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Block and lot indexes prevalent in New York City were designed to make title searches simpler than those necessary under the grantor-grantee index system prevalent in many other areas of the state and country. Suppose, however, block and lot numbers change over time. To what extent are purchasers on notice of deeds recorded under a block and lot number different from the one prevalent at the time of purchase? The First Department recently faced that issue in Akasa Holdings, LLC v. 214 Lagayette House, LLC, NYLJ 9/5/19, p. 22., col. 1, and concluded that at least when the record under the current lot number reveals unexplained breaks in the chain of title, purchasers have a duty to inquire about deeds recorded beyond the current block and lot number.
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By Danielle C. Lesser
Malls across America, long suffering even before the rise of COVID-19, are now forced to confront a wave of store closures. Troubled retailers will, without doubt, seek to close their failing mall locations. To stem these efforts, landlords have applied to courts for injunctive relief to force stores to remain open and operating, despite lagging sales, through the enforcement of the “continuous operations provision” found in mall leases.
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