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In a case of first impression, and after it decided public policy would not be offended, New York’s Appellate Division, Second Department, decided earlier this year that commercial tenants may contractually waive the right to seek a Yellowstone injunction in 159 MP Corp. v. Redbridge Bedford, 160 A.D.3d 176 (N.Y. App. Div., 2nd Dep’t, 1/31/18). A Yellowstone injunction is derived from the 1968 New York high court case of First National Stores v. Yellowstone Shopping Center, 21 N.Y.2d 630, and it is actually a temporary restraining order (TRO) that preserves the status quo, preventing the landlord from evicting the tenant during the pendency of judicial proceedings concerning the underlying issues between the parties.
By Janice G. Inman
In the real estate business, as in many others, the question of just who is contractually responsible when things go wrong is a recurring one, particularly when a closely-held corporation or other business entity is involved.
By Menachem J. Kastner and Ally Hack
The focus of this article is the “early termination provision,” a lease provision that affords landlords the tactical advantage they need. Specifically, this article seeks to: 1) guide the practitioner through the pitfalls of a poorly drafted termination provision; and 2) advise the practitioner how to craft a proper and effective termination provision.
Subtenants Not Entitled to Notice Under Law
Illegal Tenant Activity Negates Insurer’s Responsibility to the Landlord
By Marisa L. Byram and Wheeler Frost
Assignment provisions in a commercial lease often boil down to the following seemingly simple, but more often than not complex, standard: that the lease may only be assigned or the premises subleased with the landlord’s consent, not to be unreasonably withheld. The following examples of case law illustrate how courts have construed this provision under various circumstances.