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Most commercial leases are forged by a deliberate, organic process that includes face-to-face meetings, telephone calls and written correspondence between the landlord, the tenant and their respective agents, culminating in a written contract that historically was required to be signed by hand by both parties. Over the past 20 years, the rise of email as a generally-accepted medium of business communication has prompted the law to allow certain contracts, including leases, to be entered into electronically, without a handwritten signature. Progress has been made in this respect, both by statute and the common law; however, tweaking a centuries-old legal axiom takes time. This article addresses recent developments and the present state of the law with respect to commercial leasing and electronic media.
By Alan Nochumson
Part One of a Two-Part Article
When entering into a lease for commercial space, there are some items that should not be overlooked. Landlords and tenants alike should make sure that the following things are addressed in the lease, one way or another.
By Ira Fierstein and Michelle Palka
An Illinois Appellate Court recently ruled in favor of a commercial tenant after a new owner acquired a commercial building and attempted to collect accrued unpaid rent owed to the previous landlord.
By Albena Petrakov
With the recent carnage in the retail industry, including Sears and many other retailers of all shapes and sizes, a lot of attention goes to the fate of landlords when their tenants seek bankruptcy protection.
First Court’s Lack of Jurisdiction over Cause of Action Means Second Action Is Not Barred