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City Contracts and Arbitration

January 15, 2013

It is recommended that cities do not agree to arbitration, either voluntarily or by contract. First, this may result in protections provided by state law from being applied on behalf of the city. Second, an arbitrator may not have experience in municipal law, and may apply equitable principles that would not apply in a court of law. For instance, state law will often provide cities extra protection against damages and…

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Leonard Schneider Wins Pivotal Lawsuit

Leonard Schneider Wins Pivotal Lawsuit on Behalf of the City of Huntsville Against the Huntsville-Walker Chamber of Commerce. (August 29, 2010): Attorney Leonard Schneider of Liles Parker was successful in obtaining jury verdict on October 22, 2010 against Huntsville-Walker Chamber of Commerce for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract in the administration and management of Hotel Occupancy Tax Funds. After a two week trial, a Leon County jury…

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Mechanic Liens Against Public Property

(May 10, 2010): Whenever a company contracts to provide construction work for a city on public property, the company should always check the state law that governs the city in regards to liens against the land where the public property is located. And the city should always make sure of what rights it has as a governmental unit in regards to liens against land. In Texas, section 43.002 of the…

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Limitations and City Claims

(May 10, 2010): Normally there is statute of limitations that will apply to most civil lawsuits. This means that a claim must be filed in Court within a certain time after the action complained about occurred. For instance, in Texas, if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffer an injury you must file a lawsuit within 2 years of the date of the accident. Failure to do…

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