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Fifth Circuit Allows Non-Signatories to Enforce Arbitration Agreement

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The Fifth Circuit has affirmed an order compelling arbitration, despite the fact that the parties seeking to compel arbitration were not signatories to the relevant arbitration agreement, according to Carlton Fields.

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Akerman Adds Real Estate and Cannabis Practices Team Led by Partner Irán Hopkins

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Akerman LLP has added transactional partner Irán Hopkins in Los Angeles, as well as real estate associates Daphna Davidovits and Claudia Fu.

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Jackson Walker Expands in Dallas with Addition of Four Real Estate Partners

Jackson Walker Expands in Dallas with Addition of Four Real Estate Partners

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Jackson Walker announced that Cynthia “Cindy” Brotman Nelson, George C. Dunlap Jr., Kevin L. Kelley and Scott Tuthill have joined the firm as partners in the real estate practice group in the Dallas office.

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Buchalter Welcomes Real Estate Shareholders in Scottsdale

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Buchalter has added shareholders J. Craig Cartwright and Kevin T. Lytle as members of the Real Estate Practice Group in the Scottsdale office.

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Barnes & Thornburg Adds Transactional Partner Salvador LaViña in Los Angeles

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP has added Salvador LaViña as a partner in the Real Estate Department in Los Angeles. LaViña joins from Enenstein Ribakoff LaViña & Pham APC.

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Houston Office Vacancies Raise Concerns for Owners Making Loan Payments

Houston Office Vacancies Raise Concerns for Owners Making Loan Payments

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Estimates are that more than a fifth of Houston office space sits empty as landlords struggle to find new tenants and existing tenants struggle to sublease unused space.

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DLA Piper Adds Ying Genève DuBois to Real Estate Practice in Miami

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DLA Piper announced Ying Genève DuBois to their Real Estate practice in Miami. Her practice focuses on representing US and global investors in their US real estate investments, particularity investors in Asia.

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The Law Conference for Hotel Owners and Operators

The Law Conference for Hotel Owners and Operators

Event, Jan. 22-23, 2018, Los Angeles
ALIS Law will present its annual conference on Jan. 22-23, 2018, at the Residence Inn and Courtyard Los Angeles. Attendees are expected to include general counsel teams of hotel ownership companies, management companies and brands, as well as law firms that advise hoteliers.

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What Does Your Reservation Clause Mean?

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Two Locke Lord lawyers authored a discussion about a court decision that emphasizes the importance of properly phrasing a reservation clause, as to avoid inadvertently granting an interest in a mineral estate.

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Capital Outlook for U.S. Real Estate Sector on the Rise, Annual Akerman Report Finds

Capital Outlook for U.S. Real Estate Sector on the Rise, Annual Akerman Report Finds

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Increased confidence in the commercial real estate market has taken hold since the U.S. presidential election, according to a report released today by U.S. law firm Akerman LLP.

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Barnes & Thornburg Expands Real Estate Practice in Dallas

Barnes & Thornburg Expands Real Estate Practice in Dallas

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Will Russ has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP in its Dallas office as a partner in the Real Estate Department.

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Carey Gunn Venditti Joins DLA Piper’s Real Estate Practice in Austin

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Carey Gunn Venditti has joined the DLA Piper’s realeEstate practice as a partner in the Austin office. Venditti joins the firm from Greenberg Traurig where she was a shareholder.

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Hogan Lovells Adds Real Estate Lawyer Lea Ann Fowler in Denver

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Hogan Lovells announces that Lea Ann Fowler will join the firm’s Real Estate practice as a partner in the Denver office.

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J. David Hitchcock Joins Buchalter As Shareholder in Los Angeles Office

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David Hitchcock has joined Buchalter Nemer’s Los Angeles office as a shareholder in the Real Estate practice group.

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Akerman Expands Real Estate Group with Addition of Four Lawyers in Denver

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Akerman LLP announced the the addition of partners Allison Nelson and Lori Albert and associates William Garehime and Kelly Adams from Fennemore Craig to the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group.

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Austin Jury Finds Danish Woman Was Defrauded in $1.35M Condo Sale

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A Travis County jury has returned a verdict against Chicago Title of Texas, LLC and other real estate-related businesses, finding they defrauded a young Danish woman of all proceeds from the sale of her $1.35 million condominium at the exclusive Residences at W Austin, according to a post on the website of Androvett Legal Media & Marketing

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Texas Supreme Court Rules Pipeline Can Take Land by Eminent Domain

Texas Supreme Court Rules Pipeline Can Take Land by Eminent Domain

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Typically, the power of eminent domain is granted to governmental entities rather than private institutions. Under Texas law, however, a common carrier has the right and power of eminent domain, according to Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

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Trump Pays $25 Million to Settle Trump University Litigation

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Politico reports that Trump University transferred the funds Tuesday night, providing enough money pay back about half of the funds paid by students for the seminars.

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License or Lease? The Contractual Limits of the Sharing Economy

License or Lease? The Contractual Limits of the Sharing Economy

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In an article posted on Commercial Property Executive’s website, Elizabeth Levin of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips explores the implications of contracts and lease agreements pertaining to co-working and short term rental arrangements.

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A Settlement Agreement That’s Too Vague Doesn’t Settle Much At All

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Stacey Lantagne, writing in her ContractsProf Blog, uses a recent Florida case to illustrate the importance of specificity when drafting contracts.

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