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When Policyholders Aren't Entitled To Preaward Interest

Most property insurance policies contain an appraisal clause that provides that if the parties cannot agree on the amount of loss, either party may demand an appraisal. An appraisal panel consisting of two party-appointed...more

Sophisticated Email Scams Targeting the Real Estate Industry

A sophisticated (and effective) wire-fraud scam targeting real estate (and other) transactions is on the rise, and mostly occurring in the United States....more

2016 ALTA/NSPS (formerly ALTA/ACSM) Land Title Survey Standards

On February 23, 2016, the 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys will become effective (superseding the 2011 ALTA/ACSM standards)....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.12.16

A year after announcing that it would pay roughly $2.6 billion to settle with state and federal regulators over faulty MBS, Morgan Stanley’s taking an additional $600 million hit, putting the figure at $3.2 billion—no chump...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending January 29 & February 5, 2016

Real Property Update - Foreclosure/Standing: filing of original note and mortgage with assignment after complaint filed does not establish standing to sue at inception of suit where endorsement undated and assignment...more

Fannie And Freddie Loans Could Be Next FCA Targets

By now, lenders that make loans insured by the federal government are well acquainted with the False Claims Act. Following the financial crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice has aggressively used the FCA to collect billions...more

U.S. Treasury Department to Scrutinize Certain All Cash Real Estate Transactions in New York City and Miami-Dade County

On January 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued two temporary Geographic Targeting Orders (the Orders) that will require title insurance companies to identify...more

Wilcox v. State Farm: Minnesota Supreme Court Decision In Labor Depreciation Class Action

Yesterday the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its opinion in Wilcox v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Company, a putative class action alleging that State Farm, in estimating the “actual cash value” of property damage under...more

TRID rule technical correction?

In yesterday's Federal Register the CFPB published a correction to the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule supplementary information as published on December 31, 2013 with regard to property taxes and certain similar...more

HUD Announces $1.9 Million Settlement with Memphis-Based Bank over Alleged FHA Discrimination

On February 1, HUD announced a $1.9 million settlement with a Memphis-based bank to resolve alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act. Specifically, the complainant alleged that the bank “was responsible for discriminatory...more

It's a New Dawn, New Day for HMDA Reporting

On Oct. 15, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB or the Bureau) issued its long-awaited final rule amending and drastically expanding the mortgage loan application data reporting requirements under...more

FDIC Announces RMBS-Related Settlement with New York-Based Financial Institution

On February 2, the FDIC announced a settlement for more than $62 million with a New York-based financial institution to resolve “federal and state securities law claims based on misrepresentations in the offering documents...more

New Jersey Appellate Court Holds Condo Association’s Cause of Action Accrued After Unit Owners Took Control of Board, Not Upon...

In the Palisades at Fort Lee Condo. Ass’n v. 100 Old Palisade, Llc, et. al., No. A-4292-13T3, 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 193, a New Jersey appellate court held that the six-year statute of limitations did not bar a...more

Property Insurance Claims? Insurance Attorney Offers Simple Yet Vital Guidelines

Suffering a loss to personal or business property can be a stressful situation. To make things worse, the process of reporting, submitting, and presenting your insurance claim can be complex. This article shares a few...more

District Court Concludes Mortgage Servicer’s Actions Violated RESPA

On January 28, the U.S. District Court for the Western Division of Washington, having determined that a mortgage loan servicer violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and committed the tort of outrage,...more

Recent Eleventh Circuit Reversal Sparks Upward Trend in Estimated-Fee FDCPA Litigation

On December 3, 2015, the Eleventh Circuit issued an opinion that has carved a path for plaintiffs challenging their communications with loan servicers. The decision, Prescott v. Seterus, Inc., reversed a grant of summary...more

Maryland Environmental Reporting Regulations On Hold For Now

Property owners and developers in Maryland have dodged another bullet, at least for now, with respect to their environmental reporting obligations. On October 31, 2014, the Maryland Department of Environment (“MDE”) proposed...more

Motion to Amend CEQA Action Judgments to Make Additional Judgment Debtor Liable For Million Dollar Fee Award Not Barred By...

In a published opinion filed January 26, 2016, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District (Division 2) reversed a trial court’s order denying CEQA plaintiffs’ motion to amend judgments entered four (4) years...more

New Jersey Enacts Provisions Concerning the Recording of Mortgages and Foreclosure of Mortgages

The state of New Jersey has enacted provisions related to the recording of mortgages and foreclosure of mortgages. A new provision permits only the established holder of a mortgage to take action to foreclosure on a mortgage....more

Loan Modification Differences Continue to Preclude Class Certification

Last month, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California issued the latest in a string of decisions denying class certification in cases of alleged misconduct regarding residential mortgage loan...more

Can New Beneficial Owner Identification Requirement for Cash-Only Real Estate Deals in Miami and New York City Be Avoided if...

Why it matters - After years of concern about money laundering through shell corporations, repeated legislative and regulatory efforts to gain more information on beneficial owners of entities involved in various types...more

Fair Lending Year in Review – 2015

2015 was an action-packed year for fair lending, including a long-anticipated Supreme Court decision on disparate-impact claims under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), record-breaking redlining settlements, a new round of...more

Changes to Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for Land Title Surveys Coming in February

The American Land Title Association (ALTA) and National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) have announced changes to the standards for the minimum standard detail requirements for land title surveys of real property....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce Independent Dispute Resolution Program - On February 2, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (the "FHFA") announced that Fannie Mae and...more

Common Sense Prevails: State of Collapse Nonexistent Thirteen Years before Discovery of Decay

For years, property insurance policies that exclude rot damage have been called upon to cover rot because the policies extend coverage to “collapse”—an undefined term—caused by hidden decay, even if the structure remains...more

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