Real Estate

  • March 01, 2024

    Wash. Judge Doubts Public Was Shut Out Of Shelter Plan

    A Washington state appellate judge on Friday asked opponents of a plan to turn a hotel near Seattle into a shelter for homeless people why a pair of community meetings weren't enough to meet King County's obligation to listen to public feedback. 

  • March 01, 2024

    Wealthy Calif. City Fighting Uphill In 'Builder's Remedy' Suit

    Attorneys for a pro-housing group and a real estate developer praised a Los Angeles judge's tentative ruling Friday that a wealthy suburb violated a state housing law by rejecting a development that would include low-income units, but urged him to find the decision was made in bad faith.

  • March 01, 2024

    FTC, DOJ Slam Use Of Software To Fix Rent Payments

    The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday told a Washington federal judge that landlords can't collude on housing prices even if they're using new technology to do it, adding their input to a case accusing property owners of fixing rental costs with Yardi Systems Inc. software.

  • March 01, 2024

    Pa. Supreme Court Snapshot: Judge's Side Gig Vexes Tax Row

    In its first argument session of 2024, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will once again have seven justices on the bench to hear cases concerning issues like a judge taking a second job, following last year's elevation of Superior Court Judge Daniel D. McCaffery to fill the vacancy left by the death of former Chief Justice Max Baer in 2022.

  • March 01, 2024

    Judge Pauses Sale Of Miami Official's Home In $63.5M Case

    A Florida magistrate judge on Friday paused the sale of a Miami city commissioner's house and ordered briefing on whether his homestead exemption claim — which would shield the property from being used to satisfy a $63.5 million judgment — is legitimate.

  • March 01, 2024

    Mich. Wineries Crush Town's Live Music, Catering Bans

    A Michigan federal judge has again ruled that a township's bans on wineries hosting amplified live music and catering are preempted by state regulations, narrowing a long-running zoning dispute ahead of an April trial.

  • March 01, 2024

    Off The Bench: NCAA Loses On NIL, DC Wins With Stadium

    In this week's Off The Bench, a judge unlocked the door to name, image and likeness money for college athletes, Shaquille O'Neal's Hollywood debut still rings true three decades later, and D.C. clears an early legislative hurdle in its bid to bring back its namesake NFL team. If you were on the sidelines over the past week, Law360 is here to clue you in on the biggest sports and betting stories that had our readers talking.

  • March 01, 2024

    Colo. Real Estate Brokerage Settles Data Breach Class Claims

    A proposed class settled a data breach lawsuit against a Denver-based real estate brokerage and property management company in Colorado federal court.

  • March 01, 2024

    Enviro Group Loses Challenge To NJ Wind Farm Plan

    A New Jersey federal judge has tossed a challenge by a Garden State advocacy group and its founder to two offshore wind projects, including Orsted A/S' now-scrapped plan, ruling that the group failed to show how it is actually injured.

  • March 01, 2024

    Conn. AG Tells Lawmakers To Ban MV Realty's 'Scam Deals'

    Connecticut's attorney general urged state lawmakers to protect vulnerable homeowners by passing legislation banning a business model used by MV Realty to rack up thousands in junk fees on people who sign their 40-year exclusive listing agreements.

  • March 01, 2024

    3 Firms Seek $80M In Fees From Real Estate Brokerage Deal

    Class counsel for homeowners who say they paid artificially inflated broker commissions when they sold their homes are asking for about $80 million in attorney fees and $12 million in expenses after they settled with major real estate brokerages.

  • March 01, 2024

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Thanks to its role advising on multiple deals north of the $10 billion mark, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has earned a spot as one of Law360's 2023 Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • March 01, 2024

    NYC Real Estate Cos. Must Face Voucher Bias Suit

    A New York state judge refused to let a brokerage and a property manager escape a nonprofit's May 2022 suit accusing more than two dozen real estate companies of discriminating against people who use federal Housing Choice vouchers.

  • March 01, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen a legal battle between confectionary heavyweight Mars Wrigley UK and a frozen food manufacturer, a trademark infringement claim by Abbott Diabetes Care over glucose monitoring meters, Mercedes-Benz Group hit with two commercial fraud disputes, and the Mediterranean Shipping Company tackle a cargo claim by an insurance company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 29, 2024

    9th Circ. Sends COVID-19 Coverage Row Back To Tribal Court

    A Ninth Circuit panel unanimously affirmed the Suquamish Tribal Court's jurisdiction over a COVID-19 coverage dispute, finding in a published opinion Thursday that although the tribe's insurers weren't present on its land, a consensual business relationship means tribal law applies.

  • February 29, 2024

    Real Estate Tech Co. Opendoor Beats Investor Suit, For Now

    Real estate marketplace giant Opendoor Technologies Inc. has beaten, for now, a suit accusing it of misleading investors about its artificial-intelligence-powered algorithm and ability to remain profitable, with an Arizona federal judge ruling that many of the challenged statements in the suit are not actually false or misleading.

  • February 29, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revive Flood Suit Over Cherokee Casino

    A Federal Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Thursday denied an Oklahoma landowner's bid to overturn a lower court's ruling that the federal government isn't liable for flooding damage to her property due to activity at a nearby Cherokee Nation casino, saying that the claim requires proof that the matter is a "direct, natural or probable result" of its actions.

  • February 29, 2024

    Veil Shouldn't Be Pierced To Decode Contracts, Panel Says

    The doctrine of piercing the corporate veil shouldn't be used to interpret disputed contract terms, a split Colorado appellate panel ruled Thursday, reversing a trial court's award of more than $600,000 in a real estate fight between two longtime friends.

  • February 29, 2024

    Mass. High Court Revises 'Complex' Anti-SLAPP Guidance

    The Massachusetts anti-SLAPP statute can't shield a company from being sued over years of litigation allegedly aimed solely at thwarting a potential competitor, the state's highest court said Thursday as it issued new guidance intended to make it easier for judges to resolve such disputes.

  • February 29, 2024

    Sofia Vergara, Contractor Near Arbitrating Most Of $1.7M Suit

    Attorneys for Sofia Vergara and a construction company told a Los Angeles judge on Thursday that they have agreed to arbitrate all but one of the company's claims that the actress and her partner owe $1.7 million for property renovations at a $26 million California mansion.

  • February 29, 2024

    STB, CSX Tell Justices To Reject Norfolk Southern Appeal

    Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has taken its contentious battle to have itself declared immune to a rival's antitrust suit to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the competitor that's suing it and the regulator who declared it not exempt are both asking the justices to leave well enough alone.

  • February 29, 2024

    Pot Co. Says Neighbor Let Transient Grow Pot And Cause Fire

    A Los Angeles County cannabis entrepreneur is suing owners of a neighboring property whose building caught fire, allegedly due to an illicit grow operation run by "the local transient," sending smoke and soot into the legal cultivation facility, causing the total loss of his inventory and some $10 million worth of damages.

  • February 29, 2024

    Biz Owner's $2.4M FBAR Dispute Paused For Mediation

    The U.S. government and a retired plumbing business owner mutually agreed to a 90-day stay of their $2.4 million tax dispute over foreign bank account reporting while they try to mediate a solution, a Georgia federal judge said Thursday.

  • February 29, 2024

    Yellow Corp. Gets Ch. 11 Control Extended To End Of July

    Bankrupt Yellow Freight Corp. has secured an extra 90 days to hold onto the wheel of its Chapter 11 case in Delaware, after citing both the complexity of its case and the "tremendous" progress in selling off its assets.

  • February 29, 2024

    GE Denies Ties To La. Environmental Contamination Suit

    General Electric has told a Louisiana federal judge it should be freed from a lawsuit seeking to hold it liable for widespread environmental contamination caused by a since-closed pressure valve manufacturing facility in Rapides Parish, saying the property owners behind the suit are relying on a misguided theory of liability.

Expert Analysis

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • Opinion

    Contractors Need Protection From NJ Homeowner Protections

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    A recently passed New Jersey law, combined with the state's Consumer Fraud Act, is intended to protect innocent homeowners, but legislative action must be taken to prevent homeowners from abusing the law to avoid paying hardworking contractors, say Gary Strong and Madison Calkins at Gfeller Laurie.

  • Opinion

    NY Shouldn't Pair 421-a Restoration And Good Cause Eviction

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    The good cause eviction system of rent control should not be imposed in New York, nor should its legislation be tied to renewal of the 421-a tax abatement program, which New York City desperately needs, says Alexander Lycoyannis at Holland & Knight.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Gulf Cooperation Council

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    The Gulf Cooperation Council is in the early stages of ESG policy implementation, but recent commitments by both states and corporations — including increases in sustainable finance transactions, environmental commitments, female representation on boards and human rights enforcement — show continuing progress toward broader ESG goals, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Setting The Stage For High Court BofA Escrow Interest Case

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    Dori Bailey and Curtis Johnson at Bond Schoeneck examine relevant legislation and case law dating back 200 years ahead of oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Cantero v. Bank of America, the outcome of which will determine whether state laws governing mortgage escrow accounts can be enforced against national banks.

  • DC's Housing Tax Break Proposal: What's In It, What's Missing

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    Proposed Washington, D.C., rules implementing the Housing in Downtown Tax Abatement program — for commercial property owners who convert properties into residential housing — thoroughly explain the process for submitting an application, but do not provide sufficient detail regarding the actual dollar value of the abatements, says Daniel Miktus at Akerman.

  • Contract Disputes Recap: The Terms Matter

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    Stephanie Magnell and Zachary Jacobson at Seyfarth examine recent decisions from the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which offer reminders about the importance of including contract terms to address the unexpected circumstances that may interfere with performance.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Class Actions At The Circuit Courts: February Lessons

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    In this month's review of class action appeals, Mitchell Engel at Shook Hardy discusses five notable circuit court decisions on topics from property taxes to veteran's rights — and provides key takeaways for counsel on issues including class representative intervention, wage-and-hour dispute evidence and ascertainability requirements.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Assessing The Future Of Colorado's Economic Loss Rule

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    The Colorado Supreme Court's decision to review a state appellate court's ruling in Mid-Century Insurance Co. v. HIVE Construction will significantly influence the future of Colorado's economic loss rule, with high stakes for the cost of doing business in the state, says David Holman at Crisham & Holman.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • How Recent Laws Affect Foreign Purchase Of US Real Estate

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    Early diligence is imperative for U.S. real estate transactions involving foreign actors, including analysis of federal and state foreign investment laws implicated by the transaction, depending on the property's nature and location, the parties' citizenship, and the transaction's structure, say Massimo D’Angelo and Anthony Rapa at Blank Rome.

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