Tag: Brad G. Hickey

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Adverse Possession in a Closely Held Company? ‘Stash’ This One Away

Imagine for a moment that you’re a shareholder in a closely held corporation. In most jurisdictions, that status as a shareholder obligates you to a heightened fiduciary duty to your fellow shareholders. Now imagine that your closely held corporation is in the real estate business, and one of your fellow shareholders sues the corporation for…
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Buyer’s Market? Real Estate Broker Verdict’s Effect on Marketplace

A recent federal jury verdict in Missouri has gotten the attention of real estate industry professionals around the country. The jury in Sitzer v. National Association of Realtors et. al (Case No. 4:19-cv-00332-SRB) ordered the National Association of Realtors (“NAR”) and a number of the nation’s largest real estate franchises to pay $1.78 billion in…
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What Florida’s SB 264 Means for Foreign Ownership of Real Property

This past July, Florida became the latest state to adopt legislation with the goal of restricting foreign governments and individuals from real property ownership. Florida’s controversial new bill, SB 264, Interests of Foreign Countries is the 15th state-level bill enacted in 2023 related to such matters, with state lawmakers introducing similar bills in another 20…
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Not Theirs for the Taking: SCOTUS Rebuffs County’s Full Property Seizure

From Cicero’s De Officiis to the Magna Carta and the homesteaders of 1862 to the millennials of 2023, humankind has long recognized the importance of a place to call home. Codified in the Fifth Amendment (“…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation”) and bolstered by over 200 years of case…
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New M&A Broker Exemption: To Be or Not To Be, That Is the Question

On March 29, 2023, a new exemption from SEC registration for brokers providing services in mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) transactions officially went into effect. The exemption, outlined in Section 501 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, is welcome news to the many M&A practitioners whose practices had previously been reliant solely on the SEC…
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Protection From Panic Starts With These Proactive Banking Strategies

The fast and furious developments related to Silicon Valley Bank (“SVB”), Signature Bank, and others had depositors, employees, landlords, lawyers, accountants, and fiduciaries from nearly every sector scrambling for solutions to very real and challenging liquidity problems for their businesses and clients. Fortunately, after stepping in as receiver last Friday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation…
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