Commercial

  • July 25, 2024

    Bally's OKs Standard General's Takeover Valuing It At $4.6B

    Bally's Corp. announced on Thursday its plans to merge with Standard General-owned The Queen Casino & Entertainment Inc., a regional casino operator, in a deal that values Bally's at $4.6 billion and was crafted by five law firms.

  • July 24, 2024

    Real Estate Startup's Assets Frozen After Alleged Coup

    Startup Redy.com's assets were essentially frozen Tuesday when an investor won an order in Delaware Chancery Court that also expedites a case alleging that a co-founder threatened then removed celebrity real estate broker Josh Altman from a board post last month in an attempt to cover up the misuse of company funds.

  • July 24, 2024

    Top Texas Real Estate News In 2024 So Far

    Catch up on the hottest real estate news out of Texas so far this year, from data center construction and roadblocks in a major rail project to a Texas landowner's win in a takings suit and the U.S. Department of Justice's first predatory mortgage suit. 

  • July 24, 2024

    Latham-Led Warehouse Giant Lineage Inks Year's Largest IPO

    Cold-storage warehouse giant Lineage Inc. on Wednesday priced an upsized $4.4 billion initial public offering within its range, represented by Latham & Watkins LLP and underwriters counsel Goodwin Procter LLP, marking the year's largest IPO to date.

  • July 24, 2024

    Sidley Austin Guides $565M Miami Office Tower Loan

    OKO Group and Cain International secured a $565 million loan with Sidley Austin LLP's guidance from TYKO Capital for 830 Brickell, an office tower underway at in Miami, Florida, according to a statement from both developers.

  • July 24, 2024

    Mich. Tribunal Upholds $4.4M Value For Car Wash

    A Michigan car wash was correctly valued at $4.4 million, the state Tax Tribunal said after rejecting the property owner's argument that the value should be reduced due to functional obsolescence.

  • July 24, 2024

    Hospital REIT Inks $160M Arizona Emergency Facilities Sale

    Medical Properties Trust announced Wednesday that the real estate investment trust plans to sell eight properties to Dignity Health for $160 million, the latest sale amid a flurry of selling activity by the company.

  • July 24, 2024

    Polsinelli Gains Real Estate Finance Pro In DC From Sidley

    Polsinelli PC announced Wednesday that it has continued to deepen its real estate finance bench with a counsel in Washington, D.C., who arrived from Sidley Austin LLP.

  • July 23, 2024

    Life Science REIT Says Its Future Relies On Mega-Campuses

    Life science-focused real estate investment trust Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. told investors during an earnings call Tuesday that it will be focusing on what it calls mega-campus developments in the coming years.

  • July 23, 2024

    Equity Commonwealth Faces Another Call To Liquidate

    A second investor has called for Equity Commonwealth to begin liquidation proceedings, arguing that the real estate investment trust's statement that it plans to announce a "transformation transaction" or liquidation by year's end is more evidence of poor leadership.

  • July 23, 2024

    6th Circ. Affirms Insurer's Early Win In Hail Damage Suit

    A welding company wasn't owed coverage for roof damage caused by wind and a hailstorm, the Sixth Circuit ruled, finding that a lower court didn't err in ruling that a cosmetic-damage exclusion in its policy precludes the damage at issue.

  • July 23, 2024

    Historically Strong SF Life Sciences Market Flounders In Q2

    The San Francisco Bay Area's life sciences sector saw rising occupancy rates and negative net absorption in the second quarter of 2024, with an additional 5 million square feet of life science developments barreling down the construction pipeline, per a CBRE report.

  • July 23, 2024

    Ariz. Justices OK Use Of Power Deal In Plant's Valuation

    An Arizona power plant's income from a power purchase agreement may be considered in the income analysis of the valuation of the property, the state Supreme Court said, sending the matter back to the state tax court.

  • July 23, 2024

    No Victims, No Fraud, Trump Says In $465M Judgment Appeal

    Donald Trump has appealed the $465 million judgment against him, arguing that the New York attorney general exceeded her authority in her civil fraud suit against the former president because the statute in question does not apply to victimless transactions.

  • July 23, 2024

    O'Melveny Advises Bitcoin Miner Cormint On $29M In Funding

    Texas bitcoin mining company Cormint Data Systems Inc. said Tuesday that it has raised $29 million in Series B funding, in a transaction advised by O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • July 23, 2024

    Chicago Arena Owners Propose $7B Mixed-Use Project

    The owners of Chicago's United Center, as well as city and community leaders, unveiled a $7 billion investment that aims to build a mixed-use project across more than 55 acres of land near the sports arena, according to a Tuesday announcement.

  • July 23, 2024

    PE Firm Plugs $500M Into Sustainable Real Estate Offshoot

    Private equity firm NGP said Tuesday that it has closed a $500 million fund to invest in clean energy projects days after digital infrastructure site developer Cloverleaf Infrastructure announced a $300 million investment from NGP and Sandbrook Capital.

  • July 22, 2024

    EPA Awards $4.3B In Grants For Climate Change Projects

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it's steering $4.3 billion in grant funding to 25 projects that promise to help curb greenhouse gas pollution, advance environmental justice and transition the country to clean power.

  • July 22, 2024

    Rail Biz Asks 4th Circ. To Revive Va. Broadband Law Fight

    The Association of American Railroads is asking the Fourth Circuit to step in and put a stop to a Virginia law that allows broadband providers easier access to railroad property, calling it a "supercharged eminent-domain scheme."

  • July 22, 2024

    99 Cents Only Pivots To New Buyers After $8M Bid Rescinded

    Discount retail chain 99 Cents Only asked a Delaware bankruptcy court to approve alternative sales for two California real estate parcels after the winning bidder who submitted a $8 million offer failed to close the deal over the last two months.

  • July 22, 2024

    NC State Resolves Cancer Patient's Fight To Test Building

    North Carolina State University and a professor with cancer have ended a dispute over testing a campus building that contains cancer-causing chemicals, with the school telling the state's highest court the parties are ready to move on from that part of the legal dispute.

  • July 22, 2024

    Ohio Tax Board Hikes CVS Property Value Back To $2.3M

    An Ohio CVS had its valuation wrongly decreased to $1.4 million by the local tax board based on increased depreciation values and inferior comparable properties, the state's tax appeals board said, increasing the value back to $2.3 million.

  • July 22, 2024

    Ill. Imposes 20-Year Time Limit On Property Tax Refund Claims

    A 20-year time limit was set on refund requests that result from final orders of the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board under a bill signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. 

  • July 22, 2024

    Walker & Dunlop Steers $285.5M Refi For Pa. Student Housing

    Walker & Dunlop arranged $285.5 million in refinancing for two Philadelphia student housing properties owned by developer The Goldenberg Group and located on the campus of Temple University, according to a Monday announcement.

  • July 22, 2024

    2 Firms Rep $1.25B PE Takeover Of Senior Living Co.

    Alternative investment firm Stonepeak bought up New Zealand retirement village company Arvida Group Ltd. for $1.25 billion, in an all-cash deal guided by New Zealand-based law firms Bell Gully and Chapman Tripp, according to a Monday announcement.

Expert Analysis

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: Appeals Court Revisits Leases' Tax Effects

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    With better facts and greater emphasis on the Kentucky Constitution, Walgreen Co. may succeed in its latest Kentucky Court of Appeals challenge to a tax assessor's method of valuing leaseholds on real property for purposes of determining ad valorem tax, say Mark Sommer and Elizabeth Ethington at Frost Brown Todd.

  • Utilizing Liability Exemption When Calif. Cities Lease Property

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    With rising costs pushing California municipalities to lease real estate assets instead of purchasing them, municipalities should review the ample case law that supports certain exceptions to California Constitution Section 18(a) requirements, providing that certain long-term lease obligations are not considered to be liabilities, says Steven Otto at Crosbie Gliner.

  • How NJ Worker Status Ruling Benefits Real Estate Industry

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    In Kennedy v. Weichert, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently said a real estate agent’s employment contract would supersede the usual ABC test analysis to determine his classification as an independent contractor, preserving operational flexibility for the industry — and potentially others, say Jason Finkelstein and Dalila Haden at Cole Schotz.

  • A Checklist For Lenders Preparing For CRE Loan Defaults

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    Considering the recent interest rate environment, lenders should brush up on the proper steps that they should take when preparing to respond to a borrower's default on a commercial real estate loan, and borrowers should understand what lenders will be reviewing, says attorney Norma Williams.

  • 7th Circ Joins Trend Of No CGL Coverage For Structural Flaws

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    The Seventh Circuit, which recently held potential structural instability did not count as property damage under a construction company's commercial general liability policy, joins a growing consensus that faulty work does not implicate coverage without tangible and present damage to the project, say Sarah Abrams at Baleen Specialty, and Elan Kandel and James Talbert at Bailey Cavalieri.

  • Criminal Enforcement Considerations For Gov't Contractors

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    Government contractors increasingly exposed to criminal liability risks should establish programs that enable detection and remediation of employee misconduct, consider voluntary disclosure, and be aware of the potentially disastrous consequences of failing to make a mandatory disclosure where the government concludes it was required, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Solving Puzzles Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Tackling daily puzzles — like Wordle, KenKen and Connections — has bolstered my intellectual property litigation practice by helping me to exercise different mental skills, acknowledge minor but important details, and build and reinforce good habits, says Roy Wepner at Kaplan Breyer.

  • Boxing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Boxing has influenced my legal work by enabling me to confidently hone the skills I've learned from the sport, like the ability to remain calm under pressure, evaluate an opponent's weaknesses and recognize when to seize an important opportunity, says Kirsten Soto at Clyde & Co.

  • The Often Overlooked NY Foreclosure Notice Requirements

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    As multifamily real estate defaults mount, New York foreclosing parties should be aware of pitfalls and perils that can await the litigant who is not prepared to ensure adherence with tenant notice requirements under the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law, say Christopher Gorman and John Muldoon at Rosenberg & Estis.

  • A Case Study For Calif. Cities In Water Utility Takeovers

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    With growing water scarcity and drier weather looming, some local governments in California have sought to acquire investor-owned water utilities by eminent domain — but the 2016 case of Claremont v. Golden State Water is a reminder that such municipalization attempts must meet certain statutory requirements, say attorneys at Nossaman.

  • Skiing And Surfing Make Me A Better Lawyer

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    The skills I’ve learned while riding waves in the ocean and slopes in the mountains have translated to my legal career — developing strong mentor relationships, remaining calm in difficult situations, and being prepared and able to move to a backup plan when needed, says Brian Claassen at Knobbe Martens.

  • Lower Courts May Finally Be Getting The Memo After Ciminelli

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    A year after the U.S. Supreme Court again limited prosecutors' overbroad theories of fraud in Ciminelli v. U.S., early returns suggest that the message has at least partially landed with the lower courts, spotlighting lessons for defense counsel moving forward, says Kenneth Notter at MoloLamken.

  • A Framework For Investigating Commercial Loan Fraud

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    As commercial loan transactions are increasingly subject to sophisticated fraud schemes, lenders must adopt dynamic strategies to detect, investigate and mitigate these schemes, say attorneys at Baker Donelson.