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In a case addressing what consulting fees (in particular attorneys’ fees) can be charged to an applicant before a Zoning Board of Appeals, the Second Department in Landstein v. Town of LaGrange (– N.Y.S.3d –, 2018 WL 4905436, at 1 (Oct. 10, 2018)) found that the Town had overreached its statutory authority. Petitioner, an amateur radio operator, received an FCC license to operate a ham radio station at his single-family home. He sought a special use permit to allow him to construct a 100-foot ham radio antenna structure (that would be 18 inches by 18 inches wide). As the Town limited the height of “towers” to 35-feet, Petitioner also sought an area variance for the height of his proposed antenna.
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By Danielle C. Lesser
Malls across America, long suffering even before the rise of COVID-19, are now forced to confront a wave of store closures. Troubled retailers will, without doubt, seek to close their failing mall locations. To stem these efforts, landlords have applied to courts for injunctive relief to force stores to remain open and operating, despite lagging sales, through the enforcement of the “continuous operations provision” found in mall leases.
Insufficient Hostility to Establish Title By Adverse Possession or Prescriptive Easement
Adverse Possession Claim Against Governmental Land Upheld When Land Not Held for Governmental Purposes
No Preliminary Injunction in Action to Declare Sale Contract Void
Despite Proximity, Neighbor Lacked Standing to Challenge Alleged Zoning Violation
Neighbors Entitled to Remedy Against Landowner’s SLAPP Suit
Area Variance Denial Overturned
Condemnation Upheld Despite Benefit to Private Party