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By: Ellen M. Chapelle , Gould & Ratner LLP
In most construction projects, the general contractor traditionally takes control of the site and is responsible for its means and methods of construction, and, therefore, should bear primary liability for damage arising from construction operations....
By: S.H. Spencer Compton and Diane Schottenstein
EVERY REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY HEADLINE TODAY SEEMS to trumpet the decline of retail leasing and the advent of e-commerce: the so-called “Amazon Effect.” 1 One recent article recounts the impact of Amazon on traditional retailers such as Walmart...
By: Leonard M. Kessler LenKesslerADR
Using Mediation to Resolve Construction Disputes
Construction projects often take years to complete, involve layers of contractors and subcontractors, and employ hundreds, if not thousands, of workers. Efficient conflict resolution is important in the construction...
by Steven Tishco , Marcus & Pollack, LLP
This article provides an overview of real estate taxation in New York City (the “City”) including (i) the process by which the City assesses real property, (ii) how property owners challenge the City’s assessments, (iii...
By: Nicholas C. Rigano , Esq. RIGANO LLC
Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ( 42 U.S.C. § 9601 et seq. ) (CERCLA), current owners and operators of real property are strictly liable for costs to clean up environmental contamination regardless of whether...
By: Joseph M. Marger , Reed Smith LLP.
In almost every asset purchase, stock purchase, and merger transaction (generally referred to in this article as M&A transactions), the purchaser will acquire an ownership or leasehold interest in at least one real estate asset. However, the real estate asset...
By: Annemargaret Connolly and Matthew D. Morton , Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Why should real estate lenders and other secured creditors concern themselves with known and potential environmental liabilities and requirements associated with their loan portfolios? After all, environmental liabilities...
FEDERAL COURT FAST TRACKS REVIEW OF RULING BLOCKING IMPLEMENTATION OF OVERTIME REGULATIONS
THE FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS ISSUED A BRIEF order December 8 granting expedited review of a November 22 ruling by a federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas preliminarily enjoining implementation...
By: Thomas G. Maira , Reed Smith LLP.
As funds raised in the 2006–2008 heyday of private equity reach the ends of their 10 year terms, there has been a surge of restructurings of those funds utilizing a stapled secondarystructure. The widely publicized $1.2 billion restructuring in March 2016...
STUDY ON INJECTION WELL INDUCED EARTHQUAKES
THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (USGS) RECENTLY released its short-term forecast for seismic activity. For the first time, it includes a discussion of “Induced Earthquakes.” The study, which comes after a significant hike in the incidence of earthquakes...
By: Scott L. Semer , Torys LLP.
FOR OVER 30 YEARS, NON-U.S. INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES who invest in U.S. real estate have been subject to tax both on operating income and gains realized upon exiting the investment. There have been limited exceptions, primarily for gains earned by shareholders holding...
SEVENTEEN STATE “NEW ENERGY FUTURE” COALITION FORMED
GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO AND 16 OTHER GOVERNORS signed the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future. The accord describes six shared goals, diversification of energy generation and expansion of clean energy sources, modernization...
By: Spencer Compton , First American Title Insurance Company
LEXIS PRACTICE ADVISOR RESEARCH PATH: Real Estate > Commercial Purchase and Sales > 1031 Exchanges > Practice Notes
Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code provides that no gain or loss will be recognized when property held...
HIGH-IMPACT EVENT TO GLOBAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM MORE LIKELY, PREDICT FINANCIAL PROFESSIONALS
ACCORDING TO ONE MEASURE, RECENT WORLD EVENTS have financial professionals unnerved. Forty-five percent of those surveyed by the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) say the probability of a “high...
ENERGY DEPARTMENT UNVEILS ROADMAP SEEKING TO DOUBLE U.S. ENERGY PRODUCTIVITY BY 2030
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY HAS UNVEILED A strategic plan laying out a path businesses, state and local governments, consumers, and other stakeholders can use to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030.