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Until You're the Unicorn, Protect Yourself: Tips on Personal Guarantees - May 16, 2017

One of the first steps in any business venture is for the founder to form a business entity separating their personal assets and liabilities from the business assets and liabilities of the new company. Without this separation, all of a founder's personal assets would be at risk to creditors of the business, but with the separation and absent other factors, creditors of the business can only look to a business's assets to satisfy its debts. Read More »

 

Governor Branstad Signs Two Bills Favorable to Iowa Residential Landlords - April 25, 2017

On Friday, April 21, 2017, Governor Branstad signed two bills into law that are favorable to Iowa residential landlords -- one, HF134, concerns occupancy regulations, and the second, HF146, concerns evictions. Read More »

 

Mechanic's Lien & Statute of Repose Bills Signed Into Law - April 18, 2017

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Iowa Legislature Changes Mechanic's Lien Law - April 7, 2017

Iowa House and Senate pass bill expanding who is required to file Commencement of Work notice. The bill is now waiting on the Governor's signature. Read More »

 

Statute of Repose Bill Passes House of Representatives - March 22, 2017

On Tuesday, March 21, the Iowa House passed House File 3 (HF3), a bill that would reduce the Statute of Repose applicable to construction claims. The bill is now on to Governor Branstad. Read More »

 

Iowa Senate Passes Bill Reducing Statute of Repose - Bill Now Under Discussion in the House - March 13, 2017

On Wednesday, March 8, the Iowa Senate passed Senate File 413 (SF413), a bill that would reduce the Statute of Repose applicable to construction claims. This bill is now under discussion in the Iowa House (HF3). Read More »

 

Homeowner's Association Bill Dies During First Funnel Week - March 8, 2017

As you may know, earlier this year a bill was introduced at the Iowa legislature that included proposed changes to the law applicable to homeowner's associations. The bill, House File 158, was entitled the "Iowa Common Interest Ownership Act" (the "Act"). Read More »

 

Iowa landowners disappointed by court's Dakota Access eminent domain decision - February 15, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, the Polk County Iowa District Court decided that Texas-owned company, Dakota Access, had lawfully used the state's power of eminent domain to seize land from Iowa citizens for the Bakken oil pipeline. Read More »

 

MCDC Settlements Complete - December 21, 2016

According to an article in the public finance daily newspaper, The Bond Buyer, the SEC is finished bringing settlements under its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation ("MCDC") initiative. Read More »

 

IRS Issues Final Issue Price Regulations - December 20, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") has issued final regulations (the "Final Regulations") on the definition of issue price to be published in the Federal Register on December 9, 2016 and with an effective date for Bonds that are sold on or after 180 days after publication. The Final Regulations amend existing definitions in the regulations under Section 148 of the Internal Revenue Code and replace regulations proposed by the IRS in 2015. Read More »

 

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