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  • November 28, 2022

    Appeal Denied In Georgia Housing Dispute Over $700K Loan

    The Georgia Court of Appeals on Monday denied Rockdale Housing Solutions' request for an interlocutory appeal in a case in which it sued the Conyers Housing Authority for allegedly breaching a $700,000 loan agreement.

  • November 28, 2022

    Sanctuary Belize Defaulters Slam FTC's 4th Circ. Redo Bid

    Multiple defendants in an offshore real estate scam known as Sanctuary Belize told the Fourth Circuit on Monday not to revisit a portion of its prior ruling wiping out a $120 million default judgment against them, citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that curtailed the Federal Trade Commission's ability to recoup money from supposed bad actors.

  • November 28, 2022

    Home Remodeler Hit With Overtime Class Action

    Home remodeling company Power Home Remodeling Group was accused by a former worker of discriminating against him for his cancer diagnosis and failing to pay overtime wages to customer development representatives and remodeling consultants.

  • November 28, 2022

    Ill. Justices Say Condo Sellers Can't Sue Over Excessive Fees

    A state law governing condominiums doesn't allow condo sellers to sue property managers for charging allegedly excessive fees to provide legally mandated disclosure documents, the Illinois Supreme Court decided Monday, reversing a lower court's ruling on the matter.

  • November 28, 2022

    Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Tenants' Fire Defense Bid

    Auto-Owners Insurance Co. doesn't have to defend a rental property's tenants against a third-party negligence claim stemming from a fire that broke out at their apartment, the Illinois Supreme Court said Monday, finding a lower appellate panel cited inapplicable precedent when it found a duty to defend the claims.

  • November 28, 2022

    Sherman & Howard Saves Malpractice Win In Colorado

    A Colorado appellate court has sided with Sherman & Howard LLC in a case involving a doctor whose claim of legal malpractice in a construction dispute was resolved in the law firm's favor following court-ordered arbitration in 2020.

  • November 28, 2022

    54 Reps. Push For Expansion Of Low-Income Housing Credit

    Congress needs to expand and strengthen the low-income housing tax credit under the year-end legislative package, a bipartisan group of 54 members of the House of Representatives told chamber leaders Monday.

  • November 28, 2022

    CareTrust REIT Taps Executive VP, And Its Former GC, As CIO

    CareTrust REIT looked to its own executive vice president and former general counsel when it appointed a new chief investment officer, aiming to tap into his years of health care-focused real estate and legal experience.

  • November 28, 2022

    NJ Real Estate Atty, Developer Admit To $3.5M Mortgage Fraud

    A Newark-based lawyer and a real estate developer have admitted in federal court to orchestrating a scheme to buy houses with fake mortgage applications and keep the loan funds for themselves, ultimately costing the federal government $3.5 million in defaulted loans.

  • November 28, 2022

    Calif. County Wants Out Of Suit Over Pot Growing Fines

    The county of Humboldt is asking a California federal judge to throw out a suit by homeowners alleging that the county levied excessive fees over the suspicion that they were growing cannabis, saying none of the homeowners have standing to sue because no actual fees have been imposed.

  • November 28, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: Goldstar, Murrs, Brookfield

    Goldstar Group has reportedly landed $83.7 million for a Maryland multifamily project, Michael and Eva Murr are said to have sold a Miami Beach mansion for $36 million, and a Brookfield Asset Management and Deutsche Pfandbriefbank have reportedly loaned $95 million for a D.C. office property.

  • November 28, 2022

    RealPage, Cushman Sued For Facilitating NY Rent Inflation

    Real estate software company RealPage Inc. and its revenue management product, YieldStar, helped facilitate collusion among Cushman & Wakefield, Greystar and other large multifamily owners and managers to inflate New York City apartment rental prices in violation of antitrust laws, according to a proposed class action filed in New York federal court on Wednesday.

  • November 28, 2022

    Ex-Conn. Atty Admits Defrauding Clients Out Of $720K

    A former Stamford, Connecticut, attorney is facing up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud and defrauding his clients out of more than $720,000.

  • November 23, 2022

    Gov't Slams Hamptonites' Suit Over Offshore Wind Project

    The federal government urged a New York federal court on Wednesday to dismiss a suit filed by four Hamptons residents challenging the onshore construction for an offshore wind energy facility, arguing that the residents are wrongfully targeting the federal government after their state court attempts to block the project failed.

  • November 23, 2022

    Building Industry Weighs In On Clean Water Act Case

    Building industry groups have joined a chorus of business interests in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to curb federal agencies' regulatory powers under the Clean Water Act.

  • November 23, 2022

    Mich. Court Lets City Groups Weigh In On Gun Range Row

    A Michigan federal judge has allowed two nonprofits representing the interests of hundreds of cities and townships in the state to file an amicus brief opposing a firearm supplier's claim that banning long-distance gun ranges through zoning rules violates Second Amendment rights.

  • November 23, 2022

    Liberty Mutual Units Avoid Covering HVAC Injury Suit

    An Oklahoma federal judge ruled Wednesday that two Liberty Mutual units don't have to defend HVAC contractor B&B Heat & Air Inc. from claims that an improper installation spread fiberglass particles throughout a woman's home, finding a pollution exclusion bars coverage.

  • November 23, 2022

    Investors' Fannie, Freddie 'Net Worth Sweep' Suit Gets Tossed

    A Texas federal judge permanently tossed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac investors' challenge to the multibillion-dollar "net worth sweep" of the entities, ruling that unconstitutional tenure protections at the Federal Housing Finance Agency did not entitle shareholders to relief.

  • November 23, 2022

    Real Estate Atty Sees Swift Changes To NY's 421-a Tax Effort

    New York's 421-a affordable housing incentive expired this summer but with the recent elections now in the rearview mirror, the state's governor may soon act to bring a version of it back, a real estate leader at Woods Lanergan PLLC recently told Law360.

  • November 23, 2022

    Vedder Price Brings On Former Meyer Suozzi Atty In NY

    Vedder Price PC has added a shareholder to its New York office from Meyer Suozzi English & Klein PC with nearly 20 years of experience advising commercial real estate deals.

  • November 23, 2022

    Honigman Announces Corporate Partner In Chicago

    A business attorney with experience in industries including technology, cannabis and real estate has joined Honigman LLP as partner.

  • November 23, 2022

    8th Circ. Revives Missouri Couple's Rental Property Suit

    The Eighth Circuit sided with a Missouri couple who sued Stone County over the right to convert their vacation home to a short-term rental, ruling in a published opinion that the lower court erred by dismissing the suit due to the couple's parallel state court challenge to the constitutionality of how a county regulation was enforced.

  • November 23, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: Fogo De Chao, Damaghi, Prologis

    Fogo de Chao has inked a deal to lease 12,000 square feet of space in Virginia, the Damaghi Family has picked up a pair of Miami development sites, and Prologis is hoping to build a studio campus in Los Angeles.

  • November 23, 2022

    Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Adds Roberts Markel Pair In Texas

    Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is expanding its Texas team by adding two Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey PC real estate and property owners' attorneys to its business department in its Plano and San Antonio offices.

  • November 22, 2022

    NY Judge Sets Guidance For Pause On Novel Rent Cut

    A novel vote to reduce rents by 15% for certain tenants in Kingston, New York, lacked legal footing and will remain paused, a state judge said Tuesday, adding that landlords need not sign renewal leases while he weighs a broader effort to overturn rent stabilization there.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Schools Are Right To Steer Clear Of US News Rankings

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    By opting out of participating in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, law schools abandon a profoundly flawed system and free up their resources to adapt to the tsunami of changes overtaking the profession, says Nicholas Allard at Jacksonville University College of Law.

  • How CRE Buyers' Counsel Should Help Negotiate Sales

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    With commercial real estate deals becoming increasingly difficult for buyers in the current economy, it is crucial for buyers' counsel to understand how to push for specific representations and warranties in purchase and sale agreements without jeopardizing the deal, says Etan Moskovic at Cassin & Cassin.

  • Litigation Funders Seek Transparency In Disclosure Debate

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    Litigation funders want to correct the record on calls for funding disclosure in the name of transparency, as this purported justification obscures the disclosure's adverse effects — prejudicing plaintiffs' cases and discouraging the assertion of meritorious legal claims, say Dai Wai Chin Feman and William Weisman at Parabellum Capital.

  • 5 Principles For Better Professional Development Programs

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    The pandemic and ensuing "great resignation" have resulted in a more transient legal work force, but law firms can use effective professional development programs to bridge a cultural gap with new associates and stem associate attrition, says Matthew Woods at Robins Kaplan.

  • My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Practice With Passion

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    First Circuit Judge Gustavo Gelpí recalls how Suffolk University Law School's Joseph Glannon taught the importance of the law as both a tool and a profession, and that those who wish to practice law successfully must do so with love, enthusiasm and passion.

  • Policyholders Are Not To Blame For Social Inflation

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    As part of the controversial assertion that insurers are facing an unprecedented increase in claims costs due to so-called social inflation, a recent Law360 guest article argued that policyholders contribute to social inflation and are therefore responsible for remedying it, but these accusations are unsupported by empirical data, says Benjamin Tievsky at Pillsbury.

  • State-Led Programs Can Speed Up Brownfield Development

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    Too often, publicly funded brownfields programs are not optimized to achieve redevelopment in the near term, but policymakers can address this problem by directing additional resources toward state-level brownfields programs that offer thoughtfully designed tax incentives and liability protection, says Gerald Pouncey at Morris Manning.

  • Questions To Ask Before Making A Lateral Move As Partner

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    Law firm partners considering lateral moves should diligently interview prospects — going beyond standard questions about compensation to inquire about culture, associate retention and other areas that can provide a more comprehensive view, says Lauren Wu at VOYLegal.

  • My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Argue Open-Mindedly

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    Queens College President Frank Wu reflects on how Yale Kamisar’s teaching and guidance at the University of Michigan Law School emphasized a capacity to engage with alternative worldviews and the importance of the ability to argue for both sides of a debate.

  • ABA's No-Contact Rule Advice Raises Questions For Lawyers

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    The American Bar Association's ethics committee recently issued two opinions concerning the no-contact rule — one creates an intuitive and practical default for electronic communications, while the other sets a potential trap for pro se lawyers, say Lauren Snyder and Deepika Ravi at HWG.

  • Construction Cos. Can Address Social Media In Settlements

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    Negative social media posts are increasingly factoring into construction disputes, and attorneys must understand what to prioritize when negotiating such issues in settlement agreements, say Gary Strong and Dinora Lopez at Gfeller Laurie.

  • 4 Key Skills For An Effective Attorney Coaching Conversation

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    As BigLaw firms are increasingly offering internal coaching as one of many talent strategies to stem ongoing lawyer attrition, Stacey Schwartz at Katten discusses how coaches can help attorneys achieve their goals.

  • How Civilian Attorneys Can Help Veterans

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    With legal aid topping the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' annual list of unmet needs of veterans facing housing insecurity, nonmilitary volunteer attorneys can provide some of the most effective legal services to military and veteran clients, say Anna Richardson at Veterans Legal Services and Nicholas Hasenfus at Holland & Knight.