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Can a foreclosing plaintiff choose whom to name as a party defendant in a foreclosure action? In New York, in the absence of prejudice to the defaulting property owner, the answer is yes. Although a recent holding of New York’s Appellate Division, Second Department, tacitly suggests “no,” the case may not have addressed the actual controlling principles.
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By Jeffrey Turkel
Legal disputes as to the rent regulated status of an apartment are as old as rent regulation itself. On occasion, landlords and tenants have purported to “agree” in a lease or stipulation as to whether a unit is regulated. This article surveys case law as to how courts treat such agreements.
By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman
In a recent decision, the NY Court of Appeals handed down a decision with a new interpretation of the law of liquidated damages with regard to surrender agreements. Trustees of Columbia v. D’Agostino rewrites the rules of when a tenant simply gives up on the space.
By Barbara M. Goodstein
The back-and-forth is certainly confusing, but what is clear is that it can be unclear exactly where the line between real property and personal property should be drawn.
By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys
The prospect of using retail space for law offices is the latest adaptation, in addition to innovations such as hoteling and other forms of shared workspace, that may define law firm offices in the future as the COVID-19 pandemic makes a permanent mark on how firms configure and run their offices.