Commercial

  • September 28, 2022

    Levine Kellogg Adds Miami Developer GC To Litigation Group

    Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider & Grossman LLP has tapped a new litigation partner in Miami who formerly served as general counsel to Miami real estate developer Terra Group and a partner at Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine LC, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • September 28, 2022

    Former McDermott Atty Rejoins Weil As Partner In NY, Miami

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP announced Wednesday that it has added a real estate partner who first got his legal start with the firm and is rejoining after a three-year stint at McDermott Will & Emery.

  • September 28, 2022

    Bradley Arant Boosts Construction Bench With Fee Smith Atty

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has built up its construction practice group with the addition of a senior attorney to its Houston office.

  • September 28, 2022

    Insurer Beats Coverage Suit Over $3.4M Faulty Work Claim

    Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Co. has no coverage obligations to an architectural design company facing a $3.4 million counterclaim in the company's own copyright suit over work on a building in Iowa, an Illinois federal judge ruled, finding that faulty workmanship claims do not constitute an occurrence.

  • September 28, 2022

    Norris McLaughlin Grows M&A, Real Estate With 6 Attys

    Norris McLaughlin PA has added a new partner from Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC and five new associates to its offices in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, the firm has announced.

  • September 28, 2022

    Trump Claims NY Is Judge-Shopping $250M Fraud Case

    Former President Donald Trump sought on Wednesday to have New York state's $250 million fraud lawsuit against him assigned to a judge different from the one who held him in contempt in a subpoena enforcement proceeding, rejecting the idea the cases were related.

  • September 28, 2022

    Mich. Hampton Inn Gets Lower Value Due To New Nearby Hotels

    The owners of a Michigan-based Hampton Inn successfully argued for a decreased valuation by citing an increase in newly constructed and proposed hotels in the area, the state's tax tribunal ruled.

  • September 28, 2022

    Global Self-Storage Builder In Ga. Promotes Atty To GC

    Temple, Georgia-headquartered Janus International Group Inc. has named a general counsel, elevating its corporate counsel who has worked with the self-storage manufacturer and supplier for four years, including representing the company when it went public last year.

  • September 27, 2022

    Colliers Eyes Growth Guiding Condos On New Fla. Safety Law

    With Florida condominium associations facing heightened concerns and significant new state requirements regarding building safety in the wake of the deadly 2021 Surfside high-rise collapse, a heavyweight in real estate services is looking to leverage its experience in the commercial arena to help guide them through the process.

  • September 27, 2022

    Fired In-House Atty Scores Partial Win Against Real Estate Co.

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday handed a former in-house attorney a partial win in his suit against his former employers, finding that the companies committed disability discrimination when they fired him after he asked to continue working from home due to various health conditions in 2020.

  • September 27, 2022

    Colliers Says Insurer Owes $1M Defense Costs For Broker Suit

    Colliers International - Atlanta LLC and its former insurer, a unit of The Hartford, battled in a Georgia federal court Tuesday over the commercial real estate agency's request for more than $1 million it spent defending allegations that it failed to supervise a corrupt broker.

  • September 27, 2022

    Cadwalader Guides $736M Mortgage For Ohio Office Property

    An entity affiliated with real estate investor Workspace Property Trust secured a $736 million mortgage from Bank of Montreal and JPMorgan Chase Bank with the help of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.

  • September 27, 2022

    Church Lawyer Calls Hurricane Insurance Delays 'Deliberate'

    A New Orleans church sued its insurers including Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London in Louisiana federal court for "deliberate and unreasonable" delays in adjusting its claims for more than $2.7 million in 2021 storm damages from Hurricane Ida and Tropical Storm Nicholas, its lawyer told Law360 on Tuesday.

  • September 27, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: JPMorgan, Brookfield, Rina Trigg

    JPMorgan has reportedly loaned $210 million for a portfolio of CitizenM hotels, Brookfield Properties is said to be eyeing the sale of a downtown Los Angeles office tower, and restaurant owners Rina and Jordan Trigg have reportedly dropped $5.2 million on three parcels in San Jose.

  • September 27, 2022

    Moore & Van Allen, Hronek Law Guide $2.25M Chicago Sale

    Moore & Van Allen PLLC and Hronek Law Group led the $2.25 million sale of a Chicago property to steel production company Nucor Tubular Products, according to documents made public recently in Cook County.

  • September 27, 2022

    La. Grain Silo Zoning Fight Highlights Issue Of Enviro Racism

    At the center of a legal fight over a proposed grain elevator in a small Louisiana town is whether a 30-year-old zoning designation enacted through alleged political corruption should stand. But the dispute is also rife with questions about land use, historic landmark designation, environmental racism and the history of slavery in the South.

  • September 27, 2022

    White & Case Adds 2 Real Estate Pros From Paul Hastings

    White & Case LLP has continued to expand its global mergers and acquisitions practice and real estate group with the addition of partners in New York and Houston, both of whom came aboard from Paul Hastings LLP.

  • September 27, 2022

    Gunster Adds Genovese Joblove Real Estate Pro

    Florida business law firm Gunster has added a veteran real estate attorney and licensed real estate broker from Genovese Joblove & Battista PA in Miami.

  • September 27, 2022

    JLL Arranges $55.1M Sacramento Office Deal

    JLL represented Soma Capital Partners and Hazelview Investments in the $55.1 million sale of a Sacramento, California office building to Seagate Properties and Cottonwood Group, the brokers announced.

  • September 26, 2022

    Hotel Voucher Push Raises Questions In LA Homeless Battle

    Up and down the West Coast, local governments have hit on the same idea to house the homeless: Put them in hotels. Now, a controversial ballot measure in Los Angeles proposes to go much further.

  • September 26, 2022

    Robbins Geller Nets $11M From Bank OZK Investor Settlement

    An Arkansas federal judge has granted final approval to a $45 million settlement that ends a lawsuit accusing Bank OZK of misleading investors about the health of two real estate loans and awarded the lead plaintiff's counsel, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, $11 million plus expenses for working toward a "well-above-average" settlement. 

  • September 26, 2022

    Saipan Casino Investors Win Arbitration Of Licensing Fight

    A Northern Mariana Islands federal judge has granted a bid by Chinese investors in a Saipan luxury casino to block proceedings initiated by regulators to yank their license over a fee dispute brought on by the pandemic and other force majeure events, saying the parties must arbitrate their dispute.

  • September 26, 2022

    Feds Can't Slip Investor Suit Over 'Nonsensical' Visa Delays

    A Missouri federal court has refused to let the Biden administration escape an Australian national's claim challenging the "nonsensical" and "dysfunctional" visa processing times that he says have unreasonably delayed his application for an EB-5 investor visa.

  • September 26, 2022

    Copper Theft Isn't Covered As Break-In Damage, Insurer Says

    An insurer told a Missouri federal court that it shouldn't have to cover $1.4 million in damages caused by copper theft at a St. Louis property robbed on Christmas Day, arguing that its theft exclusion was clear, and that break-in provisions cover entering the premises, not breaking into the HVAC system.

  • September 26, 2022

    NY Eyeglass Store Sues Landlord For $2M Over Waste Lines

    A New York eyeglass store wants its landlord to pay the store $2 million for neglect, misconduct and breach of contract, claiming in state court the landlord disregarded its duty to provide the tenant with working waste lines, affecting business operations.

Expert Analysis

  • Understanding DC Circ.'s Agency Rule Withdrawal Debate

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    The D.C. Circuit's recent ruling that an agency must provide notice and an opportunity for comment when withdrawing a rule that has been filed for public inspection but not yet published in the Federal Register features a vigorous debate on the "point of no return" issue that has significant practical consequences whenever there is a change in administration, says Steven Gordon at Holland & Knight.

  • Justices Could Tighten Fraud Statute In Ex-Cuomo Aide Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court has an opportunity to overturn the conviction of an aide to former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Percoco v. U.S., thereby restraining federal prosecutors' use of the honest services fraud statute and confining its application to cases of true public corruption, says Scott Coffina at Montgomery McCracken.

  • Considerations For Associates As Lateral Hiring Cools Down

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    Law firms are offering fewer signing bonuses and moving back to slower, more deliberate interview processes — a cue for associates to follow suit and consider the long-term advantages of a move instead of short-term financial gain, says Leeron Molloy at VOYlegal.

  • Justices' EPA Ruling Didn't Move Needle On Chevron Doctrine

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    Though some suggest the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in West Virginia v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency marked the end of a doctrine requiring judicial deference to federal regulators, the ruling merely articulated well-developed precedent on the limits of agency authority, say Dan Wolff and Eryn Howington at Crowell & Moring.

  • Ethics Lessons From The Alex Jones Discovery Debacle

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    The botched production of a cache of texts and emails prior to Alex Jones' defamation trial, and a failure to take corrective actions, should remind attorneys of the potential pitfalls of discovery, their professional responsibilities throughout the process, and the possibility of severe sanctions, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Combating Implicit Bias In Alternative Dispute Resolution

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    Alternative dispute resolution requires a high degree of trust and belief that proceedings will be fair, so confronting implicit associations among neutrals through systemic and personal efforts is even more important in the ADR world, say arbitrators and mediators at JAMS.

  • How The Metaverse Will Affect Business And Legal Processes

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    It is time to start thinking about virtual reality's effects on cybersecurity, business dealings, case strategy and more, as the metaverse takes shape and organizations open banks, host law firm offices and create retail strategies digitally, says Samantha Green at Epiq. 

  • Navigating Arbitral Subpoenas In A Post-COVID Landscape

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    Courts’ mixed enforcement during the pandemic of physical presence and territorial requirements for arbitral subpoenas shows that the rules were not built for a virtual world, making it critical for lawyers to understand the possible limitations on third-party evidence, say Emily Kirsch and Craig Tarasoff at Kirsch & Niehaus.

  • Cos. Should Engage With EPA On PVC Hazard Designation

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    A pending petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to classify discarded polyvinyl chloride products as hazardous waste could have wide-ranging and unanticipated effects due to the ubiquity of PVC products — so potentially regulated industries should provide information to the EPA on the economic impact of such a move, say attorneys at Kilpatrick.

  • Contraction Right Considerations In NYC Commercial Leases

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    With continuing uncertainty in New York City's commercial real estate market, landlords and tenants should consider the inclusion of a properly drafted, mutually beneficial contraction provision in office leases, say Alex Rosenthal and Billy Michaca at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • In-House At A Cannabis Company

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    In this ongoing Expert Analysis series, in-house counsel at cannabis companies discuss the unique compliance issues they’re navigating as the industry burgeons into a multibillion-dollar ballgame.

  • How Lawyers Can Set Ethical Boundaries Post-Pandemic

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    The COVID-19 pandemic and remote work have made it harder for lawyers to leave their problems at the office, so legal professionals must establish and adhere to ethical boundaries in order to combat increasing levels of stress and burnout, says Jennifer Gibbs at Zelle.

  • Examining Equitable Mootness After High Court Ch. 11 Denial

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent refusal to take on the KK-PB Financial v. 160 Royal Palm Chapter 11 case means that the controversial equitable mootness doctrine remains valid, benefiting debtors and warranting a look at how courts have applied the doctrine in the past, says Daniel Lowenthal at Patterson Belknap.