Law and Legislation

New Jersey Is Last State to Insist at Gas Stations: Don’t Touch That Pump

Mr. O’Scanlon said that he frequently pumps his own gas, ignoring the Retail Gasoline Dispensing Safety Act of 1949, the statute that first forbade civilians from putting their grubby hands on the nozzle. “I break the law in New Jersey on a regular basis,” he said. “Someone can come to …

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European Commission Warns Poland Over Efforts to Overhaul the Courts

The warning will also be seen as a clear signal to several other former Communist countries, including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, which are all led by parties that espouse populist policies and which have taken, or are considering, actions viewed by critics as threatening to democracy. The …

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Italy to Allow Living Wills and the Refusal of End-of-Life Care

Pope Francis unexpectedly bolstered the prospects of the bill last month when he told participants at a medical conference in the Vatican that while euthanasia or assisted suicide was not permitted, stopping treatment for terminally ill people could in some cases be “morally licit” and “acknowledges the limitations of our …

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The Great American Single-Family Home Problem

Even with a flurry of legislation, economists are skeptical that California can dent home prices anytime soon. Housing takes years to build. And five of the new housing bills included a union-backed measure that requires developers to pay prevailing wages on certain projects, something that critics say will increase the …

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Real Estate Agents Mobilize to Shield Homeowners on Tax Plan

In addition, the tax plans would increase the time it took homeowners to qualify for an exclusion from capital gains taxes owed when they eventually sold their homes. That would most likely reduce transaction volume — the bread and butter of agent commissions — by encouraging people to wait longer …

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