Real Estate & Property Law

1797 ABA Journal Real Estate & Property Law articles.

First paralegal practitioners in Utah are expected to be licensed in 2019

The first paralegal practitioners in Utah are expected to be licensed in 2019, making the state the second to license nonlawyers to practice law.

New rules regulating paralegal practitioners…

Greenberg Traurig co-founder Robert Traurig dies at 93

Robert Traurig, a co-founder of Greenberg Traurig known for his zoning expertise and devotion to civic causes, has died at 93.

Traurig died Tuesday in Miami, according to the

Trump pardons Oregon ranchers who inspired Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff
President Donald Trump has pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond, the Oregon ranchers whose arson conviction inspired the 40-day standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The Hill and the Washington Post have stories.
Suit claims landlord didn’t see lawyer’s clause freezing his rent in perpetuity

A lawsuit filed against an Oregon lawyer claims he drafted a clause in his lease that freezes his rent at $1,550 a month in perpetuity.

Landlord Angela Bell says in…

Judge orders NY man out of his parents’ home, says he isn’t entitled to 6 months’ notice

A judge in upstate New York has ordered a 30-year-old man to leave his parents’ home, even as he praised his legal research.

Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood, a trial-level…

Judge tosses lawsuit claiming Zillow uses Zestimates to funnel website visitors to advertisers

A federal judge in Chicago has dismissed an amended lawsuit that claims Zillow engages in deceptive and unfair business practices by using its sometimes inaccurate “Zestimates” of property value as…

Before working for Trump, lawyer Michael Cohen also invested in taxi medallions and real estate

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was a personal injury lawyer before working for the Trump Organization, but it wasn’t his only career.

Cohen was “a hard-edge personal-injury…

Nearly 1 million US households were ordered evicted in 2016, database shows
The author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning book chronicling the downward spiral of people evicted from their homes in Milwaukee is broadening his research.
Appeals court overturns $34.5M malpractice verdict against Holland & Knight
A California appeals court has overturned a $34.5 million malpractice award against Holland & Knight that had stemmed from the firm’s legal work on behalf of an Atlanta developer accused of making false representations to investors and misappropriating their cash.
Justice Department sues California over ‘extreme’ law restricting federal land transfers

The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state of California on Monday that contends a state law restricting federal land transfers violates the supremacy clause.

The federal government…

Foreclosure law firm is accused of overbilling Fannie Mae through affiliates’ ‘exponential markups’

A foreclosure law firm in New York is accused in a federal lawsuit of overbilling Fannie Mae by inflating costs for mortgage-related services offered by its wholly owned affiliates.

The…

Judge awards graffiti artists $6.7M in suit against building owner who whitewashed their art
A federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, awarded statutory damages of $6.7 million to 21 graffiti artists in a suit that contended a building owner violated federal law when he painted over their artwork.
Judge: Kushner company must reveal identities of real estate partners

A federal judge in Maryland ruled Friday that Jared Kushner’s family real estate company could not keep secret the identities of its partners in Baltimore-area apartment complexes that are…

Supreme Court accepts case on endangered frog that tests reach of federal law
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider a case involving an endangered frog and regulations affecting private property.
Jan. 7, 1795: The Yazoo Land Fraud Becomes Law
A state-sanctioned land grab tested issues of state sovereignty and federal power in the newly independent United States. Claims under the Yazoo Land Act ultimately were resolved by the Supreme Court in Fletcher v. Peck.

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