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I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - Quiet Title: deed reservation of right-of-way in favor of State, which applied only to tracts of land of 10 acres or more, did not attach to title of landowner of less than 10 acres and,...more

Some CEQA Reminders From The Third District: Urban Decay Requires Actual Mitigation When Identified By EIR As A Significant...

In a lengthy opinion filed February 28, 2014, and ordered partially published on April 1, 2014, the Third District Court of Appeal reversed the Yolo County Superior Court’s judgment denying a CEQA writ petition challenging...more

The Registrar is Changing the Game for Complaints Against Arizona Contractors

Sweeping changes at the Registrar of Contractors have the construction and real estate industries concerned and curious. The Registrar recently received some poor performance reports by the Auditor General and State...more

Summary Judgment In Favor Of Broker In Malpractice Case Reversed, Where Special Relationship With Insured May Have Existed

In a case involving alleged broker malpractice with respect to certain underinsured business interruption losses under a commercial property insurance policy, the New York high court reversed a lower appellate court’s...more

After Boardwalk: The IRS Issues Safe Harbor Guidance for Historic Tax Credit Transactions

Immediately upon its publication, The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit’s decision in Historic Boardwalk Hall, LLC v. Commissioner, 694 F.3d 425 (3d Cir. 2012), cert. denied, 133 S. Ct. 2734 (2013) put...more

Tenth Circuit Holds That Two-And-One-Half Years And Two-And-One-Half Million Dollars Do Not Constitute Prejudice

In BSC Holding, Inc. et al. v. Lexington Ins. Co., — Fed.Appx. –, 2014 WL 929194 (10th Cir., March 11, 2014), the Tenth Circuit recently underscored how difficult it can be for an insurer to demonstrate prejudice as a result...more

EPA Endorses Upgraded All Appropriate Inquiry Standard

Buyers of real estate and their lenders are familiar with the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. Originally developed in the 1980s in response to the CERCLA statute, the Phase I protocol has been refined over the years. ...more

“Procedural and Evidentiary Issues in Condemnation Cases: What Gets in and What Doesn’t?”

Traditional eminent domain trial work is unique. Liability, in the true sense of the word, is not at issue, and very often there is only one simple question for the jury to answer – what amount of money will adequately and...more

New York Court of Appeals Holds Property Policy Time Limitation for Replacement Costs Suits Amounts to “Claim Nullification”

Facts and Underlying Litigation - Will New York courts enforce a time-limitation period for suits for replacement costs against an insurer under a property policy, even if the insured could not have completed the...more

Some Considerations when Preparing to Try a Property Damage Subrogation Case in the Age of CSI

Recent criminal trials turned national media events, such as the Trayvon Martin and Casey Anthony trials, have highlighted modern jurors’ expectations for forensic evidence. Commentators have termed jurors’ expectations for...more

Reviving Construction Projects — How to Avoid Creating a Frankenstein Monster

Reviving dead or moth-balled projects presents risks and rewards. The rewards include a shorter ramp-up period. The risks include the revival of claims akin to the unintended creation of a Frankenstein monster. But those...more

California Court Denies Summary Judgment on Known Conditions Exclusion

In its recent decision in Lennar Mare Island v. Steadfast Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26405 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 28, 2014), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California had occasion to consider the...more

Appeal Court Re-Writes Rules Relating to Insolvent Tenants

Landlords' set to obtain "full value" as a result of re-statement of ancient equitable principle - Pillar Denton Limited and others v Jervis and others - Outline - In a ruling relating to the stricken...more

Sixth Circuit Rules that PTFA Preempts Less Protective State Laws

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed in part a district court’s order granting a motion to dismiss a complaint that included claims for wrongful eviction, denial of due process and outrageous...more

Mixed Result In A Louisiana Legacy Pollution Case

The Dietz family sued several lessees for injunctive relief and restorative damages arising out of leases on two non-contiguous tracts in Acadia Parish. In Dietz, et al. v. Superior Oil Company, et al the trial court granted...more

Fast Five: Rhode Island Appellate Practice: Winter Storm Warning For Rhode Island Landlords And Business Owners

Before the next big winter storm packs a punch, if you are a landlord or business owner in Rhode Island, make sure you understand your obligation to remove snow accumulation and treat surface areas on your premises. ...more

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Real Property Tax Appeal Deadline is March 31, 2014

Each year, Pennsylvania property owners and tenants have an opportunity to file a real estate tax assessment appeal. With the exception of Allegheny County, the annual appeal deadline for every county in Pennsylvania falls on...more

A Precedent-Setting Ninth Circuit Victory for Tribes and Their Business Partners

In a landmark decision, the Ninth Circuit has held that state and local governments lack the power to tax permanent improvements built on non-reservation land that is held in trust by the federal government....more

Time-Barred Claim . . . Or Is It? Supreme Court Agrees To Review Fourth Circuit State Statute of Repose Case

As reported on the Ogletree Deakins Environmental Law blog in July of 2013, a divided panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERLCA or...more

Mortgage Lenders Can’t Jump Ahead of Mechanic’s Liens

In Weitz Co., LLC v. Heth, 223 Ariz. 442, 314 P.3d 569 (Ct. App. Nov. 26 2013), the Arizona Court of Appeals held that the plain language of Arizona’s mechanic lien statute, A.R.S. § 33-992(A), does not allow a lender to jump...more

Lucantonio v Stichter – “No Causation” finding confirmed

The Court of Appeal decision in Lucantonio v Stichter provides a refresher on how a Court should determine if a person’s breach of duty caused harm under the Civil Liability Act 2002 (“Act”)....more

Case update Scotland: Retail park - whether tenant withholding consent to further development by landlord was reasonable

Aviva Investors Pensions Ltd v McDonald's Restaurants Ltd [2014] CSOH 009A: 31 January 2014 - Introduction - In this case, which was heard in the Outer House of the Court of Session, the judge (Lord Malcolm)...more

Is your WA lease destroyed on a transfer? - The Primewest appeal

The long awaited appeal judgement of Primewest (Mandurah) Pty Ltd v Ryom Pty Ltd [2014] WASCA 28 was handed down on 5 February 2014. As detailed in our Original Article, Primewest (the seller) had commenced action in...more

Cities Entitled to Pre and Post Judgment Interest for Tax Administration Fees Improperly Calculated and Withheld by County

Seven cities brought a lawsuit against a county over the calculation of a fee that the county charges for the collection and distribution of property taxes to each city. A trial court entered judgment in favor of the cities...more

Appointing a Neutral Receiver

I just received notice that the lender to one of my clients is seeking to have a receiver appointed over my client’s shopping center. I think the proposed receiver is in the lender’s pocket and will not be neutral. The lender...more

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