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  • July 17, 2024

    Wars, Interest Rates, Election Prompt Caution For Prologis

    Prologis executives expressed caution Wednesday about "highly volatile" conditions affecting the current market, including uncertainties over the presidential election, while highlighting tight supply as a boon for the industrial giant.

  • July 17, 2024

    Md. Justices Say Amazon Insurer Can Pursue Subrogation

    An insurer for Amazon can continue to pursue subrogation against subcontractors for a Baltimore warehouse construction project, the Maryland Supreme Court unanimously ruled, after the insurer said it covered Amazon for over $50 million worth of damage caused by severe weather.

  • July 17, 2024

    Fried Frank Advises Host's $265M Buy Of NYC Starwood Hotel

    Starwood Capital Group has sold a Midtown Manhattan hotel to an affiliate of real estate investment trust Host Hotels for $265 million, in a transaction advised by Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • July 17, 2024

    Barings Lends $244M To Refinance Kansas Logistics Park

    Real estate investment manager Barings said Wednesday that it has provided a $244 million loan to refinance a portfolio of 10 warehouse and distribution facilities owned by a joint venture of Ares Management Real Estate and Kansas City, Missouri-based NorthPoint Development.

  • July 17, 2024

    Ohio Board Lowers Value Of Kohl's Property By $800K

    The Ohio Board of Tax Appeals lowered the appraised value of a Kohl's property Wednesday by roughly $822,000, saying a county appraiser wrongly concluded that the property's highest and best use would be for use by a national company.

  • July 17, 2024

    PE Firms Plug $300M Into Digital Infrastructure Developer

    Digital infrastructure site developer Cloverleaf Infrastructure on Wednesday announced that it has received more than $300 million in commitments from private equity shops NGP, advised by Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP-led Sandbrook Capital.

  • July 17, 2024

    Do Real Estate Attorneys Ever Take Vacations?

    Real estate attorneys looking to take a vacation must do a lot of legwork to ensure that their deals or cases sail smoothly in their absence. But things don't always go as planned.

  • July 17, 2024

    NYC Real Estate Week In Review

    Fried Frank and Tarter Krinsky are among the law firms that guided the largest New York City real estate deals that hit public records last week, a period that saw three transactions north of the $100 million mark become public.

  • July 16, 2024

    EB-5 Investors Seek Sanctions Over 'Flight Risk' Defendant Info

    Two dozen Chinese investors who alleged that $13.2 million worth of their investments in a Hawaii resort went missing has urged an Illinois federal judge to sanction developers for not giving them important case information, including contact information for one defendant who they said is an "obvious flight risk."

  • July 16, 2024

    $4.5M Davis Wright Deal In Ore. Fraud Suit Gets Final OK

    An Oregon federal judge has fully adopted a magistrate judge's recommendation to sign off on a $4.5 million deal resolving investor claims against law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP for its work representing entities involved in an alleged real estate securities fraud scheme, while two banks were dismissed from the case.

  • July 16, 2024

    NC Panel Affirms Property Tax Valuation For Ashley Furniture

    About 300 acres of property belonging to Ashley Furniture in North Carolina were properly valued at about $60 million for tax years 2018 and 2019, a state appeals court panel ruled Tuesday in favor of the state property tax commission.

  • July 16, 2024

    V&E Guides Tishman Speyer's $140M Sale Of DC Office Tower

    Tishman Speyer sold a recently redeveloped office building in Washington, D.C., for $140.2 million, which is over $50 million more than what the company paid when it bought the property a decade ago, in a deal advised by Vinson & Elkins LLP, according to deed records filed Tuesday.

  • July 16, 2024

    Chancery OKs $42.5M Brookfield-GGP Settlement, $11.4M Fee

    Shareholders of mall operator GGP Inc. who sued in 2018 to stop its $9.25 billion acquisition by Brookfield Property Partners LP got the Chancery Court's nod Tuesday to settle the litigation for $42.5 million, including an $11.4 million fee for the plaintiffs' counsel and incentive awards for three shareholder plaintiffs.

  • July 16, 2024

    Pa. Court Upholds $23M Value Of Vacant Hospital's Parking

    A vacant hospital's parking area in Pennsylvania was properly valued at $23.2 million, the state Commonwealth Court ruled, finding that a trial court had the discretion to apply the sales comparison approach to the valuation.

  • July 16, 2024

    County Says Pittsburgh Schools Can't Force Reassessment

    As one taxing body out of many in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, the School District of Pittsburgh lacks standing in its lawsuit seeking to force a countywide reassessment of property values, the county said in its preliminary objections to the suit.

  • July 16, 2024

    Data Center Co. Nets $681M Loan, $7.9B Credit Facility

    CyrusOne borrowed a $681.7 million loan for its Dallas, Texas, data center Monday, after lining up $7.9 billion in a warehouse credit facility deal.

  • July 16, 2024

    Manhattan Property Co. Seeks Ch. 11 Protection

    A company tied to a four-story mixed-use building in Lower Manhattan's trendy NoHo neighborhood filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, listing as much as $50 million in liabilities and up to $500,000 in assets.

  • July 16, 2024

    Miami-Dade Tries To Nix Seaquarium Operator's Eviction Suit

    Miami-Dade County has asked a federal judge to toss a lawsuit from the operator of the Miami Seaquarium, which claimed the county is evicting it after its CEO responded to a "disrespectful" email from an official concerned about manatees held at the aging facility.

  • July 16, 2024

    Silicon Valley CRE Faces Rising Vacancies, Per Q2 Report

    Silicon Valley's office market saw rising vacancies and negative net absorption in the second quarter, even though the region notched an annual increase in venture capital funding, Colliers said in a report.

  • July 16, 2024

    The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

    Law firms' ongoing initiatives to address diversity challenges have driven another year of progress, with the representation of minority attorneys continuing to improve across the board, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. Here's our data dive into minority representation at law firms in 2023.

  • July 16, 2024

    These Firms Have The Most Diverse Equity Partnerships

    Law360’s law firm survey shows that firms' efforts to diversify their equity partner ranks are lagging. But some have embraced a broader talent pool at the equity partner level. Here are the ones that stood out.

  • July 16, 2024

    Latham-Led Warehouse Giant Launches Potential $3.6B IPO

    Cold-storage warehouse giant Lineage Inc. on Tuesday set a price range on an estimated $3.6 billion initial public offering, represented by Latham & Watkins LLP and underwriters counsel Goodwin Procter LLP, bolstering the near-term IPO pipeline.

  • July 15, 2024

    Conn. Mixed-Use Project Moves Ahead With $165M Financing

    Four firms and one solo practitioner guided Barings and Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate's provision of a combined $165.3 million for the second phase of Baywater Properties' mixed-use development in Darien, Connecticut, according to a Monday statement from Barings.

  • July 15, 2024

    Ariz. Rancher Says Monument Order A 'Regulatory Regime'

    A sixth-generation Arizona rancher is fighting a bid by the Biden administration to dismiss litigation challenging a presidential proclamation that designated an Indigenous site in the Grand Canyon region a national monument, arguing the order subjects him to a "regulatory regime" he must comply with to enhance his property.

  • July 15, 2024

    Pa. Property Owner's Tax Appeal Meritless, Court Says

    A Philadelphia property owner properly had its appeal of a tax assessment dismissed by a trial court because its complaints were meritless, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court affirmed.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Takeaways From Biden's Crypto Mining Divestment Order

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    A May 13 executive order prohibiting the acquisition of real estate by a foreign investor on national security grounds — an enforcement first — shows the importance of understanding how the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States might profile cross-border transactions, even those that are non-notified, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • Insurer Quota-Sharing Lessons From $112M Bad Faith Verdict

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    In Indiana GRQ v. American Guarantee and Liability Insurance, an Indiana federal jury recently issued a landmark $112 million bad faith verdict, illustrating why insurers must understand the interplay between bad faith law and quota-sharing before entering into these relatively new arrangements, say Jason Reichlyn and Christopher Sakauye at Dykema. 

  • Teaching Yoga Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Being a yoga instructor has helped me develop my confidence and authenticity, as well as stress management and people skills — all of which have crossed over into my career as an attorney, says Laura Gongaware at Clyde & Co.

  • A Look At New IRS Rules For Domestically Controlled REITs

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    The Internal Revenue Services' finalized Treasury Regulations addressing whether real estate investment trusts qualify as domestically controlled adopt the basic structure of previous proposals, but certain new and modified rules may mitigate the regulations' impact, say attorneys at Simpson Thacher.

  • How New Rule Would Change CFIUS Enforcement Powers

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    Before the May 15 comment deadline, companies may want to weigh in on proposed regulatory changes to enforcement and mitigation tools at the disposal of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, including broadened subpoena powers, difficult new mitigation timelines and higher maximum penalties, say attorneys at Venable.

  • Swimming Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Years of participation in swimming events, especially in the open water, have proven to be ideal preparation for appellate arguments in court — just as you must put your trust in the ocean when competing in a swim event, you must do the same with the judicial process, says John Kulewicz at Vorys.

  • 2nd Circ. Eminent Domain Ruling Empowers Municipalities

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    The Second Circuit's recent decision in Brinkmann v. Town of Southold, finding that a pretextual taking does not violate the Fifth Amendment's takings clause, gives municipalities a powerful tool with which to block unwanted development projects, even in bad faith, say James O'Connor and Benjamin Sugarman at Phillips Lytle.

  • SEC Should Be Allowed To Equip Investors With Climate Info

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's new rule to require more climate-related disclosures will provide investors with much-needed clarity, despite opponents' attempts to challenge the rule with misused legal arguments, say Sarah Goetz at Democracy Forward and Cynthia Hanawalt at Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change.

  • How EB-5 Regional Centers Can Prepare For USCIS Audits

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    In response to the recently announced U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services guidelines that require EB-5 regional center audits every five years to verify their compliance with immigration and securities laws, regional centers should take steps to facilitate a seamless audit process, say Jennifer Hermansky and Miriam Thompson at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Understanding The IRC's Excessive Refund Claim Penalty

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    Taxpayers considering protective refund claims pending resolution of major questions in tax cases like Moore v. U.S., which is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, should understand how doing so may also leave them vulnerable to an excessive refund claim penalty under Internal Revenue Code Section 6676, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • Bankruptcy Ruling Shifts Lease Rejection Claim Calculation

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    A New York federal court’s recent ruling in In re: Cortlandt provides guidance on how to calculate a landlord's damages claim when a bankruptcy debtor rejects a lease, changing from an approach that considers the remaining rent due under the lease to one that considers the remaining time, say Bethany Simmons and Noah Weingarten at Loeb & Loeb.

  • Walking With My Dog Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Thanks to my dog Birdie, I've learned that carving out an activity different from the practice of law — like daily outdoor walks that allow you to interact with new people — can contribute to professional success by boosting creativity and mental acuity, as well as expanding your social network, says Sarah Petrie at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

  • What Calif. Eviction Ruling Means For Defaulting Borrowers

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    A California appellate court's recent decision in Homeward Opportunities v. Taptelis found that a defaulting borrower could not delay foreclosure with an improperly served notice of pendency of action, but leaves open a possibility for borrowers to delay eviction proceedings merely by filing lawsuits, say Anne Beehler and Krystal Anderson at Holland & Knight.