficient, buildings are [...]

2 07, 2017

New Liquor License Rules in Baltimore County

July 2nd, 2017|Land Use Law|

The Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore County has issued new Rules and Regulations. Liquor board Rules are of great import and govern the issuance of an alcoholic beverage license as well as the day to day operations of a business selling alcoholic beverages. While hyper technical in nature, Board Rules have the force of law and a violation of a Rule can result in civil penalties and ultimately suspension or revocation of an alcoholic beverage license.

2 07, 2017

Superfund can Save Our Current Way of Life

July 2nd, 2017|Environmental Law|

Superfund is broken. “[W]e all know it doesn't work -- the Superfund has been a disaster," said President Clinton. President Bush described the need for a program overhaul. President Obama acknowledged the 37 year old federal program’s flaws while seeking more funding. And now under President Trump there is action to clean up the Superfund [...]