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The recent decision in Sears Roebuck & Co. and Kmart Corp. v. W/S Lebanon LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143902 (D. N.H. 9/6/17) (Sears and Kmart), seems timely in light of the fact that commercial landlords, tenants and their insurance providers are grappling with the problems caused by the extreme wind and rain of hurricanes. In the Sears and Kmart case, the hurricane in question was 2011′s Hurricane Irene, which roared up the east coast and then lingered over New England as a tropical storm, depositing flooding rains over several states, including New Hampshire.
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
Attorney Fees Not Court-Ordered Cannot Be Recouped by Withholding Rent