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Ratings – the road to revaluation

On 1 April 2017 the business rates revaluation will take effect. This in itself is cause for significant concern. However, the ratings world is currently a maelstrom of upheaval and controversy, such that the revaluation is...more

ICSC Mid-Atlantic Conference & Deal Making Recap

With seemingly all of the country’s attention focused on Washington DC lately, we snuck out of the District and across the Potomac River to National Harbor last week for ICSC’s 2017 Mid-Atlantic Conference and Deal Making....more

Recent California Court of Appeal Decision Invalidates Jury Trial Waiver Made Under New York Law

A recent California Court of Appeal decision may have a major impact on the enforceability of jury trial waivers in loan agreements and other documents governed by New York law. In Rincon EV Realty LLC v. CP III Rincon...more

IPF Launches Template Non-Disclosure Agreement and Exclusivity Agreement

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA), also known as a confidentiality agreement, is typically entered into between parties who need to share confidential information with each other in order to evaluate it, typically as a prelude...more

Built-In Contract Remedies: Avoiding the Unenforceable Penalty

Under California law, a provision of a contract found to impose a penalty is unenforceable as a forfeiture and contrary to public policy. The characteristic feature of a penalty is the lack of proportional relation between...more

Capouillez Case is a Warning to Non-Attorneys Representing Landowners in Gas Lease Negotiations

Since the first Marcellus Shale well was drilled in 2004, tens of thousands of oil and gas leases have been negotiated across Pennsylvania. Non-lawyers sometimes play a prominent role in the leasing process. Originally...more

So you think you can avoid California’s anti-jury waiver?

The California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District in San Francisco recently held that commercial borrowers are entitled to a trial by jury even though they signed loan documents that contained a jury waiver...more

IRS Issues Final Regulations on REIT and RIC Conversion Transactions

The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service published on January 18, 2017 final regulations (the “Final Regulations”) reducing from ten years to five years the recognition period for the corporate-level tax...more

Hawaii Bill Proposes Parametric Disaster Insurance Pilot Program

On January 23, 2017, Hawaii lawmakers introduced a bill to establish a pilot parametric disaster insurance program aimed at preventing potential liquidity gaps between federal assistance and total economic losses in the event...more

Franchise Issues in Commercial Leases

Commercial landlords and tenants are already faced with many issues during the course of negotiating a commercial lease agreement. When the tenant is a franchisee, the franchisor’s requirements (as outlined in the franchise...more

I Have a Judgment, Now What? Priority of Judgments

Litigation can often be long and tiresome. Unfortunately, a successful verdict does not always lead to the desired outcome – the defendant paying up. Previous parts of this series addressed other aspects of collecting and...more

California Update: Amended Civil Code Section 1938 and New CASp Obligations for Commercial Landlords

Last September, Governor Brown signed California Assembly Bill 2093 (“AB 2093”) which amended California Civil Code Section 1938 and created new obligations for commercial landlords. ...more

How to Get the Best Price for Your Cell Tower Lease

Property owners with cell towers on their buildings or land are routinely approached to sell their cell lease and future leasing rights, which typically sell in the range of 15 to 20 times annual revenues, sometimes...more

Falling Foul of Flying Freeholds

A mental image of a building sprouting wings and taking to the sky is one way to picture a flying freehold, but mention the phrase to most property lawyers and their hearts will sink. Discovering a flying freehold raises...more

Michigan Tax News - January 2017

Michigan’s 2017 property tax assessment notices are in the mail. Should you appeal? Local assessors are in the process of sending annual notices of real and personal property tax assessments to property owners/taxpayers,...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Strong Arm Powers

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Oh the Sidewalks Outside Are Frightful, But Landlords Will Make Them Delightful… or Will They?

Although we haven’t seen much snow accumulation in the northeast to date, we know that this can (and likely will) change before the warmer weather returns. Before the snow really begins to fall, it would behoove both...more

Recent Developments in Partnerships and Real Estate 2017

The IRS released a flurry of new rules as the Obama administration came to a close. The attached presentation provides an overview of many of these developments in the partnership and real estate tax area, including a...more

Court of Appeals Grants Leave to Appeal in Partnership Dissolution Case

On January 10, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals decided to hear a case that has significant consequence in the field of partnership dissolution. The case, Congel v. Malfitano,[1] concerns the allegedly wrongful...more

Curing Default in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy May Require Debtors to Pay Default Interest to Secured Creditors.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently took up the issue of a Chapter 11 Debtor’s requirements to cure a loan default through its Chapter 11 plan. The result was a ruling that overturned previous law that entitled...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Jan. 6th, 2017

Our first client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2017 is below. Not a lot to report this week, so we will keep the Update short....more

Virginia Court Dismisses RICO Claim Against WYO Flood Insurer and Its Adjusters

The preemptive effect of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on overlapping claims asserted by policyholders based on federal and state common law theories of liability is well established. “Numerous courts have held...more

On the Horizon

Welcome to the January 2017 edition of "On the Horizon" - the mining sector's guide to relevant upcoming legal, commercial and regulatory changes and developments. - In this guide, you will find ... Please see full...more

News from AGG's Retail industry Team - Winter Edition

How much is that Facebook page worth to your Business? At first glance, this question may seem relatively unimportant in the context of an M&A transaction. It rings true that social media accounts usually receive little...more

Management Contracts Safe Harbors Revisited – IRS Releases Updated Guidance (Again)

Demonstrating the “user-friendly” side of the IRS, on January 17, 2017, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2017-13 (“Rev. Proc. 2017-13”) (available here) to address many (but not all) of the comments received on the rather...more

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