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Ninth Circuit Allows Leases To be Stripped in Section 363 Sale

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Courts consistently have held that the sale of real property under the Bankruptcy Code cannot "strip off" the leasehold interests in that property. Until now, only one case held to the contrary and was generally considered an...more

In Lease Case, Maryland's Highest Court Brings State Law in Line With FOIA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Confidentiality is important for landlords and tenants in commercial lease transactions. For that reason, a recent Maryland Court of Appeals decision should be kept in mind when leases and other documents are submitted to...more

Recent Arizona Commercial Law Cases

by Snell & Wilmer on

Over the last few months there have been several significant commercial law cases in Arizona. These have included four Court of Appeals and three Supreme Court cases, each addressing common loan document provisions and...more

California Court of Appeal Clarifies a Judgment Creditor's Right to Third Party Discovery in Aid of Enforcement of Judgment

by Allen Matkins on

In Yolanda's, Inc. v. Kahl & Goveia Commercial Real Estate, 11 Cal. App. 5th 509 (2017), the California Court of Appeal recently affirmed a judgment creditor's right to seek third party discovery in aid of enforcement of a...more

Earth Movement: "Any" Means Any; Home-Owners Insurance Company v. Dominic F. Andriacchi (Michigan Court of Appeals)

Property policies typically include an exclusion for loss caused by or resulting from earth movement. Some insurers will provide coverage for earth movement, but that coverage will usually have a sub-limit. For years,...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

Florida's Third District Court of Appeals provides a warning: When insureds communicate about their policy needs, agents better...

In Kendall South Medical Center v. Consolidated Insurance Nation, No. 3D16-926, 2017 WL 1908376, *1 (Fla. 3d DCA May 10, 2017), the Third District Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s fourth dismissal of Kendall South...more

West Virginia Court Pivots Toward Industry in Recent Post-Production Deduction Case

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A recent decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has called into question its own precedent on the permissibility of post-production deductions and the calculation of oil and natural gas royalties, reversing...more

Major Decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals – Non-Participating Royalty Interest Owner Rights Clarified

On May 31, 2017, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued a significant opinion regarding the clarification of rights for non-participating royalty interest owners (“NPRI”). In the opinion Gastar Exploration, Inc. v....more

Oil and Gas Industry Update: District Court Upholds Rejection of Sabine Gas Gathering Agreements

by Jones Day on

In a highly anticipated decision—HPIP Gonzales Holdings, LLC v. Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. (In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp.), 2017 BL 83510 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 9, 2017)—Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern...more

Section 1111(b) Election Not Available When Collateral Is Sold Post Petition

by Dechert LLP on

The facts in Salamon are straightforward. Salamon (“Buyer”) purchased real property from Behrend (“Seller”) that was already subject to two liens (the “Preexisting Debt”). Instead of paying cash at closing, the Buyer executed...more

Attention Mortgage Loan Servicers: Highest Court in Massachusetts Attempts to Clarify When Default Notices Must Strictly Comply...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provided further guidance - up to a point - on mortgagees’ strict compliance with the notice of default provisions within paragraph 22 of the standard mortgage (or the...more

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Properly Perfected Assignment of Rents Not Property of Bankruptcy Estate

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a significant ruling impacting commercial real estate lenders in Michigan, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an absolute assignment of rents that had been fully perfected (by demanding payment from tenants to...more

Reassessing Contractual Jury Waivers Under Rincon EV Realty LLC v. CP III Rincon Towers, Inc.

by Weintraub Tobin on

Orange County is a hotbed for development and real estate. Lenders work hand-in-hand with real estate professional to make these deals happen. When using out-of-state financing, contractual jury waivers are commonplace. Under...more

Colorado Appellate Court Holds that Commercial Entity that Owns a Senior Living Facility Is a “Residential Property Owner” Within...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Broomfield Senior Living Owner, LLC v. R.G. Brinkmann Co., 2017 Colo. App. Lexis 261 (March 9, 2017) - R.G. Brinkmann Company, as general contractor, was retained by Sunrise Development, Inc., a major national developer,...more

No Intention? No Notice!

by Reed Smith on

In a judgment that will undoubtedly impact what has become fairly common practice when filing notices of intention to appoint an administrator (“NOITA”), the Court of Appeal has held in JCAM Commercial Real Estate Property XV...more

In Self-Renewing Lease, Tenant Has Burden of Proving Timely Termination

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In a case of interest to commercial landlords and tenants, the Massachusetts Appeals Court recently ruled that where a commercial lease is self-renewing but can be terminated on six-months’ notice to the other side, the party...more

Conflicts of Laws, Deficiency Actions, and Statutes of Limitations – Oh My!

by Snell & Wilmer on

What law governs a deficiency action if the choice-of-law provisions in the note and deed of trust conflict? The Arizona Court of Appeals answered that very question in ZB, N.A. v. Hoeller, No. 1 CA-CV 16-0071 (Ct. App. April...more

Agreeing to Agree: Commercial Division Rules Twice that Term Sheets Were Not Binding Agreements

In two recent decisions, Justices Charles E. Ramos and Saliann Scarpulla of the New York Commercial Division ruled that term sheets were not binding agreements. Keitel v. E*Trade Fin. Corp., No. 652220/2015, 2017 BL 131532...more

Suing on Behalf of People You’re Suing Can Sink a Derivative Lawsuit — Especially If You Have a Litigious Nature

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The U.S. reportedly has the world’s highest number of lawyers per capita (1 for every 300 people) and the 5th highest number of lawsuits per capita (74.5 for every 1,000 people, topped only by Germany, Sweden, Israel, and...more

Termination provision amounts to an unenforceable penalty between lessor and tenant

by Allen & Overy LLP on

A termination provision in a side letter, which had the effect of entitling a lessor to increased rental payments in the event of any breach by the tenant, was held to be an unenforceable penalty. This is the first...more

‘Home Improvement’ decision may provide tools for drafting, managing CAM in commercial leases

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In California, commercial lease tenants typically pay a portion of the common area maintenance expenses or "CAM." Commercial leases also generally include the right of the tenant to audit the landlord's CAM statement each...more

The Graber Opinion is Confirmed as an Outlier in Matters Involving Texas Appraisals

by Zelle LLP on

With the continued onslaught of hail and other weather related litigation in Texas, insurance carriers often elect to resolve claims through the appraisal process outlined in the policy. Insurance carriers historically...more

Recent Federal Court Decision Adds Clarity to “Ordinary Wear and Tear” Lease Provisions

by Cozen O'Connor on

Most veterans of commercial leasing are familiar with the concept of a surrender clause but might not have been tasked with negotiating its meaning following lease expiration. A recent federal court decision sheds light on...more

Sharply Divided Supreme Court Declines to Establish a Bright-Line Rule on Non-Lawyers Representing Corporations in Administrative...

by Sedgwick LLP on

A non-lawyer with no apparent formal connection to a corporation is the sole representative of the corporation at an administrative proceeding. When the decision comes down, it’s never properly served on the corporation. Is...more

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