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Gibbons Ranked a Top Environmental Law Firm by the American Bar Association 0

Gibbons Ranked a Top Environmental Law Firm by the American Bar Association

Gibbons P.C. has been named a “Top Regional Environmental Law Firm” by the Environment, Energy, and Resources Section of the American Bar Association in its first “Annual Regional Law Firm Recognitions.” The ABA recognizes, by geographic region, the largest environmental law firms based on lawyer membership in the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources as of January 31, 2015. The regional rankings are broken down into six geographical regions, with ten law firms honored in each region. The Gibbons Environmental Team was one of ten firms honored in the Northeast region with eleven attorneys registered in the section.

The New Philadelphia Zoning Code – Coming Soon to a Property Near You 0

The New Philadelphia Zoning Code – Coming Soon to a Property Near You

Ready or not, the revised Philadelphia Zoning Code becomes effective on August 22, 2012. This massive and comprehensive overhaul of the Zoning Code, its first since 1962, required over four years to complete. It was coordinated by the thirty-one member Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission, and is the culmination of countless hours of work by the ZCC, including scores of regular meetings, informational meetings, community meetings, meetings with stakeholder groups and public hearings. The changes from the current Code are many and significant, with important modifications to base and overlay zoning districts, use categories, area and bulk requirements, floor area ratio calculations, parking standards and, perhaps most meaningful, the administrative process. We will be examining these and other major revisions in this blog on a regular basis, both as the Code’s implementation date approaches as well as after it is in effect.

City of Yonkers, N.Y. Launches Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling Program 0

City of Yonkers, N.Y. Launches Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling Program

The City of Yonkers, New York, under a December 21. 2010 Consent Agreement (“Agreement”) with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), has initiated a recycling program to properly handle its residents’ spent fluorescent light bulbs. An EPA inspection of various Yonkers buildings in 2008 led to a City citation for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”), which governs the storage, treatment, and disposal of hazardous waste. Under RCRA, mercury-containing bulbs, such as fluorescent bulbs, must be handled as hazardous waste and, therefore, must be disposed of in a special licensed facility.

Kick the Tires and Check under the Hood: Due Diligence Provisions in Pennsylvania Agreements of Sale; Posting 2 of 3 0

Kick the Tires and Check under the Hood: Due Diligence Provisions in Pennsylvania Agreements of Sale; Posting 2 of 3

Title review, like the negotiation of representations and warranties discussed in my earlier post, is an invaluable tool in determining whether to purchase a property. Analysis of the encumbrances recorded against the parcel is akin to reviewing a vehicle history report on a used car before you buy it. Both will tell you whether the item is a lemon.

Kick the Tires and Check under the Hood: Due Diligence Provisions in Pennsylvania Agreements of Sale; Posting 1 of 3 0

Kick the Tires and Check under the Hood: Due Diligence Provisions in Pennsylvania Agreements of Sale; Posting 1 of 3

You would never buy a used car without first having it thoroughly inspected. Purchasing a piece of real estate should not be any different. The due diligence provisions of an agreement of sale are like taking the used car to your mechanic, a way you can investigate a potential property prior to closing. I recently gave a presentation called “Real Estate For In-House Counsel: An Examination of Title Issues, Contracts and Negotiations in Real Estate Deals” at the Association of Corporate Counsel (Delaware Valley Chapter)’s 2nd Annual In-House Counsel Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My co-panelists were Michael Moyer of Land Services USA, Inc. and Aileen Schwartz of Hill International. The drafting and negotiation of due diligence language in an agreement of sale was one of the main focuses of our seminar.