Commercial

  • April 19, 2024

    Polsinelli Adds Shareholder To Tax Credit Practice In Dallas

    An attorney who spent more than a decade developing a niche practice specializing in tax credit financing has moved her practice to Polsinelli PC's Dallas office after five years at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.

  • April 19, 2024

    The Week In Trump: NY Trial And A High Court Date Loom

    Despite a few snags, jury selection for Donald Trump's hush money trial in Manhattan unfolded relatively quickly, clearing the way for opening statements Monday in the historic case as the former president prepped for a U.S. Supreme Court debate over his supposed immunity.

  • April 19, 2024

    Fried Frank Advises $632M Hotel Portfolio Refinancing

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP advised hotel operator MCR and developer Building and Land Technology on a $632 million refinancing of a portfolio of 53 hotels in more than a dozen states.

  • April 19, 2024

    EPA Says 2 'Forever Chemicals' Are Hazardous Substances

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday officially declared two "forever chemicals" to be hazardous materials under federal law, which could bring a host of consequences for Superfund site cleanups and development projects.

  • April 18, 2024

    What 4 Real Estate Leaders Said At NYU's REIT Symposium

    The public real estate investment trust sector will bounce back from its current troubles "at some point," said Jon Gray, Blackstone's president. He was not the only company executive who sounded hopeful about the industry's future at New York University's 28th annual REIT symposium.

  • April 18, 2024

    Investors In Failed Manila Casino Deal Sue For SPAC Shares

    Shareholders in a blank-check company that failed to take a Philippines casino public have intervened in two Delaware Chancery Court lawsuits to recoup their failed investments, with one seeking to litigate damages from the busted $2.6 billion deal and the other pushing for the company's liquidation.

  • April 18, 2024

    Investor Says Healthcare REIT Ties Undercut Lease Terms

    An activist investor on Thursday urged shareholders to vote against two of National Health Investors Inc.'s incumbent board members at an annual meeting in May, alleging that conflicts of interest between directors on the board and the company's largest tenant are harming the real estate investment trust.

  • April 18, 2024

    Rexford Didn't Fear Competitors Would Get Blackstone Assets

    Rexford Industrial Realty wasn't terribly concerned that a 3 million-square-foot Blackstone industrial portfolio might go to one of its competitor REITs had the company not scooped up the properties earlier this year for roughly $1 billion, Rexford said on its first-quarter earnings call Thursday.

  • April 18, 2024

    Blackstone, Expecting CRE Rebound, Leans Into Deal-Making

    Executives at Blackstone, the world's largest landlord and alternative asset manager, said they see signs that commercial real estate is beginning to bounce back, despite macroeconomic challenges and a shift in how people use offices.

  • April 18, 2024

    Smith Gambrell Hires Ex-Jacksonville, Fla., Deputy GC

    Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP has added a longtime deputy general counsel for the city of Jacksonville, Florida, as counsel within its real estate group and as the head of the Jacksonville office's government affairs practice.

  • April 17, 2024

    Damages Still Possible In Lease Tax Reimbursement Row

    A Court of Federal Claims judge has ruled that the General Services Administration could unilaterally adjust the real estate tax reimbursement methodology under a lease for the Defense Health Agency's headquarters building, but the building owner may still be owed damages.

  • April 17, 2024

    Ga. Jury Finds Supplier At Fault For Botched Herbicide Job

    An Atlanta federal jury on Wednesday found a company hired to thin out woods on a rural Georgia property and a subcontractor brought in to spray the property with herbicide were responsible for wrecking a developer's plans for turning the location into a quail hunting retreat. 

  • April 17, 2024

    Wilmington Trust Wants $33M For Defaulted Mortgage

    Wilmington Trust accused a company in Delaware federal court of owing more than $33 million for a defaulted mortgage loan for a Wilmington, Delaware, property.

  • April 17, 2024

    Racetrack's Unlisted Use Unremarkable, Mich. Justice Says

    A Michigan Supreme Court justice said Wednesday it was not "particularly remarkable" that a zoning ordinance did not list all approved commercial uses, as residents push the court to restrict a race dragway's operations, noting that the law uses examples because it would be impossible to list everything allowed.

  • April 17, 2024

    Prologis Pins Lower Occupancy Rates On Southern California

    Prologis Inc. executives told investors Thursday that the logistics real estate investment trust saw occupancy rates and pricing at slightly lower than expected levels during the first quarter of 2024, driven down largely by lackluster performance in Southern California.

  • April 17, 2024

    SL Green And Vornado Extend, Modify NYC Office Loans

    SL Green Realty Corp. and Vornado Realty Trust modified, extended and partially repaid a $125 million mezzanine loan for a downtown Manhattan office building and also modified and extended a $1.075 billion securitized mortgage, the real estate investment trusts announced.

  • April 17, 2024

    Okla. Lawmakers OK Use Of Images For Property Inspections

    Oklahoma would allow county assessors to inspect property remotely using aerial images taken from airplanes after an initial in-person inspection under a bill passed by the state House of Representatives and headed to the governor.

  • April 17, 2024

    No Redo For Insurer In Hail Damage Dispute, Judge Says

    A Texas federal court refused to rethink its ruling denying an insurer's early win in a hail damage coverage dispute with a textile company, saying the insurer provided no new information that could change the court's finding or establish the court's manifest error.

  • April 17, 2024

    99 Cents Seeks Quick Ch. 11 Auction For IP, Real Estate

    Bankrupt discount retail chain 99 Cents Only hopes to sell its real estate, store leases and intellectual property by May 21 as part of its speedy Chapter 11 winding down, according to an auction procedures motion filed with the Delaware bankruptcy court.

  • April 17, 2024

    Porter Hedges Adds Real Estate Pro From Munsch Hardt

    Porter Hedges LLP is expanding its Texas team, bringing in a Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC real estate pro as a partner in its Houston office.

  • April 17, 2024

    Insurer Owes No More Water Damage Coverage, Court Says

    A Nationwide unit was required to pay only $5,000 to a Tennessee building's owner after water from a sewer or drain pipe backed up and overflowed within, a Tennessee federal court ruled, finding a water damage exclusion in the company's policy made a $5,000 sublimit applicable.

  • April 17, 2024

    Small-ish Banks Have A Big Commercial Real Estate Problem

    As the market braces for commercial real estate distress, regulators are turning their attention to smaller banks and their outsize portion of loans backed by commercial real estate. Both the SEC and the FDIC have sharpened their focus on the risks.

  • April 17, 2024

    West LA Office Vacancy Rate Continues To Climb, Nears 25%

    The office vacancy rate in West Los Angeles continued to rise in the first quarter of 2024 and is now approaching 25% as major questions remain about the future of brick-and-mortar office space needs, according to a recent report from Colliers.

  • April 17, 2024

    DC Office Market Leasing Sees Uptick, Colliers Says

    Leasing activity in the District of Columbia's office sector increased in 2024's first quarter, despite negative net absorption of more than 450,000 square feet, according to a Colliers report.

  • April 17, 2024

    Proptech Profile: Jurny Builds AI Base For Short-Term Rentals

    Technology is an essential part of successfully running and scaling up a short-term rental portfolio, given the decentralized nature of the business with properties spread across different locations. But to date, operators have faced a fragmented landscape of tech solutions, which can greatly frustrate their efforts.

Expert Analysis

  • Mallory Gives Plaintiffs A Better Shot At Justice

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    Critics of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern claim it opens the door to litigation tourism, but the ruling simply gives plaintiffs more options — enabling them to seek justice against major corporations in the best possible court, say Rayna Kessler and Ethan Seidenberg at Robins Kaplan.

  • Effectual Relief Questions Linger After Section 363 Ruling

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    In the months since the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in MOAC Mall Holdings, courts and practitioners must grapple with the issue of what effectual relief courts may grant upon an appeal of an unstayed sale order, says Monique Jewett-Brewster at Hopkins Carley.

  • Courts Can Overturn Deficient State Regulations, Too

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    While suits challenging federal regulations have become commonplace, such cases against state agencies are virtually nonexistent, but many states have provisions that allow litigants to bring suit for regulations with inadequate cost-benefit analyses, says Reeve Bull at the Virginia Office of Regulatory Management.

  • Tales From The Trenches Of Remote Depositions

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    As practitioners continue to conduct depositions remotely in the post-pandemic world, these virtual environments are rife with opportunities for improper behavior such as witness coaching, scripted testimony and a general lack of civility — but there are methods to prevent and combat these behaviors, say Jennifer Gibbs and Bennett Moss at Zelle.

  • 3 Alternatives To CRE Collateralized Loan Obligations

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    With current commercial real estate market conditions pushing issuers away from collateralized loan obligations, several Freddie Mac offerings should be considered as alternative exit strategies for mortgage loans secured by multifamily properties, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • Ga. Banking Brief: All The Notable Compliance Updates In Q2

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    Legislation signed into law in the second quarter of the year in Georgia tackled a broad range of issues that will affect financial institutions, from money laundering and consumer protection to commercial financing disclosures and a lengthy cleanup of the banking and finance code, says Elizabeth Garner at Parker Hudson.

  • Sackett Ruling, 'Waters' Rule Fix Won't Dry Up Wetlands Suits

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    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency narrowing the scope of Clean Water Act protections, the Biden administration is amending its rule defining "waters of the United States" — but the revised rule will inevitably face further court challenges, continuing the WOTUS legal saga indefinitely, say attorneys at Milbank.

  • Fla. Banking Brief: All The Notable Compliance Updates In Q2

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    Florida financial institutions must now navigate minimum interest rates for attorney trust accounts, restrictions on property sales to prohibited foreigners, and a ban on weighing environmental, social and governance factors to determine a customer's creditworthiness — changes that will add to banks' compliance pressures, says Patricia Hernandez at Avila Rodriguez.

  • Level Up Lawyers' Business Development With Gamification

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    With employee engagement at a 10-year low in the U.S., there are several gamification techniques marketing and business development teams at law firms can use to make generating new clients and matters more appealing to lawyers, says Heather McCullough at Society 54.

  • NY, NJ Regs Give Clarity To Cannabis Investors, Ancillaries

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    Proposed laws and regulations in New York and New Jersey would clarify some previously murky legal waters, thus expanding the ability of investors, lenders and ancillary service providers to work with marijuana business in these states, say David Waxman and Heidi Urness at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • 5 Ways Firms Can Rethink Office Design In A Hybrid World

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    As workplaces across the country adapt to flexible work, law firms must prioritize individuality, amenities and technology in office design, says Kristin Cerutti at Nelson Worldwide.

  • What To Expect From High Court's Whistleblower Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in Murray v. UBS Securities will likely have widespread implications for the future of anti-retaliation whistleblower litigation, and could make it more difficult for would-be whistleblower-employees to succeed on anti-retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, say Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager and Diane McGimsey at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • RICO Ruling Makes US More Attractive Foreign Creditor Forum

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Yegiazaryan v. Smagin, allowing a foreign plaintiff to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to enforce a foreign arbitral award, will make judgment creditors more likely to seek out U.S. courts to remedy efforts to frustrate the enforcement of international arbitration awards, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.