Category: Litigation

‘Til death do us part, and not even then: Part 2, gravesites here all over the place

13 November, 2013 (09:00) | Alabama, Cemetery, Cities, Eminent domain, Housing, Land use, Law, Litigation, Local issues, Property rights, US News, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post introduced us, via a New York Times (October 22, 2013) summary article,  to stubborn faithful James Davis of Stevenson, Alabama, who buried his wife in the couple’s front yard, an action for which he foolishly requested city council permission (when in my view […]

Bad news for bad faith

30 July, 2013 (09:00) | Bankruptcy, CalPERS, Litigation, Pensions, Stockton |

By:David A. Smith   As Stockton goes, so does Detroit?   Entering bankruptcy … follow the lead of those who’ve gone before   Detroit’s recent bankruptcy filing, though entirely predictable and fully foreshadowed, will focus public attention because of its political significance (the GM recapitalization, the President’s previous boast of having “refused to let Detroit […]

Month in Review: May, 2013, Part 2: the bad news

19 July, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Bonds, Boston, Building Codes, Chapter 93A, China, Consumer protection, Enforcement, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Harrisburg, Litigation, Month in review, Nonprofits, Pensions, Renovation, Spain, Student housing |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we saw yesterday, May was a month with quite a bit of good news, though a misanthrope can find human behavior to mock even then, though genuine bitterness and anger are reserved for human folly that compounds human suffering, such as in the Eurozone.  […]

Month in Review: May, 2013, Part 1: the good news

18 July, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Bonds, Boston, Building Codes, Chapter 93A, China, Consumer protection, Enforcement, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Harrisburg, Litigation, Month in review, Nonprofits, Pensions, Renovation, Spain, Student housing |

By:David A. Smith   [Previous Month in Reviews available here: Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13]   Nobody knows the troubles we’ve seen   As America’s residential real estate market returns to normal, having passed the trough and slowly moving upward, once again appear the ‘equilibrium market’ stories of people who taken too […]

How to steal big: Part 7, Postscript, what else will come out?

25 June, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Auditing, Boston, Chelsea, Corruption, Fraud, HUD, Inspections, Litigation, Modernization funds, Public housing, Regulation, Rental, Subsidy, Theft |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   By:David A. Smith   Using excerpts from Michael McLaughlin’s unpublished and unwritten memoir, Michael McLaughlin’s How To Steal Big Manual, we have followed his systemic looting and thievery from the Chelsea Housing Authority, and the grand […]