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Volunteers of America Delaware Valley

1/30/2019 | General, Media

Kaplin Stewart is proud to support Volunteers of America Delaware Valley.  Volunteers of America Delaware Valley operate 55 separate programs serving persons who are experiencing homelessness, seeking permanent housing, struggling with addictive behavior, coping with chronic mental illness and development disabilities, returning to society from the criminal justice system, and dealing with domestic violence. 

Rainy Days, Mondays and Recessions

1/30/2019 | Articles & Alerts, Zoning and Development

                Mark Twain was fond of saying that everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it. The same could be true of recessions, particularly in the real estate world. Since I make my living in the world of real estate transactions, litigation and land use, I try to keep informed about the economy generally and the commercial real estate industry specifically. That is, I like to stay ahead of the curve. We all know that recessions […]

Related Practices: Land Use, Zoning, and Development, Tax Assessment Appeals and Exemptions


12/26/2018 | Articles & Alerts

By way of brief background, the federal Clean Water Act prohibits discharges to “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) without a permit. However, there was no definition of WOTUS. In 2015, the Obama Administration finalized the WOTUS Rule, which applied an expansive meaning to the term to broaden federal jurisdiction. In October 2015, the Sixth Circuit delayed the effective date of the WOTUS Rule pending judicial review. In January 2018, the Supreme Court ordered that the Sixth Circuit lift its […]


11/28/2018 | Articles & Alerts, Real Estate Transactional

With numerous retail stores closing locations in 2018 and 2019, co-tenancy clauses and use and building restrictions in retail leases continue as major issues that could have damaging effects on shopping centers and malls. The closures of such stores as Sears, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Macy’s, Toys R Us and Lord & Taylor have caused significant vacancies in retail properties, and have a domino effect resulting from the co-tenancy provisions in the other leases of the properties. These co-tenancy provisions permit […]

Related Practices: Real Estate Transactional