Commercial

  • May 30, 2024

    Only One Landlord Allowed To Duck DC RealPage Suit

    One of several landlords that stands accused by the District of Columbia of using property management platform RealPage to fix the price of rentals has managed to convince a D.C. Superior Court judge to kibosh the claims against the real estate investment trust permanently.

  • May 30, 2024

    Defendant Dropped From Calif. Broker Commissions Case

    A California federal judge has dismissed a multiple listing service from a proposed antitrust class action that accused the service and several real estate brokerages of engaging in a conspiracy to artificially inflate buyer broker commissions on home sales.

  • May 30, 2024

    Curaçao Expropriation Suit Tossed Over Sovereign Immunity

    A D.C. federal judge on Thursday tossed an Iranian American women's rights activist's $110 million suit accusing Curaçao's banking regulator of unlawfully seizing her stake in a $700 million investment company, saying the regulator has sovereign immunity and that, in any case, no expropriation had taken place.

  • May 30, 2024

    Only $100K Owed For NJ Theater's Virus Losses, Judge Says

    A Zurich unit owed a theater only $100,000 for its COVID-19-related losses under its policy's communicable disease coverage provision, a New Jersey federal court ruled, rejecting the theater's arguments that each public health order constituted a separate occurrence and that a "blanket" $1.9 million limit was applicable.

  • May 30, 2024

    Judge Finds US Owns Fla. Island In Long-Running Dispute

    A federal judge ruled that the government owns a vacant island off the harbor of Key West, Florida, in rejecting a developer's long-running claim to title, finding that the U.S. Navy has used the site as a buffer from forces such as hurricanes and private development.

  • May 30, 2024

    AECOM Joins Team For NBA Arena, Resort On Vegas Strip

    Developer LVXP said it has tapped AECOM to assist in a planned NBA-ready arena anchoring a 27-acre site with a luxury resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

  • May 30, 2024

    RFR Execs Face $16M Manhattan Office Loan Suit

    The lender behind the senior and junior mezzanine loans tied to a New York City office property filed suit in state court against the two principals of real estate investment firm RFR, saying the pair are on the hook for a combined $16.6 million after the borrower defaulted.

  • May 30, 2024

    Jersey Shore Motel Loses Condemnation Fight With Town

    A New Jersey borough properly used eminent domain to take over a local 50-room motel where it plans to provide parking and electric vehicle charging, a New Jersey appellate panel ruled.

  • May 30, 2024

    WeWork Gets OK For $4B Chapter 11 Plan

    A New Jersey bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved office space provider WeWork's plan to wipe out $4 billion in debt and end its Chapter 11 case after hearing there were no remaining creditor objections.

  • May 29, 2024

    NC State Is Blocking Probe Of PCBs In Building, Court Told

    North Carolina State University is trying to exploit the judicial process in order to destroy evidence of building contamination, a cancer-stricken professor told a state appeals court Tuesday in a bid to advance plans for a carcinogen inspection.

  • May 29, 2024

    CBRE Wants Would-Be Property Buyer's Suit Trimmed

    CBRE Inc. urged an Iowa federal court to toss a professional negligence claim in a real estate investment firm's $10.3 million suit over a failed Iowa property deal, arguing that, as a real estate brokerage, it wasn't obligated to tell the firm about a competing buyer.

  • May 29, 2024

    Tremont Chicago Hotel Reaches Agreement With Lender

    A defunct hotel near Chicago's commercial center has reached an agreement with its senior secured creditor, resolving its request to dismiss the case or lift the Chapter 11 automatic stay while reserving the right to revisit the stay under some circumstances.

  • May 29, 2024

    2nd Circ. Judge Weighs Sanctioning NYC In Rent Law Case

    A Second Circuit judge on Wednesday pressed an attorney for New York City on why the city should not be sanctioned for bringing up a jurisdictional challenge to a landlord's suit over a pandemic-era guaranty law at the "11th hour" of proceedings, after the city had lost in previous rulings.

  • May 29, 2024

    7 Courthouse Facelifts Funded By The $1.2T Spending Bill

    Seven federal courthouses across the U.S. and Puerto Rico are receiving funds for upgrades or construction as part of Congress' latest $1.2 trillion spending package, and security and seismic concerns are top of mind at many of the buildings selected.

  • May 29, 2024

    Gibson Dunn, Cleary Advise $120M Luxury Retail Buy

    A Florida real estate investment firm has closed on $120 million in financing for its discount acquisition of a luxury retail building at 680 Madison Ave. in New York, in a transaction advised by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • May 29, 2024

    3 Firms Guide Blackstone's $768M Hawaii Resort Deal

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and Cades Schutte LLP guided Blackstone Real Estate's $725 million sale of a Hawaii resort and the simultaneous $43 million sale of an adjacent 65-acre parcel, according to a statement from the seller Wednesday.

  • May 29, 2024

    Law Firm Says Atty Can't Elude Malpractice Claims In RE Case

    Chaitman LLP has urged a New Jersey state court to preserve its malpractice claims against a suspended solo attorney, arguing that discovery so far has shown that the attorney was deeply involved in guiding a case that ended in failure for its clients and exposed Chaitman to its own malpractice suit.

  • May 29, 2024

    8th Circ. Backs Ark. Landowners' Jury Win In Flooding Suit

    The Eighth Circuit has upheld a group of Arkansas landowners' nearly $350,000 jury win in their lawsuit accusing Lawrence County of building a bridge that caused flooding that damaged their crops.

  • May 29, 2024

    Ross Stores Plans $450M Distribution Center In NC

    Retail chain Ross Stores Inc. will invest $450 million to build a regional distribution center in North Carolina's Randolph County that's expected to be partially funded by a local grant, according to an announcement from the state's Gov. Roy Cooper.

  • May 29, 2024

    Iconic NYC Building, Ideal Location. So What's The Problem?

    In the fifth and final story in a series on distressed office properties in various U.S. markets, Law360 Real Estate Authority examines a historic office building that fell into loan distress despite being in one of Manhattan's strongest markets.

  • May 29, 2024

    NYC Real Estate Week In Review

    Kriss & Feuerstein and BakerHostetler were among the law firms that guided the largest New York City real estate deals that hit public records last week, a slow period that saw only four transactions at or above $15 million.

  • May 29, 2024

    Ind. Tax Court Says Hotel In Construction Was Fairly Assessed

    An Indiana hotel that was under construction in 2010 was properly assessed despite claims that the county assessor had not assessed all unfinished commercial properties equally, the state tax court ruled.

  • May 29, 2024

    Walker & Dunlop GC Departs As Deputy Fills Shoes For Now

    The longtime top attorney for commercial real estate finance and advisory services firm Walker & Dunlop Inc. has left the company after nearly 14 years, and Walker & Dunlop's deputy general counsel is taking over in the interim.

  • May 29, 2024

    Greenberg Traurig Gets 30-Year Tax Break From Saudi Arabia

    Greenberg Traurig LLP is among the first law firms to get licensed as a regional headquarters, or RHQ, company in Saudi Arabia, allowing the firm to take advantage of a major tax break, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • May 29, 2024

    Grocery Exec Ends Claims Over $20M Meant For New Stores

    With a trial set for August, an investor has settled a federal court lawsuit accusing the president of North Carolina-based grocery chain Earth Fare of boosting his own personal wealth with $20 million intended to develop new stores.

Expert Analysis

  • The Year Ahead In Foreign Investment And National Security

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    In 2024, expect the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, already at the forefront of addressing national security threats, to increase monitoring and enforcement related to outbound investment, focus on supply chain resilience in nondefense sectors, and heighten oversight of agricultural transactions, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

  • Sale-Leasebacks May Provide A Safe Financing Alternative

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    Amid rising interest rates and unpredictable market conditions, sale-leasebacks can be a useful investment option for both buyers and sellers, though their potential drawbacks demand careful consideration, says Chanel Di Blasi at Crosbie Gliner.

  • 5 Recent Developments Family Offices Are Watching In 2024

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    Although family offices have long been exempt from many of the more onerous regulations and reporting requirements governing U.S. investment advisers and asset managers, recent amendments to federal rules will have an impact on how family offices invest and operate in 2024, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • A Challenging CRE Environment Holds Opportunities In 2024

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    As the commercial real estate market faces reduced occupancy levels and rising financing costs, the new landscape will be favorable to those who can leverage capital, strategic vision and expertise to meet challenges like taking on distressed properties and converting office space to residential use, say Nesa Amamoo and Vered Rabia at Skadden.

  • What The 2023 Bank Failures Taught Us, And What's To Come

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    As 2023 draws to a close, it's apparent that the bank failures this past spring sparked a seismic shift in the regulatory and supervisory landscape for banking organizations, and the consequences are still continuing to be felt throughout the financial sector as we head into 2024, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • A Difficult Year For CRE, But Future May Be Brighter

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    2023 was a challenging year for the commercial real estate industry, marked by significant uncertainty, but market pressure and signs of rising interest rates provide some reasons to be cautiously optimistic for the year ahead as pandemic headwinds and gridlock fade away, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • 3 Developments That Will Affect Hospitality Companies In 2024

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    As the hospitality industry continues its post-pandemic recovery, it faces both challenges and opportunities to thrive in 2024, including navigating new labor rules, developing branded residential living spaces and cautiously embracing artificial intelligence, says Lauren Stewart at Sheppard Mullin.

  • What WeWork's Ch. 11 Filing Means For Landlords

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    WeWork’s recent Chapter 11 filing in New Jersey has the potential to be one of the most consequential cases in the real estate industry in many years, and presents a number of issues for landlords, including unexpired leases, assumption, assignment and more, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • The 4 Top Philadelphia Commerce Court Opinions Of 2023

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    Four 2023 rulings from the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas — including decisions on judicial privilege, stay requests, sheriff's sales and the appointment of a receiver — highlight the court's commitment to stringent standards and address evolving challenges in commercial litigation, say Jonathan Hugg and Sarah Boutros at Eckert Seamans.

  • A Former Bankruptcy Judge Talks 2023 High Court Rulings

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    In 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court issued four bankruptcy law opinions — an extraordinary number — and a close look at these cases signals that changes to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code will have to come from Congress, not the courts, says Phillip Shefferly at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • 5 Traps To Avoid When Selling CRE In Las Vegas Area

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    When dealing with commercial real estate in Clark County, Nevada — which includes the Las Vegas metro area — even sophisticated sellers may be ensnared by a myriad of tricky issues, ranging from transfer tax nuances to arbitration laws, says Chris Walther at Fennemore Craig.

  • 'Brownfields' Definition Key To Energy Community Tax Credits

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    As the IRS rolls out guidance for claiming community energy tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act, a review of the long-standing statutory definition of "brownfields" reveals that it continues to serve the goal of creating opportunities for investment in abandoned properties, says Louise Dyble at Sheppard Mullin.