Ian Crawford successfully appealed a trial judge's decision to overturn a $4.4 million breach of contract jury verdict on behalf of a landlord.
The Appeals Court found that the landlord was bound by an agreement to lease part of a commercial property even though the landlord did not own the property when the lease was executed. Mr. Crawford said that the concept that “you can't rent what you don't own” is an incorrect view. “If I were to develop a shopping center, I would want to secure a tenant first, to make sure I'd have a viable entity.”
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