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CFIUS and Real Estate - Renewed focus on national security concerns surrounding foreign acquisitions of U.S. real estate

The expanding influx of foreign investments in U.S. real estate has drawn the attention of three key U.S. Senators amid national security concerns. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee;...more

Being “Neighborly” Isn’t Just a Good Idea – It’s the Law

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

Those of us of a “certain age” know exactly what a speaker means when she says, “She’s the ‘Mrs. Kravitz’ of the neighborhood.” For those too young to appreciate the reference, “Mrs. Kravitz” was a character in the sitcom...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration As To The Claims Of Non-Signatory Plaintiffs

by Carlton Fields on

A buyer of a manufactured home sued the manufacturer, seller and lender in connection with toxic mold that was found in the home’s water system. The underlying retail installment contract contained an arbitration agreement...more

Maryland’s Highest Court Holds That Condos May Not By Rule Suspend A Unit Owner’s Access To Common Elements For Delinquent...

by Baker Donelson on

The Maryland Court of Appeals has invalidated a rule adopted by a condominium to suspend access to common elements for unit owners who are delinquent in paying assessments. In an opinion issued on June 23, 2017 in the case...more

U.S. Supreme Court: State Law Merging Lots in Common Ownership Not a Regulatory Taking

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In an interesting twist, eight members of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed on June 23, 2017, in the case of Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214, that state regulations making two adjoining lots held in common ownership into a single...more

New York Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Applicable to Pollution Caused by Covered and Uncovered Causes

In its recent decision in Matter of Midland Ins. Co., 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 5065 (N.Y. 1st Dep’t June 22, 2017), the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department, had occasion to consider the...more

2017 Legislative Update: New Laws Impacting Commercial Real Estate Clients

by Sands Anderson PC on

On July 1, 2017, new laws passed during the 2017 General Assembly session will go into effect in Virginia that may impact you as someone interested in commercial real estate. They run the gamut of issues touching on the real...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending June 16 & 23, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Real Property Update - US Supreme Court - Regulatory Taking: owner of parcel A, that took title to adjacent parcel B after regulation restricting use of parcels had been passed, lost grandfather rights for both parcels...more

HUD Approves $20,500 Assistance Animal Fair Housing Settlement

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved a settlement agreement concerning assistance animals and fees charged to residents. To resolve pending Fair Housing Act (FHA) disability...more

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s A Floating Zone

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

According to the American Planning Association, a “floating zone” is a zoning district that “delineates conditions” rather than the more traditional use classifications that are typically found on zoning maps. While a...more

Real Estate Investment in Africa: Is the Honeymoon Over?

by DLA Piper on

The environment for real estate investment in Africa contains a perplexing mix of positive and negative factors. This is quite apart from the obvious fact that, in a continent of 54 countries and wide variations in levels...more

Insurance Coverage Applies for Cost of Repair, Even When Cost Exceeds Value

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

California Fair Plan Association v. Marlene Garnes - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (June 14, 2017) - On a fire insurance policy, is a “total loss” one in which the damage exceeds the fair market value of the...more

Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements: The Give and Take of Development

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Under Maryland law, the rights of a land developer to develop property for commercial or residential uses generally do not “vest” until there is some visible, lawful, construction on the property. Of course, development of a...more

Iris House Provides Valuable Reminder to Landlords About Non-Profit Renters

Recently, the Supreme Court, Appellate Term, First Department, handed down a decision affirming the lower court in 2363 ACP Pineapple, LLC v. Iris House, Inc, 2017 NY Slip op 27047. As the attorney on this case, Michael D....more

NJ Court: State Can Condemn Easements For Beach Repair

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The New Jersey Appellate Division has held that the government can condemn easements for beach projects. In that case, the DEP sought voluntary easements from the landowners as part of a dune-and-berm system spanning the...more

Governor Hogan Signs Law to Require Notice to Homeowners of Sales of a Common Element or Common Area

by Baker Donelson on

Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan, has signed into law legislation passed in the General Assembly that requires a condominium council of unit owners or a homeowners association to provide at least 30-days notice to all owners of...more

An Unusual Way To Hold an Oil and Gas Lease

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Here is what we believe is an unusual situation: A gas unit is formed. The gas well ceases to produce. Another gas well produces from an oil unit, but the lease at issue is not included in the oil unit. Is the lease...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Treasury Department Report: Decreasing Regulatory Burdens, Increasing Regulatory Accountability and Fostering Economic Growth - On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department released...more

Overriding Interest

by K&L Gates LLP on

Welcome to the latest edition of Overriding Interest. Inside this issue: - The UK Government Proposes Innovative Transparency Requirements for Overseas Owners and Buyers of UK Property - Mees Update - Announcements,...more

‘Trust Me, You'll Love It': Caveat Emptor in Real Estate Transactions

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Many people are familiar with the phrase “buyer beware,” or its Latin version, “caveat emptor.” In the sale of real estate, caveat emptor means that (absent contract language or terms to the contrary) a buyer purchases the...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: - AC38945 - Shook v. Bartholomew - AC38945 - Shook v. Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Inc. Defendants could not appeal plaintiff’s verdict in this motor vehicle accident...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Despite ‘Known Damage’ Exclusion Insurer Had Duty Under Oregon Law to Indemnify and Defend Contractor...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Alkemade v. Quanta Indem. Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 6896 (9th Cir. Apr. 20, 2017) - In 1994, Adrianus and Rachelle Alkemade (the “Alkemades”) bought a house from Meltebeke Built Paradise Homes (“Meltebeke”). The home was...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Finds Continuing Violations Doctrine Applicable To RESPA Claims

by Carlton Fields on

A Pennsylvania federal court applied the continuing violations theory to RESPA’s one-year statute of limitations, and allowed Plaintiffs leave to amend their complaint to modify their RESPA claim....more

She Did What With the Family Farm? - Top Ways to Challenge a Deed in Michigan

by Clark Hill PLC on

A deed is a legal instrument commonly used to transfer title in real property (i.e. a residence, parcel of land, or family cottage). Although deeds are typically straightforward, certain legal requirements are necessary to...more

Legislation Enacted To Permit HOAs To Collect Resale Inspection Fees

by Baker Donelson on

Beginning in October, Maryland homeowner associations will have the right to collect a fee relating to inspections during the resale process. What had been House Bill 34 in the 2017 session of the General Assembly, and has...more

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