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United States Supreme Court Issues Decision Relating to Municipal Impact Fees

The United States Supreme Court (the “Court”) issued a decision on April 12, 2024 in Sheetz v. County of El Dorado, California where it held that the Takings Clause, which requires the government to provide owners just compensation when private property is taken for a public purpose, does not distinguish between legislative and administrative land-use... Read More >

EPA Issues National Drinking Water Standards Addressing PFAS

The long-anticipated final federal rule and goals for the management of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) family of toxins in public drinking water have been released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and time for compliance planning is at hand. PFAS chemicals are used in industry and consumer products, and research shows that... Read More >

WGL Attorneys Secure Dismissal of Claims Against Municipal Sewer Agency

West Group Law PLLC (“WGL”) recently represented a municipal sewer agency in a declaratory judgement action seeking to overturn the imposition of sewer impact fees on several residential construction projects that required changes of the zoning designations from single family to multi-family. The complaint cited projects that ranged from several months to several years old.... Read More >

Billions of Dollars in Federal Funding Announced for Water Infrastructure Projects

The Biden-Harris Administration recently announced that $7.5 billion in funding is now available under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (“WIFIA”). WIFIA authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (the “EPA”) to administer federal credits for water infrastructure projects. It is a federal lending program that “helps communities invest in drinking water, wastewa Read More >

PFAS: “Forever” Chemicals Causing Growing Concern for Municipalities

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (“PFAS”) are widely used, long lasting man-made chemicals, whose components break down very slowly over time. PFAS chemicals are used in a variety of products such as water-resistant clothing, non-stick products, stain-resistant coatings, ski and snowboard waxes, leather goods, personal care products like nail polish and shampoo. PFAS chemicals are persisten Read More >

Federally Funded Municipal Infrastructure Projects are on the Forefront

West Group Law attorneys frequently work on federally funded infrastructure projects for our government clients. Two fairly recent, significant, federal funding mechanisms – the American Rescue Plan Act (2021) and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (2022), have infused tremendous amounts of money into water, sewer and broadband infrastructure projects. Most of these infrastructure dollar Read More >

Partner Steven “Tip” Torres to speak at the NBI Webinar: Advanced Commercial Real Estate Law 2024 on May 10, 2024

Partner Steven “Tip” Torres to speak at the NBI Webinar: Advanced Commercial Real Estate Law 2024 on May 10, 2024 from 1:45 – 2:45 pm.  The presentation is titled:  “Environmental and Energy Issues, Green Building.”  For more information, call WGL at 401-371-3636 and ask for Julie Foster or visit:  https://www.nbi-sems.com/. Read More >

Partner Steven “Tip” Torres to speak at the NBI 6-hour Live National Webinar – Municipal Law on May 10, 2024

Partner Steven “Tip” Torres to speak at the NBI 6-hour Live National Webinar – Municipal Law on May 10, 2024 from 3:15 – 4:00 pm.  The presentation is titled:  “Municipal Contracts.”  For more information, call WGL at 401-371-3636 and ask for Julie Foster or visit:  https://www.nbi-sems.com/.

Partner Steven “Tip” Torres to attend the 2024 Federation of New York Solid Waste Conference in Bolton Landing, NY on May 19 – 22 2024

Partner Steven “Tip” Torres to attend the 2024 Federation of New York Solid Waste Conference at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY on May 19 – 22 2024.  For more information, call WGL at 401-371-3636 and ask for Julie Foster or log onto https://conference.nyfederation.org/.

Managing Partner Teno West to speak at the 2024 CAASNY Annual Meeting at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY on May 20 and 21, 2024

Managing Partner Teno West will to speak at the 2024 CAASNY Annual Meeting at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY on May 20 and 21, 2024.  The presentation is titled:  “County-Wide Animal Management Services for Rockland County – A Tail to be Told.” For more information, call WGL at 914-898-2409 and ask for Shannon Kelly... Read More >

Senior Counsel Jillian Jagling to Present* at the MCLE: 22nd Annual Municipal Law Conference on May 22, 2024

Senior Counsel Jillian Jagling to present* at the MCLE: 22nd Annual Municipal Law Conference on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at the MCLE Conference Center, Boston, MA. For more information, call WGL at 914-898-2409 and ask for Shannon Kelly or learn more about the program here. *Presentation details to follow Read More >

Partner Steven “Tip” Torres to speak at the NBI Webinar: Advanced Commercial Real Estate Law 2024 on November 11, 2024

Partner Steven “Tip” Torres to speak at the NBI Webinar: Advanced Commercial Real Estate Law 2024 on November 11, 2024.  The presentation is titled:  “Environmental and Energy Issues, Green Building.”  For more information, call WGL at 401-371-3636 and ask for Julie Foster or visit:  https://www.nbi-sems.com/. Read More >

Partner Steven “Tip” Torres to Present at the 2024 IMLA Mid–Year Seminar in Washington, D.C. on April 18 – 21, 2024

Partner Steven “Tip” Torres to present at the 2024 IMLA Mid–Year Seminar at the Omni Shoreham Hotel – Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 10:45–11:45am.  The Presentation is titled: Getting Your Municipal Money’s Worth: Navigating Multi-party Construction Litigation.  For more information, call WGL at 401-371-3636 and ask for Julie Foster or log onto... Read More >