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How closely will courts scrutinize exercises of the eminent domain power? Until recently, courts have been quite deferential when entities clothed with eminent domain power have determined that private property is necessary for public use. Two recent decisions, however, suggest that there are limits to that deference.
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‘Best Efforts’ Clauses In Commercial Leases
By Gary M. Rosenberg, Alexander Lycoyannis and Michael A. Pensabene
Undefined terms of art such as “best efforts” are often utilized in commercial leases, but the interpretation of those terms and the enforceability of the clause, when left to the courts, will turn on how the lease is drafted.
The Impact of New York’s Greenhouse Gas Law
By Matthew Schneid
New York City's Local Law Number 97 was enacted to amend the New York City Charter and Administrative Code to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This is accomplished by requiring buildings to retrofit their systems with more energy efficient systems or purchase certain permitted carbon offsets.
How to Strike a Deal In a Stagnant Net Lease Market
By Chad Kurz
Transactions have slowed in just about every category for commercial real estate and net lease is no exception. The reasons are myriad for that but let’s boil them down.
Can ChatGPT Take the Place of Real Estate Lawyers?
By Tony Alfonso
While we marvel at the myriad applications of ChatGPT, it’s important to note that this newly introduced tool has nuances which can create problems if misunderstood — especially when attempting to produce legal documents or legal advice in real estate transactions.