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  • July 16, 2024

    Rocket Cos. Investors Drop CEO Retweet Claims From Suit

    Investors in mortgage lender Rocket Companies have dropped certain proposed class action claims against the company's CEO, telling a Michigan federal judge that they would no longer accuse the executive of securities fraud over a March 2021 retweet.

  • July 16, 2024

    Cox Castle Guides $300M Gowanus Development Financing

    Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP advised on $300 million in construction financing from Kennedy Wilson Capital, Affinius Capital and TYKO Capital for Tavros Capital's and Charney Cos.' major residential development in Brooklyn, New York, per county property records and a statement from the parties.

  • July 16, 2024

    'Excuse Me?': Judge Vexed By Defamation Claim In Ch. 7 Row

    A Connecticut bankruptcy judge on Tuesday appeared skeptical of defamation and tortious interference claims New York-based real estate investor EasyKnock Inc. filed against a trustee handling the Chapter 7 estate of a onetime homeowner, forcing company attorneys to at times to admit they cited no authority to support their case.

  • July 16, 2024

    White House Proposes Rent Caps For Corporate Landlords

    President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled a slate of proposals intended to lower housing costs, chief among them being a push for Congress to pass legislation capping corporate landlords' ability to raise rents by more than 5%.

  • July 16, 2024

    Florida Developer Pays $14M For Land For Gated Community

    Florida-based developer and homebuilder 13th Floor Homes bought 270 acres of land in Tamarac, Florida, for $14 million and plans on building a 335-home, single-family luxury gated community, the company announced.

  • July 16, 2024

    Biden Admin. Awards $325M To Redevelop 'Distressed' Homes

    The Biden administration awarded multiple public housing authorities, cities and Miami-Dade County with more than $325 million in grant funding that will be used to "redevelop distressed housing with high-quality mixed-income options," the administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced Tuesday.

  • July 16, 2024

    REIT Defends Financials After Reports Of Probe Emerge

    Arbor Realty Trust said that it's standing by its accounting practices after a news outlet reported the company is under investigation in the wake of numerous short-seller reports alleging fraud in its books.

  • 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

    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

    Ex-Philly Charter School Exec Gets 7 Years For Embezzlement

    Abdur Rahim Islam, who ran famed R&B producer Kenny Gamble's Philadelphia-based housing and education nonprofit, was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the organization and using the ill-gotten gains for Caribbean vacations.

  • July 15, 2024

    Investor Sues To Block Co-Founder Takeover At Startup Redy

    Colorado investor Deer Park Road Management Co. argues a non-celebrity co-founder of real estate marketplace Redy.com took money from the startup to fund his lifestyle and cover an $875,000 civil defamation settlement as he tries to complete a takeover of the company's board.

  • July 15, 2024

    Bulk Billing Regs Could Hurt Lower-Income Tenants, FCC Told

    Tighter regulations on bulk billing in multitenant environments could make it harder for seniors, low-income households and students to afford high-speed internet service, industry representatives told the Federal Communications Commission.

  • July 15, 2024

    VA Campus' Income Limits Are Discriminatory, Judge Finds

    A California federal judge sided with a class of homeless, disabled military veterans on some of their claims in a lawsuit accusing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of discrimination for failing to build permanent supportive housing for them in Los Angeles.

  • July 15, 2024

    Broker Guides $57M Sale Of Fla. Multifamily Community

    A Florida-based real estate company purchased a 296-unit multifamily Fort Myers, Florida, community in a $57 million deal brokered by JBM Institutional Multifamily Advisors, the broker announced Monday.

  • 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

    Pa. Extends Tax Breaks To Longtime Pittsburgh Homeowners

    Pennsylvania will expand a property tax relief program to allow longtime homeowners in Pittsburgh to claim tax breaks related to rising real estate taxes under a bill signed by Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro.

  • July 15, 2024

    DC Circ. Won't Rethink Revived DOJ Realtor Antitrust Probe

    The D.C. Circuit won't reconsider a ruling that allowed the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen an investigation into certain rules and policies of the National Association of Realtors, rejecting the trade group's request that the court correct "far-reaching and exceptionally important" legal errors.

  • July 15, 2024

    McElroy Deutsch Fights 'Malicious' Claim In Exec Fraud Case

    McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP and its former business development director, who is accused of stealing millions from the firm partially via fraudulent credit card use, are at odds over whether the firm's ex-employee should be allowed to bring a malicious prosecution counterclaim in New Jersey state court.

  • July 15, 2024

    Multifamily CMBS Loan Distress Keeps Climbing

    The percentage of commercial mortgage-backed securities loans for multifamily properties in distress has more than tripled since January, reaching new heights in June, per a report from CRED iQ.

  • July 15, 2024

    LendingTree Urges FCC To Narrow Lead Consent Rule

    Loan marketplace LendingTree is asking the Federal Communications Commission to add an exception to its new "lead generator" consent rule, saying that as it's currently constructed, the rule disadvantages small businesses competing with larger brand names.

  • July 15, 2024

    TPG Real Estate Buys MHC Portfolio In $740M Deal

    Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust on Monday revealed it has agreed to sell its manufactured-home community portfolio to private equity giant TPG's real estate platform for $740 million.

  • July 12, 2024

    Law360 Names 2024's Top Attorneys Under 40

    Law360 is pleased to announce the Rising Stars of 2024, our list of 158 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age.

  • July 12, 2024

    Property Plays: Brookfield, Bally's, Kushner Cos.

    Property Plays is a weekly roundup of the latest loans, leases, sales and projects around the country. Send your tips — all confidential — to realestate@law360.com.

  • July 12, 2024

    Conn. Justices Avoid Entanglement Issues In Rabbi Land Row

    The Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday agreed that a property dispute between the Chabad Lubavitch of Western and Southern New England Inc. and a Stamford rabbi belongs before a private religious panel, settling the case on arbitration principles and declining to analyze broader entanglement questions.

Expert Analysis

  • Money, Money, Money: Limiting White Collar Wealth Evidence

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    As courts increasingly recognize that allowing unfettered evidence of wealth could prejudice a jury against a defendant, white collar defense counsel should consider several avenues for excluding visual evidence of a lavish lifestyle at trial, says Jonathan Porter at Husch Blackwell.

  • High Court's BofA Ruling Leaves State Preemption Questions

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    A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Cantero v. Bank of America sheds light on whether certain state banking regulations apply to federally chartered banks, but a circuit split could still force the Supreme Court to take a more direct position, says Brett Garver at Moritt Hock.

  • How A Bumblebee Got Under Calif. Wildlife Regulator's Bonnet

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    A California bumblebee's listing as an endangered species could lead to a regulatory quagmire as California Department of Fish and Wildlife permits now routinely include survey requirements for the bee, but the regulator has yet to determine what the species needs for conservation, says David Smith at Manatt.

  • The Clock Is Ticking For Fla. Construction Defect Claims

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    Ahead of the fast-approaching July 1 deadline for filing construction defect claims in Florida, Sean Ravenel at Foran Glennon discusses how the state's new statute of repose has changed the timeline, and highlights several related issues that property owners should be aware of.

  • Wiretap Use In Cartel Probes Likely To Remain An Exception

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    Although the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has recently signaled interest in wiretaps, the use of this technology to capture evidence of antitrust conspiracies and pursue monopolization as a criminal matter has been rare historically, and is likely to remain so, say Carsten Reichel and Will Conway at DLA Piper.

  • Playing Chess Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    There are many ways that chess skills translate directly into lawyer skills, but for me, the bigger career lessons go beyond the direct parallels — playing chess has shown me the value of seeing gradual improvement in and focusing deep concentration on a nonwork endeavor, says attorney Steven Fink.

  • Debate Over CFPB Definition Of Credit Is Just Beginning

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has recently worked to expand the meaning of credit, so anyone operating on the edges of the credit markets, or even those who assumed they were safely outside the scope of this regulatory perimeter, should pay close attention as legal challenges to broad interpretations of the definition unfold, says John Coleman at Orrick.

  • A Closer Look At Feds' Proposed Banker Compensation Rule

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    A recently proposed rule to limit financial institutions' ability to award incentive-based compensation for risk-taking may progress through the rulemaking process slowly due to the sheer number of regulators collaborating on the rule and the number of issues under consideration, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • The FTC And DOJ Should Backtrack On RealPage

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    The antitrust agencies ought to reverse course on their enforcement actions against RealPage, which are based on a faulty legal premise, risk further property shortages and threaten the use of algorithms that are central to the U.S. economy, says Thomas Stratmann at George Mason University.

  • Fishing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Atop the list of ways fishing makes me a better lawyer is the relief it offers from the chronic stress of a demanding caseload, but it has also improved my listening skills and patience, and has served as an exceptional setting for building earnest relationships, says Steven DeGeorge​​​​​​​ at Robinson Bradshaw.

  • Circuit Judge Writes An Opinion, AI Helps: What Now?

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    Last week's Eleventh Circuit opinion in Snell v. United Specialty Insurance, notable for a concurrence outlining the use of artificial intelligence to evaluate a term's common meaning, is hopefully the first step toward developing a coherent basis for the judiciary's generative AI use, says David Zaslowsky at Baker McKenzie.

  • Ohio Tax Talk: The Legislative Push For Property Tax Relief

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    As Ohio legislators attempt to alleviate the increasing property tax burden, four recent bills that could significantly affect homeowners propose to eliminate replacement property tax levies, freeze property taxes for longtime homeowners, adjust homestead exemptions annually for inflation, and temporarily expand the homestead exemption, say Raghav Agnihotri and Rachael Chamberlain at Frost Brown.

  • In The CFPB Playbook: Regulatory Aims Get High Court Assist

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    Newly emboldened after the U.S. Supreme Court last month found that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's funding is constitutional, the bureau has likely experienced a psychic boost, allowing its already robust enforcement agenda to continue expanding, say attorneys at Husch Blackwell.