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MASSACHUSETT CONSIDERING A HOME LEMON LAW!
Saturday, 05 May 2001

Lemon law sought for home buyers
By Walter V. Robinson and Michael Rezendes, Globe Staff, 5/5/2001.
"In a proposal that could lead to a national precedent, the state's top consumer official said yesterday that new home buyers should have the same protections the Massachusetts ''lemon'' law provides for new car buyers, who can get their money back if serious flaws go unrepaired." READ MORE

 
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American Arbitration Association Rules April 1, 1996
Friday, 18 February 2000

 AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION

SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE AAA'S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ARBITRATION RULES EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 1996

The construction Industry Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") have been amended for cases filed on and after April 1, 1996.  Set forth below is a summary of the significant changes.  The rules pamphlet should be consulted for the specific changes, as well as minor stylistic changes that appear throughout.

                                                      Background
In June 1994, the AAA created the Construction ADR Task Force, comprised of 55 representatives of the construction industry and it advocates. The mission of the Task Force was to undertake a comprehensive review of the AAA’s Construction Dispute Avoidance, Management and Resolution Services, including rules, administrative policies, panels, binding and non-binding forms of ADR, education and training programs, and outreach, with a goal of improving AAA services and helping the AAA be more responsive to the needs of the construction industry.

 
Chairman:Itís time to get some significant changes in place for citizens

Texas House panel lashes out at HOAs
House committee challenged homeowners associations Monday to consider greater concessions, with lawmakers using their harshest tone yet against groups resistant to compromise. “At least register so we know who the hell you are,” said Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, taking aim at association representatives’ resistance to tighter monitoring regulations. “At the end of the day, we can’t seem to get here with these groups.”  Calling associations “at least quasigovernmental,” Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston, said that “the scales are still tilted to HOA protections.”

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KB and Housing Authority still in Hot Seat

Panel seeks independent probe of SAHA
After listening to a dozen angry residents complain about problems they're having buying homes in the taxpayer-funded Villas de Fortuna subdivision, the City Council's Urban Affairs Committee called Tuesday for an independent investigation of the San Antonio Housing Authority, which had the homes built. The proposal must go before the entire City Council for approval. As proposed by District 6 Councilwoman Delicia Herrera, the investigation would be funded by SAHA but controlled by the city, which would find independent investigators to look at the lease-to-purchase program, evaluate the agency's handling of residents' concerns and provide solutions to problems that have endured through three SAHA CEOs, three chief operating officers, and a slew of other officials.

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Texas Legislature may take giant step to squash Mortgage Fraud

Tougher mortgage fraud penalties eyed
Mortgage fraud is on the rise, and the Texas Legislature may take a giant step to squash it. Instead of penalizing mortgage fraud perpetrators under general fraud laws, a pending bill would establish specific punishments for mortgage fraud, including imprisonment for up to 20 years and fines of up to $10,000 for knowingly making false statements...Early mortgage defaults, a sign of fraud, are problems in large Texas cities. Houston ranked as the third-worst city for loans originated between 2002 and '05. Dallas-Fort Worth ranked sixth. San Antonio tied for No. 11 with Columbus, Ohio, making these cities "potential fraud hot spots," according to the institute.

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