Residential

  • February 27, 2024

    DC Plans $400M In Upgrades To Back Struggling Downtown

    Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has rolled out a plan to spend $401 million over the next five years to improve the city's downtown as it suffers from rising office vacancies and braces for two professional sports teams to leave for suburban Virginia.

  • February 27, 2024

    Mass. AG Sues Boston Suburb For Flouting Housing Law

    Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell is seeking an injunction, fines or possibly the appointment of a special master to force the Boston suburb of Milton to comply with a state housing law requiring multifamily zoning that the town's voters rejected in a referendum earlier this month, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Sheppard Mullin Guides $60M Queens Construction Loan

    Sheppard Mullin represented lender Slate Property Group in connection with a $60.25 million construction loan for a mixed-use project in Queens, the law firm told Law360.

  • February 26, 2024

    BofA Battle Will Test Preemption's Reach At High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court is set Tuesday to consider whether federal law exempts national banks from state-level escrow interest requirements, a case whose technical-sounding focus belies its hefty implications for the balance of federal and state regulatory power over many of the nation's big banks.

  • February 26, 2024

    Timeshare Settlement Can't Stop Additional Consumer Suit

    A Washington marketing firm must face negligent misrepresentation and consumer protection claims over links to a timeshare-exit company, according to a Washington federal judge who ruled that a group of consumers seeking refunds are not barred from suing because of a settlement in another case.

  • February 26, 2024

    Fla. Official Can't Save Home From Verdict, Businessmen Say

    Two Miami businessmen have urged a federal judge to block a city commissioner's attempt to prevent the forced sale of his house to satisfy a $63.5 million judgment, saying he voted to unconstitutionally gerrymander the city's districts to include the property and also improperly claimed a last-minute homestead protection.

  • February 26, 2024

    Nashville Moves Forward On Major Housing Development Plan

    Nashville Mayor Freddie O'Connell's office announced that it has finalized a framework with developer The Fallon Co. to transform 30 acres of the city's East Bank neighborhood and develop 1,550 housing units, teeing up the project for review by the Metropolitan Council.

  • February 26, 2024

    Mercedes-Benz, JDS Unveil New Miami Residential Tower

    Automaker Mercedes-Benz and developer JDS Development Group announced on Monday the construction of a 67-story, 791-unit mixed-use residential building in Miami that will take up more than 2.5 million square feet.

  • February 26, 2024

    Wells Fargo Reset Foreclosure Timeline, Texas Justices Rule

    Texas law allows Wells Fargo NA to reset a deadline for property foreclosure by simultaneously dropping a demand for full repayment of a defaulted loan and issuing a new one, the state high court has ruled.

  • February 26, 2024

    Renters Say Yardi, Landlords Can't Escape Antitrust Case

    A pair of tenants have argued that Yardi Systems Inc. and a group of property owners failed to show enough to warrant a Washington federal judge tossing the plaintiffs' claims that the companies colluded to fix apartment prices using a Yardi software program.

  • February 26, 2024

    Chicago Can't Count Any Votes In Transfer Tax Referendum

    The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners may not count any votes that are cast in the real estate transfer tax referendum in the March 19 primary election, a judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County said in an order Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Wells Fargo Rate-Lock Extension Fee Suit Tossed, For Now

    A California federal judge on Monday dismissed a Wells Fargo customer's proposed class action seeking disgorgement of "billions" of dollars that the plaintiff alleged the bank earned by charging certain mortgage fees it later refunded, concluding the lawsuit failed to make specific factual allegations of wrongdoing.

  • February 26, 2024

    Prosecutors Ask NC Justices To Enforce Ban On MV Realty

    Prosecutors told the North Carolina Supreme Court on Monday that MV Realty is trying to dodge the state's efforts to put it out of business, first with a bankruptcy filing and then by asking the court last week to overturn a decision blocking the company's operations in the state.

  • February 26, 2024

    Real Estate Group Of The Year: Fried Frank

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP helped clients close deals last year for the development of prominent additions to the New York City and Las Vegas skylines, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • February 26, 2024

    Conn. Homeowners Say Toll Bros. Botched Senior Community

    A planned community hit construction firm Toll Brothers with a breach of contract suit in Connecticut state court, alleging 67 townhomes, six apartment buildings and a clubhouse were built or improved with dozens of major defects the builder failed to fix.

  • February 24, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Social Media Laws & Bump Stocks

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments related to three big-ticket cases this week in a pair of First Amendment challenges to Florida and Texas laws prohibiting social media platforms from removing content or users based on their viewpoints and a dispute over the federal government's authority to ban bump stocks.

  • February 23, 2024

    MV Realty Asks NC Justices To Stay Injunction Pending Appeal

    MV Realty is defending the enforceability of a series of agreements with more than 2,000 North Carolina homeowners — asking the state's Supreme Court to overturn a trial judge's injunction finding the company likely couldn't beat claims that the deals were truly predatory, high-interest loans.

  • February 23, 2024

    8th Circ. Says Nursing Home Fraudster Owes Supplier $7.6M

    A nursing home company whose owner pled guilty in January to employment tax fraud in a New Jersey federal case must shoulder a $5 million judgment plus interest and fees for bills it failed to pay a medical supply company, an Eighth Circuit panel affirmed Friday.

  • February 23, 2024

    Homebuyers' NAR Antitrust Claims Still Fail, Ill. Judge Says

    An Illinois federal judge has again axed federal antitrust claims brought by a proposed class of homebuyers challenging the National Association of Realtors' commission rules, while allowing some of the new state law claims to move forward.

  • February 23, 2024

    Mass. Tax Panel Grants Part Of Homeowner's Value Appeal

    The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board said that the valuation of a single-family home should be slightly increased from the previous tax year because of rising home values in the neighborhood, but it determined that the local assessor's valuation was too high.

  • February 22, 2024

    Russian Bank President Charged With Sanctions Violations

    The head of a Russian-state-owned bank has been charged in New York federal court with evading economic sanctions by conspiring with others to maintain his two super-yachts and a luxury home in Aspen, Colorado, prosecutors said Thursday.

  • February 22, 2024

    Feds Say Russian Citizens Laundered Cash With Fla. Condos

    Federal officials in South Florida announced Thursday that they have initiated forfeiture proceedings against two condominium units located in Miami, saying that they're owned by a pair of Russians who were prohibited from owning U.S. property due to the 2014 invasion of Crimea in Ukraine.

  • February 22, 2024

    Texas Developer Battles DOJ's 1st Predatory Mortgages Suit

    A Texas land developer is fighting back against a high-profile predatory lending lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, telling a Houston federal judge that the government's "reverse redlining" theory isn't legally sound and relies on sloppy loan comparisons.

  • February 22, 2024

    Ex-HFZ Capital Chief Denies $86M Real Estate Fraud Charges

    The former head of troubled real estate firm HFZ Capital Group has pled not guilty in New York state court to dozens of criminal charges alleging he spearheaded a series of theft and tax fraud schemes that netted more than $86 million in total.

  • February 22, 2024

    Calif. Raises Sanctions In Testy Housing Fight With City

    California says it plans to seek sanctions against Huntington Beach, California, alleging that a cross-petition filed by the city was a clear attempt to delay proceedings amid the state's case alleging Huntington Beach is defying a state-wide housing mandate.

Expert Analysis

  • Setting The Stage For High Court BofA Escrow Interest Case

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    Dori Bailey and Curtis Johnson at Bond Schoeneck examine relevant legislation and case law dating back 200 years ahead of oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Cantero v. Bank of America, the outcome of which will determine whether state laws governing mortgage escrow accounts can be enforced against national banks.

  • DC's Housing Tax Break Proposal: What's In It, What's Missing

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    Proposed Washington, D.C., rules implementing the Housing in Downtown Tax Abatement program — for commercial property owners who convert properties into residential housing — thoroughly explain the process for submitting an application, but do not provide sufficient detail regarding the actual dollar value of the abatements, says Daniel Miktus at Akerman.

  • Assessing The Future Of Colorado's Economic Loss Rule

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    The Colorado Supreme Court's decision to review a state appellate court's ruling in Mid-Century Insurance Co. v. HIVE Construction will significantly influence the future of Colorado's economic loss rule, with high stakes for the cost of doing business in the state, says David Holman at Crisham & Holman.

  • How Recent Laws Affect Foreign Purchase Of US Real Estate

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    Early diligence is imperative for U.S. real estate transactions involving foreign actors, including analysis of federal and state foreign investment laws implicated by the transaction, depending on the property's nature and location, the parties' citizenship, and the transaction's structure, say Massimo D’Angelo and Anthony Rapa at Blank Rome.

  • What Shareholder Approval Rule Changes Mean For Cos.

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently approved proposed rule changes to shareholder requirements by the New York Stock Exchange, an approval that will benefit listed companies in many ways, including by making it easier to raise capital from passive investors, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

  • High Court Case Could Reshape Local Development Fees

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    If last month's oral arguments are any indication of how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in Sheetz v. County of El Dorado, it's unlikely the justices will hold that the essential nexus and rough proportionality tests under the cases of Nollan, Dolan and Koontz apply to legislative exactions, but a sweeping decision would still be the natural progression in the line of cases giving property owners takings claims, says Phillip Babich at Reed Smith.

  • White Collar Plea Deals Are Rarely 'Knowing' And 'Voluntary'

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    Because prosecutors are not required to disclose exculpatory evidence during plea negotiations, white collar defendants often enter into plea deals that don’t meet the U.S. Supreme Court’s “knowing” and “voluntary” standard for trials — but individual courts and solutions judges could rectify the issue, says Sara Kropf at Kropf Moseley.

  • How 2 CFPB Advisory Opinions Affect Reporting Agencies

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued two advisory opinions last month that demonstrate a continued commitment to address inaccuracies in background check reports and consumer file disclosures through broad interpretation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, expanding on a coordinated federal agency effort, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • Algorithmic Pricing Programs Caught In Antitrust Crosshairs

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    The Justice Department's investigation into software company RealPage follows a host of federal antitrust cases alleging that property owners and casino hotel operators use the same proprietary software programs to fix and maintain pricing, which means algorithmic pricing programs are considered a key price-fixing tool in the digital age, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Welcome Turning Of The Page For Residential Real Estate

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    After one of the most challenging years on record for residential real estate, 2024 will likely be a time of transition to a stabler business climate, as sellers lose some of their excess bargaining power and the pace of sales picks up, says Marty Green at Polunsky Beitel.

  • Strict Duty To Indemnify Ruling Bucks Recent Trend

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    A South Carolina federal court's recent decision that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction to decide an insurer's duty to indemnify prior to the finding of insured liability sharply diverges from the more nuanced or multipronged standards established by multiple circuit courts, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Ill. Insurance Ruling Helps Developers, Community Orgs. Alike

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    The Illinois Supreme Court's decision in Acuity v. M/I Homes of Chicago, holding that commercial general liability policy exceptions did not prevent coverage for damage caused by faulty workmanship, will bring more potential insurance coverage for real estate developers and, in turn, larger payouts when community organizations sue them, say Howard Dakoff and Suzanne Karbarz Rovner at Levenfeld Pearlstein.

  • NJ Foreclosure Law Will Have Multifaceted Impact On Lenders

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    New Jersey's A.B. 5664 introduces significant reforms to foreclosure proceedings in the state, potentially lessening the burden on lenders and servicers to maintain foreclosed properties, but also brings new limitations and time frames, say Christina Livorsi and Wael Amer at Day Pitney.