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Third Circuit Holds No Coverage for Cleanup of Decomposing Body

In its recent decision in Certain Underwriters at Lloyds v. Creagh, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 6853 (3d Cir. Apr. 14, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, applying Pennsylvania law, had occasion to...more

Developers Beware – Court of Appeal Clarifies the Effect of a Breach of the Sale of Land Act

In Barker v Midstyle Nominees Pty Ltd [2014] WASCA 75, the West Australian Court of Appeal has considered the legal consequences of a developer entering into off the plan contracts in breach of Section 13 of the Sale of Land...more

Lenders Can Prepare for Tenant Offset Rights in SNDAs

Tenants’ limited recourse to their landlords has made “offset rights” a major issue in negotiating Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements (SNDAs). Tenant offset rights arise when the tenant has the...more

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – Tips for Tenant Defaults & Terminations

When a tenant defaults in payment of rent, or other terms of the tenancy, tempers flare. Landlords and tenants may make exaggerated allegations or rashly give notices via cell phone, text or email. As a commercial or...more

Nonrecourse Real Estate Loans: An Endangered Species?

As many apprehensive borrowers once again enter the commercial real estate loan marketplace, one of the first questions they often ask is: “Can I get a nonrecourse loan?” This is especially true for borrowers who are coming...more

Extension of Eight Valuable As-of-Right Incentive Programs Included in New York State's Budget Bill

New laws may benefit developers and businesses with applications long pending and for future applicants that depend on these incentive programs to help induce investment and economic growth in the New York City. These...more

Special Commercial Lease Considerations for Franchisees

Engaging in preliminary discussions and negotiations with prospective landlords for your new franchised business can be overwhelming. There are a multitude of business and legal issues to consider. It may also be...more

Superstorm Sandy and Con Edison’s Power Shutdown: Lessons from Johnson Gallagher

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, property insurers have repeatedly denied coverage for business owners in lower Manhattan – arguing that ConEd intentionally cut off power to its networks and that flooding damaged ConEd’s...more

Deviation From Statutory Scheme In Sale Of Receivership Property

The sale of real and personal property in a receivership estate is governed by 28 U.S.C. §§ 2001 and 2004, and both contain procedures for both a public and private auction of property. Regarding personal property, § 2004...more

Assigning Contracts: Making Sure Third Parties Know Who You Are

A conveyance of commercial real estate involves the same basic principles as the conveyance of residential real estate. Despite the agreements being for a larger value, closing dates, title searches, requisitions, and many...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

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider: “But I Didn’t Sign Anything” – How Electronic Communication Can Lead to Unexpected Contracts

In a recent Maine case, McClare v. Rocha, the state’s highest court taught us how dangerous email exchanges can be. This case brought to light an issue: whether an exchange of emails between lawyers can create a contract for...more

Interrupted by Sandy

In Johnson Gallagher Magliery, LLC v. The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, 2014 WL 1041831 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 18, 2014), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, granting a motion for partial...more

Mortgage Recording Tax Implications for Mortgages Securing Revolving Credit Lines

In New York, a mortgage recording tax must be paid when a mortgage is recorded. The amount of the mortgage tax is equal to a percentage of the principal amount of the indebtedness secured by, or which may be secured by, the...more

Complying With The Tangible Property Regulations – Procedural Guidance Provides Favorable Rules That Require Immediate...

Late last year, the IRS and Treasury Department released final and proposed regulations that affect the tax treatment of costs associated with plants, buildings, equipment, and machinery. These rules affect the costs...more

Tenant’s Use – Illegal or Not?

Impact on lease provisions of state laws allowing marijuana cultivation and distribution. The State of California was a pioneer in legalizing the use, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana in varying forms. In...more

California Eliminates Passive Investor Self-Certification From Finance Lenders Law License Application

Recently, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) made a number of changes to the application for a California Finance Lenders Law (CFLL) license that is completed by persons engaged in non-residential lending...more

U.S. Expands Sanctions on Russia in Light of Crisis in Ukraine

In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision earlier this month to reclaim the Crimean Peninsula as a part of the Russian Federation, President Barack Obama issued three executive orders authorizing the...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

Proposed Section 752 Regulations Would Prohibit Bottom Guarantees And Impose Net Worth Requirements In UPREIT Transactions

The IRS has recently proposed regulations under Section 752 of the Code which, if finalized in current form, would radically change the use of guarantees in partnership transactions. Under these regulations, bottom guarantees...more

Acquisitions & Sales: Some Key Issues for Sellers

When negotiating a commercial purchase agreement there are several key issues a seller may want to consider, including the following: - Due Diligence – Buyers often want a study period to examine the property, but...more

Assignment of Rents May Not Allow Golf Course Lenders to See The Green

Much to the chagrin of golf course lenders, bankruptcy and appellate courts around the country have consistently held that a properly-perfected mortgage or security interest in golf course revenues, including cart rentals and...more

Developing Renewable Energy Projects on Brownfields: Mitigating Enivronmental Risks & Liabilities

“Greenfield” utility-scale renewable energy projects have generated both considerable praise and criticism. Government agencies and the public generally applaud efforts to generate renewable energy, while at the same time,...more

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