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Real Estate

  • January 1, 2019

    Real Estate Cases To Watch In 2019

    A class action challenging the way visas are counted under the EB-5 immigrant investment program and an Airbnb Inc. lawsuit in Boston are among the cases real estate lawyers will be watching in 2019.

  • January 1, 2019

    Calif. Real Estate Legislation, Regulation To Watch In 2019

    Efforts to solve the affordable housing crisis and the effects of recent environmental justice laws are among the areas of commercial real estate California attorneys will be watching in 2019.

  • January 1, 2019

    Real Estate Trends To Watch In 2019

    The new opportunity zone investment program that stems from late 2017's tax overhaul and changes in the model for logistics properties are among the areas of commercial real estate lawyers will have their eyes on in 2019.

  • December 21, 2018

    Venable Adds Veteran Trial Atty As Partner In LA Office

    Venable LLP recently announced it has hired an attorney who's made a career of resolving high-profile cases, complex business litigation and white collar criminal defense, both in and out of the courtroom.

  • December 20, 2018

    4th Circ. Stays DC, Md. Emoluments Suit Against Trump

    The Fourth Circuit stayed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing President Donald Trump of violating the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause when foreign and domestic government officials stay at the Trump International Hotel, with plans to review a lower court's ruling on the matter in March.

  • December 20, 2018

    Calif. Atty Owes Former Client $800K For Mishandled Case

    A California appeals court ruled that a woman deserves more than $800,000 from a personal injury lawyer who told her and her mother that he could handle matters he was not equipped to handle, resulting in the loss of a family business.

  • December 20, 2018

    Invalid PAGA Waiver Dooms PennyMac's OT Arbitration Bid

    Mortgage lender PennyMac can't make an ex-worker arbitrate a proposed overtime class action, a California appeals court said Wednesday, because the parties' arbitration pact included an illegal waiver of the worker's rights under California's Private Attorneys General Act that rendered the entire agreement unenforceable.

  • December 20, 2018

    3rd Circ. Revives Firm's Fee Claim Against Ex-Atty

    The Third Circuit on Thursday ruled that a district judge wrongly assumed jurisdiction over a lawsuit brought by Specter Specter Evans & Manogue seeking fees the firm claimed an ex-attorney owed it for his work on a multidistrict litigation program that ended with a $24 million settlement.

  • December 20, 2018

    Ex-Judge Convicted Of Mortgage Fraud Gets 1 Year In Prison

    A former Illinois state court judge who was convicted in February of running a mortgage fraud scheme involving two Chicago investment properties was sentenced Thursday to one year and one day in prison.

  • December 20, 2018

    NJ Town Can Take Properties To Rebuild Beach, Court Says

    The New Jersey state appeals court on Thursday bolstered the ability of shore municipalities to recover from Superstorm Sandy in affirming a town’s condemnation of four properties for a beach replenishment project, ruling the municipality’s seizure of the land is justified because the project benefits the public.

  • December 20, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Pinnacle, Mactaggart, Sabal

    Pinnacle Housing Group has reportedly landed $22 million for a senior housing project in Florida, a Mactaggart Family & Partners venture is said to have dropped $22.7 million on three New York apartment buildings, and Sabal Capital II has reportedly provided financing for a Florida apartment complex that recently traded hands for nearly $12.1 million.

  • December 20, 2018

    REIT WP Carey Makes $119M In Purchases, Investments

    W. P. Carey Inc. has purchased a Chicago-area industrial portfolio and Texas distribution center and has made two additional investments in four deals worth a combined roughly $119 million, the New York-based real estate investment trust said Thursday.

  • December 19, 2018

    Pircher Nichols Snags 2nd Sidley Real Estate Atty In A Month

    Los Angeles boutique real estate firm Pircher Nichols & Meeks LLP has snagged a real estate partner from Sidley Austin LLP — the second of such lateral hires in the last month — in a move that further grows the firm's institutional lending practice, Pircher Nichols exclusively told Law360 Wednesday.

  • December 19, 2018

    Workers Get $500K In Mortgage Firms' IP, Hiring Row

    A Texas federal judge has awarded former Primary Residential Mortgage Inc. workers $500,000 after a two-week trial in which rival Supreme Lending unsuccessfully argued PRMI wrongly raided its workers and took trade secrets, but didn't enter judgment on the jury's award of $4.5 million in punitive damages.    

  • December 19, 2018

    2 More Ex-Wilmington Trust Execs Get Years Behind Bars

    Two former Wilmington Trust executives said to have played critical on-the-ground roles in hiding a massive pile of bad loans from regulators and investors — eventually breaking the regional bank — were sentenced in Delaware federal court Wednesday to prison terms of 4½ and three years.

  • December 19, 2018

    FTA Awards $16.6M For Transit-Linked Development Planning

    The Federal Transit Administration has awarded a total of $16.6 million to 20 organizations to support the development of areas near public transit projects in more than a dozen states, the agency said Tuesday.

  • December 19, 2018

    Wind Farm Cos. Tell Justices Feds Wrong On Tribal Appeal

    A trio of Oklahoma energy developers pressed the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to take up their bid to overturn the Tenth Circuit's ruling that they needed Osage Nation and federal approval for a lease connected with a wind farm project, saying the solicitor general has wrongly argued that the tribe had the right to take part in the circuit court appeal.

  • December 19, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Harbor, Facebook, Freshwater

    Harbor Group International has reportedly dropped $40.8 million on a Florida office property, Facebook is said to be in talks with REIT SL Green to lease a Manhattan tower, and Freshwater Group has reportedly bought a pair of Miami apartment buildings for $12.1 million.

  • December 19, 2018

    NJ Atty's Improper Argument Leads To New Slip-And-Fall Trial

    A New Jersey appeals court on Wednesday tossed a property owner’s trial win in a slip-and-fall case, ordering a new trial because the property owner’s attorney improperly gave jurors information during closing arguments that had not been admitted into evidence.

  • December 19, 2018

    Litchfield Cavo Atty Accused Of Pursuing Bogus Pa. RE Suit

    A Litchfield Cavo LLP partner is facing claims in Pennsylvania state court that he helped a client pursue a “bogus” lawsuit to trick a judge into giving his blessing to a phony lease agreement that gave the client rent-free occupancy of a North Philadelphia property for a day care business.

Expert Analysis

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In The 116th Congress

    Evan Migdail

    Now that the results of the 2018 election are (mostly) in, Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP consider what a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Trump administration may be able to accomplish in the way of tax policy during the lame-duck session and the upcoming 116th Congress.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Mass. Court Ruling Reinforces 2 Keys To Pollution Coverage

    Alexander Bandza

    The Massachusetts federal district court's decision in Plainstow Project v. Ace Property & Casualty Insurance illustrates a recent pro-policyholder outcome as to the interplay of a policy's pollution exclusion and the viability of its “sudden and accidental” exception, say Alexander Bandza and Brian Scarbrough of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game, and journalism trends.

  • Tax Delayed Is Tax Avoided: More Opportunity Zone Benefits

    Lewis Horowitz

    Although the opportunity zone program is designed to stimulate investment in low-income areas, in many cases, taxpayers can benefit from investments in neighborhoods — such as those in Washington and Oregon — that are growing despite this incentive, say Eric Kodesch and Lewis Horowitz of Lane Powell PC.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • REITs With International Operations Get Welcome IRS Ruling

    David Miller

    A revenue procedure released by the IRS in September provides important, albeit limited, relief to real estate investment trusts with international operations on certain unanswered questions, say David Miller and Christian Brause of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.