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  • September 23, 2022

    Fla. Boutique AVILA Adds Real Estate Senior Counsel

    South Florida Boutique Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Garro LLP hired a new real estate transactions senior counsel who was part of a family firm for more than 16 years.

  • September 23, 2022

    Wash. Paper Mill's Machines Subject To Real Estate Excise Tax

    Machines in a paper mill are subject to Washington state's real estate excise tax because they're real property fixtures, the state Department of Revenue said, rejecting a company's argument that the machinery and equipment weren't fixtures and should be exempt.

  • September 22, 2022

    Simon Property Sues Footwear Co. Over $4.4M Judgment

    Mall landlord Simon Property Group LP is seeking $4.4 million in unpaid rent and other charges that a Delaware Superior Court judge ordered The Walking Company to pay in 2021, suing the footwear retailer and several affiliates on Wednesday in Delaware Chancery Court.

  • September 22, 2022

    Resort Group Lands $2.26B Valuation With GIC Partnership

    Luxury beach resort group Sani/Ikos and Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC announced Thursday that they would enter into a strategic partnership in which GIC will become Sani/Ikos' leading shareholder.

  • September 22, 2022

    Bar Owner's 'Suspicious' Testimony Dooms TM, TTAB Finds

    The company behind a New York cocktail bar failed to convince the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel a trademark registration on the term "Happiest Hour," with the board finding in a precedential opinion that the bar owner's testimony was inconsistent and contradictory.

  • September 22, 2022

    11th Circ. Says Google, BellSouth Beat Conduit Trespass Case

    Google Fiber Inc. and BellSouth Telecommunications LLC can't be sued by an Atlanta property owner for trespass in relation to underground fiber optic and telecommunications conduits below neighboring right-of-ways, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed Thursday.

  • September 22, 2022

    NJ Developer Sues Town Over Denied Starbucks Plan

    A New Jersey developer accused a New Jersey township’s zoning board in state court of wrongfully denying its application for the construction of a 2,225 square foot Starbucks fast food drive-thru in a shopping center.

  • September 22, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: Black Lion, ICO Group, WTI Capital

    Black Lion has reportedly paid $6.4 million for a Miami retail space, ICO Group is reportedly hoping to get $69.8 million with the sale of a shuttered Los Angeles hotel, and WTI Capital is said to have scored $54.8 million in financing for a Florida multifamily property.

  • September 22, 2022

    Construction Co. Can't Escape Gold King Mine MDL

    A New Mexico federal judge has shot down contractor Harrison Western Construction Corp.'s request to be let out of a lawsuit from Navajo farmers over the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, rejecting the Colorado-based company's assertion that the court lacks jurisdiction.

  • September 22, 2022

    Trump Fraud Referrals Present Political Minefield For DOJ, IRS

    The New York attorney general's criminal referrals to the U.S. Department of Justice and the IRS stemming from her probe of former President Donald Trump will force prosecutors to walk a political tightrope, given Trump's accusations of bias and Republicans' animus toward the IRS.

  • September 22, 2022

    Marriott Robocall Claims Against Timeshare Co. Largely Axed

    A Virginia federal judge tossed several of Marriott International Inc.'s claims against timeshare company ResortCom, which was accused of being part of a robocall scheme, ruling that the hotel giant had failed to plausibly allege that ResortCom knew that the companies it worked with were infringing on Marriott's trademark.

  • September 22, 2022

    Newly Completed Orlando Logistics Buildings Sell For $30M

    JLL Capital Markets brokered the sale of two new logistics buildings in a developing industrial park in Orlando, Florida, for $30.1 million, the company announced this week.

  • September 22, 2022

    Former California Superior Court Judge Joins JAMS

    Retired California Superior Court Judge Barry Baskin has joined JAMS, the alternative dispute resolution services organization.

  • September 22, 2022

    NYC Property Fund Manager Gets 4 Years For Fraud

    A real estate fund manager has been sentenced to four years in prison for misappropriating funds and committing securities fraud through his investment firm, according to a judgment entered this week.

  • September 22, 2022

    Iowa OKs Reg For Biz Property Tax Credit Repeal, Replacement

    Iowa will implement legislation repealing the state's business property tax credit and establishing a two-tiered property assessment system under a rule adopted by the Department of Revenue.

  • September 22, 2022

    Iowa Church Failed To File For Property Tax Exemption

    An Iowa church is not entitled to a property tax refund for 2016 and 2017 or an abatement of its 2018 property tax as it didn't file for an exemption, the state's appeals court ruled, upholding a lower court decision.

  • September 22, 2022

    Storm Damage Suit Against Nationwide Unit Moves Forward

    A Florida federal judge rejected a Nationwide unit's bid for summary judgment in a suit over Tropical Storm Eta damage, finding that Scottsdale Insurance Co. agreed to the policyholder's version of the facts and didn't properly challenge them when it had the chance.

  • September 22, 2022

    Glenstar, Creek Lane Plug $415M Into New SC Industrial Park

    Chicago developer Glenstar Properties and real estate investment firm Creek Lane Capital plan to funnel $415 million into a new, roughly 3.6-million-square-foot industrial project to be built in Cherokee County, South Carolina, according to an announcement by Colliers International.

  • September 22, 2022

    Cruise Lines: The Real Estate Players You Didn't Know About

    Often pigeonholed as purveyors of floating resorts, shuffling hordes of vacationers across the high seas from coastal town to coastal town, cruise lines also play a remarkable role in infrastructure and land development — to the tune of billions of dollars.

  • September 21, 2022

    Meet The Lawyers On Deck In NY V. Trump Biz Fraud Case

    The New York attorney general's blockbuster fraud suit against former President Donald Trump, three of his adult children and the Trump organization will pit some of the family's fiercest defenders against a team of seasoned prosecutors.

  • September 21, 2022

    Trump Ally Tells Jury In Foreign Agent Trial: No Deal, No Crime

    An attorney for private equity mogul Thomas Barrack, a onetime adviser to former President Donald Trump, told a Brooklyn federal jury on Wednesday that there is no evidence Barrack had an agreement with United Arab Emirates officials to work covertly on their behalf in the U.S.

  • September 21, 2022

    Enviros Blast W.Va. Coal Co. Compliance Plan

    Environmental groups in West Virginia have blasted a coal company's plan to comply with federal environmental laws four months after a federal judge held the company in contempt for failing to comply with his order to submit an adequate remediation plan.

  • September 21, 2022

    BIA Docs Show Gov't Axed Campground Lease, Blackfeet Say

    Internal records from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs prove that, in 2008, the agency canceled a private campground's lease on Blackfeet Indian Nation land, the tribe said Wednesday, urging a Montana federal judge to toss litigation in which the camp operator is challenging its removal.

  • September 21, 2022

    Wyndham Resists Licensee's Bid To Exit Sex Trafficking Row

    Wyndham Hotels has asked a New Jersey federal judge to deny a Philadelphia-based Days Inn licensee's attempt to escape a Wyndham lawsuit seeking $2 million to pay for cases involving sex trafficking at the licensee's hotels, saying their contract allows for litigation and payment of legal costs.

  • September 21, 2022

    Insurer Ducks Coverage In Unpermitted Demolition Row

    A California federal judge ruled a Berkshire Hathaway unit isn't responsible for covering a state court judgment related to unauthorized demolitions at a historic San Francisco building, finding the damages won in the underlying suit are excluded under its policy.

Expert Analysis

  • Tips For Handling Audio Data In E-Discovery Post-Pandemic

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    The rise of remote meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the volume and importance of audio data in e-discovery — so organizations in highly regulated industries must collect and process that data, and establish complex strategies to manage their audio records, says Jack Bullen at FTI Consulting.

  • Navigating Single-Asset Real Estate Status In Bankruptcy

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    A California district court recently held that a property that doesn’t produce income is a single-asset real estate debtor in Shady Bird Lending v. The Source Hotel, highlighting how such designation can affect the trajectory of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and how a creditor secured by such property can obtain relief from the automatic stay, say attorneys at Kramer Levin.

  • Stress-Testing A Real Estate JV Ahead Of New Challenges

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    In the face of potential economic headwinds, sponsors and capital partners should reexamine existing real estate joint venture agreements and pay particular attention to the concepts of capital contributions and control, say Daniel Guggenheim and Michael Soejoto at Mintz.

  • Strategies For Effectively Marketing Law Firm ESG Practices

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    As law firms increasingly launch stand-alone environmental, social and corporate governance practices amid rising client demands, they should consider new marketing and client development practices that illuminate their capabilities as well their own sustainability and ethics-related initiatives, says Elle Walch at Ball Janik.

  • Agreement Among Litigants Key To Using E-Discovery Tech

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    Parties are increasingly using e-discovery technologies to control costs, but as a New York federal court order in Actos Antitrust Litigation shows, a well-drafted, negotiated protocol allows them to address potential objections prior to use and helps protect against later claims of incomplete production, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • Law School Admissions Shouldn't Hinge On Test Scores

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    The American Bar Association recently granted law schools some latitude on which tests it can consider in admissions decisions, but its continued emphasis on test scores harms student diversity and is an obstacle to holistic admissions strategies, says Aaron Taylor at AccessLex.

  • Tracking Class Certification Changes, 1 Year After TransUnion

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    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court's TransUnion v. Ramirez decision, defense lawyers have invoked it as support for denying class certification or decertifying classes — but an analysis suggests that the main impact of the ruling has simply been closer scrutiny of class definitions by district courts, say James Morsch and Jonathan Singer at Saul Ewing.

  • Embracing Revenue Operations For Strong Law Firm Growth

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    The concept of revenue operations — a management strategy commonly used in high-growth sectors that involves integrating all departments to address and fulfill client needs — can help law firms develop their own growth strategies, including strengthening client relationships, says Dave Southern, a business development and marketing professional.

  • New P3 Authority Means Opportunities For Colo. Agencies

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    A recently passed Colorado law expanding public-private partnerships changes state-level project finance and infrastructure dramatically, allowing virtually all state agencies to avail themselves of P3 benefits including cost and schedule savings, sharing of risk, and access to innovation and private sector efficiency, say Gregory Johnson and Peter Gould at Squire Patton.

  • Make Room For Serendipity In Your Legal Job Search

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    Landing your dream legal job gets easier when you cultivate serendipity — which involves expanding and deepening your network, while being flexible, authentic and engaged with the world around you, says Anna Sanders at VOYLegal.

  • Assessing Risk Amid Rise Of Building Info Modeling Tech

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    As the architectural, engineering and construction industry increasingly utilizes building information modeling software, which shifts some risk to contractors, users should take steps to avoid legal risks, while enhancing projects' production and progression, says Ivan Sarkissian at McConaughy & Sarkissian.

  • Ethics Considerations For Attorneys Joining Nonprofit Boards

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    Many charitable organizations offer attorneys board positions to benefit from their specialized legal knowledge, but there are ethical considerations and liability dangers that demand lawyers set boundaries about their roles and responsibilities, says Patrick Sturm at LexisNexis.

  • What The Subchapter V Debt Limit Raise Means For Small Biz

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    A recently signed bill raising the debt limit back to $7.5 million for those electing treatment under the Small Business Reorganization Act provides a sigh of relief for small companies, but debtors should consider whether filing a Subchapter V case by the end of this year is advantageous, say attorneys at Michael Best.