We've completed our analysis of the Galardi case and have some additional thoughts about the decision and its potential larger impact.
The real debate we've been having internally is whether Galardi can be read as signaling a change in the law concerning broadly worded waivers in condemnation clauses. Many commercial leases contain broad waivers, skewed towards landowners. Provisions such as "in the event of condemnation, tenant waives all rights to compensation" are not uncommon.
Until now, even the broadest wavier imaginable has not affected the tenant's right ...
When a business subject to a franchise agreement is condemned, questions often arise as to the allocation of proceeds between the franchisor and franchisee. When the question involves payment for lost business goodwill, the courts have placed strict limits on the franchisor's ability to recover.
In particular, courts have long held that a franchisor cannot make a claim for lost business goodwill because the franchisor fails one of the key entitlement prongs: the franchisor does not operate a business on the property. (See Redevelopment Agency v. International House of Pancakes ...
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