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Under the current circumstances, with most businesses required to be closed, the question arises as to what a commercial tenant’s obligations are under the lease for its premises, most particularly with respect to rent. Can the tenant be relieved of, or does it have a defense to, the obligation to continue to pay rent? The short answer is possibly yes, but the situation is unprecedented and the answer may have to be determined in litigation.
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By Bella Schiro and Misun Yoon
Many in the legal economy may be asking themselves whether they need office space at all now that everyone has been forcibly migrated to cyberspace. But having experienced work from home for several months, there is a newfound appreciation for the office workplace. But what will the office look like when we return to it?
By Jonathan Koevary and Robert Gagne
To say the least, for those companies that filed for bankruptcy on the eve of the COVID-19 shutdowns, the strategies — and available cash flows to pay landlords — did not go as planned.
By Jeffrey B. Steiner and Scott A. Weinberg
This article reviews a recent case, D2 Mark LLC v. OREI VI Investments LLC, to understand how the court’s decision may provide mezzanine lenders with guidance in structuring a UCC foreclosure sale auction in the COVID-19 landscape so as to strengthen their position against any claims by the mezzanine borrower that the sale is not commercially reasonable.
By Lidia Dinkova
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