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House Bill Prohibits Pre-Dispute Arbitration in Consumer Contracts

Filed in Business Management, Capitol Hill, Legal by on September 20, 2019 13 Comments
House Bill Prohibits Pre-Dispute Arbitration in Consumer Contracts

Acting against the strong objections of NAHB, the House today approved the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (H.R. 1423), legislation that would prohibit two parties from including in a contract a pre-dispute arbitration agreement. NAHB strongly supports the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including binding arbitration, in consumer contracts.

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HBA Wins Court Fight Against Building Permit Fees with Help from NAHB Fund

Filed in Legal by on September 16, 2019 8 Comments
HBA Wins Court Fight Against Building Permit Fees with Help from NAHB Fund

After nearly a decade of litigation and two trips to the state Supreme Court, the Home Builders Association of Michigan secured a resounding victory for the home building industry.

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Is the Long Saga of the HOW Companies Nearing an End?

Filed in Legal by on September 13, 2019
Is the Long Saga of the HOW Companies Nearing an End?

A decades-long receivership battle may soon be winding down with many home builders receiving a payout for an investment they made in the 1980s.

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U.S. Plywood Producers File Suit Over Brazilian Wood Certifications

Filed in Legal by on September 10, 2019 2 Comments
U.S. Plywood Producers File Suit Over Brazilian Wood Certifications

Ten U.S. plywood producers allege false advertising claims against two certifying agencies that authorized 35 Brazilian plywood plants as meeting the structural grade requirements for plywood panels.

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Georgia Judge Sinks Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on August 22, 2019 4 Comments
Georgia Judge Sinks Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

In an important win for NAHB and the housing community, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia recently filed a carefully worded 85-page decision that dismantles the Obama-era 2015 waters of the U.S. rule. This is the first court to find that the substance of the 2015 rule violates the Clean Water Act.

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‘Public Charge’ Rule Finalized

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Legal by on August 20, 2019 0 Comments
‘Public Charge’ Rule Finalized

The Trump administration last week finalized its “public charge” rule. The term refers to a person who is primarily dependent on the government for support. The new rule broadens the definition of who is considered a public charge to include immigrants who receive substantially less government assistance through programs such as housing assistance, food stamps or public health insurance.

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Louisiana Landowners Score Property Rights Win in Dusky Gopher Frog Case

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on July 11, 2019 0 Comments
Louisiana Landowners Score Property Rights Win in Dusky Gopher Frog Case

In a victory for property rights, a Louisiana family earlier this month reached a settlement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in which the federal government agreed to drop its efforts to designate a critical habitat designation for the dusky gopher frog on their land.

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Recent Supreme Court Decision Highlights Arbitration Opportunities for Builders

Filed in Legal by on July 5, 2019 2 Comments
Recent Supreme Court Decision Highlights Arbitration Opportunities for Builders

Builders may wish to consult with their attorney about including an express agreement in contracts for individual arbitration.

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Supreme Court Ruling Reaffirms Power of Federal Regulators

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Legal by on June 26, 2019 0 Comments
Supreme Court Ruling Reaffirms Power of Federal Regulators

The U.S. Supreme Court today narrowly decided to uphold, with significant limits, a doctrine that has plagued the regulated community for years.

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NAHB Guide Available if ICE Visits Your Job Site

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health, Legal by on June 21, 2019 0 Comments
NAHB Guide Available if ICE Visits Your Job Site

With President Trump announcing increased enforcement actions by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the near term, NAHB has a guide to remind members what they should do if federal officials visit their job sites.

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