Expert Analysis

Class Actions At The Circuit Courts: July Lessons

In this month's review of class action appeals, Mitchell Engel at Shook Hardy considers cases touching on pre- and... (more story)

Utilizing Liability Exemption When Calif. Cities Lease Property

With rising costs pushing California municipalities to lease real estate assets instead of purchasing them, munici... (more story)

Expect CFPB To Enforce Warning Against 'Coercive' Fine Print

The recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warning against unenforceable terms "deceptively" slipped into the... (more story)

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3 Takeaways On CFIUS' Bid To Expand Real Estate Coverage

Real estate practitioners should not overlook the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' plan to bring 59 more military sites under its jurisdiction for reviewing land deals, even if the proposa... (more story)

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.

Despite some second-quarter floundering in life sciences occupancy rates in the San Francisco Bay Area, CBRE reported that occupancy losses should stabilize later in the year. (
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 bar... (more story)

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 pr... (more story)

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.

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 qu... (more story)

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.

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State Bank Supervisors' GC On Regulation 'Push And Pull'

Margaret Liu, general counsel for the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, spoke to Law360 Real Estate Authority about navigating the balance between federal and state financial agencies, sharing information ... (more story)

Ill. City Says Reparations Opponents Have No Standing

The city of Evanston, Illinois, has urged a federal judge to toss a proposed class action alleging a 2020 housing reparation program in the city is discriminatory, saying the plaintiffs lack standing since the... (more story)

Indaba Capital Management LP is the second investor to call for Equity Commonwealth to begin liquidation proceedings. (iStock)
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 liqu... (more story)

Tax Foreclosure Kickback Suit Too Late, Mich. County Says

A Wayne County, Michigan, treasurer has argued in Michigan federal court that a putative class action accusing the county and other parties of engaging in a tax foreclosure and kickbacks scheme is time-barred.

Biz Groups Form Lobby Effort To Fight FCC Bulk Billing Rules

Bulk billing agreements are often a boon for people living in apartment buildings and condos, according to a new coalition made up of multifamily housing organizations and a cable trade group, which was formed... (more story)

Insurers Must Defend Well Driller In Lead Contamination Suit

Insurers must defend a drilling company accused of contaminating a rental property's water supply with dangerous levels of lead, a Montana federal court ruled, saying they haven't shown the underlying claims f... (more story)

Miami-Dade County Nabs $40M For Public Housing Upgrades

Miami-Dade County announced that it received a $39.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which will support investment in two public housing campuses in Overtown and across... (more story)