Residential

  • January 19, 2023

    Developer Files For 3-Tower Build in Chicago's Fulton Market

    New York developer Vista Property Holdings LLC has filed plans seeking permission to build two high-rise projects, including one that could bring a trio of towers with more than 1,500 rental units to Chicago's trendy Fulton Market district.

  • January 19, 2023

    HUD Pitches Long-Awaited Rule To Boost Equity In Housing

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development moved Thursday to ensure state and local governments, public housing agencies, and other recipients of department funds actively identify racist and discriminatory housing policies and take practical steps to correct them in line with the "promise" of the Fair Housing Act.

  • January 19, 2023

    Fannie Mae Provides $5M To Support Racial Equity In Housing

    Fannie Mae awarded $5 million in deliverable-based contracts to four American housing organizations and a prefab housing company in order to promote racial equity in housing, the mortgage lender announced.

  • January 19, 2023

    Panel Partly Revives Ga. HOA's Google Review Slander Case

    A Georgia appellate court mostly revived a defamation suit filed by a homeowners association manager and his company over an HOA member's negative Google review, ruling that the trial court failed to address the suit's slander, defamation and emotional distress claims.

  • January 18, 2023

    Real Estate Bills To Watch In Texas Legislature

    A flurry of bills that could result in casino resort development, property tax relief and pressure on entities to follow through with eminent domain projects are on the agenda for the Texas Legislature's 2023 session. Here are the biggest issues the state's real estate attorneys are eyeing as the session gets underway.

  • January 18, 2023

    NAR Executive Sees Mortgage Rates Moderating In 2023

    While the close of 2022 saw the spread between the 10-year Treasury and 30-year fixed mortgage rate widen significantly, 2023 should bring some easing of the latter and bring the spread closer to historical norms, a National Association of Realtors executive recently told Law360.

  • January 18, 2023

    NYC Council Probes Housing Voucher Program Delays

    City council members and advocates pushed city officials at a Wednesday hearing to clarify why unhoused adults and families in New York City's shelter system who qualify for a city-funded voucher program are being kept at shelters longer than strictly necessary.

  • January 18, 2023

    Travelers Wins Wash. Condo Damage Dispute

    A condominium failed to inform Travelers of property damage in a timely manner, a Washington federal jury found Wednesday, clearing the insurer of paying for the condo's losses.

  • January 18, 2023

    9th Circ. Seals Insurer's Win Over Sprinkler System Damage

    The Ninth Circuit ruled an insurer doesn't have to indemnify a real estate developer in a lawsuit over a faulty fire suppression system, agreeing with a California federal court that the decision of where to place the sprinkler is considered installation and is excluded from its commercial general liability policy.

  • January 18, 2023

    Walker & Dunlop Lines Up $120M To Rehab 3 NYC Buildings

    Walker & Dunlop Inc. structured $120 million in financing to support the rehabilitation of three New York City Housing Authority residential buildings located in the neighborhood of Harlem, the real estate financing company said.

  • January 18, 2023

    11th Circ. Ends Farm Permit Case Against Fla. City Leaders

    The Eleventh Circuit agreed with a lower court's ruling to dismiss a Florida property owner's suit against Haines City leaders over the city's requirement that the property owner acquire permits for farming operations.

  • January 18, 2023

    Shutts & Bowen-Led Developer Gets Miami Project Approved

    Montreal-based real estate firm Jesta Group, advised by Shutts & Bowen LLP, has scored approval from a South Florida municipal board to build a 30-story mixed use project on the site of popular Miami eatery Shuckers Waterfront Grill and a Best Western hotel, according to an announcement Tuesday.

  • January 18, 2023

    Lease Sex Clause Trial To Resume As Defendant Seeks Atty

    A Nevada federal judge on Wednesday set April dates to resume a trial in which a former property manager is accused of pressuring a tenant to sign a document consenting to sexual acts, while the defendant seeks counsel in the wake of his lawyer's suspension from practice.

  • January 18, 2023

    NJ Judge Blocks Township's Ambulance Services Ordinance

    A New Jersey judge sided with a retirement community operator by preliminarily blocking a township's ordinance that requires health care companies to provide 24/7 ambulance services and also penalizes emergency ambulance calls for situations that don't require advanced life support.

  • January 18, 2023

    LA Adopts Equity-Centric Resolution To Housing Element

    The City of Los Angeles on Wednesday cemented its effort to center equity in an eight-year housing plan, as the city council unanimously adopted a resolution to include an equity index and scorecard in all future land-use considerations.

  • January 18, 2023

    Oil Co. Transferred $73.9M During Class Action, Suit Says

    Pennsylvania landowners say an oil company illegally transferred real estate assets worth more than $73 million to shield it from a class action, and are asking a federal judge to void the transaction.

  • January 18, 2023

    Broker Can't Escape HOA's Policy Dispute, Insurer Says

    An insurer seeking to rescind a policy it issued to a homeowners association should be able to sue the HOA's broker as well, it told a California federal court, arguing the broker knew its client was making misrepresentations but submitted the policy application anyway.

  • January 18, 2023

    Luxury California Real Estate Co. Hit With Fraud Suit

    A limited liability corporation in Florida is accusing a Los Angeles-based luxury real estate company in California federal court of fraud and extortion linked to the development of a multimillion-dollar residential property in Los Cabos, Mexico.

  • January 18, 2023

    Real Estate Rumors: Sortis, BanReservas, Related

    Sortis Holdings is reportedly buying Ace Group International for $85 million, BanReservas is said to be leasing 2,237 square feet in New York, and a Related Group venture is reportedly hoping to fetch $65 million with the sale of a planned penthouse unit in South Florida.

  • January 18, 2023

    Kramer Levin Names New Land Use Practice Co-Chair

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP has chosen longtime New York-based partner Elise Wagner to serve as co-chair of the firm's land use practice, the firm said Wednesday.

  • January 18, 2023

    Fla. Bills Seek Property Tax Breaks For Affordable Housing

    Florida would allow local governments to grant property tax exemptions for certain multifamily affordable housing buildings under two bills filed in the state Legislature Wednesday.

  • January 17, 2023

    Homeowners Fight Realtors' Appeal Bid On Per Se Standard

    A group of homeowners is urging a Missouri federal judge to block an appeal requested by the National Association of Realtors and other realty groups accused of violating antitrust laws, saying the case should go to trial instead of going through another appeal.

  • January 17, 2023

    Kushner Seeks OK For $245M Miami Mixed-Use Joint Venture

    The Miami Urban Development Review Board on Wednesday is expected to consider site plans for a $245 million mixed-used apartment project by Kushner Cos. and a local developer, guided by Greenberg Traurig.

  • January 17, 2023

    How Will Canada's Foreign Buyer Ban Impact The US?

    Canada's new law blocking foreigners from buying real estate in the country for two years is widely seen as a political move to show effort in driving down the high cost of housing, but it begs the question of whether the policy could be considered in the U.S., experts say. 

  • January 17, 2023

    Judge Won't Grant Partial Wins In Solar Farm Erosion Fight

    A Georgia federal judge has refused to grant summary judgment wins to the owners and developers of Lumpkin Solar Farm or to the neighbors who allege that shoddy site management has polluted their property and lake with sediment-laden runoff.

Expert Analysis

  • San Diego Arena Provides Case Study Of Surplus Land Act

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    A San Diego municipal sports arena property, which recently obtained approval from the California Department of Housing and Community Development, provides a valuable lesson regarding compliance with Surplus Land Act requirements, and the delays that can otherwise ensue, says Elinor Eizdi at Nossaman.

  • An Associate's Guide To Rebounding After A Layoff

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    Law firm associates laid off due to economic conditions can recuperate and move forward by practicing self-care, identifying key skills to leverage during the job search, engaging in self-reflection and more, say Kate Sheikh at Major Lindsey and wellness consultant Jarrett Green.

  • Fla. Evidence Code Update Lowers Burden For Image Use

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    Florida's recent evidence code change permits judicial notice of images and certain other graphics, a hugely meaningful development for litigants across a wide range of practice areas, though the effect will likely be immediately felt in property insurance cases, say Eve Cann and David Levin at Baker Donelson.

  • How New FCC Rule Will Improve Telecom Options For Tenants

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    A new Federal Communications Commission rule that takes effect Sept. 26 will give American tenants newfound access to competitive telecom services, promote consumer choice and help alleviate the anti-competitive effects of revenue sharing agreements, say John Reardon and Emily Edwards at Kutak Rock.

  • Key Adaptations For Law Firms Amid Quiet Quitting Movement

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    While quiet quitting may not be sustainable at law firms with billable hour requirements, there are specific steps law firms should take to maintain engagement and otherwise respond to the trend's underlying message that associates won't spend all their waking hours at work if they don't feel it's worthwhile, says Meredith Kahan at Whiteford Taylor.

  • Creating A Hybrid Work Policy? Be Intentional And Inclusive

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    The pandemic has changed expectations for the future of work forever, and as more employees demand hybrid working options, law firms must develop policies and models that are intentional, inclusive and iterative to lead the industry into the future, says Manar Morales at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • How Fintech Cos. May Transform Real Estate Investment

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    Fintech companies have begun to meet challenges to real estate investment with innovations that will drive new transactions, but they will need to provide traditional investors with more information about individual properties and communities, say Joseph Bizub and David Reiss at Brooklyn Law School, and Justin Peralta at IBM.

  • A Law Firm's Guide To Humane Layoffs As Recession Looms

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    Amid warnings of a global recession, law firms should prepare for the possibility of associate layoffs, aiming for an empathetic approach and avoiding common mistakes that make the emotional impact on departing attorneys worse, say Jarrett Green, a wellness consultant, and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 8 Military Consumer Protection Tips For Finance Cos.

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    A holistic Servicemembers Civil Relief Act compliance management system is crucial for keeping financial services companies out of hot water, especially after recent federal agency actions sent a stark reminder that they expect institutions to maintain robust controls, says Akeela White at Hinshaw & Culbertson.

  • Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Ruling Spells Takings Inconsistency

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    The First Circuit’s ruling in the Puerto Rico restructuring case that takings claims cannot be impaired in bankruptcy establishes inconsistent treatment of takings claims among appellate courts and raises an important constitutional question, which could lead the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Learning From Trump And Bannon Discovery Strategies

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    Court-imposed sanctions on both former President Donald Trump and his former aide Steve Bannon for failing to comply with subpoenas illustrate that efforts to bar the door to valid discovery can quickly escalate, so litigants faced with challenging discovery disputes should adopt a pragmatic approach, say Mathea Bulander and Monica McCarroll at Redgrave.

  • Judges Who Use Social Media Must Know Their Ethical Limits

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    While the judiciary is permitted to use electronic social media, judges and judicial candidates should protect themselves from accusations of ethics violations by studying the growing body of ethics opinions and disciplinary cases centering on who judges connect with and how they behave online, says Justice Daniel Crothers at the North Dakota Supreme Court.

  • How Calif. Courts Are Ruling On Housing Density Issues

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    Over the past year, California courts have issued a handful of housing density decisions addressing various efforts to push back against the preemption of local regulations, and important trends are emerging with increasing momentum in favor of state government residential development efforts, says Sean Gaffney at Crosbie Gliner.