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Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.1.16

Yesterday, Hershey rejected Kraft spinoff Mondelez’s $23 billion takeover offer, but the dealmaking efforts may not be over. The success of any increased offer lies in the hands of the Hershey Trust Company, a charitable...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - June 2016

Seventh Circuit Held No Implicit Threat to Proceed to Trial by Debt Collector When Filing a Collection Lawsuit - St. John v. CACH, LLC, No.14-2760, 2016 WL 2909195 (7th Cir. May 19, 2016) - On May 19, 2016, the...more

HUD Proposes Two New Rules on Broadband Infrastructure and Consolidated Planning

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking to impose new and unfunded mandates on local governments related to the accessibility of broadband services in federally funded...more

Supreme Court of NSW Opens the Door to Challenging Adjudication Determinations on the Basis of an Error of Law

On 15 June 2016, in Probuild Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd v Shade Systems Pty Ltd [2016] NSWSC 770, the Supreme Court of New South Wales (NSW) decided that adjudication determinations made under the Building and Construction...more

Let's Talk North Carolina Leases: The Name of the Game Is the Correct Name

A lease is a contract. It is a contract in which the lessor (think, landlord or tenant/sublandlord) grants to another person or entity, called the lessee (think, tenant/sublandlord or subtenant), the right to possess and use...more

Ctrl Alt Delete: CFPB says Mortgage Servicers Need Technological Reboot

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a special edition of its supervision report, honing in on mortgage servicers on June 22nd. It blamed outdated technology and process breakdown for trends it has seen...more

Remission of stamp duty on certain conveyance directions - Licensed housing developers

Introduction - 1. Where a party (Vendor) enters into an agreement (Main Contract) to transfer any immovable property (Property) to another party (Initial Purchaser), and before having obtained a conveyance of the...more

FCC's Lifeline Order

The Federal Communication Commission's recent expansion of Universal Services from supporting only voice services to broadband services (also known as the “Lifeline Broadband program”) could lead to enhanced broadband...more

June 2016: Energy Litigation Update

Bankruptcy Judge’s Decision in Sabine Oil & Gas Alters the Relationships and Value Allocations Between Oil Producers and Midstream Companies. The hottest area in restructuring in 2016 is oil and gas. In the first five months...more

SNDA – What is It and Why is It Important?

What is an SNDA? An SNDA, or subordination (the “S”), non-disturbance (the “ND”) and attornment (the “A”) agreement, is an agreement between the lender providing financing to the landlord and a tenant of the...more

High Court’s Encino Decision Means No Deference for CFPB View on RESPA, PHH Argues

On June 23, PHH filed a letter in the D.C. Circuit supplementing its appeal briefing in PHH Corp v. CFPB, No. 15-1177. For those of you who may have missed our prior posts on this, PHH is appealing a decision made by CFPB...more

REITs Get Respect from the Market — a New Sector Home

Beginning in September 2016, publicly traded equity REITs (real estate investment trusts) and other listed real estate companies will get a new home in the S&P 500. They are moving out of the Financials Sector and into a...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.29.16

Big financial firm stress test results are out from the Fed later today, and though all banks proved up to the task of reserving enough capital (as reported last Friday), the economic downturn simulation that’s part of round...more

3 Takeaways (a Litigator’s Perspective) from CFPB Supervisory Highlights

The CFPB recently issued its newest edition of Supervisory Highlights Mortgage Serving Special Edition, Issue 11 (June 2016). From a litigator’s perspective, the Supervisory Highlights do more than summarize recent...more

Bank of America Wins Reversal of FIRREA $1.27B Penalty

A breach of contract is insufficient to also support a claim for fraud, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, reversing a $1.2 billion verdict against Countrywide Home Loans in the process. What happened...more

Homeowners Who Purchase Directly from Homebuilders May Seek Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees on Claims for Breach of the Implied...

Three things have long been settled law in Arizona regarding residential construction: (1) a homebuilder owes a homeowner an implied warranty of workmanship and habitability with regard to the construction of the home; (2)...more

Defeated North Carolina Class Action Ultimately Results in Victory for Landowners – NCDOT Loses Map Act Fight

What began several years ago as a defeated attempt at a class action against the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) ultimately resulted in a win this month for plaintiff landowners in Kirby v. NCDOT (No....more

Be Prepared: How to Avoid the Super-Priority Trap

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Servicers can face significant obstacles in preservation of their rights vis a vis assessments by homeowners’ associations and condo associations (a...more

Hold that paintbrush! A glimpse into design-control in planned communities

By: Erica Stutman You are choosing a new paint color for the outside of your house, and you think, “Since all the other houses are beige, I’ll do mine purple.” Not so fast – you better check your community’s governing...more

Rhode Island Joins Lists of True Super-Priority Lien States for Condo Associations

In December 2015, the Rhode Island Supreme Court issued an opinion holding that Rhode Island’s Uniform Condominium Act provides a true “super-priority” lien to condominium owner associations (COAs) when a condominium owner is...more

"IRS Corrects Effective Date of Recently Issued Built-in Gain Regulations"

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department today issued a much-welcomed technical correction to the effective date of the recently issued “built-in gain” regulations regarding real estate investment trust...more

Loan Enforcement and Creditors’ Rights

At times, lenders lose the promissory notes on defaulted loans. Lost notes are problematic because, in order to have standing to foreclose, a lender may be required in many states, including in New York, to possess the...more

Development Approval Extensions Available

Governor Scott has recently issued two emergency declarations applicable to specific Florida Counties, providing opportunities for extending certain development approvals and permits within those areas. Section 252.363,...more

CFPB Finds Technology Problems During Reviews of Mortgage Servicers

Last Friday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a special edition of their semi-annual Supervisory Highlights report focusing solely on issues uncovered during reviews of mortgage servicers. The report...more

Court Reverses A Probate Order Requiring An Executor To Distribute Real Property Free Of Any Liens

In In re Estate of Heider, a probate court ordered that an executor should distribute real property to a beneficiary free of liens. No. 05-14-00436-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 5978 (Tex. App.—Dallas June 6, 2016, no pet....more

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