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ADA Digital Accessibility Rule Enacted

Over three decades since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, federal authorities are implementing landmark regulations to clarify its application in the digital sphere. This month, the U.S. Department of Justice is poised to finalize a pioneering rule delineating technical standards for the digital accessibility of websites and mobile apps falling under Title II […]

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ESG: It’s Impact on the U.S. Real Estate Market: Shifting Priorities

ESG, or Environmental, Social, and Governance factors, notably influences the U.S. real estate sector. Impending reporting mandates and evolving investment standards drive this. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed ESG regulations mandating climate-related disclosures in the United States. These rules enhance transparency by requiring companies to report annual carbon emissions, detail strategies to […]

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Converting Offices into Residences in NYC is Challenging

Office buildings are under pressure as remote work becomes more prevalent. McKinsey forecasts an $800 billion decrease in their value over the next decade, particularly in cities like New York. While converting these spaces into apartments might seem like a logical step, the reality is far more complex. Analysts outline the obstacles: strict zoning laws […]

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Website Accessibility Suits move to State Courts

There has been a significant increase in website accessibility lawsuits in New York City, specifically in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts. Since 2017, visually impaired individuals have initiated many legal actions against businesses, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). By 2022, New York has become the […]

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“Tester” Standing in ADA Cases Still Undecided by Supreme Court

As discussed in a previous blog post, the Supreme Court decided to review a case concerning “tester” standing (Acheson Hotels, LLC v. Laufer). This caused significant anticipation among those concerned with the enforcement of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, the October 4th oral arguments raised doubts about whether we would receive […]

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Is it Possible to Sign a Commercial Lease Electronically?

In today’s commercial lease agreements, it’s quite common to find provisions that permit electronic signatures and the use of platforms like DocuSign. However, it’s essential to note that certain signatures, such as those on a Guaranty, may require notarization. In such cases, the notarized signature is usually provided in hard copy to the Landlord’s legal […]

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