Real Estate

  • March 15, 2018

    Law Firm Founder Wants To Shield Docs From Timeshare Co.

    Castle Law Group PC founder Judson Phillips asked a Tennessee federal judge Wednesday to protect him from a timeshare company’s demand that his law firm provide documents in the company’s suit alleging Castle Law Group interferes with its contracts.

  • March 15, 2018

    Court Says Condo Owner Doesn't Have To Arbitrate Claims

    A Florida appeals court ruled Thursday that a man feuding with his condominium association over a boat lift does not have to first go through arbitration before filing his suit because his claims are exempted from the state law requiring arbitration for disputes with condo associations.

  • March 15, 2018

    Toys R Us Creditors Fear Wind-Down Uncertainties

    The abrupt acknowledgement by Toys R Us that it will wind down operations and liquidate inventory at more than 700 stores in the U.S. was met with a wave of concerns Thursday, as creditors' attorneys said they hope for a transparent process that maximizes stakeholder returns.

  • March 15, 2018

    Jury Awards $706M Over Appraisal App Secrets Theft

    A Texas state jury awarded $706.2 million on Wednesday to data-analytics startup HouseCanary, agreeing that former collaborator Title Source Inc. brazenly stole proprietary data recipes for home appraisals and comparisons as it allegedly readied to build its own software suite.

  • March 15, 2018

    Gravel & Shea Seals First US Blockchain Real Estate Deal

    A condo in South Burlington, Vermont, recently traded hands, and documents for the deal were entered into the blockchain in a historic first for a U.S. real estate transaction, with Gravel & Shea PC helping lay the groundwork to make the deal possible.

  • March 15, 2018

    Feds To Revisit Critical Habitat Rules To Settle States' Suit

    An Alabama federal judge on Thursday agreed to dismiss a challenge brought by a coalition of largely right-leaning state attorneys general against Endangered Species Act rules governing critical habitat designations after the federal government agreed to reconsider them, the Arkansas Attorney General’s office said.

  • March 15, 2018

    BNSF Can't Derail Ruling In Wash. Tribe's Right-Of-Way Suit

    A Washington federal judge Thursday rejected BNSF Railway Co.’s attempt to call into question a tribe's ownership of land on which a disputed railroad runs after losing its argument that the latter’s claims that its increased crude oil shipments breach a right-of-way easement agreement are preempted.

  • March 15, 2018

    Arlington, Texas, To Create US' Largest Esports Arena

    Arlington, Texas, which is already home to stadiums for the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers, could boast the largest esports stadium in the U.S., according to new plans unveiled by the city Wednesday in an attempt to capture part of the burgeoning esports market.

  • March 15, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: NYC Penthouse, L3, Industrial Property

    A Manhattan penthouse is reportedly under contract to sell for a whopping $180 million, L3 Capital has reportedly bought a Chicago property for $23 million, and Industrial Property Trust is said to be exploring a possible sale of a $3.3 billion portfolio that could be purchased by a private equity firm.

  • March 15, 2018

    Weil's Breitburn Lienholder Work A 'Fee Issue,' Judge Says

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Thursday said the failure of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP to disclose it had represented a Breitburn Energy Partners LP lienholder before taking on the company's bankruptcy case was a “fee issue” that could come into play when the firm tries to collect its pay.

  • March 15, 2018

    Skokomish Tribe Presses 9th Circ. To Revive Hunting Suit

    The Skokomish Indian Tribe urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to revive its suit accusing Suquamish tribal officers of encroaching on Skokomish hunting grounds in violation of a federal treaty, saying the officials aren't protected from the suit by the tribe's sovereign immunity.

  • March 15, 2018

    Blank Rome Nabs Finance, RE Attys From Herrick Feinstein

    Blank Rome LLP has brought on board two New York-based partners from Herrick Feinstein LLP with significant experience handling corporate, finance and real estate matters, the firm announced Thursday.

  • March 15, 2018

    Alston & Bird Nabs DLA Piper Litigation Team In LA

    Alston & Bird has hired a team of DLA Piper attorneys who are experienced in high-stakes commercial litigation in the employment and real estate arenas, as well as helping high-profile corporate clients like The Coca-Cola Co. fight consumer class actions, Alston & Bird said Wednesday.

  • March 15, 2018

    Collaborative Workspace Co. Scores $58M In Global Push

    Collaborative office and laboratory space company Cambridge Innovation Center on Thursday said a European property developer agreed to invest $58 million as the Massachusetts-based firm looks to improve its current spaces and expand globally.

  • March 14, 2018

    Cook Co. Tax Assessor Looses On Campaign Donation Limits

    Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios on Tuesday lost a court challenge to the county’s campaign contribution limits after having been fined earlier this year for failing to return campaign contributions from property tax appeals lawyers whose donations exceeded the limits. 

  • March 14, 2018

    New Partner Will Lead Holland & Knight Joint Venture Team

    Holland & Knight LLP announced Wednesday that it has added Steven D. Lear, a prominent attorney in corporate and real estate transactions, to its Miami office, from which he will lead the firm's National Joint Venture Practice Team.

  • March 14, 2018

    Loeb & Loeb, Kelley Drye Steer Aareal's $100M, $80M Loans

    Aareal Capital Corp. has provided loans of $100 million and $80 million for separate properties in Manhattan, one of which has a retail component, and looked to Loeb & Loeb LLP and Kelley Drye & Warren LLP for help on the deals, according to records made public in New York on Wednesday.

  • March 14, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Fla. Apartments, Kendall, Kinsale

    A Miami apartment building has reportedly traded hands for $14.6 million, Kendall College is said to be looking to sublease nearly 170,000 square feet in Chicago and Kinsale Partners has reportedly bought a Florida office building for $14.75 million.

  • March 14, 2018

    Fla. Judge Restores FWS Permit To Raze Miami Forest

    A Florida federal judge lifted a block Tuesday on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit issued to a Walmart-anchored residential and commercial project outside Miami, paving the way for bulldozers to cut down more than 80 acres of wildlife habitat.

  • March 14, 2018

    Jay Peak Receiver Seeks OK On $1.5M Deal With Contractor

    The court-appointed receiver for the failed Jay Peak EB-5 project asked a Florida federal judge Tuesday to approve a $1.5 million settlement agreement with contractor PeakCM LLC, which represents a discount from the company's initial $2.75 million in claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Fed. Circ. Implies Narrowing Of Claims Court Jurisdiction

    Stuart Turner

    Following the Federal Circuit's decision in Cleveland Assets, any protest filed at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging violation of a statute or regulation that does not obviously qualify as a “procurement statute” may face a jurisdictional challenge, say Stuart Turner and Nathaniel Castellano of Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • 6th Circ. Sheds Light On Mandatory Arbitration

    Daniel Winston

    In Smith v. Altisource, the Sixth Circuit recently held that a party seeking to enforce arbitration cannot prevail merely because the arbitration itself is ambiguous and broadly drafted. Instead, a court must determine whether the arbitration clause can "fairly be read to cover" the dispute in question, say Daniel Winston and John Calhoun of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2017 In Review

    State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2017 Year In Review

    In this review of state and local tax decisions in 2017, Charles Capouet and Jessica Allen of Eversheds Sutherland LLP share observations on taxpayers’ outcomes in corporate income tax and sales and use tax cases, and look back at significant rulings such as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Nextel.

  • Investing In Ground-Leased Or Net-Leased Real Estate

    Tzvi Rokeach

    When crafting a ground lease or any other form of triple net lease, special attention should be paid to the tensions that arise as a result of both tenant and landlord seeking to finance their respective positions, says Tzvi Rokeach of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • Personal Jurisdiction Defenses May Protect Parent Entities

    Daniel Weiss

    Weil v. Vereit demonstrates that real estate investment trusts and other parent entity real estate firms may be able to avoid lawsuits brought in Delaware or other states in which their subsidiaries are formed by asserting a personal jurisdiction defense, say attorneys with Jenner & Block LLP.

  • A Powerful Tool For Tracing Foreign Assets In US

    Rick Antonoff

    Foreign representatives have long used Chapter 15 discovery to investigate whether a foreign debtor has assets in the U.S. But two recent cases in New York involving Russian debtors demonstrate the value of Chapter 15 for uncovering assets that were fraudulently transferred, say Rick Antonoff and Evan Zucker of Blank Rome LLP. 

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration


    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.