Commercial

  • May 31, 2024

    Atty Gets 2nd Suspension Over Sale Of $1.6M Painting

    The Florida Supreme Court approved a one-year suspension for a New Jersey-based attorney and real estate developer this week who pled guilty to smuggling a $1.6 million painting out of his house in 2013 to avoid an asset sale.

  • May 31, 2024

    Phoenix Office Activity Down Annually In Q1, CBRE Says

    The Phoenix area's office market notched negative absorption again in the first quarter of 2024, with vacancy rates remaining high and total leasing activity down on an annual basis, according to a CBRE report.

  • May 31, 2024

    WeWork's Winding Road Through Bankruptcy Court

    Office space provider WeWork won approval for its $4 billion Chapter 11 reorganization plan Thursday, overcoming opposition from landlords, unsecured creditors and its own founder to emerge debt-free under new equity ownership. 

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • A Smoother Process For CRE Receiverships In Conn.

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    A newly effective Connecticut law concerning distressed commercial real estate provides a number of opportunities and strategic considerations for creditors, and should be watched even by counsel in other states as adoption of the law could become more widespread, say John Loughnane and Steven Coury at White and Williams.

  • What Came Of Texas Legislature's Long-Promised Tax Relief

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    Following promises of historic tax relief made possible by a record budget surplus, the Texas legislative session as a whole was one in which taxpayers that are large businesses could have done somewhat better, but the new legislation is clearly still a positive, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

  • CRE Guidance Helps Lenders Work With Struggling Borrowers

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    In recognition of growing troubles with commercial real estate loans, four federal regulators' recently updated loan accommodations guidance provides a helpful framework for approaching loan workouts without the punitive results of adverse classifications, say Jaclyn Grodin and Muryum Khalid at Goulston & Storrs.

  • NYC Cannabis Landlord Accountability Law Has Limitations

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    A recently passed bill in New York City, aiming to crack down on the illegal cannabis market by levying fines against landlords who knowingly lease to unlicensed sellers, contains loopholes that may potentially limit the bill’s impact and lead to unintended consequences, say attorneys at Falcon Rappaport.

  • When Investment Banks Can Sell Real Estate In Calif.

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    When investment banks sell businesses that own property in California, they may run into trouble if they are not licensed real estate brokers, unless the property is merely incidental to the deal at hand, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

  • Hedging Variable Interest Rates In A Volatile Market

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    Variable rate loans, which were an advantageous borrowing method prior to the recent Federal Reserve rate hikes and subsequent volatility, are now the difference between borrowers remaining current on their obligations and defaulting due to the sharply increasing debt service requirements of their loans, say attorneys at Cassin & Cassin.

  • Parsing FTC's Intercontinental-Black Knight Merger Challenge

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent Article III case challenging a merger between Intercontinental Exchange and Black Knight suggests the agency is using a structuralist approach to evaluate the merger's potential anti-competitive harm, says David Evans at Kelley Drye.

  • Mallory Gives Plaintiffs A Better Shot At Justice

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    Critics of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern claim it opens the door to litigation tourism, but the ruling simply gives plaintiffs more options — enabling them to seek justice against major corporations in the best possible court, say Rayna Kessler and Ethan Seidenberg at Robins Kaplan.

  • Effectual Relief Questions Linger After Section 363 Ruling

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    In the months since the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in MOAC Mall Holdings, courts and practitioners must grapple with the issue of what effectual relief courts may grant upon an appeal of an unstayed sale order, says Monique Jewett-Brewster at Hopkins Carley.

  • Courts Can Overturn Deficient State Regulations, Too

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    While suits challenging federal regulations have become commonplace, such cases against state agencies are virtually nonexistent, but many states have provisions that allow litigants to bring suit for regulations with inadequate cost-benefit analyses, says Reeve Bull at the Virginia Office of Regulatory Management.

  • Tales From The Trenches Of Remote Depositions

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    As practitioners continue to conduct depositions remotely in the post-pandemic world, these virtual environments are rife with opportunities for improper behavior such as witness coaching, scripted testimony and a general lack of civility — but there are methods to prevent and combat these behaviors, say Jennifer Gibbs and Bennett Moss at Zelle.

  • 3 Alternatives To CRE Collateralized Loan Obligations

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    With current commercial real estate market conditions pushing issuers away from collateralized loan obligations, several Freddie Mac offerings should be considered as alternative exit strategies for mortgage loans secured by multifamily properties, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • Ga. Banking Brief: All The Notable Compliance Updates In Q2

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    Legislation signed into law in the second quarter of the year in Georgia tackled a broad range of issues that will affect financial institutions, from money laundering and consumer protection to commercial financing disclosures and a lengthy cleanup of the banking and finance code, says Elizabeth Garner at Parker Hudson.