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N.C. Supreme Court Holds Real Estate Brokers May Testify on the Issue of Fair Market Value

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In a recent opinion, the North Carolina Supreme Court expanded the possibilities of allowable testimony about a property's fair market value. In its decision in North Carolina Department of Transportation v. Mission...more

Sewer Authorities Could Owe Compensation For Repeated Sewage Overflows

Sewage backups tend to make relationships between landowners and their municipal sewer authorities rather, well, messy. When property is impacted by a sewer authority’s negligence, landowners would typically find a remedy in...more

Second Department Finds Commercial Tenants Can Waive Their Right to a Yellowstone Injunction

On January 31, 2018, the Appellate Division, Second Department affirmed, in a 3-1 decision, the Kings County Supreme Court Commercial Division’s decision, denying 159 MP Corp. and 240 Bedford Ave Realty Holding Corp.’s...more

Should the Cannabis Industry Fear the Sixth Circuit and K.V.G.?

by Reed Smith on

Although any case has the potential to go sideways, the appeal in K.V.G. Properties, Inc. v. Westfield Insurance Company – which involves a policyholder’s right to insurance coverage for property damaged by a third party’s...more

Defence + Indemnity: February 2018 - II. LIABILITY ISSUES C.

by Field Law on

II. LIABILITY ISSUES - C. A tenant was found to be an “occupier” of its premises and potentially liable when a dog lunged at a party on the adjacent sidewalk, causing her to fall on the basis of allegedly having allowed a...more

Depositions of Pre-Condemnation Appraisers for a Right to Take Trial

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California law requires condemning agencies to make an offer of just compensation to a property owner before adopting a resolution of necessity and initiating an eminent domain lawsuit. The offer must be provided with a...more

Presbytery’s Decision After Schism Between Congregation Members Enforced

Key Takeaway: While Massachusetts courts have jurisdiction over internal church disputes involving church property, they must defer to the decision-making process of a hierarchical religious organization when a dispute is...more

When is a Post-Judgment Order Final and Appealable?

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

The Texas Supreme Court addressed when – following appeal and remand – an order or judgment of the trial court is “final” for purposes of appellate court jurisdiction in McFadin, III v. Broadway Coffeehouse, No. 16-0560, 2018...more

What Types of “Damages Claims” Survive a Trustee’s Sale?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Arizona’s trustee’s sale statutory scheme provides for the waiver of all defenses and objections to a trustee’s sale that: (i) are not raised prior to the sale, and (ii) do not result in an injunction against the sale going...more

Distraint – How a Georgia Landlord Can Obtain a Million Dollar Judgment and Perfect its Landlord’s Lien Against its Tenant’s...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

During 2017, there was only one statutory distraint (distress warrant) proceeding (O.C.G.A. §§ 44-7-70 et seq.) filed by any landlord in Georgia’s most populous county – Fulton. The dearth of cases in which Georgia landlords...more

Colorado Court Holds No Coverage for Breach of Contract Claim

In its recent decision in Ctr. For Excellence in Higher Ed., Inc. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25424 (D. Col. Feb. 16, 2018), the United States District Court for the District of Colorado had...more

Michigan to Enact the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act

by Miller Canfield on

A commercial real estate receiver’s powers will be clarified when Michigan’s Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act (the “Act”) becomes effective in May. The legislation, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Feb. 6, 2018,...more

Court Confirms Landlord’s Right To Seek Damages In Unlawful Detainer Action And Separate Civil Action

by Lewitt Hackman on

The Court of Appeal just confirmed that a landlord is not barred from recovering rent owed by a tenant in a civil action for breach of contract, even after obtaining a judgment for unlawful detainer against the tenant, so...more

City's General Plan Land Use Policy Survives CEQA Challenge Based on Potential Urban Decay

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In Visalia Retail, LP v. City of Visalia, the California Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge brought under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to a land use policy in the City of Visalia's General Plan...more

Louisiana Supreme Court Upholds Expropriation of Commercial Venture

by Liskow & Lewis on

In a decision announced this week, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality and method of compensation for the expropriation by a governmental body of property owned by an ongoing commercial venture. In St....more

It’s That Time Again! Property Tax Appeals In Connecticut: Know When To File

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The deadline for appealing Connecticut local property taxes is again approaching. For many cities and towns, that date is February 20 unless the town has extended the deadline. If a property owner does not file a tax appeal...more

The Dusky Gopher Frog is Heading to the United States Supreme Court

by Liskow & Lewis on

In July 2017, Weyerhaeuser Company, a Louisiana landowner and timber lessee, filed a Petition for a writ of certiorari asking the United States Supreme Court to overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (“FWS”)...more

How Simon Finally Stopped Retail Stores from Closing

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

A major retail landlord recently won a case that is reverberating throughout the retail industry. An Indiana Superior Court Judge has granted Simon Property Group’s (“Simon’s”) request to enjoin Starbucks from closing 77 of...more

German Court Voids Defect-Curing Clauses in Written Form Lease Agreements

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A decision by the German Federal Court of Justice has made null and void written form defect-curing clauses in lease agreements. The Result: It is likely that more tenants and landlords will attempt to...more

A New Maryland Ruling on Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements- Score Another Round for the Developer

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Maryland Court of Appeals recently heard and decided a case involving Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements. In my first blog post on this topic, “Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements: The Give and...more

South Carolina's Statute of Repose - A look by the United States District Court

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

S.C Code §15-3-640, provides, in pertinent part: No actions to recover damages based upon or arising out of the defective or unsafe condition of an improvement to real property may be brought more than eight years after...more

Prevailing Plaintiff Found To Be Liable For Defendant's Legal Fees

by Allen Matkins on

The Fourth District Court of Appeal's decision in Burkhalter Kessler Clement & George LLP v. Hamilton (Cal. Ct. of Appeal Case No. G054337 (Jan. 8, 2018) reminded me of the opening lines of Carole King's 1971 hit song Sweet...more

Court Ruling Highlights “The Perils Of Going Into Business With Family Members”

by Murtha Cullina on

An Indiana Court of Appeals recently ruled upon a dispute between a mother and her daughter and son-in-law(and their business) concerning the lease of commercial property and the repayment of loans the mother made on the...more

Three Considerations When Seeking Compensation for Lost Income Due to a Government Taking

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Almost all real estate has the potential to generate income. An owner may rent out her property to commercial or residential tenants, or she might harvest and sell its natural resources, such as oil, gas, mineral deposits, or...more

Fourth Circuit Approves Partial Dirt for Debt Plan

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Do you want to own that rural timberland you financed a few years back? Well, what if I told you that not only are you taking ownership, but you’re taking it in exchange for a credit of three times its appraised value? The...more

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