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Supreme Court Rules that Citizenship of a Real Estate Investment Entity is Based on Citizenship of its Members, Which Includes...

On March 7, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court (the “Supreme Court”) ruled that the citizenship of a Real Estate Investment Entity (“REIT”), for purposes of federal diversity jurisdiction, is based on the citizenship of its...more

Delaware Supreme Court Weighs In On “Direct v. Derivative” Question Certified By Second Circuit

In Citigroup Inc. v. AHW Investment Partnership, No. 641, 2015 (Del. May 24, 2016), the Delaware Supreme Court answered a certified question of law presented by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals allowing shareholders...more

Americold Realty Tr. v. ConAgra Foods, Inc.: Citizenship of Maryland REITs

In Americold Realty Tr. v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., 136 S. Ct. 1012 (2016), the Supreme Court held that, for purposes of federal diversity jurisdiction, the citizenship of a Maryland real estate investment trust (formed pursuant...more

Lease Receipts Subject to Business Privilege Taxes After All

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently reversed a 2014 Commonwealth Court decision in which the Commonwealth Court had ruled that the Local Tax Enabling Act (“LTEA”) bars local taxing jurisdictions from imposing business...more

Leaving Real Estate Investment Trusts in the Cold: How the Americold Case Could Preclude Establishing Diversity Jurisdiction in...

The Supreme Court’s most recent citizenship opinion, Americold Realty Trust v. Conagra Foods, Inc., could make removing or keeping a case in federal court based on diversity more difficult for a statutory trust with a...more

Ninth Circuit: Affordable Housing Restrictions Do Not Limit Value of Secured Claim in Bankruptcy Cram Down

In In re Sunnyslope Housing Ltd. Partnership, No. 12-17241, 2016 WL 1392318 (9th Cir. Apr. 8, 2016), a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit held that affordable housing restrictive covenants should not affect the valuation of a...more

Supreme Court Reinforces Strict Rule On Citizenship of Unincorporated Entities for Diversity Jurisdiction to the Detriment of...

Article III of the U.S. Constitution extends the jurisdiction of federal courts to “[c]ontroversies … between Citizens of different States.” U.S. Const. art. III, § 2, cl. 1. “This rule is easy enough to apply to humans, but...more

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms that Only “Humans and Corporations,” Not Unincorporated Entities Like a Trust, May Assert Their Own...

In a unanimous March 7, 2016 opinion authored by Justice Sotomayor, Americold Realty Trust v. Conagra Foods, Inc., et al., , the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed an oft-confused holding relating to diversity jurisdiction: the...more

Are Hidden Title III Claims Lurking in Your Business?

With the extraordinary volume of Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Title III claims clogging the courts, and an increase in the number of plaintiffs’ lawyers litigating ADA issues, we can expect to see another flood of Title...more

New Jersey’s Appellate Division Declines to Pierce Corporate Veil and Impose Personal Liability on Company Principal for Cleanup...

Action Item: On January 14, 2016, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court in New Jersey Dep’t of Envtl. Prot. v. Navillus Group, No. A-4726-13T3, 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 77 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div....more

Convent, Katy Perry at Center of L.A. Archdiocese Dispute

Greenberg Glusker partner Bernard Resser was quoted in a story that ran in the Daily Journal July 21st about who controls the sale of a Los Feliz convent. In a Petition filed by Greenberg partners Brian Davidoff and Resser...more

Proof of Claim: Foreign Qualification Requirements May Be More Important Than You Thought

In re Flex Fin. Holding Co., 518 B.R. 891 (Bankr. D. Kan. 2014) – A landlord filed a proof of claim for ~$1.34 million for a debtor’s prepetition breach of its lease. The debtor objected based on the landlord’s...more

Ocean Avenue LLC v. County of Los Angeles Affirmed; AB 2372 Passes Assembly

On June 3, 2014, in a published decision, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District affirmed the Superior Court ruling in Ocean Avenue LLC v. County of Los Angeles, holding that even though 100 percent...more

The Importance of Planning Joint Venture Exit Strategies

With the Miami real estate market making a resurgence, there is a new rush for companies to come together in a joint venture to acquire real estate and develop projects. With the excitement of a new deal, the joint venture...more

Appellate Notes: Week of July 15th

Welcome to our Supreme and Appellate Court summaries webpage. On this page, I provide abbreviated summaries of decisions from the Connecticut appellate courts which highlight important issues and developments in Connecticut...more

CERCLA Is Still Constitutional

To paraphrase Shakespeare, United States v. Sterling Centrecorp, Inc., is a great feast of legal argument. The PRP in that case purchased the assets of a mining company whose operations in California had caused releases of...more

Hidden Liability Traps in Real Estate Loans

Borrowers and their constituents generally benefit from certain limitations on personal liability for indebtedness secured by California real property. California’s one action and anti-deficiency rules require a lender faced...more

Can You Share Your Attorney's Advice With Your Business Partners?

Our preview of the September term continues with Center Partners, Ltd. v. Growth Head GP, LLC. Center Partners involves a dispute over the purchase of a property company. Defendants – a maze of corporations, partnerships...more

Bankruptcy Court Determines that Property Transfer by Corporation in Which Debtor Holds a 50% Interest Does Not Constitute a...

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey recently found that a debtor’s transfer of property owned by a corporation in which the debtor allegedly held a 50% interest did not automatically constitute a...more

Jumping Into the Future: New Jersey’s New Recording Law

Jumping Into the Future: New Jersey’s New Recording Law by Bob Marsico on May 16, 2012 Early in 2012, the State of New Jersey took a significant step into the future by adopting a thorough update of the state’s decades...more

Mezzanine Borrower’s Chapter 11 Case Filed on Eve of Foreclosure Sale Dismissed as a Bad Faith Filing

On December 22, 2011, Judge Mary F. Walrath of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware dismissed with prejudice a mezzanine borrower’s chapter 11 case. See In re JER/ Jameson Mezz Borrower II LLC, 461 B.R. 293...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Secured Creditors’ Cramdown Rights

On January 19, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in an opinion penned by Judge Richard Posner affirmed a bankruptcy court’s dismissal of In re River East Plaza, LLC, a single asset real estate...more

An [In]Subordinate Lender: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Dismisses Mezzanine Borrower's Chapter 11 Case for Bad Faith

In an opinion that has wide-ranging implications for the structured finance industry, the Delaware bankruptcy court recently dismissed a mezzanine borrower’s chapter 11 case as a bad faith filing pursuant to section 1112(b)...more

Turbervilles Business Newsletter - Winter 2011

Welcome to our Winter Newsletter. In this edition, we look at why it may be possible for firms to make a profit when pursuing payment of overdue invoices. A firm of surveyors must pay £18m after giving negligent...more

Turbervilles Business Newsletter - Autumn 2011

Welcome to our autumn newsletter. In this edition, we look at what happens when shareholders fall out and refuse to meet. There’s a report on the accountant who must pay compensation for trying to entice clients away from...more

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