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  • March 27, 2024

    Zaxby's Co-Founder's $43M Easement Fight Headed For Trial

    A trial will be needed to determine whether a co-founder of the Zaxby's restaurant chain and his wife are entitled to a $43.3 million tax refund for donations of conservation easements, a Georgia federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the value of the easements remains in dispute.

  • March 27, 2024

    4th Circ. Overturns Fraud Ruling In Suit Over $4.5M Home Buy

    The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday revived fraud claims brought by the buyers of a $4.5 million Virginia home who accuse the seller of lying about licenses and permits for improvements to lure them into the purchase, with the panel concluding a federal district court flubbed decisions on the claims.

  • March 27, 2024

    Minn. Justices Uphold Tax Break For Housing Charity

    A Minnesota charity is entitled to a property tax exemption for its low-income housing development, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, finding that the property is operated by the organization in line with its charitable purpose.

  • March 27, 2024

    Kan. House Passes Tax Rate Cuts, Early End To Food Tax

    Kansas would change its income tax structure, lower its bank tax, exempt food from state sales tax and issue property tax relief under a bill passed Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.

  • March 27, 2024

    Detroit Claims Feds' Headcount Skewed By Demolitions

    The federal government is underestimating Detroit's population as it penalizes the city for demolishing abandoned homes and ignores the rehabilitation of vacant homes, causing the city to lose out on federal funds tied to population, Detroit said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

  • March 27, 2024

    CoreLogic Sued For Violating NJ Judicial Protections Law

    A proposed class action removed to New Jersey federal court on Tuesday accuses property data company CoreLogic of failing to comply with a state law requiring it to delete records of certain public officials, including judges and law enforcement officials.

  • March 27, 2024

    11th Circ. Affirms Experian's Win In Credit Reporting Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit has determined a district court didn't err in evidentiary rulings in a case brought by a Florida resident against Experian Information Solutions Inc. alleging it inaccurately reported a discharged mortgage in his credit history, upholding a verdict in favor of the company.

  • March 27, 2024

    Disney Affordable Housing Complex Teed Up For State Review

    Disney's proposal to build a 1,410-unit affordable housing complex in Orange County, Florida, is headed to the state for approval after a county Board of Commissioners vote that followed on the heels of residents' divided testimony.

  • March 27, 2024

    Yardi Says Interest Rates Are Slowing Self-Storage Demand

    Real estate software company Yardi said tough market conditions and high interest rates are showing signs of slowing deal volume and construction for self-storage projects, although an improvement in the housing market could bring fresh demand.

  • March 27, 2024

    Real Estate Exec Asks To Toss Shareholder's Self-Dealing Suit

    The president of a real estate management and investment firm asked a California federal court to toss a derivative shareholder suit accusing him of misusing nearly $35 million of company revenue in various ways, including hiring a business he owned with his mistress.

  • March 27, 2024

    Legal Patchwork On Foreign Land Ownership Stirs Confusion

    In the last year and a half, 39 states have taken action to restrict foreign entities and people from owning various forms of real estate. Some lawyers say the patchwork of new legislation has created a quagmire of confusion, chaos and uncertainty for investors, particularly private equity funds with large pools of backers.

  • March 27, 2024

    Developers Get Creative With Adaptive Reuse In South Florida

    South Florida residents may not be expecting to attend a doctor's appointment in a shuttered movie theater, play pickleball in a former warehouse or move into an apartment building in a shopping center's parking lot, but creative redevelopment projects like these are catching on in the region.

  • March 27, 2024

    Extreme Heat Presents Extreme Threat To Real Estate

    Extreme heat and the growing body of risks created by climate change are becoming prominent factors in real estate deals, according to Urban Land Institute urban resilience vice president Lindsay Brugger.

  • March 26, 2024

    Meridian Capital Taps Former Top Regulator As New CEO

    Meridian Capital Group announced Tuesday that it has appointed top banking executive and former financial regulator Brian Brooks as its CEO and chairman amid a breakdown in the firm's relationship with Freddie Mac.

  • March 26, 2024

    Pilot HOA Tells Justices Rail Easement Clouds Airstrip Access

    An Alaska homeowners association made up largely of pilots has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit ruling granting a railroad full control of an easement jutting into an airstrip used by residents of a surrounding subdivision.

  • March 26, 2024

    Essex Buys Out West Coast Apartment JV Partner For $505M

    Essex Property Trust Inc. announced that it will purchase a joint venture partner's stake in an apartment property portfolio that includes four properties along the West Coast for $505 million, according to a statement from the company.

  • March 26, 2024

    Rosenberg & Estis Guides $477M NYCHA Renovation Deal

    Rosenberg & Estis PC represented a developer for its more than $477 million renovation contract for the New York City Housing Authority's Saint Nicholas Houses in Harlem, the firm told Law360 on Tuesday.

  • March 26, 2024

    Ohio Justices Cool To Curbing Board's Tax Appeal Rights

    Two Ohio Supreme Court justices sounded skeptical Tuesday of an apartment complex's argument that a law barring political subdivisions from appealing certain valuation rulings applied to complaints that were pending when the restriction took effect.

  • March 26, 2024

    Brookfield Sets Terms For Bay Area's Biggest Housing Plan

    The San Francisco Bay Area's biggest proposed housing development took a step forward as Brookfield Properties and city officials struck a deal on the framework of a plan to develop a new neighborhood in Concord, California, over a 40-year period at the site of a former U.S. Navy base.

  • March 26, 2024

    Deal Holdout HomeServices Can't Undo Sellers' Class Cert.

    A Missouri federal judge refused Tuesday to grant class decertification sought by HomeServices of America, the lone holdout still fighting a jury verdict that pushed the National Association of Realtors into a settlement overhauling rules that have effectively restricted how brokers buy and sell homes and how they're paid.

  • March 26, 2024

    NC Justices Find BofA Mortgage Fraud Suit Filed Too Late

    The North Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that homeowners accusing Bank of America NA of fraud in a mortgage modification program filed their claims too late, finding they knew or should have known about the alleged fraud when their homes were foreclosed upon — four to seven years before they sued.

  • March 26, 2024

    Hurdles Ahead For Calif. Mental Health Bond After Narrow Win

    An ambitious ballot measure meant to address California's homelessness crisis may open up new business opportunities for healthcare providers, ease overcrowding in emergency rooms and inspire other states to follow suit. But it will likely bring less-welcome results as well.

  • March 25, 2024

    LoanDepot Settles Appraisal Bias Suit After Scholar's Death

    Mortgage company loanDepot has agreed to make policy changes and pay an undisclosed amount to resolve a Black couple's lawsuit claiming their Baltimore home was undervalued because of their race, just a couple of weeks after plaintiff Shani Mott, a scholar at Johns Hopkins University, died of cancer.

  • March 25, 2024

    Conn. Justice Chides Legislature In Landlord Lien Case

    Bemoaning what he perceived as an unclear statute and its unilluminating legislative history, Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Steven D. Ecker on Monday lamented having to make a significant policy decision about whether a city or a landlord should be financially liable for tenants displaced after fire damaged a large apartment.

  • March 25, 2024

    Full 10th Circ. Stands By Revival Of Valero Pipeline Leak Suit

    The full Tenth Circuit refused to budge from a panel's February decision that partly revived an Oklahoma cattle ranch's lawsuit seeking to hold Valero Energy Corp. liable for a pipeline leak that allegedly contaminated the ranch property.

Expert Analysis

  • Beware Unique Compliance Risks In Home Equity Lending

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    As borrowers increasingly look to junior-lien mortgages and home equity lines of credit instead of first-lien mortgages, regulators will pay increased attention in turn and lenders will have to watch for a number of legal and regulatory pitfalls as they rush to meet this newfound demand, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • 4 Business-Building Strategies For Introvert Attorneys

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    Introverted lawyers can build client bases to rival their extroverted peers’ by adapting time-tested strategies for business development that can work for any personality — such as claiming a niche, networking for maximum impact, drawing on existing contacts and more, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • New AI Lending Tech Could Exacerbate Old Bias Risks

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    As credit and mortgage lending businesses increasingly utilize artificial intelligence technology to help make decisions, they must be aware of the legal risks that may arise under familiar anti-discrimination laws, say Kali Bracey and Grace Wallack at Jenner & Block.

  • Caregiver Flexibility Is Crucial For Atty Engagement, Retention

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    As the battle for top talent continues post-pandemic, many firms are attempting to attract employees with progressive hybrid working environments — and supporting caregivers before, during and after an extended leave is a critically important way to retain top talent, says Manar Morales at The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • AI Road Ahead Is Promising For Cautious Fintechs

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    Financial institutions should understand the conceptions and misconceptions about artificial intelligence likely to influence regulators, and proactively study potential adverse impacts and establish use case strategies and other guardrails for deploying AI, say attorneys at Jones Day.

  • In-Office Engagement Is Essential To Associate Development

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    As law firms develop return-to-office policies that allow hybrid work arrangements, they should incorporate the specific types of in-person engagement likely to help associates develop attributes common among successful firm leaders, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • How To Recognize And Recover From Lawyer Loneliness

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    Law can be one of the loneliest professions, but there are practical steps that attorneys and their managers can take to help themselves and their peers improve their emotional health, strengthen their social bonds and protect their performance, says psychologist and attorney Traci Cipriano.

  • Why All Eyes Are On Florida's Affordable Housing Reform

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    Florida's Live Local Act, which took effect last month, promotes much-needed affordable housing developments with a mix of zoning preemption provisions and tax benefits that may attract interest from developers across the nation, say attorneys at Nelson Mullins.

  • What Came Of Texas Legislature's Long-Promised Tax Relief

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    Following promises of historic tax relief made possible by a record budget surplus, the Texas legislative session as a whole was one in which taxpayers that are large businesses could have done somewhat better, but the new legislation is clearly still a positive, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

  • Looking Behind The Curtain Of Residential Transition Loans

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    As residential transition loans and securitizations of such loans grow increasingly popular, real estate stakeholders should take care to understand both the unique features and potential challenges offered by this novel asset class, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • Hedging Variable Interest Rates In A Volatile Market

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    Variable rate loans, which were an advantageous borrowing method prior to the recent Federal Reserve rate hikes and subsequent volatility, are now the difference between borrowers remaining current on their obligations and defaulting due to the sharply increasing debt service requirements of their loans, say attorneys at Cassin & Cassin.

  • 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.

  • CRA Plays Role In DOJ Fight Against Redlining

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s recent consent order with ESSA Bank & Trust is a reminder that although the Community Reinvestment Act lacks a civil enforcement provision, financial institutions' CRA compliance efforts may have ramifications under various anti-discrimination statutes, say Collin Grier and Levi Swank at Goodwin.