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(US) Is your Letter of Intent binding in Maryland? It might be.

You may want to use caution in drafting a Letter of Intent because a court may find it binding even if that was not your intent. On January 27, 2015, the Court of Appeals of Maryland entered a finding that a letter of intent...more

Update: The Consequences of Modifying Pennsylvania's Powers of Attorney Statute Potential Impacts on Commercial Loans & Leases

On April 14, 2015, pending legislation was passed by the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee to resolve the current state of flux of confession of judgment provisions and the bill was sent to the Pennsylvania House of...more

Transferee Liability: The Lottery Ticket/Uranium Contract Rule

Mano-Y&M Ltd. v. Field (In re Mortgage Store, Inc.), 773 F.3d 990 (9th Cir. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a transfer by the debtor as a fraudulent conveyance and then to recover funds disbursed by the...more

Doctrine of Merger Not a Good Blend for Seller of Sonoma Winery Property

In Ram’s Gate Winery, LLC v. Joseph G. Roche, et al. (No. A139189 & A141090, filed 4/9/15) (Ram’s Gate), the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District held the doctrine of merger did not extinguish a...more

Words Landlords Use Every Day: Standing and Privity

“Standing” is the right to bring a case to court. “Privity” is a legal relationship. A landlord and tenant may have (or may be in) privity of contract because they both agree to certain contractual terms in a lease....more

BGH rules over cosmetic repairs and declares the duty to execute cosmetic repairs ineffective

Most recently, the Federal Court of Justice of Germany (Bundesgerichtshof) decided in three cases in favour for tenants of housing space regarding cosmetic repairs and strengthens once again their rights. The decision might...more

Policy Language Aside, Insurer is Obligated to Pay in California

A California appellate court found that an insurer’s delay in resolving and denying a claim under a commercial property liability insurance policy excused the property owner from satisfying a condition precedent to coverage,...more

Georgia Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Property Tax Incentives

On March 27, 2015, the Georgia Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the legal validity of property tax incentives in Georgia, largely on procedural grounds. SJN Properties, LLC v. Fulton County Bd. of Tax Assessors, No....more

Order of Civil Authority Claim for Superstorm Sandy Barred by Flooding Exclusion in New York

On Thursday of law week, a federal court in New York City tossed an Order of Civil Authority (OCA) claim by a New York City law firm in Bamundo, Zwal & Schermerhorn, LLP v. Sentinel Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39409...more

Does Non-Recourse Liability Still Exist?

Several years ago, the real estate financing market took an unexpected turn. In 2011, a court in Michigan rendered a decision which called into question whether a non-recourse loan was truly “non-recourse” (liability limited...more

Texas Supreme Court oral arguments (3/15)

The Texas Supreme Court will hear three oral arguments on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in Austin. The cases involve (1) breach of a gas-purchase agreement, (2) calculation of oil-and-gas royalties, and (3) application of the...more

California Court Denies Summary Judgment Based Upon Continued Tolling of One-Year Statute of Limitations

In Globe Imps. Ltd., Inc. v. Allied Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20190 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 19, 2015) the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California examined equitable tolling of the one year...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Range Resources Case

On March 6, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court decided a case involving the duties owed to the non-executive holder of a nonparticipating royalty interest by both the executive rights holder and the lessee that negotiated the...more

Terminating a Lease Prior to Bankruptcy: Tricks and Traps

As many commercial landlords can attest based on experience, a tenant that files bankruptcy receives the benefit of rights and protections under the Bankruptcy Code that it would not have outside of bankruptcy. Among other...more

Expert Testimony May Be Required To Establish CERCLA Innocent Landowner Defense

On January 20, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California in Coppola v. Smith, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5127, addressed the application of CERCLA’s innocent landowner defense against a somewhat...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Shades of Sheppard?

In Wagner & Brown, Ltd. v. Sheppard, 282 S.W.3d 419 (Tex. 2008), the Texas Supreme Court held that the termination of Sheppard’s lease (Sheppard was the Lessor) did not terminate her participation in a unit into which her...more

Can a Receiver Reject a Lease like a Bankruptcy Trustee?

QUESTION: I am a receiver for an operating entity. It has three offices. The rent for one of the offices is excessive and the business does not need all the space. I have approached the landlord about giving back some of the...more

Commercial Lease “Co-Tenancy” Clauses: Unconscionable, Penalty, or Enforceable?

When a court of appeal announces that it is tackling a new commercial lease issue for the first time ever in a published decision, it’s wise to pay attention....more

The Economic Development Toolbox: “The General Manager” – Property Tax Value Management

Managing costs is of key importance for any successful business. Property tax is a necessary cost of doing business, and it can be significant. The good news is that Ohio and other states provide options for challenging...more

Repair Reg Relief for Small Businesses? Not So Fast.

January 1, 2014, marked the date that the final Repair, Maintenance and Disposition Regulations (Regulations) went into effect and apply to any business with material and supplies, repairs or depreciable fixed assets. Since...more

Appellate Court Notes

- SC19298 - Getty Properties Corp. v. ATKR, LLC Defendants appealed eviction judgments against them for a series of gas stations located on properties owned by the plaintiffs. Getty Properties Real Estate Investment...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds First Manifestation Coverage Trigger Applies to Property Damage Case

In Penn Nat’l Mut’l Ins. Co. v. St. John, 2014 Pa LEXIS 3313 (Pa Dec. 15, 2014), the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held that coverage was triggered under a commercial general liability (“CGL”) policy “when property damage...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Confirms “Or” Means “Or”

On February 4, 2015, less than one month after hearing oral argument on the matter, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the April 2014 decision of Greene County Court of Common Pleas Judge William R. Nalitz in Warren v....more

Blog: The Ninth Circuit Rejects the “Dominion and Control Test” for Determining the Initial Transferee in Fraudulent Conveyance...

Under section 550(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, a trustee or debtor in possession may recover property (or its value) that has been fraudulently transferred “from the initial transferee or the entity for whose benefit the...more

Fifth Circuit Relieves Company of "Arranger" Liability under CERCLA

In Vine Street LLC v. Borg Warner Corp., No. 07-40440, the Fifth Circuit held that, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. v. United States, 556 U.S. 599 (2009), BorgWarner...more

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