Christopher Smart

Christopher Smart

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Developments in Life Insurance in Florida

Life insurers will find the following Florida decisions regarding the state’s unclaimed property law and false claims act important: - Total Asset Recovery Services, LLC v. Metlife, Inc. and Prudential Financial Inc.,...more

9/25/2014 - Death Benefits Estate Planning Life Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: September 2014 #2

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Parol Evidence: trial court erred by considering extrinsic evidence to determine parties’ intent because contract for sale of property that provided certain prior deposits be paid to seller as...more

9/23/2014 - Action to Quiet Title Appraisal Duty to Defend Economic Loss Doctrine Email Evidence Foreclosure Mechanics Lien Real Estate Transfers Release Agreements Scope of Coverage Service of Process Standing Subject Matter Jurisdiction Written Notice

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: September 2014 #1

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing: to establish a prima facie case for mortgage foreclosure, successor mortgagor must introduce evidence it was in possession of original note with blank endorsement at time...more

9/11/2014 - Closing Protection Letters Deed of Trust Foreclosure Mortgages Promissory Notes Standing Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: August 2014 #2

former marital home entitled to homestead exemption under article X, section 4 of Florida Constitution because (1) decedent and former wife still owned home as tenants in common at time of his death; (2) decedent’s sons, whom...more

9/4/2014 - Action to Quiet Title Attorney's Fees Class Action Foreclosure Homestead Exemption Proof of Loss Standing TILA

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: August 2014 #1

Trial court erred in granting lender’s motion to vacate an order dismissing its foreclosure complaint for lack of prosecution without first giving borrower an opportunity to be heard at an evidentiary hearing. – Arcila v. BAC...more

8/21/2014 - FCCPA Foreclosure Mortgages Property Insurance Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update

Eminent Domain/Deposit Funds: plaintiff’s right to interest on funds placed on deposit with Clerk during eminent domain proceedings pursuant to section 74.051, Florida Statutes (2007) needed to be resolved in initial takings...more

8/7/2014 - Eminent Domain Land Titles Real Estate Market Takings

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update

Easements: trial court erred in denying statutory easement or “way of necessity” where owners established all elements pursuant to section 704.01(2), Fla. Stat. – Messer v. Sanders, No. 1D13-3084 (Fla. 1st DCA July 9, 2014)...more

7/22/2014 - Attorney's Fees Disclosure Easements Exclusions Foreclosure Jurisdiction Litigation Fees & Costs Mortgage Fraud Policy Exclusions Riparian Rights Subrogation Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update

Foreclosure: reservation of jurisdiction in final judgment to determine amount of attorneys’ fees renders that portion of judgment non-final and non-appealable – BAC Home Loans Servicing LP v. Ridgway, No. 1D13-3853 (Fla. 1st...more

7/10/2014 - Attorney's Fees FDCPA Final Judgment Foreclosure Jurisdiction TILA Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update

Neutral Evaluation/Sinkhole Litigation: trial court erred in sustaining objection to insurer’s notice of stay to invoke neutral evaluation process in lawsuit for breach of contract and damages for sinkhole losses to property...more

7/2/2014 - Breach of Contract Condominiums Foreclosure Leases Property Damage Property Insurance Settlement Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update

Conditions Precedent: summary judgment precluded by disputed issues of fact as to extent insured parties sufficiently complied with provisions of homeowners’ insurance policy – Solano v. State Farm Florida Insurance Co., No....more

6/3/2014 - Commercial Leases Condition Precedent Foreclosure Homeowner's Insurance Indemnification Lis Pendens Mortgages Standing Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: May 2014 #1

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - SARA WITMEYER - - Jurisdiction: where court never entered order authorizing individual to intervene and individual never became party to litigation, court had no personal jurisdiction to...more

5/14/2014 - Breach of Contract Equitable Subrogation Escrow Holders FDCPA Foreclosure Landlord Personal Jurisdiction Subrogation Tenants Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES & ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - - Landlord/Tenant: lessor did not breach commercial lease by failing to complete construction by date certain where lease did not provide date by which...more

4/29/2014 - Breach of Contract Commercial Leases Foreclosure Landlords Statute of Limitations Tenants Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Updates

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - Quiet Title: deed reservation of right-of-way in favor of State, which applied only to tracts of land of 10 acres or more, did not attach to title of landowner of less than 10 acres and,...more

4/18/2014 - Action to Quiet Title Deficiency Judgments Easements Foreclosure Fraudulent Inducement Misrepresentation Mortgages Statute of Limitations Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Weeks Ending March 14 & March 21, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SCOTT FEATHER & JOURDAN HAYNES - - Summary Judgment: reversal of summary final judgment of foreclosure because of disputed issues of fact concerning amount of rents received from property that...more

3/26/2014 - Foreclosure Landlords Mortgages Property Tax Tenants Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending March 7, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SARA WITMEYER - - Foreclosure/Standing: testimony of employee of current loan servicer failed to establish necessary foundation for admitting records of prior loan servicer into evidence under...more

3/12/2014 - Banks Foreclosure Mortgage Loan Servicing Standards Mortgages TILA Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Weeks Ending February 21 And 28, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES & ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - Relation-Back: amended complaint naming third-party defendant as defendant relates back to filing of third-party complaint where (a) third-party complaint...more

3/6/2014 - Confidentiality Default Judgment Land Titles Relation Back Doctrine Third-Party Liability Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending February 14, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SARA WITMEYER - Arbitration/Waiver: defendant waived right to arbitration by defending against claim of replevin in court litigation for two years – Gen. Elec. Capital Corp. v. Bio-Mass Tech,...more

2/18/2014 - Arbitration Foreclosure Land Titles Mortgages Replevin Slander Standing Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending January 24, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES - - Condominiums: given ambiguity in Condominium Act’s escrow requirements (Fla. Stat. § 718.202) and fact that willful violation of same by developer carried criminal penalties,...more

1/28/2014 - Condominium Act Condominiums Escrow Accounts FIRREA Land Titles Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending January 17, 2014

II. 11TH CIRCUIT CASES - JIN LIU - - Quiet Title: banks’ failure to respond to borrowers’ demands for proof of validity of mortgage and assignment did not render mortgage and assignment invalid or create a cloud on...more

1/22/2014 - Banking Sector Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending January 10, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - - Jurisdiction: court violated jurisdictional principle of priority when it ordered disbursement of sales proceeds that were already the subject of declaratory judgment action...more

1/15/2014

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending January 3, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SARA WITMEYER - - Discovery: guarantors who moved to set aside stipulation to deficiency judgment not entitled to depose corporate representatives of foreclosing plaintiff and assignee of final...more

1/10/2014 - Deficiency Judgments Foreclosure Land Titles Misrepresentation Mortgages Property Tax Statute of Limitations

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: December 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES - Homeowners Association: court may consult references commonly relied upon to supply accepted meanings of words not defined in agreement – The Grove at Harbor Hills Homeowners...more

12/17/2013 - Homeowners' Association Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: December 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SASHA FUNK GRANAI - Final Judgment: final judgment not final appealable order where related claim for breach of note remained – Centennial Bank v. NFP 1, LLC, No. 1D13-4516 (Fla. 1st DCA Dec....more

12/16/2013 - Breach of Contract Land Titles Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: November 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SARA WITMEYER & SASHA FUNK GRANAI - - Implied Warranties of Fitness and Merchantability: warranties apply to improvements that provide essential services to residential subdivision, including...more

12/3/2013 - Foreclosure Infrastructure Land Titles Mortgages Property Improvements Property Owners Title Insurance

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending October 18, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - - Foreclosure: issue of fact concerning authenticity of “original” promissory note precluded summary judgment – AG Beaumont 1, LLC v LSREF2 Oreo, No. 2D12-5873 (Fla. 2d DCA...more

10/23/2013 - Damages Foreclosure Negligence Promissory Notes Scientific Research Takings Title Insurance

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