Real Estate & Property Law

1793 ABA Journal articles on Real Estate & Property Law.

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.
Another lawsuit makes racketeering claims against state-legal marijuana business
Another lawsuit has been filed alleging Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims against a marijuana business, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
Law firm billed criminal defendants for prosecution fees; building-code violation brings $31K bill

Building-code violators in two California municipalities are being billed for their own criminal prosecutions after the cities hired a law firm and authorized it to bill defendants for its prosecution…

Colorado’s marijuana business is a criminal conspiracy to the feds
Under federal law, the decriminalized marijuana industry is in a slightly precarious position. Congress has prevented the Department of Justice from interfering with state-legal medical marijuana, but it left the DOJ free to enforce federal law against state-legal recreational marijuana businesses.
Suits target government’s decision to release reservoir water during Hurricane Harvey

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of Houston homeowners seeking compensation as a result of a federal decision to release water from two reservoirs during Hurricane Harvey.

The…

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