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FAST ACT Update

February 26, 2016

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Neill T. Riddell

On the heels of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act’s (FAST ACT) December 4, 2015 signing by President Obama, the Federal Highway Administration issued a February 24, 2016 Memorandum discussing various provisions of the legislation, including size and weight restrictions for carriers operating on the interstate system. Click the attachment […]

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“Good News” for Religious Schools

February 5, 2016

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Thomas P. Martin

There is good news for religiously-affiliated organizations on the financing front. On September 16, 2002, the Michigan Attorney General’s Office granted its approval of Michigan Strategic Fund (“MSF”) revenue bond financing for the costs of land acquisition and construction of a new 73,100 sq. ft. school facility for our client, […]

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I-129S Petition Expiration Date Practice Pointers

December 10, 2015

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At the October 8, 2015 liaison meeting with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the U.S. Department of State Visa Office (VO) clarified its current policy relating to the endorsement of Forms I-29S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition.  The endorsement dates, in the view of VO, define the […]

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USCIS New Virtual Assistant

December 7, 2015

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US Citizenship and Immigration Service has launched a virtual assistant feature, “Emma”, on their website, www.uscis.gov.  Emma allows customers to quickly find information on a wide variety of topics related to U.S. Immigration.  She answers questions in plain English, as well as navigates queries to relevant USCIS web pages. Currently the […]

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Lien Stripping

June 2, 2015

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Kevin N. Summers

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the U.S. Bankruptcy Code does not allow Chapter 7 debtors to rid themselves of junior liens on home loans that are under water. This decision should benefit commercial lenders as debtors may not void a junior mortgage lien when the debt owed on […]

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