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    Scrutiny of Eminent Domain Power

    Stewart E. Sterk

    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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    What’s Working to Get Employees to Return To the Office

    Anthony Davies

    We are seeing a variety of successful measures that are designed to help attorneys get what they want: a best-of-both worlds scenario where they keep some work-from-home and fold-in an opportunity to intentionally connect and collaborate with colleagues in the office.

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    New Bankruptcy Code May Provide Way Out of Commercial Leases

    Eric Snyder

    In major metropolitan areas, commercial office vacancies have skyrocketed and rents have plummeted. Tenants, required to examine their space needs post-pandemic, are eager to take advantage of the lower rents. A recent addition to the Bankruptcy Code provides these lessees with an opportunity to walk away from above-market leases.

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    Commercial Real Estate’s New Darling: Retail

    Paul Bergeron

    Retail appears to be replacing multifamily when it comes to commercial real estate darlings. Shopping center vacancy in Q4 2022 reached its lowest level dating back to 2007 — and asking rents for shopping centers rose broadly.

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    Maryland Appellate Court: COVID-19 Restrictions Not Excuse for Tenants’ Failure to Pay Rent

    Allison Dunn

    Looking primarily to states like Connecticut for guidance, the Appellate Court of Maryland concluded that economic challenges stemming from COVID-19 executive orders themselves are not sufficient to establish the affirmative defenses of frustration of purpose and legal impossibility for failure to pay rent.

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    Seven Commercial Real Estate Investment Strategies for 2023

    Joseph J. Ori

    With the year starting out amid uncertainty and no small amount of pessimism, there are certain strategies that promise to play well amid the environment. Read on to find out what will work in 2023.

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