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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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5 Points: Arbitration Clauses in Real Estate Contracts

5 Points:  Arbitration Clauses in Real Estate Contracts

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While consumers may not have many choices when signing agreements that contain arbitration clauses, commercial parties often negotiate every last term of their agreements, according to a post on Shutts & Bowen LLP’s website.

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Two New Cases: Fractional Royalty, Fraction of Royalty, or Mineral Interest?

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Two new opinions, one from the San Antonio Court of Appeals and one from the El Paso Court of Appeals, again tackle the task of construing mineral and royalty conveyances and reservations, reports John McFarland in his Oil and Gas Lawyer Blog.

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Bankruptcy Trustee Dismisses Case After Expert Fails On Cross Examination

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The trustee for a bankrupt company decided to drop his lawsuit after watching his expert witness cross examined by an attorney from Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.(AZA), clearing AZA’s clients of claims that they received fraudulently transferred company assets, the firm reports in a news release.

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Small-Firm Office Leasing Reality Check

Small-Firm Office Leasing Reality Check

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While base rent and escalations seem like an obvious starting point, due to sky-high demand and flush competition, prospective tenants better serve their interests by focusing on other points, writes Laura Drossman of Drossman Law in San Francisco.

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Illinois Governor Appoints Quarles & Brady Partner to READ Board

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Everett Ward, partner at the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady, has been appointed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to serve as a public member of the Real Estate Administration and Disciplinary Board.

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Judge Fines Foreclosure Law Firm $1.8 Million for Bogus Billings

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A Denver judge has fined one of the city’s prolific foreclosure attorneys $1.8 million for billing thousands of consumers facing the loss of their homes for title-insurance policies that did not exist, reports The Denver Post.

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