Real Estate & Property Law

1856 ABA Journal Real Estate & Property Law articles.

Firms of the future: COVID-19 prompts more law firms to pursue real estate downsizing
In recent years, a growing number of law firms reduced their brick-and-mortar office space as a way to cut costs and also better meet the changing workplace needs of their attorneys.
2 lawyers charged in alleged scheme to steal nearly $750K in surplus foreclosure cash
Two Florida lawyers have been charged in an alleged foreclosure fraud scheme that cost victims nearly $750,000.
As its workforce shrinks, this BigLaw firm restores salaries and reorganizes
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has cut 4% of its global workforce and reorganized practice groups since undertaking a strategic review last year.
Afternoon Briefs: Property law scholar wins ‘genius grant;’ judge says inmates entitled to stimulus checks

Law prof who studied Black land ownership wins ‘genius grant’

Thomas Wilson Mitchell, a law professor at the Texas A&M University, is the only lawyer among 21 winners of the…

Receiver’s lawsuit alleges 2 BigLaw firms turned a blind eye to Ponzi scheme
The receiver for investment funds accused of operating as a Ponzi scheme has sued DLA Piper and Fox Rothschild for allegedly facilitating the wrongdoing.
Cuban American judge and SCOTUS contender’s record on voting rights, executive power could be contentious
A Cuban American judge who fought to keep a Cuban boy in the United States is said to be a top contender for the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
An eviction crisis is coming, housing lawyers warn

Nearly six months into a pandemic that’s upended American society, a San Diego property owner cut a deal with a tenant: Take $10,000 and get out.

Afternoon Briefs: 3 online law schools get state accreditation; cop immobilization maneuver can be fatal

3 fully online law schools get California accreditation

On Friday, California accreditation was given to three online law schools—the Concord Law School at Purdue University Global, the Northwestern California University…

Lawyer suspended after paying clients from own funds for phony case outcomes
A lawyer has been suspended after falsely telling four clients that he had resolved their cases and then paying them amounts ranging from $10,000 to $424,000 from his personal funds.
Second BigLaw firm litigates over rent on unoccupied offices during COVID-19 pandemic
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has filed a lawsuit contending that it is entitled to return of rent on unoccupied New York City offices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
State supreme court rules for property owner who lost home over $8 tax debt
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Friday that the takings clause in the state constitution prevents counties from selling homes for unpaid tax debts and keeping all surplus proceeds.
Top Florida court suspends lawyer over communication with condo association treasurer
A Florida lawyer has been suspended after sending a string of disparaging emails and text messages to the treasurer of a condo association.
Emotional support dog didn’t have priority over tenant with allergies, state supreme court says
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a no-pets building in Iowa City, Iowa, should not have allowed a new tenant to have an emotional support dog after an objection by another tenant with severe allergies.
Fighting landlord’s suit, Jenner & Block says COVID-19 pandemic entitles it to rent abatement
Jenner & Block says abatement provisions in its Chicago lease cover situations like the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is entitled to an $840,000-plus credit for overpayment.
Top law firms fared surprisingly well during COVID-19 pandemic, survey says
Updated: The legal industry has fared surprising well during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey of mostly larger law firms by Wells Fargo Private Bank's legal specialty group.

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