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Real Estate and Land Use: Party On...

Woody’s Group, Inc. v. City of Newport Beach (2015) 233 Cal.App.4th 1012 - Why It Matters: Woody’s Group establishes a very low threshold to prove a decision maker’s unacceptable probability of actual bias, thereby...more

Why Your Property Management Business Needs a Lawyer

A wise move when performing regular commercial transactions with members of the public is to organize or incorporate that business to limit one’s personal liability in the event problems occur. ...more

Arizona Federal Court Addresses Business Income Loss Coverage

In White Mt. Cmtys. Hosp., Inc. v. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50900 (D. Ariz. Apr. 17, 2015), the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona had occasion to consider the extent of coverage under a...more

Tennessee “As Is” Property Buyers Better Beware

A recent Tennessee Court of Appeals decision reinforces that parties to a contract are free to disclaim reliance on representations made by the other party. In Terry Pritchett v. Comas Montgomery Realty & Auction...more

Appealing Real Estate Taxes in Florida

As the old saying goes, there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. For commercial real estate owners and developers, the latter is an inevitability that may be mitigated. Each August, Florida property tax appraisers...more

Court Clarifies Rules for Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees in Eminent Domain Actions

In California eminent domain actions, absent special circumstances (such as an abandonment, successful right to take challenge, or inverse condemnation finding), a property or business owner is typically only entitled to...more

Real Estate Tip: Enforcing Shopping Center Reciprocal Easement Agreements in a Declining Market

Lord & Taylor signed a Reciprocal Easement Agreement, requiring its landlord to maintain a “first class high fashion regional shopping center.” The REA also required shared access and parking and required Lord & Taylor’s...more

Sham Guaranties Are Hard To Come By

In prior posts I highlighted the difficult position occupied by guarantors of real estate secured loans. In short, while California law extends very strong anti-deficiency protections to borrowers, those same protections can...more

(US) Is your Letter of Intent binding in Maryland? It might be.

You may want to use caution in drafting a Letter of Intent because a court may find it binding even if that was not your intent. On January 27, 2015, the Court of Appeals of Maryland entered a finding that a letter of intent...more

Update: The Consequences of Modifying Pennsylvania's Powers of Attorney Statute Potential Impacts on Commercial Loans & Leases

On April 14, 2015, pending legislation was passed by the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee to resolve the current state of flux of confession of judgment provisions and the bill was sent to the Pennsylvania House of...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Legal Descriptions — Texas Supreme Court Holds Specific Controls Over The General

On March 20, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court in Doris Virginia McGregor Stribling et al. v. Millican DPC Partners, LP et al., No. 14-0500 (Tex. 2015), held that a metes and bounds description will prevail over a more general...more

Appellate Court Notes

- AC34886 - State v. Bush - AC35418 - State v. LaFleur - AC36275 - North Star Contracting Corp. v. Albright This case dealt with who is the proper party to bring a shareholder derivative action. A...more

Mello-Roos May Be Used to Fund Condemnation Action of Private Utility Provider

Those of us living in newer neighborhoods are familiar with Mello-Roos – it shows up on our annual tax bills as a way to pay off bonds issued to finance various public improvements, such as schools, streets, and parks that...more

Is Your Business a “Nuisance”? If so, It Could Cost You Dearly

Many landlords and businesses are already aware that they may be sued in a civil court for criminal acts committed by others on their property. While this is a reactive process that occurs in response to a specific incident,...more

Transferee Liability: The Lottery Ticket/Uranium Contract Rule

Mano-Y&M Ltd. v. Field (In re Mortgage Store, Inc.), 773 F.3d 990 (9th Cir. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a transfer by the debtor as a fraudulent conveyance and then to recover funds disbursed by the...more

Court Decision Helps REITs Strategize for Successful Acquisitions in the Face of Shareholder Litigation

Decision of note for REITs contemplating asset acquisitions involving stock consideration that requires stockholder approval, even if the transaction does not effect a change-in-control. Background – Following...more

No Statute of Limitations for Private Contribution Claims Under New Jersey’s Spill Act

Selling a piece of commercial property often requires much negotiation and planning, and generally represents the culmination of a result of a well-reasoned business decision. And at the conclusion of the deal—and depending...more

Winners Beware – Fourth District Upholds Trial Court’s Discretion To Drastically Reduce Successful CEQA Plaintiff’s Fees In...

In an opinion filed March 18 and belatedly ordered published on April 13, 2015, the Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld a trial court’s discretion to award only $19,176 in attorneys’ fees under Code of Civil Procedure §...more

Part 2: …But In the Fourth Department, Repeat Filings Are Not Required?

In Part 1 of this discussion, we highlighted the Appellate Division, Third Department’s holdings on RPTL’s “freeze” provision in the Highbridge Broadway, LLC v City of Schenectady and Scellen v City of Glens Falls cases. As...more

Doctrine of Merger Not a Good Blend for Seller of Sonoma Winery Property

In Ram’s Gate Winery, LLC v. Joseph G. Roche, et al. (No. A139189 & A141090, filed 4/9/15) (Ram’s Gate), the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District held the doctrine of merger did not extinguish a...more

Words Landlords Use Every Day: Standing and Privity

“Standing” is the right to bring a case to court. “Privity” is a legal relationship. A landlord and tenant may have (or may be in) privity of contract because they both agree to certain contractual terms in a lease....more

Senate Tightens Requirements for Construction Defect Claims

The Florida Senate is following a recent national trend of tightening its laws governing construction defect claims. Currently, under FL. Stat. § 558.004, entitled Notice and Opportunity to Repair, a party claiming a...more

BGH rules over cosmetic repairs and declares the duty to execute cosmetic repairs ineffective

Most recently, the Federal Court of Justice of Germany (Bundesgerichtshof) decided in three cases in favour for tenants of housing space regarding cosmetic repairs and strengthens once again their rights. The decision might...more

Ninth Circuit Addresses Several CERCLA Issues of First Impression in the Circuit

In AmeriPride Services Inc. v. Texas Eastern Overseas Inc., the Ninth Circuit examined several issues under CERCLA, some of which were issues of first impression in the Circuit, including: - Whether a district court...more

Are Groundwater Extraction Fees Property Related or Regulatory Fees? It Depends

Two new Proposition 218-related cases published in March come to opposite conclusions in determining whether groundwater extraction and replenishment fees are “property-related” fees subject to Article XIII D of the...more

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