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Will the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) be reauthorized, extended, or what?

by Downey Brand LLP on

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will expire at the end of the month. For anyone that has read the newspaper lately, this is a lousy time for the program to expire with two hurricane’s bearing down on the Eastern...more

Two Storms: Hurricane Harvey And HB 1774

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Although insurance claims may be the last thing on the minds of many folks in Texas at the moment, HB 1774, which governs “force of nature” related insurance claims, is currently set to go into effect on September 1, 2017....more

House Bill 1774 Requires Urgent Action by Texas Policyholders to Preserve Coverage for Hurricane Harvey Flood Claims

Even as Hurricane Harvey’s effects continue to unfold, Texas policyholders face another imminent threat. On September 1, 2017, a new Texas law becomes effective that dramatically limits insurance recoveries for Texan...more

New Nevada Laws Governing Commercial Foreclosure and Receivership

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

With the financial crisis still in mind and the potential “wall of maturities” perpetually on the horizon, the Nevada Legislature has enacted two bills addressing commercial real property foreclosure and commercial real...more

New Legislation: The Forfeited Corporate Property Act

by Dickinson Wright on

The Forfeited Corporate Property Act, 2015 (“FCPA”) and related changes to the Ontario Business Corporations Act (“OBCA”) received Royal Assent on December 10, 2015 and came into force December 10, 2016. ...more

In Florida, House Bill 805 Will Likely Allow Insurance Policy Transfers

by Carlton Fields on

The Florida Legislature passed House Bill 805, regarding insurance policy transfers. If, as anticipated, the governor signs the bill into law, it will allow insurance companies writing personal lines residential and...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Jury Trial Waiver Undone by a Fundamental California Policy - It is common for commercial contracts to contain a choice of law provision. Some commercial contracts may even contain a clause that waives the right to seek...more

Hawaii Bill Proposes Parametric Disaster Insurance Pilot Program

by Carlton Fields on

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

UK construction industry news: our contracts, industry and regulatory round-up

by Dentons on

Our construction news round-up includes our pick of industry news from the last three or four months as well as a range of contractual and regulatory issues that affect UK construction businesses....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

All those traders excited about a burgeoning US economy ahead may want to keep an eye on the commercial real estate market, which is seeing a rise in defaults and delinquencies as pre-crisis 10-year loans come due....more

Beware a Prop W Higher Transfer Tax

Transfer tax on the sale of most commercial property in San Francisco will increase if voters approve Proposition W. If approved, Prop W will increase the transfer tax rate by 0.25% for sales valued above $5 million...more

New ADA Compliance Disclosures Required for California Commercial Landlords

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 16, 2016, signed into law AB 2093, which amends California Civil Code Section 1983 and expands disclosures regarding certain Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) matters. The requirements...more

MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 9, No. 3

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

IRS Issues Proposed Regs on RIC Commodity Investments - On September 27, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) providing guidance relating to the income test and asset diversification...more

New CA Law Requires Disclosing Known ADA Violations During Lease Negotiations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In yet another effort to reduce ADA lawsuits, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law – effective immediately – legislation to encourage tenants and landlords to acknowledge and address any...more

Initiative I-124: Look Beyond the Title

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to place Initiative 124 (“I-124”), entitled the “Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative,” on the November 2016 ballot. Many voters will likely...more

Brexit: Key commercial issues for real estate

by Dentons on

Summary – the three things you need to know - It is worth re-emphasising that Brexit will not result in any significant changes to the law underpinning property ownership, letting and conveyancing in England and...more

The Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act (Part 1) — Pathway to “Receiver Sales” of Real Estate Security?

“Uniform” laws seem to be all the rage these days. A group called the Uniform Law Commission (aka National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) does the drafting, and the goal is to come up with a...more

Recent Florida Legislation Will Allow for Creation of Specialty Sinkhole Coverage Lines

by Carlton Fields on

The Florida Legislature passed legislation this session that allows specialty limited sinkhole coverage. According to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, Florida has more sinkholes than any other U.S. state. As such,...more

Landscape of Proposed Chicago “Airbnb” Ordinance Still Changing, Days from City Council Vote

In early May, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a highly controversial ordinance to regulate Airbnb and other home-sharing service providers. In its initial form, the ordinance required units rented out for more than 90...more

Private Flood Insurance Plans One Step Closer to Hitting the Market

by Locke Lord LLP on

Legislation to allow privatized flood insurance on the market surged unanimously through a House Financial Services Committee mark up. Voting 53-0 on March 2nd, the Committee approved the idea of enabling private flood...more

PATH Act Brings Important Tax Changes for REITs

Last Friday, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 ("PATH Act"), a permanent extenders package. Several provisions of the PATH Act are of particular importance to REITs. The...more

House Passes Massive Extenders Package – Moves to Senate

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Yesterday the House passed the much talked about “Extenders” legislation and it now moves to the Senate with momentum. The bill makes many of the annual extenders permanent (or for a period of multiple years) and covers a...more

Understanding the New Texas “Open Carry” Gun Laws

Effective January 1, 2016, individuals with a license to carry will be authorized to carry a holstered handgun openly in public. Texas property owners must comply with specific requirements if they decide to prohibit guns on...more

Alabama Tax Developments – 2015 Year in Review

This SALT Alert summarizes many of the major legislative, judicial, and administrative developments affecting Alabama business taxpayers with respect to income, transactional, and property taxes. The Spring 2015 legislative...more

The Home-Sharing Economy

Long before Airbnb, short-term home rental platforms, such as VRBO and Vacation Home Rentals, connected individuals looking for hotel alternatives. Recently, however, the notion of short-term home rentals has become a...more

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