Expert Analysis

Addressing Labor Shortages In The Construction Industry

As the construction industry's ongoing struggle with finding sufficient skilled workers continues, companies shoul... (more story)

A Framework For Investigating Commercial Loan Fraud

As commercial loan transactions are increasingly subject to sophisticated fraud schemes, lenders must adopt dynami... (more story)

Glassblowing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

I never expected that glassblowing would strongly influence my work as an attorney, but it has taught me the impor... (more story)

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EPA Says Army Corps Doesn't Belong In Pebble Mine Dispute

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is urging an Alaska federal judge to refuse a mining company's bid to amend a lawsuit in order to reverse an Army Corps of Engineers decision denying the controversial ... (more story)

SEC Official Urges Banks To Report Commercial RE Risks

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is closely monitoring the way banks with significant commercial real estate portfolios are communicating with investors about their exposure to the struggling market... (more story)

Värde Partners has provided $185 million in refinancing for a portfolio of 20 Class A self-storage facilities, the alternative investment firm announced Monday. (iStock)
JV's Self-Storage Portfolio Nets $185M Loan

Global alternative investment firm Värde Partners provided $185 million in refinancing for a joint venture's portfolio that comprises 20 Class A self-storage facilities, the firm said on Monday.

Lloyd's Seeks To Avoid Coverage For Beach Umbrella Death

Certain underwriters at Lloyd's, London told a South Carolina federal court Monday they should have no coverage obligations to a vacation rental owner over a wrongful death suit alleging that a woman was impal... (more story)

Nev. Restaurant Co.'s COVID Suit Is Kept Alive

A group of insurers can't avoid a restaurant holding company's bid for coverage of COVID-19-related losses, a Nevada state court ruled, finding that the state supreme court's ruling on the subject didn't contr... (more story)

Ill. Landowners Challenge FERC Moves On $7B Power Line

Illinois residents, farmers and landowners launched a fresh challenge to the $7 billion Grain Belt Express high-voltage power line, telling the D.C. Circuit that when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a... (more story)

La. To Provide Sales Tax Rebates For Data Center Purchases

Louisiana will provide state and local sales and use tax rebates for taxes paid on the lease or purchase of eligible data center equipment and the development, acquisition or repair of qualified data centers u... (more story)

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HUD, VA Want Early Win In Homeless Vets' Los Angeles Suit

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development pushed for a quick win in California federal court against a certified class action that claims the federal gove... (more story)

NJ Fund Gets $169M Loan For Mixed-Use Project

A development fund that's working on a 477-unit, mixed-use project in Jersey City, New Jersey, agreed to a loan agreement where its nominee entity borrowed $169.3 million, according to an official Monday announcement.

UDF accused NexPoint Real Estate Opportunities LLC of running a multi-year campaign to take over the REIT through baseless lawsuits and an attempted hostile takeover at a steep discount. (
REIT Hits Back At Board Takeover Bid Following Ponzi Case

Texas-based United Development Funding urged shareholders on Monday to ignore a bid for control from an activist investor that nominated a slate of board candidates to run the real estate investment trust, whi... (more story)

Ex-Chicago Alderman Gets Two Years For Boosting Law Firm

An Illinois federal judge on Monday sentenced former Chicago Alderman Ed Burke to two years in prison and fined him $2 million for using his official position to steer tax business to his personal law firm, cl... (more story)

IRS Finalizes Limits To Partnership Conservation Easements

The Internal Revenue Service finalized rules Monday that curb the conservation easement tax deduction claimed by certain partnerships, with some changes to last year's proposed version, such as limiting the op... (more story)

Mortgage Co. Fights To End Borrowers' RICO 'Smear' Suit

United Wholesale Mortgage has urged a Michigan federal judge to toss a putative class action claiming it violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by forcing brokers to originate loans th... (more story)

Landlord Says Insurer Botched Coverage For $1M State Deal

A Colorado landlord is accusing an insurance broker and carrier of secretly adding an endorsement to its policy to bar coverage for a $1 million settlement the landlord entered into to resolve a state investig... (more story)