Expert Analysis

Calif. Housing Overhaul May Increase Pressure On Landlords

Two recently enacted California laws signal new protections and legal benefits for tenants, but also elevate landl... (more story)

Whitewater Kayaking Makes Me A Better Lawyer

Whether it's seeing clients and their issues from a new perspective, or staying nimble in a moment of intense chal... (more story)

SEC Climate Rules Create Unique Challenges For CRE

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently adopted final rules concerning climate-related disclosures ... (more story)

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Casino SPAC Can Return Money, Not Shares, Chancery Rules

Stockholders in a blank-check company that failed to merge with a Philippines-based casino are entitled to a distribution from $37.5 million sitting in trust, but the company may not redeem any shares until an... (more story)

Insurers Push To Arbitrate Hurricane Damage Case

An arbitrator should decide whether a Louisiana property owner's Hurricane Ida damage claims must be arbitrated, a group of surplus lines insurers told the Second Circuit, urging it to reject a New York distri... (more story)

The refinancing applies to a hotel portfolio of eight Marriott and Hilton-related brands in 14 states. (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)
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.

NY AG Doubts Trump Insurer Can Cover $175M Bond

The New York Attorney General's office told a Manhattan court Friday it has doubts about a California insurer's ability to cover a $175 million bond imposed on Donald Trump after a civil trial in which he was ... (more story)

US Trustee Balks At 22% Rate On Petersen Health DIP Loan

The U.S. Trustee's Office objected Friday to senior living company Petersen Health Care's proposed bankruptcy financing, telling a Delaware judge that the combined 22% interest rate on the $45 million debtor-i... (more story)

Pillsbury Makes Longtime Commitment To 'Iconic' SF Building

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has extended the lease on its San Francisco offices for 11 more years, the firm announced Friday.

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.

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Fla. Brokerage Firms Face Commission Antitrust Action

A group of Florida brokerages faces a proposed class action accusing them of taking part in a National Association of Realtors system that a Missouri jury in October found inflated the commissions home sellers pay to agents.

How Attys Are Helping DC Residents Keep Family Homes

As homeownership rates among Black residents have fallen in the nation's capital, a new initiative aims to provide legal counsel to people living in homes that were passed down through the generations but don'... (more story)

Poughkeepsie, New York, tenants attend a Common Council meeting Tuesday, where a consultant reported the results of its rental housing survey. (Courtesy of Community Voices Heard)
Survey Tees Up Another NY City For Rent Stabilization

A survey of rental stock in Poughkeepsie, New York, revealed a low vacancy rate qualifying the Hudson Valley city to opt in to rent stabilization should its representatives move to declare a housing emergency.

Student Housing Co. Founder Claims She Was Pushed Out

A co-founder of a global company formed to provide booking for student housing sued her former colleague in Delaware's Court of Chancery on Friday, alleging a scheme by insiders to push her out of the business... (more story)

Fla. Can't Wage Real Estate War On Foreigners, 11th Circ. Told

A group of Chinese citizens and a brokerage firm urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to block Florida from enforcing a law prohibiting certain foreign nationals from owning land while they challenge the statu... (more story)

AIG Defeats Bad Faith Claim At Trial Over Irma Damage

A Florida jury returned a verdict Friday in favor of AIG after finding that the insurer did not act in bad faith in handling a claim for damage from Hurricane Irma to a $95 million oceanfront mansion near Miami.

Landlord Says Willkie Partner Can't Dodge Arbitration

A Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP partner's former landlord asked a Connecticut state judge to force the attorney and his wife back to arbitration in their lease dispute, arguing that they cannot dodge their bind... (more story)