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Fourth Circuit Clarifies Lease Repair Obligations and Racial Harassment Response Requirements

  • May 07, 2020

Morgan Rogers, Jonathan Crotty, and Alli Davidson wrote a column in reviewing recent, important rulings for businesses at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

"The federal appeals court over the Carolinas, the Virginias, and Maryland weighed in recently on what it takes to amend a commercial lease—and settle the perpetual fight over maintenance and repairs—as well as whether a racist joke is grounds for an automatic firing. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit addressed those issues in Expo Properties v. Experient and Bazemore v. Best Buy. Its rulings contain significant holdings for the commercial real estate industry specifically and employers generally."

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