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On Nov. 27, 2017, the Marion County Superior Court in Indiana granted Simon Property Group, L.P. (Simon) a preliminary injunction prohibiting Starbucks Corporation from “(a) Failing to occupy and conduct business as usual in the leased premises for any of the Teavana stores at any Simon shopping center owned in whole or in part or managed by Simon, including any failure to be open and operating during normal business hours, as required by the Leases; and (b) Conducting, promoting, or advertising any fire, ‘going out of business,’ or similar sale, as prohibited by any of the Leases.” Simon Property Group, L.P. v. Starbucks Corporation, No.49D01-1708-PL-032170, 2017 WL 6452028, at 27 (Ind. Super. Nov. 27, 2017).
By Michael R. Leighton
Numerous shopping center developers use a “layer-cake” of financing, including state and federal tax incentives to reduce the costs of debt and equity financing. The industry correctly saw that the market value of the credits would drop once the Jobs Act become effective. Such tax cut could undoubtedly impact the ability of developers to raise equity, certainly for new projects not yet placed in service.
By Erika Morphy
One of the many provisions of last year’s tax overhaul was the creation of a little-noticed program called Opportunity Zones, which was designed to give investors tax breaks for investments in designated areas. Now, attention is starting to pick up as the program takes shape.
By Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan
The courts issued 41 decisions in 2017 under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act, and changes were made to regulations themselves this year. This article summarizes the most important of these cases and regulation changes, and the patterns they represent.
Tenant Improvement Does Not Shift Repair Responsibility Away from Landlord
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