Commercial

  • May 15, 2024

    Philly Landlord Settles Paralegal Assault Case For $6M

    The landlord of a Philadelphia office tower will pay $6 million to settle a suit claiming that negligent security allowed a man to sneak into the building and sexually assault a paralegal at a small law firm working upstairs, according to the plaintiff's attorneys.

  • May 14, 2024

    NC State Fights Cancer Patient's Presuit Building Access

    North Carolina State University is pressing the state appeals court to find it is insulated from an "unusual" order allowing a former graduate student worker diagnosed with cancer to inspect a campus building that tested high for levels of carcinogens.

  • May 14, 2024

    CBRE Report Finds Alternative Lenders Replaced Banks In Q1

    Commercial broker CBRE has said high interest rates slowed the lending market in the first quarter, with alternative lenders stepping in to fill the gap left by less bank activity. 

  • May 14, 2024

    Data Center Co. Plans $283M Project For Texas City

    Data center company Skybox is planning to build a $283 million data center project in Hutto, Texas, that will have a two-story office and a two-story data center shell, according to the company's registration notice with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

  • May 14, 2024

    Fed Finds Big Banks Lack Data To Model Climate Risk

    A Federal Reserve analysis found that a group of the biggest banks in the U.S. mostly lacked the data to forecast the hypothetical effects of future climate-related disasters, even if such events are likely to drive up loan defaults.

  • May 14, 2024

    Cos. Ask NY Court To Invalidate 100s Of Pot Licenses

    New York state's beleaguered cannabis oversight agency has been hit with another lawsuit, this one seeking to invalidate hundreds of retail licenses that regulators issued to those most directly affected by the enforcement of marijuana prohibition laws.

  • May 14, 2024

    Property Deals See More Scrutiny As Tip Sparks Forced Sale

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is likely this year to look at additional real estate deals near government property, experts told Law360 Tuesday, a day after the White House ordered a real property divestment near a Wyoming Air Force base following national security concerns.

  • May 14, 2024

    Goldman Sachs Secures $7B For Real Estate Credit Investing

    Goldman Sachs Alternatives pulled in more than $7 billion in its latest credit-focused fund and related investment vehicles, as the firm goes after financing opportunities in dislocated real estate markets across the world.

  • May 14, 2024

    Feds Dodge Salt Lake City's Suit Over $1B Gondola Plan

    A Utah federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the federal government from a Salt Lake City lawsuit challenging federal approvals of a $1 billion plan to address traffic congestion by building the world's longest gondola.

  • May 14, 2024

    Tenn. Judge Wants Default Win For Bank But No Atty Fees

    A Tennessee magistrate judge recommended partially granting a default judgment win to a bank suing a Florida-based developer accused of defaulting on about $15.3 million in loans, but also suggested denying the bank attorney fees.

  • May 14, 2024

    Polsinelli Grows With 2 CMBS Experts From Kilpatrick

    Polsinelli PC has brought on two shareholders in Florida and North Carolina from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, bolstering the firm's real estate finance and financial services offerings, according to a Tuesday announcement.

  • May 14, 2024

    London-Based Legal Recruiter Opens 1st US Shop In Miami

    London-based legal recruiting firm Buchanan Law announced Tuesday that it is opening its first U.S. location and second shop overall in Miami, touting the city's status as a principal hub for the country's East Coast legal industry.

  • May 13, 2024

    REIT Inks Deal To End Investors' Board Takeover Bid

    Presidio Property Trust has agreed to nominate one new director to its board, ending a Zuma Capital Management-led investor group's bid to replace five of the real estate investment trust's six board members, in a deal guided by three law firms. 

  • May 13, 2024

    Petersen Health Receivership Deal Draws US Trustee Concern

    Senior living chain Petersen Health Care Monday told a Delaware bankruptcy judge it has struck a deal to resolve the status of a number of its facilities that are in receivership, but the U.S. Trustee's Office said the deal may bend the Bankruptcy Code too far.

  • May 13, 2024

    NJ Justices Hold Contract Supersedes Real Estate Wage Law

    The contract a real estate agent signed deeming him an independent contractor is enough to resolve his claims of improper wage deductions, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Monday, saying that a state three-prong test doesn't need to apply.

  • May 13, 2024

    White House Bars Real Estate Deal Near Air Force Base

    President Joe Biden is ordering a recent purchaser of real estate near an Air Force base in Wyoming to sell portions of the property, based on a public tip and a finding from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States that cryptocurrency mining there presents a national security risk.

  • May 13, 2024

    Nursing Home Says Buyer's Lease Silence Endangers Future

    An Ohio-based nursing home operator claimed Monday that its Pickaway County nursing home is in "imminent danger" because the company's owners are threatening the licensing and management of the nursing home by refusing to acknowledge terminated leases and not making the transition to a new lessee and operator.

  • May 13, 2024

    NYC Real Estate Week In Review

    Dylan Chan Law Firm, Norris McLaughlin and Morgan Lewis are among the law firms that grabbed work on the largest New York City real estate deals to hit public records last week, a slow period that saw only three deeds above the $15 million mark become public.

  • May 13, 2024

    Colliers Says Outer Boroughs Industrial Leases Jumped In Q1

    Industrial leasing in New York City's outer boroughs picked up in the first quarter, with a film studio leasing in central Queens leading the way, according to an analysis from Colliers.

  • May 10, 2024

    Vegas Hotels, Software Cos. Escape Price-Algorithm Suit

    A Nevada federal judge has permanently tossed a proposed class action that accused two software companies and multiple hotel operators of using an algorithm software in a price-fixing scheme for hotel room prices on the Las Vegas Strip.

  • May 10, 2024

    Boston's Industrial Market Seeing Vacancies Rise

    The vacancy rate of metropolitan Boston's industrial sector rose to 9.8% in 2024's first quarter, which is four percentage points higher than the rate seen at the end of 2021, Colliers reported Friday.

  • May 10, 2024

    Disney World's Lone Independent Resort Gets $734M Refi

    JLL's hotels and hospitality group said Friday that it had arranged a $735 million commercial mortgage-backed securities loan to refinance the Walt Disney Co.'s Swan & Dolphin resort, a 2,619-key property adjacent to theme parks in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

  • May 10, 2024

    Activist Blasts REIT Buybacks, Hotel Sale During Proxy Fight

    Activist investor Blackwells Capital LLC has sharply criticized a plan by Braemar Hotels & Resorts to sell a California hotel for $165 million and use part of the proceeds for share buybacks as Blackwells is pressuring shareholders to shake up the board of the real estate investment trust at an upcoming meeting.

  • May 10, 2024

    Ex-Wife's Deal With Dallas CRE Firm Ends Kickback Claims

    The former wife of Dallas commercial real estate executive Clifford Fischer has agreed to drop a federal lawsuit accusing Fischer and members of an advisory board to his company of running a scheme to pay themselves unspecified millions in illegal kickbacks for business referrals.

  • May 10, 2024

    NY Judge Won't Toss Lender's Win In 3M Campus Suit

    A New York federal judge refused to reconsider a lender's victory over a loan guarantor who allegedly owed payments for a $64 million loan related to 3M's now-foreclosed Austin, Texas, campus, but found the billing too high when determining attorney fees.

Expert Analysis

  • Playing Hockey Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Nearly a lifetime of playing hockey taught me the importance of avoiding burnout in all aspects of life, and the game ultimately ended up providing me with the balance I needed to maintain success in my legal career, says John Riccione at Taft.

  • Trump's NY Civil Fraud Trial Spotlights Long-Criticized Law

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    A New York court’s recent decision holding former President Donald Trump liable for fraud brought old criticisms of the state law used against him back into the limelight — including its strikingly broad scope and its major departures from the traditional elements of common law fraud, say Mark Kelley and Lois Ahn at MoloLamken.

  • $175M Bond Refiled By Trump Is Still Substantively Flawed

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    The corrected $175 million bond posted by former President Donald Trump on Thursday to stave off enforcement of the New York attorney general's fraud judgment against him remains substantively and procedurally flawed, as well as inadequately secured, says Adam Pollock of Pollock Cohen.

  • Calif. Ruling Shows Limits Of Exculpatory Lease Clauses

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    A California court's recent decision in Epochal Enterprises v. LF Encinitas Properties, finding a landlord liable for failing to disclose the presence of asbestos on the subject property, underscores the limits of exculpatory clauses' ability to safeguard landlords from liability where known hazards are present, say Fawaz Bham and Javier De Luna at Hunton.

  • Serving As A Sheriff's Deputy Made Me A Better Lawyer

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    Skills developed during my work as a reserve deputy — where there was a need to always be prepared, decisive and articulate — transferred to my practice as an intellectual property litigator, and my experience taught me that clients often appreciate and relate to the desire to participate in extracurricular activities, says Michael Friedland at Friedland Cianfrani.

  • Payment Provision Lessons From NJ Construction Ruling

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    A New Jersey appellate court's decision in Bil-Jim v. Wyncrest, holding that an American Institute of Architects contract was not an installment contract, highlights both the complexities of statute of limitations calculations and the significant consequences that can arise from minor differences in contract language, say Mitchell Taraschi and Zac Brower at Connell Foley.

  • Spray Painting Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My experiences as an abstract spray paint artist have made me a better litigator, demonstrating — in more ways than one — how fluidity and flexibility are necessary parts of a successful legal practice, says Erick Sandlin at Bracewell.

  • A Legal Playbook For Stadium Construction Agreements

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    As a new wave of construction in the professional sports arena space gets underway, owners must carefully consider the unique considerations and risks associated with these large-scale projects and draft agreements accordingly, say attorneys at Akerman.

  • Document Retention Best Practices To Lower Litigation Risks

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    As new technologies emerge and terabytes of data can be within the purview of a single discovery request, businesses small and large should take four document management steps to effectively minimize risks of litigation and discovery sanctions long before litigation ensues, says Kimbrilee Weber at Norris McLaughlin.

  • Riding My Peloton Bike Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Using the Peloton platform for cycling, running, rowing and more taught me that fostering a mind-body connection will not only benefit you physically and emotionally, but also inspire stamina, focus, discipline and empathy in your legal career, says Christopher Ward at Polsinelli.

  • The Challenges SEC's Climate Disclosure Rule May Face

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    Attorneys at Debevoise examine potential legal challenges to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's new climate-related disclosure rule — against which nine suits have already been filed — including arguments under the Administrative Procedure Act, the major questions doctrine, the First Amendment and the nondelegation doctrine.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • How FinCEN Proposal Expands RE Transaction Obligations

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    Against a regulatory backdrop foreshadowing anti-money laundering efforts in the real estate sector, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's proposed rule significantly expands reporting requirements for certain nonfinanced residential real estate transfers and necessitates careful review, say attorneys at Fried Frank.