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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: the Allures and Legal Considerations of Pop-Up Shops

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

For years now, a new type of retail merchant has been "popping up" everywhere. Short-term, temporary retail events, or "pop-ups," serve as a marketing strategy for retailers and entrepreneurs looking to extend their brand...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 31st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Some interesting stories in this week’s GSB OTA & Travel Distribution Update (for the week ending March 31, 2017): - Restaurant Bookings Today, Hotel Reservations Tomorrow [SOCIAL MEDIA]. This week’s Chefs & Tech...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 26th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s Update for the week of March 26, 2017 is below: Airbnb cracks down on San Francisco hosts, booting out hundreds - Revitalization Partners, Mar 24, 2017 - Home-sharing company Airbnb says it has evicted...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Feb. 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s client OTA & Distribution Update for the week ending February 10, 2017 is below. A few more stories in this week’s update in comparison to the last few weeks of update. Plus, given the increasing importance of...more

How to Get the Best Price for Your Cell Tower Lease

by Varnum LLP on

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

News from AGG's Retail industry Team - Winter Edition

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

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

Ohio Supreme Court Rules No Compensable Taking Occurred as a Result of Filming Captain America: The Winter Soldier in Downtown...

Earlier this month the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that reduced access to a downtown Cleveland parking lot did not constitute a compensable taking under the Ohio Constitution. The case arose after the City of Cleveland granted a...more

The Power of Pop-ups: From Fad to Retail Mainstay

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Pop-up stores or “flash retail” have graduated from passing trend to popular practice. Historically utilized for the sale of seasonal products (think temporary stores that only sell Halloween costumes), the pop-up has evolved...more

Food For Thought: How Delivery-Only Food Service Is Impacting Retail Real Estate

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Today’s consumer is a tricky one – she is impatient and demanding. She requires excellent service in the blink of an eye (or perhaps, more appropriately, in the swipe of a finger), and likes to eat meals made with high...more

The Future of Retail: Brick and Mortar!

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

If you believe the hype, it is only a matter of time before brick and mortar retail succumbs to its online competitors. Recent decisions made by several stalwart retailers appear to support this theory: Macy’s recently...more

Text on the Dotted Line: A Text Message Can Create a Binding Contract

by Dechert LLP on

Here’s another story in the “It never gets easier” file. The Massachusetts Land Court recently decided a case that perhaps we should have all guessed was coming. This is the above the fold headline: Text...more

Beware: Sending A Text Message Can Be Just as Binding as Signing a Document By Hand!

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

We have all heard stories about the dangers of social media, whether it be an inappropriate tweet, a regrettable Facebook posting or a misdirected “sexting.” The decision issued by the Massachusetts Land Court in St. John’s...more

Court Upholds Prison for Flea Market Owner for Counterfeiting by Tenants

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As trademark and copyright counterfeiting and piracy has grown, courts have become more willing to grant meaningful relief to rights owners and to penalize counterfeiters and those who facilitate their illicit activities. ...more

Traps for the Unwary: Text Messages, Authorized Agents, and Binding Letters of Intent

A recent Land Court decision strongly suggests that sellers should proceed with caution when negotiating real estate transactions via email and text messages. In determining whether a contract was formed between two companies...more

Texts that Bind: Text Messages May Form Binding Real Property Contract

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Last month, in St. John’s Holdings, LLC v. Two Electronics, LLC (No. 16 MISC 000090 (RBF)), a Massachusetts Land Court judge held that text messages exchanged between two real estate brokers may be sufficient to constitute...more

How Smartphones, Showrooming Impact Property Taxes and More

The battle between physical stores and online retail rages on, but the recent explosion in smartphone usage is blurring the battle lines. Using smartphones, consumers in a store now can simultaneously shop and compare pricing...more

News from AGG's Retail Industry Team

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

To sophisticated landlords and property managers, co-tenancy provisions contained in commercial leases are routine and (relatively) unexciting. Unfortunately—and perhaps as a result—such clauses are often overlooked. ...more

Landlords Beware

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Courts from California to New York have long held landlords accountable for contributory trademark infringement in knowingly leasing real property for unlawful trades, manufacture or business, when those landlords rent space...more

Real World: An Update from Dechert's London Finance and Real Estate Group July 2015: Government Consultation on Reforming the...

by Dechert LLP on

The Electronic Communications Code, set out in Schedule 2 to the Telecommunications Act 1984 and amended by the Communications Act 2003, has been much criticised over the last 30 years for being unclear, out of date and...more

Crowdfunding: The Next Commercial Real Estate Frontier?

by Dechert LLP on

In a world where we buy groceries, book travel, and even date online, it should come as no surprise that online investment is becoming increasingly prevalent. The rapid shift towards an internet-centric world has made...more

The Electronic Communications Code - Security of Tenure

by DLA Piper on

This is our second article on the Electronic Communications Code. A key issue for operators to be aware of when entering into agreements with landowners or occupiers for the siting of telecoms apparatus on their land is...more

The Electronic Communications Code - Some Basics

by DLA Piper on

The Electronic Communications Code (“Code”) provides statutory rights to telecommunications operators to install and maintain electrical communications apparatus in, over or under land. The principle of the Code is that no...more

Can Hotels Legally Block Wi-Fi Hot Spots? The FCC Says No, and Fines a Hotel $600,000 For Doing It.

by Snell & Wilmer on

In a public notice issued this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) warned hotels, convention centers and other businesses that it is illegal to willfully block or interfere with their guests’ Wi-Fi hot spots...more

AODA in Brief

by Dickinson Wright on

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) which serves as the framework for the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (the “Customer Service Standard”) and the Integrated Accessibility...more

Condo hotels: Don’t forget the secret sauce!

Condo hotels are back in vogue as “securities” - Developers particularly like the “new model” where condo hotel investments are offered as a “securities” using the new SEC Rule 506(c) for private placements with public...more

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