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Real Estate

  • November 6, 2018

    Voting Machine Critics Tout Low-Tech Fix For Hacking Fears

    Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election pushed U.S. voting security into the spotlight, leaving officials scrambling to shore up the infrastructure before midterms. But efforts remained uneven two years later, with a number of states on Tuesday shirking the surprisingly low-tech fix touted by election-integrity experts: paper ballots.

  • November 6, 2018

    Liberty Mutual Counterclaim Tossed In Texas Hotel Row

    A Texas federal judge on Monday dismissed a Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. counterclaim from Hunt Construction Group’s suit over allegedly shoddy construction work on an Austin, Texas, hotel project and a related denied request for reimbursement under a performance bond.

  • November 6, 2018

    Pipeline Co. Seeks Cap On Tribal Landowners’ Damages

    A pipeline company asked an Oklahoma federal court to toss claims by tribal landowners that they are entitled to extra damages for an allegedly trespassing natural gas pipeline buried on their land.

  • November 6, 2018

    Spector Gadon Chair Says Construction Exec Defamed Him

    The chairman of Spector Gadon & Rosen PC is claiming defamation after he says he was tagged as a “washed up old man lawyer who thrives on lies” in an email a Philadelphia construction company executive sent Bancorp Inc. officials as part of a collection dispute.

  • November 6, 2018

    Italian School, Hotel Can Sue Over State Aid, EU Court Says

    A private school and a hotel in Italy that were found to have lost out on unfair state aid can sue to overturn a European Commission ruling barring refunds, European judges ruled Tuesday.

  • November 6, 2018

    1st Circ. Bristles At Cushman Bid To Ax $1.3M Firing Verdict

    An argument that New York law protects Cushman & Wakefield Inc. from a $1.28 million jury verdict for firing an employee after he moved away was met with skepticism from a First Circuit panel Tuesday, as it suggested the worker was tricked into relocating out of state so he could be fired.

  • November 6, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Amazon, Related, Cooley

    Amazon is reportedly close to deals to build its next headquarters in both Queens and Arlington, Virginia; Related Group is said to have landed $52.2 million in financing for a Florida multifamily project; and Cooley is reportedly in talks to take as much as 165,000 square feet in San Francisco.

  • November 6, 2018

    Insurer Tells 5th Circ. That Jury Should Decide Hotel Sale Row

    An insurance company's fraud lawsuit against its former business partner stemming from the sale of a hotel was wrongly tossed by a judge who resolved fact issues that should have been left to a jury, a panel of Fifth Circuit judges heard in oral arguments Tuesday in Houston.

  • November 6, 2018

    Deutsche Bank Says Bid To Amend RMBS Suit Too Late

    Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. told a New York federal judge on Monday that the National Credit Union Administration Board should not be allowed to amend its suit over a number of residential mortgage-backed securities trusts, saying it is too late to fix standing issues.

  • November 5, 2018

    NYC Real Estate Week In Review

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, DLA Piper and King & Spalding LLP were among more than half a dozen law firms that assisted with the largest New York City deals for which deeds were filed last week, including one worth nearly $200 million.

  • November 5, 2018

    BakerHostetler Snags 2 Katten Muchin Commercial Litigators

    BakerHostetler has boosted its New York office with the addition of two Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP trial attorneys who have worked together for more than two decades in areas including real estate, hospitality, media and financial services.

  • November 5, 2018

    Dems Say White House Knew FBI HQ Plan Was Underquoted

    House Democrats continued to put pressure on the administration over the White House's role in a decision to abandon a plan to relocate FBI headquarters, saying officials were well-aware rebuilding would cost more than relocation despite claiming otherwise.

  • November 5, 2018

    NJ Atty Suspended After Conviction For Obstructing Justice

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has handed down a three-year retroactive suspension to the ex-general counsel of a bogus timeshare consulting business, based on his criminal conviction in federal court for attempting to influence witnesses and lying to prosecutors ahead of a trial against company executives.

  • November 5, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Amazon, Rescore, Signature Bank

    Amazon now reportedly plans to split its new headquarters between two cities, a Rescore Property venture is said to have landed a $153.8 million loan for a Los Angeles residential and retail project that will have a grocery store, and Signature Bank has reportedly loaned $78 million for a New York multifamily portfolio.

  • November 5, 2018

    Justices Puzzle Over Gov't Reach In Alaska Hovercraft Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday to decide whether the National Park Service has the power to enforce its hovercraft ban on an Alaska river, with several justices admitting they were having a hard time coming to grips with the right way to interpret key language in the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

  • November 5, 2018

    Lender Says Mexican Property Developer Owes $95M

    Property developer ISLA Development LLC allegedly owes its lenders $95.8 million plus interest for unpaid mortgages that were taken out to buy parcels in Mexico, according to a complaint filed in Illinois federal court.

  • November 5, 2018

    CSX Sues Philadelphia Over Water Main Breaks, Flooded Track

    CSX Transportation Inc. has sued the city of Philadelphia and a landowner adjacent to some of its railroad tracks in federal court in Pennsylvania, blaming multiple water main breaks and a defective runoff retention pond for twice washing out its tracks.

  • November 5, 2018

    Chicago Rabbi Steered $35M RE Ponzi Scheme, Suit Says

    A suburban Chicago rabbi abused his standing in the local Jewish community by luring and defrauding investors of more than $35 million through shady real estate deals, according to a new Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit.

  • November 5, 2018

    Liberty Mutual Wants $31M Bond Discharged In Hotel Suit

    Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. on Friday told a Texas federal judge that Hunt Construction Group has breached a number of requirements under a nearly $31 million performance bond the insurer issued as part of an Austin, Texas, hotel project, urging the court to discharge the bond and free the insurer from Hunt's suit.

  • November 5, 2018

    High Court Won't Consider Real Estate Search Patents

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling from the Federal Circuit that invalidated real estate search patents under the Alice test, choosing not to weigh in on whether the appellate court's ruling could be squared with a high-profile decision issued days later.

Expert Analysis

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • High Court Unlikely To Solve ESA Issues In Frog Habitat Case

    Angela Levin

    After U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments last week in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — questioning whether the FWS can designate land currently unoccupied by the dusky gopher frog as critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act — it seems the decision is primed for a 4-4 split, say Angela Levin and Andrea Wortzel of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Opinion

    Trump Family Tax History: A Professional Evaluation

    Steve Moskowitz

    From his perspective as a tax defense attorney for the past 30 years, Steve Moskowitz of Moskowitz LLP weighs in on the allegations of past tax impropriety by the Trump family.

  • Identifying Investment Contracts, From Chinchillas To Crypto

    Rikard Lundberg

    Because of the broad reach of the Howey test, investment contracts can arise in essentially any circumstance. Three recent enforcement actions illustrate the pitfalls of failing to identify an investment venture as involving the sale of securities, say attorneys with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • 11 New Insurance Laws After California Wildfires

    Samuel Sorich

    The 2017-2018 California wildfires and mudslides spurred the introduction and passage of multiple broad-based proposals that will require California homeowners insurers to change their contacts, their disclosures, and their claims and underwriting practices, say Samuel Sorich and Larry Golub of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

  • How New Prop 65 Amendments Impact Calif. Businesses

    Lotus Fung

    Amendments to California's Proposition 65 which came into effect in August change the law's safe harbor warning requirements and create tailored warnings for specific chemical exposures and products. Businesses must keep in mind that even an exposure below legally defined threshold levels can open them to liability, say Lotus Fung and Manuel Fishman of Buchalter PC.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • Pros And Cons Of Office Sharing Agreements

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Daniel Suckerman

    As coworking spaces grow in popularity, real estate attorneys are frequently called upon to help clients understand the advantages and disadvantages of shared space agreements, as well as potential pitfalls to avoid, say Daniel Suckerman and Stacey Tyler of Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.