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California to Consider Significant Change to Eminent Domain Law Regarding a Condemnee's Right to Recover Litigation Expenses

On February 9, 2017, California Assembly Member Phillip Chen (a Republican from the 55th district) introduced Assembly Bill 408 (AB 408). AB 408 is styled as an “act to amend Section 1250.410 of the Code of Civil Procedure...more

Tax Reform Considerations for REITs

Various components of the tax reform proposals that have been put forth by the Congress as well as the President could have significant impacts on REITs. In 2016, the Republican leadership and Republicans on the House...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017 #2

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

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

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 2

Governor Cuomo Releases 2017-18 New York State Executive Budget - New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released his 2017-2018 Executive Budget, containing an assortment of potentially important tax proposals,...more

Potential Changes to the Oil and Gas Lease Protection Package: Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Producers Need to Prepare for New...

The Pennsylvania legislature is actively considering new legislation that, if passed in its current form, would affect how both producers and non-operating joint venture partners report royalty information, and that would...more

Impact of Tax Reform Proposals on REITs and Real Estate

This alert focuses on various tax reform proposals and their potential impact on REITs and the real estate industry. Tax reform is high on the agendas of both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Trump administration....more

Alert: Massachusetts Property Tax Alert

On August 9, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed The Municipal Modernization Act – An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government – H. 4565, which was effective as of November 7, 2016, unless otherwise...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #4

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump White House hits pause on Obama efficiency standards - Utility Dive - Jan 23 - The Obama administration issued several new efficiency regulations in late December,...more

Real Estate. Major Russian legislation changes for 2016

We would like to present the overview of the most important legislation changes in litigation for 2016....more

West Coast Real Estate Update: January 2017

Proposed Landmark Rules Could Make LA Redevelopment More Difficult - Los Angeles City Council Member Jose Huizar has proposed a new set of rules that could make it more difficult for owners of historic properties in Los...more

Proposed Amendments to the Retail Leases Act introduced into NSW Parliament

If passed by the Parliament in its current form, the Retail Leases Amendment (Review) Bill 2016 will represent a significant update to the Retail Leases Act 1994 (Act)....more

2016 Year-End Tax Update: Okay, Now What?

In last year’s materials, loosely styled “Make America Great Again!,” we ruminated upon (and also thought about) what role, if any, federal income taxes might play in helping to make America great again, once the interminable...more

New Accessibility Disclosure Requirements Impact California Landlords

California Assembly Bill 2093, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on September 16, 2016, went into effect on January 1, 2017. AB 2093 amended California Civil Code Section 1938 and expanded landlord disclosure requirements under...more

Dissecting the Proffer Reform Bill

Virginia Code § 15.2-2303.4, the Proffer Reform Bill, went into effect on July 1, 2016. The bill was an effort by the Virginia General Assembly to overhaul localities’ proffer programs. ...more

Transient Occupancy (Hotel) Taxes May be Limited by Ruling

California public agencies that impose transient occupancy (hotel) taxes may be limited in the tax they can collect from online transactions. The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that TOT are limited to the...more

Renewable Energy Update - December 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Trump names climate change skeptic and oil industry ally to lead the EPA - Los Angeles Times - Dec 7 - Donald Trump picked Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt to run the...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - December 2016

Significant Changes in US Tax System Likely - In the short time since the surprising election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States, much already has been written about the likelihood and likely...more

How Trump’s Presidency Could Impact the Commercial Real Estate Market

Many economists believe that the Donald Trump presidency will bring with it an era of higher interest rates, inflationary policies, tax cuts and infrastructure spending. Such an environment would have mixed consequences for...more

Is There Practical Evidence of Climate Change?

A recent article in The New York Times titled: Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coast Real Estate, indicates that rising seas and storm-related flooding in Florida appear to be driven by climate change and may be having...more

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

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

Sustainable Development Update - December 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. voters approve billions for transit and green space - Urban Land - Dec 1 - In November, voters across the U.S. endorsed numerous state and local ballot measures...more

UK Autumn Statement 2016: real estate

Interest relief restrictions - The adoption of the interest deductibility restrictions from April 2017 onwards will continue. The basic elements of the rules will remain as previously announced - a cap on deductions at...more

ISS Updates 2017 Voting Policies, Including Adoption of Policy to Recommend Against NCG Committee Members of Companies that...

On November 21, 2016, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released final changes to its voting policies for 2017. One of ISS’s changes is the adoption of a new policy to recommend against the election of Nominating &...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: November 2016 #2

California Appellate Court Overturns “Sham Guaranty” Defense - The single-purpose entity (SPE) has become a ubiquitous tool in commercial real estate acquisitions and financing in California. Lenders increasingly require...more

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