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Voters May Not Usurp City’s Administrative Land Use Authority Through Initiative Process

In The Park at Cross Creek LLC v. City of Malibu (2nd Dist. 2017), ___Cal.App.5th___ (Case No. B271620), the Court addressed the validity of a voter enacted initiative, Measure R, designed to limit large developments and...more

Landlords Win San Francisco Legal Battle

Who is responsible for the housing crisis in San Francisco, and what can government do to solve it? As property values have climbed in San Francisco and surrounding areas, that problem has increasingly vexed elected...more

Property Reserve and Precondemnation Entries – The Epilogue

As we have previously reported, the California Supreme Court in Property Reserve, Inc. v. Superior Court (2016) 1 Cal.5th 151, ruled that the California statutes allowing precondemnation entry by the government to test and...more

California Supreme Court Salvages Precondemnation Entry Statute by Reforming to Include Right to Jury

It is not often that the California Supreme Court steps in to reform legislation that would otherwise be unconstitutional, but that’s what it did in Property Reserve, Inc. v. Superior Court (S.Ct. No. S217738), issued July...more

In A Condemnation Case, The Judge – Not Jury – Decides If A Dedication Requirement Meets Constitutional Muster

In its second major eminent domain opinion in as many months, the California Supreme Court in City of Perris v. Richard C. Stamper (S.Ct. No. S213468), issued on August 15, 2016, deals with two issues: First, is it the role...more

Will The Supreme Court Loosen The Reins On Regulatory Takings Claims?

It is an understatement to say that pursuing a claim against the government for a Fifth Amendment regulatory taking is difficult. The United States Supreme Court has described such claims as presenting “an especially steep...more

“No Build” Condition On Shopping Center Property Is Compensable Regulatory Taking

The Court of Appeal has squarely held that a prohibition on development of a portion of a shopping center project site, in order to “bank” that property for possible future acquisition, was a temporary taking. (Jefferson...more

Don’t Miss This Deadline To File A Regulatory Takings Claim

The Court of Appeal has recently reminded land use practitioners of an important deadline when pursuing a takings claim: A takings challenge based on a land use determination must be filed within 90 days of that determination...more

Redeveloping Redevelopment: Recent Legislation

THE RISE AND (UNINTENDED) FALL OF REDEVELOPMENT IN CALIFORNIA. The rise and fall of redevelopment agencies in California has been extensively written about, including in this publication. The history of redevelopment...more

Legal Update: Government Precondemnation Entry and Inspection – A Review of Property Reserve, Inc. v. Superior Court (2014)

There are four ways the government can enter onto private property: - It has permission of the property owner. - In an emergency (Tenth Amendment/police power). - It has a search warrant, based on...more

California Court Rejects “Sham Guaranty” Defense; Enforces Guaranty

The “sham guaranty” defense may absolve a guarantor of liability when no deficiency is available against the borrower, and the guarantor is really the borrower with a different name. In California Bank and Trust v. Lawler...more

Lenders Beware! Seller Subordination Agreement Ahead Lenders Beware! Seller Subordination Agreement Ahead

In Citizens Business Bank v. Gevorgian (2013) 218 Cal.App.4th 602, the Court declined to enforce a subordination agreement, where modifications to the underlying loan accomplished through a “side letter” to the construction...more

9/3/2013  /  Lenders , Liens , Loans , Subordination

California High-Speed Rail - What You Need To Know

Project Overview - The California High-Speed Rail Authority (“HSR”) plans to build an 800-mile high-speed rail system stretching from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim and eventually to Sacramento and San Diego....more

Popeye And Purchase Money Loans

In Enloe v. Kelso, 2013 WL 3357884 (2d Dist. 2013), the Second District Court of Appeal wrote a (characteristically) “short and sweet” opinion holding that the prohibition on obtaining a deficiency judgment under a deed of...more

The Collateral Source Rule and Title Insurance: Broker Accused of Fraud by Lender May Show it Obtained Title Insurance as Defense

In Chanda v. Federal Home Loans Corp. (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 746, the court analyzed application of the so-called “collateral source” rule to preclude evidence of title insurance, in the context of a claim by a lender against...more

6/4/2013

Beware of Deed of Trust Securing Multiple Loans: Priorities May Not Be as They Appear!

In R.E. Loans LLC v. Investors Warranty of America, Inc. (2013) 212 Cal.App.4th 1432, the court of appeal decided that a subordination agreement was enforceable even though the new deed of trust (“subordinating loan”) to...more

Failure to Conduct Face-To-Face Interview With Borrower Precludes Nonjudicial Foreclosure Sale Under FHA Loan – Pfeifer v....

California courts have to date been reluctant to inject themselves into the comprehensive nonjudicial foreclosure scheme enacted by the Legislature at Civil Code section 2924 et seq....more

Neither Failure to Name Trustee In Deed of Trust Nor Absence of The Original Note Will Invalidate A Nonjudicial Foreclosure Sale –...

In this recent Court of Appeal opinion, an issue of first impression in California was addressed: That is, can a borrower seek to set aside a nonjudicial foreclosure under a deed of trust which initially failed to identify a...more

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