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Portland's Residential Real Estate Market Responds Surprisingly to COVID-19
The COVID-19 health crisis has indelibly affected society, impacting our behaviors, habits, and priorities. Unlike previous recessions, our relationship to spending and saving may be markedly different in our current circumstance. One clear example…
The Battle Continues Between Residential Landowners and Industrial Polluters
In April, the U.S. Supreme Court published their opinion in Atlantic Richfield v. Christian, further tangling the rules of engagement in the fight between residential property owners and industrial polluters.
More Proof that Environmental Site Assessments Are Critically Important in CERCLA Cases
In 1980, Congress enacted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), frequently referred to as Superfund. This legislation was passed in response to mounting concerns regarding releases or threatened…
COVID-19 Creates Short-Term Liquidity Problems in Commercial Real Estate
It is the first day of May, and in normal times the rent would be due again. But these are far from normal times, and in many cases the likelihood that rent will actually be paid (or paid in full) is quite low. As tenants search their couches for…
Mortgage Rates Drop as the Coronavirus Epidemic Grows
As cases of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, surpass 5,000 in the United States as of March 17 and global stock markets tumble amidst concerns over economic uncertainty, the Federal Reserve has taken measures to address economic turmoil. Most…
Updates on Portland’s Clean Energy Fund
In the fall of 2018, Portland voters approved the Clean Energy Initiative to establish the Portland Clean Energy Fund (“PCEF”). The initiative requires Portland retailers with total annual revenues over $1 billion and Portland annual revenues over…