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    Say it Ain’t So! Tortious Interference with a Sublease By a Master Landlord

    Marisa L. Byram and Tyler V. Friederich 

    A South Carolina appellate court recently affirmed a trial court’s decision that a landlord had tortiously interfered with a sublease by terminating the master lease after a fire damaged the subject building and such landlord was liable to the subtenant for punitive damages.

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    Second Circuit Expands Federal Class Actions for Mortgagors

    By Jonathan Robbin

    The Second Circuit recently held that a bare violation of mortgage satisfaction recording statutes without a demonstration of actual injury conferred federal jurisdiction, meaning that a mortgagor now has the ability to bring a class action in federal court. Thus, statutes designed to be merely remedial in nature can now be used punitively against lenders and servicers.

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    Legal Issues of Leasing to Cannabis Businesses

    Warren A. Estis and Alexander Lycoyannis

    New cannabis businesses will need to lease commercial space in order to operate — and undoubtedly, many real estate owners are eager to meet this new demand. However, owners and prospective cannabis businesses have many legal issues and questions to consider before entering into lease agreements.

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    Force Majeure Clauses In Construction Contracts In the Aftermath of COVID-19

    Jeffery R. Mullen and Fred Warren Jacoby

    We are only beginning to scratch the surface of the effect on the construction litigation visited on us by COVID-19-related impacts. However, the pandemic and its continuing impact has reinforced the importance of planning for the unexpected — and undefined — when negotiating construction contracts.

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