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Editor’s note: In July 2012, the federal government moved to seize commercially leased property located in San Jose, CA, because it was being used by a medical-€“marijuana-producing tenant operating in compliance with California law. The federal government did not recognize as valid California’s authorization of medical marijuana sales, as it still has on the books its own legislation listing marijuana as a schedule-I drug — the most dangerous kind. The Government brought a civil in-rem forfeiture action pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 881(a)(7), which authorizes the Government, in the case of property that is being used to violate the federal Controlled Substances Act, to seize such “real property, including any right, title, and interest (including any leasehold interest) in the whole of any lot or tract of land and any appurtenances or improvements, which is used, or intended to be used, in any manner or part, to commit, or to facilitate the commission of, a violation of this subchapter punishable by more than one year’s imprisonment.”
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By Dana Delman and John Vukmanovic
When COVID-19-related restrictions imposed by state and local governments are lifted, there is no guarantee that they will have done more than delay the inevitable: eviction and bankruptcy. Modifications should be used to cut risk and losses. If at all possible, landlords and tenants should cooperate now to avoid that outcome.
By Ashlyn Robinson Banks
“I want them out!” When a tenant stops paying rent, landlords usually have this reaction. But what about those tenants faithfully paying rent while breaching other provisions of the lease? This article examines the eviction of a commercial tenant for non-monetary defaults.
By Joseph I. Farca
How did the artists qualify for protection under the Visual Artists Rights Act, how could the owners know whether the artists had achieved “recognized stature” warranting prevention of their works’ destruction, and what could the owners have done to avoid liability while retaining the right to dispose of their properties as they saw fit?
By Katheryn Tucker
Much attention has been paid to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on income, unemployment and cash flow for businesses. But new research takes an eye opening look at what the shutdown of many businesses may do to the worth of commercial real estate.