Albuquerque High School Gold Mock Trial Team Qualifies for State Finals


Members of the Albuquerque High School Gold Mock Trial Team (Carmen Ortega, James Jarrett, Sara Albanna, Katon Luaces, Paloma Ortega, and Sean Simons), sponsored by Sutin, Thayer & Browne APC, gather in front of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse during the Gene Franchini High School Mock Trial Program's qualifier competition, held…

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Property Tax Deskbook Co-edited by Tim Van Valen


The American Bar Association recently published its 21st Edition of The Property Tax Deskbook, which is co-edited by Sutin, Thayer & Browne tax attorney Timothy R. Van Valen.  Mr. Van Valen not only co-edits the hefty annual state-by-state publication but also writes and updates the New Mexico section each year. He has been involved…

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New Developments in NM Foreclosure Standing Saga


In 2014, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled in Bank of New York v. Romero (“Romero I”) that a creditor must prove its standing at the time it files its complaint when foreclosing on real property in New Mexico. After the case was remanded to the state district court, the lower court ruled that the Bank of New York (the “Bank”)…

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ACA Update - Eye on Repeal Legislation


United States Senate and House Republicans have begun taking steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in advance of President-Elect Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017. The Senate held a special session (coined “vote-a-rama”) on Thursday, January 12, 2017, in which senators approved a blueprint for the budget that would take…

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Mariposa Padilla Sivage Joins Firm Board of Directors


Mariposa Padilla Sivage, an Albuquerque lawyer who practices primarily in litigation, was elected to the board of directors of Sutin, Thayer & Browne effective January 2017. Ms. Padilla Sivage joined the firm in 2010 and became a shareholder in 2013. She has considerable experience representing governmental entities and public employees. She handles…

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Overtime Law Stopped For Now


A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction stopping new overtime laws that were to go into effect December 1 from proceeding at this time.  The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction on November 22, 2016, saying the Department of Labor's rule exceeds the authority the agency…

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