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  • December 15, 2022

    Astros Face ADA Suit Over Seating, Service Dog Policy

    Two Houston residents filed suit against the Astros baseball team and related entities in Texas federal court, claiming their attempt to attend a June game was plagued by violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act from start to finish.

  • December 15, 2022

    Ga. Airport Spa Leader Says Ex-Atty's Work Isn't Worth $1M

    An airport travel spa executive told a Georgia jury on Thursday that an Atlanta-area attorney suing the spa for nearly $1 million in legal fees upped his hourly rate without telling her and that his services weren't worth the increased expense.

  • December 15, 2022

    Stolen Electricity, Fire Cited In Suit Against Landlord

    A California landlord's negligence likely led to a fire that destroyed a Chinese immigrant's business by ignoring the tenant's complaints of electricity being hot-wired from her business and allowing an illegal cannabis grow to continue upstairs, a lawsuit in state court contends.

  • December 14, 2022

    Insurers Say NOLA Property Owner Can't Dodge Arbitration

    A group of insurers urged a Louisiana federal judge to reject a New Orleans property owner's request to compel discovery in a dispute over hurricane damage coverage, arguing that discovery isn't allowed under the court's streamlined settlement program for hurricane damage claims and the insurance policy's arbitration clause.

  • December 14, 2022

    Court Rejects Panthers-Tied Developer's Ch. 11 Plan Releases

    The developer of a failed Carolina Panthers practice facility can't channel claims against the company into a settlement trust or force releases of third-party claims in its Chapter 11 plan, a Delaware bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday.

  • December 14, 2022

    Trial In Fee Fight Focuses On Quantity, Quality Of Atty's Work

    The amount, quality and types of work performed by an Atlanta-area attorney took center stage Wednesday during a trial over how much the lawyer is owed for nearly five years of services he provided to a travel spa business.

  • December 14, 2022

    Seminole Gambling Deal Wants It 'Both Ways,' DC Circ. Told

    Counsel for two Florida casinos urged the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday not to revive a contentious gambling compact they say would give the Seminole Tribe a monopoly on online sports gambling in the state, claiming the deal illegally authorizes the tribe to collect bets placed outside its land.

  • December 14, 2022

    Real Estate Co. Hit With Third Discrimination, Harassment Suit

    Metaverse real estate startup Everyrealm Inc., its parent company Republic Compound LLC and its CEO have been accused of racial discrimination and sexual harassment by a third ex-employee.

  • December 14, 2022

    Investors Hit SC Real Estate Developer With $17.5M Suit

    A trio of Delaware-based investors filed suit against a commercial real estate firm in South Carolina federal court, claiming that the firm without warning stopped sharing documentation of progress on a joint real estate venture into which the investors poured $17.5 million.

  • December 14, 2022

    Sugar Co. Has $291M Suit Over Cuban Port Use Dismissed

    A Miami federal judge dismissed on Wednesday litigation in which New York-based North American Sugar Industries Inc. sought $291 million from several companies involved in shipping wind turbines to Cuba, finding that the case does not belong in Florida.

  • December 14, 2022

    Construction Co. Hits Lease Crutcher Lewis With $81M Claim

    A subcontractor has filed a breach of contract lawsuit in Washington state court alleging that a joint venture of Clark Construction and Lease Crutcher Lewis overseeing the expansion of Seattle's convention center owes the subcontractor $81 million for a "multitude of disruption," including design changes and schedule mismanagement that delayed the project.

  • December 14, 2022

    Minn. Co. Says Flood From Blown-Up Beaver Dam Cost $800K

    After two trappers blew up a beaver dam, triggering a flash flood that washed out roads and forced debris into a lake, a Minnesota paper company seeks to recoup over $800,000 it spent cleaning up the damage in a federal suit against the government Wednesday.

  • December 14, 2022

    Cordish Hopeful For Casino In $1.4B Va. Mixed-Use Project

    The Cordish Cos. has announced a proposal to bring a casino, hotel and more than 1,000 homes to Petersburg, Virginia, in a $1.4 billion project that supporters say would bring much-needed income to the town but still faces significant hurdles.

  • December 14, 2022

    $110M Secured For Brooklyn Commercial Space

    GFP Real Estate has secured about $110 million in financing from JPMorgan Chase Bank NA for commercial space in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, according to New York records filed earlier this week.

  • December 14, 2022

    Store Capital Investors Drop Suit Over $14B Oak Street Merger

    An investor in real estate investment trust Store Capital Corp. has permanently dismissed his suit over the trust's proposed $14 billion merger with Oak Street Real Estate LLC and Singaporean government fund GIC.

  • December 14, 2022

    JLL Secures $245M In Financing For Boardwalk's Calif. Assets

    Boardwalk Investments Group secured $245 million in financing for six retail, hotel and residential properties across California, borrower-side broker JLL Capital Markets announced on Wednesday.

  • December 14, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: Invesco, GL Homes, Savanna

    Invesco Real Estate reportedly has a deal to sell 162 New York residential units, GL Homes is said to have paid $35.3 million for 337 home lots in South Florida, and Savanna is said to have leased out nearly 6,000 square feet in New York through a pair of deals.

  • December 14, 2022

    Cleary Guides WillScot On £335M Sale Of UK Biz

    Flexible workspace provider WillScot Mobile Mini announced late on Tuesday that it will sell its U.K. storage company to portable buildings business Algeco for approximately £335 million ($415 million) in cash, in a deal led by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • December 13, 2022

    Top NY Court Urged To Back Rejection Of Property Tax Protest

    The New York Appellate Division was right to dismiss a complaint by a property tax coalition that alleged the city's property tax system was inequitable, the state and city told the state Court of Appeals in briefs released Tuesday.

  • December 13, 2022

    Siemens Moves To Dodge Jackson Drinking Water Suit

    Siemens Industry Inc. has asked out of a proposed class action from a group of Jackson, Mississippi, residents who say they suffered health problems from the city's flawed water system, which failed in August, leaving 150,000 residents without drinking water for months.

  • December 13, 2022

    Ex-Property Manager Sues Over 'Hypersexualized' Workplace

    A former property manager at a New Jersey shore-area real estate company has accused his ex-employer of creating a "psychopathic boy's club" atmosphere and terminating him for objecting to the "hypersexualized" culture he allegedly endured.

  • December 13, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: Banner, Trump Organization, Hill Street

    Banner Real Estate Group is reportedly hoping to build a self-storage property in the Los Angeles area, the Trump Organization is reportedly in talks to bring several luxury residential projects to India, and Hill Street Realty is said to have dropped $38 million on a Pasadena, California, apartment complex.

  • December 13, 2022

    Ga. Fights Residents' Dismissal Of Suit Over $5B Rivian Plant

    Georgia urged a state court to permanently dismiss a suit filed by state residents over the construction of the $5 billion Rivian automobile plant in Rutledge, Georgia, arguing that since sworn witnesses have already been involved in the suit then it must be permanently dismissed rather than voluntarily dismissed without prejudice.

  • December 13, 2022

    Fifth Wall Closes $866M Real Estate Tech Fund

    Venture capital firm Fifth Wall said Tuesday the company raised $866 million for its third round of investment in real estate startups, billing it as the largest fund to date in the property technology sector.

  • December 13, 2022

    Feds Seek 9 Years For Former Attorney After Fraud Plea

    Prosecutors urged a New York federal judge to give at least nine years in prison to a former California attorney who pled guilty in November 2021 to running an investment fraud scheme, arguing that he had failed to show any remorse for stealing $5.8 million in investor funds from his two businesses. 

Expert Analysis

  • ALI Oversteps With Expansive Restatement Of Contract Law

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    The American Law Institute's consumer contracts restatement project, which members are scheduled to vote on at the ALI's upcoming annual meeting, could upend the established law of contracts, and encourage specious class actions and nullification of arbitration agreements, says Sherman Joyce at the American Tort Reform Association.

  • The Fastest Federal Trial Courts: A Look At Virginia, Florida

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    The Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket and the Northern District of Florida were last year’s fastest civil trial courts in the nation, and interviews with two of their judges reveal they have some of the same practices to keep litigation moving efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Tips For Evaluating Machine Learning For Contracts Review

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    Law firms considering machine learning and natural language processing to aid in contract reviews should keep several best practices in mind when procuring and deploying this nascent technology, starting with identifying their organization's needs and key requirements, says Ned Gannon at eBrevia.

  • How To Efficiently Deploy Your Professional Growth Strategy

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how time-strapped legal professionals can efficiently implement a professional growth framework by focusing on only the most effective actions to build the reputation and relationships key to their ideal practice.

  • A 6-Step Framework For Legal Industry Professional Growth

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how implementing a professional growth framework will help legal professionals gain expertise in a relevant niche to build credibility, focus marketing efforts and build an ideal practice.

  • Why Contempt May Be Apt Punishment For High Court Leaker

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    Contempt of court is an overlooked but potentially effective tool to punish whoever leaked the draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade and protect the integrity of the U.S. Supreme Court, says Michael Zuckerman at Zuckerman Dispute Resolution.

  • Illinois Remote Notary Law May Guide Other States

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    Illinois' new electronic and remote notary law appears to be among the most flexible of similar laws across the country, and will likely be influential as other states craft their own permanent legislation, say attorneys at Manatt.

  • Clients' Diversity Mandates For Law Firms Are Necessary

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    Coca-Cola recently scrapped its proposed diversity staffing requirements for outside counsel, and other companies may be reassessing their mandates due to external pressures, but it is important to remember the myriad factors supporting these policies and why they are more important now than ever before, says David Hopkins at Benesch Friedlander.

  • EV Chargers In Retail Lots Face Zoning, Contract Hurdles

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    Electric vehicle charging stations are increasingly being installed in retail parking lots and garages, benefitting both drivers and retailers — but municipalities, businesses and property owners may face challenges tackling zoning amendments and structuring leases and licensing agreements for charging infrastructure, say Elizabeth Bennett and Mary Therese O'Sullivan at Fox Rothschild.

  • 5 Questions That Can Help Law Firms Win RFPs

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    As the volume of matter-specific requests for proposals continues to increase in the legal market, law firms can take some new steps to fine-tune their RFP response-drafting process and strategy, says Matthew Prinn at RFP Advisory Group.

  • How Law Firms Can Employ More Veterans

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    Hiring attorneys who are veterans is often overlooked in law firm diversity, equity and inclusion plans, even though it generates substantial benefits, but partnering with like-minded organizations and having a robust and active veterans group will go a long way in boosting a firm's ability to recruit and retain veterans, say Daniel Sylvester and Nicholas Hasenfus at Holland & Knight.

  • Enviro Assessment Rule May Help Lower Buyers' PFAS Risks

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new rule incorporating the latest American Society for Testing and Materials standard for Phase I environmental site assessments should be helpful for purchasers of real property seeking greater protection against liability for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, say attorneys at Alston & Bird.

  • Associates, Look Beyond Money In Assessing Lateral Offers

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    In the face of high demand for corporate legal work and persistent staffing constraints, many law firms continue to offer sizable signing bonuses to new associates, but lateral candidates should remember that money is just one component of what should be a much broader assessment, says Stephanie Ruiter at Lateral Link.