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Amid the current controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that has been making headlines for the last month, last week the United States Department of the Interior announced the cancellation of 15 oil and gas leases on the land of the Blackfeet Nation, a Native American tribe. Fortunately, the lands that were leased had not been tapped for oil, nor developed, which makes the cancellation a much simpler, and much more cost effective process.

The company that held the leases, Devon Energy, cooperated with the feds and agreed to accept a refund of approximately $200,000 to account for the fees and payments made to lease the land. While these lease cancellations will not stop the DAPL, the Blackfeet Nation, and many others, are happy that the land will continue to be preserved.

When a person defaults on a loan, they may lose their home and have their credit rating ruined. But the effects of the default may not be limited to just that person -- enough loan defaults can be felt across an entire city.

That's what the city of Miami is claiming in a lawsuit filed against Wells Fargo and Bank of America, trying to hold the lenders liable when irresponsible loans cause broader economic damage. The suit was initially dismissed by a trial court, but now the Supreme Court will review whether Miami can sue for discrimination, on the basis that predatory lending has harmed the city as a whole.

How to Legally Co-Own a House

When married couples buy a house, typically both names are put on the title, or deed, and both are considered the legal co-owners of the home. However, that is not the only way to legally co-own a home. In fact, many people that only own half a duplex actually co-own a home and don't even realize it.

Also, it is not too uncommon for friends and non-married couples to buy homes together, and this can be where things get more complicated. Questions arise such as:

Sometimes, a landlord and tenant will get along great. And even if they're not best friends, some landlords and tenants can go years or even decades without any conflict whatsoever. Unfortunately, that's not true for every landlord-tenant relationship. And the worst disputes can often end up in housing court.

More often than not, a landlord will come to court with a lawyer. But the same isn't always true for renters and that can have a big impact on the outcome of the legal dispute. A study from the New York City Bar showed that tenants without legal representation were 77 percent more likely to be evicted than those with a lawyer. Perhaps that's why NYC is considering providing lawyers to low-income residents facing eviction. Here's a look at the proposed law and how it might affect tenant rights.

Short answer: Yes. Especially if you live in Washington, DC.

Renters across the country, even in states that provide for legal recreational or medicinal use of marijuana, can be evicted because of the drug. However, in places were marijuana is legal for recreational usage and medical usage, it requires more than a simple "no illegal activity" clause in your lease. Even where pot is legal, if you are selling it, growing it, processing it, and smoking it indoors or in the common areas, you can potentially get evicted.

However, in Washington, DC, just a little bit of marijuana can lead to a nuisance abatement letter to your landlord, which can lead to an eviction. When your landlord receives a nuisance abatement letter, they are under threat of property seizure and you can bet your last month's rent on the fact that your landlord will want you out fast.

Look, we all know politics can be a nasty game, and in today's heated political climate, candidates will go to great lengths to win an election. They will apparently stoop to some of the lowest lows, as well.

Long-serving Tennessee state representative Curry Todd was caught -- on video -- stealing his opponent's campaign signs from someone else's property. And in a move that might restore your faith in politics, it was that same opponent in the primary, Mark Lovell, who posted Todd's bail.

It sounded like such a good idea at the time, right? The thought of owning your own little piece of paradise seemed so reasonable. But now you're realizing that owning a timeshare is less of a dream and more of a nightmare, and you're wondering if there's any way out.

A timeshare contract can seem iron-clad at first glance, but there may be legal ways to terminate your timeshare obligations.

Families are getting smaller; rental rates are skyrocketing; hipsters are headed back to the land (sort of). Hence, you have the tiny house movement, a whole lot of people trying to live within very little spaces. And whether you see the desire to live simply inside of 500 square feet an effort to save the environment or a quaint lifestyle choice, you may run into some legal obstacles getting there.

Here are a few legal issues that come with owning a tiny home, and how you can overcome them.

Urban Gardening Laws

More and more people are turning their rooftops into gardens, front-yards into farms, and vacant lots into vegetable patches. And while the burgeoning urban garden movement can add beauty and affordable produce to any neighborhood, it can also bump up against a few city, state, and federal ordinances.

So if you're getting into urban agriculture to be more health conscious, eco conscious, or money conscious, make sure you're also conscious of the laws and statutes that might apply.

Whether it's your first, or you're hoping it will be your last, buying a house can be an exciting time. It can also be a bit nerve-racking -- between finding the perfect home, having it inspected, negotiating a price, and signing all the right paperwork, buying a house isn't easy.

Which is why we're here to help. Below is some of our best legal advice for buying a home, from the FindLaw archives: