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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 Janice G. Inman
Is a property leased to a farming tenant a commercial property or an agricultural property? What about a building leased to a government entity? The distinction can make a difference in the tax laws that apply to the parcel.
By Andrew Dector
When members of the military are be called into action, the impact could be felt right here at home by our commercial landlords, especially those whose tenants are composed of businesses owned or operated by a sole proprietor, or an owner with one or two employees.
By Theresa A. Driscoll
Lessors who repossess property immediately prior to a lessee bankruptcy filing may be required to return such property or face sanctions by the bankruptcy court. Federal courts are currently split on the issue of whether the lessor must voluntary surrender property seized pre-petition or may hold such property until the debtor obtains an order of turnover.
By Mathew B. Tully and Barry Crushell
Proper planning and the ability to pivot will help American companies with UK, EU commercial property interests.