Roundtable Discussion

COVID-19: Force Majeure, Impossibility and Frustration of Purpose

As novel coronavirus has become a global pandemic, it has caused a ripple effect to businesses worldwide. This Roundtable, hosted by lawyers who confront these issues regularly, explores the contractual issues, in both real estate and generally, and whether parties can invoke force majeure clauses, impossibility, and frustration of purpose.

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Agents Lose First Major Ruling over Fees from PPP Lenders

By David J. Marmins and Morgan E. M. Harrison – August 25, 2020 | United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida rules that lenders are not required to pay agent’s fees under the CARES Act absent an agreement to do so.

Big Win for Business Interruption Policyholders as Courts Start Issuing COVID-19 Decisions

By David J. Marmins and Rebecca Lunceford Kolb – August 14, 2020 | Under a ruling out of Missouri, demonstrating that the virus has a physical presence and that it caused deprivation at the property would be sufficient to invoke coverage.

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How Can Real Estate Litigation Attorneys Help Diverse Communities?

By Paul Stibbe – August 13, 2020 | A few tips beyond donating money, from pro bono services supporting low-income tenants to representing small businesses owned by people of color.

Illinois Bankruptcy Court Grants Force Majeure Relief to Restaurant

By David J. Marmins and Michael F. Holbein – June 29, 2020 | The court made a preliminary finding that the restaurant must pay only 25 percent of its rent.

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When the Floods and Fires Come: Landowner's Property Damage Claims

In the wake of the Superstorm Sandy, the 2017 hurricanes, and the California wildfires, landowners damaged by the disasters are faced with a confusing array of potential recovery options. This program is designed to assist small and general practice attorneys whose clients are harmed by these disasters. (1 hour, 5 min.)

Up in Smoke? Cannabis Law Roundtable

This discussion explores the collision of the cannabis industry and the real estate industry, including leasing, zoning, financing, personal injury and property liability, insurance (business/title insurance etc.) issues and other legal issues, along with other considerations for practitioners who may be thinking about becoming "cannabis counsel."

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