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Federal Courts Refuse to Enforce Waiver of Subrogation Clauses in Certain Residential Situations

In two recent decisions, federal courts sitting in New Jersey and Pennsylvania refused to dismiss subrogation claims filed by the insurers of a homeowner and lessees of apartments who suffered damages paid by their carriers....more

FinCEN Renewal of GTOs for High-End Cash Buyers in Six Markets

FinCEN announced today that it is renewing the existing Geographical Targeting Orders (GTOs) issued in July 2016 that require all title insurance companies to identify and report on the natural persons behind shell companies...more

When it Rains it Floods: California Rainstorms and Flood Insurance

Until very recently, the scarcity of water and the decline in oil prices in California prompted the joke that oil was being used as fracking fluid to get water out of the ground. In the last week, however, so much rain has...more

Belgian Retail Newsletter: FLEMISH REGION: Drastic reform of the Flemish permit landscape

INTRODUCTION - For many years, various Flemish real estate projects (including retail, industrial, etc.) were subject to one or more permits: a building permit for the urban planning aspects, an environmental permit for...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

Depreciation of Labor Costs Class Action: Nebraska Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Insurer

I’ve regularly followed on my blog key developments in the numerous class actions against the insurance industry involving the application of depreciation to the labor cost component of estimated replacement cost value in...more

New North Carolina Sales Tax Provisions for Contracts Related to Real Property

This alert is relevant for contractors who perform construction services on real property in the state of North Carolina. In South Carolina, contractors remain subject to the traditional sales or use tax at the time of all...more

Ratings – the road to revaluation

On 1 April 2017 the business rates revaluation will take effect. This in itself is cause for significant concern. However, the ratings world is currently a maelstrom of upheaval and controversy, such that the revaluation is...more

ICSC Mid-Atlantic Conference & Deal Making Recap

With seemingly all of the country’s attention focused on Washington DC lately, we snuck out of the District and across the Potomac River to National Harbor last week for ICSC’s 2017 Mid-Atlantic Conference and Deal Making....more

Recent California Court of Appeal Decision Invalidates Jury Trial Waiver Made Under New York Law

A recent California Court of Appeal decision may have a major impact on the enforceability of jury trial waivers in loan agreements and other documents governed by New York law. In Rincon EV Realty LLC v. CP III Rincon...more

IPF Launches Template Non-Disclosure Agreement and Exclusivity Agreement

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA), also known as a confidentiality agreement, is typically entered into between parties who need to share confidential information with each other in order to evaluate it, typically as a prelude...more

Built-In Contract Remedies: Avoiding the Unenforceable Penalty

Under California law, a provision of a contract found to impose a penalty is unenforceable as a forfeiture and contrary to public policy. The characteristic feature of a penalty is the lack of proportional relation between...more

Capouillez Case is a Warning to Non-Attorneys Representing Landowners in Gas Lease Negotiations

Since the first Marcellus Shale well was drilled in 2004, tens of thousands of oil and gas leases have been negotiated across Pennsylvania. Non-lawyers sometimes play a prominent role in the leasing process. Originally...more

So you think you can avoid California’s anti-jury waiver?

The California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District in San Francisco recently held that commercial borrowers are entitled to a trial by jury even though they signed loan documents that contained a jury waiver...more

IRS Issues Final Regulations on REIT and RIC Conversion Transactions

The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service published on January 18, 2017 final regulations (the “Final Regulations”) reducing from ten years to five years the recognition period for the corporate-level tax...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

Franchise Issues in Commercial Leases

Commercial landlords and tenants are already faced with many issues during the course of negotiating a commercial lease agreement. When the tenant is a franchisee, the franchisor’s requirements (as outlined in the franchise...more

I Have a Judgment, Now What? Priority of Judgments

Litigation can often be long and tiresome. Unfortunately, a successful verdict does not always lead to the desired outcome – the defendant paying up. Previous parts of this series addressed other aspects of collecting and...more

California Update: Amended Civil Code Section 1938 and New CASp Obligations for Commercial Landlords

Last September, Governor Brown signed California Assembly Bill 2093 (“AB 2093”) which amended California Civil Code Section 1938 and created new obligations for commercial landlords. ...more

How to Get the Best Price for Your Cell Tower Lease

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

Falling Foul of Flying Freeholds

A mental image of a building sprouting wings and taking to the sky is one way to picture a flying freehold, but mention the phrase to most property lawyers and their hearts will sink. Discovering a flying freehold raises...more

Michigan Tax News - January 2017

Michigan’s 2017 property tax assessment notices are in the mail. Should you appeal? Local assessors are in the process of sending annual notices of real and personal property tax assessments to property owners/taxpayers,...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Strong Arm Powers

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Oh the Sidewalks Outside Are Frightful, But Landlords Will Make Them Delightful… or Will They?

Although we haven’t seen much snow accumulation in the northeast to date, we know that this can (and likely will) change before the warmer weather returns. Before the snow really begins to fall, it would behoove both...more

Recent Developments in Partnerships and Real Estate 2017

The IRS released a flurry of new rules as the Obama administration came to a close. The attached presentation provides an overview of many of these developments in the partnership and real estate tax area, including a...more

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