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FHFA, City Of Chicago Resolve Dispute Over Vacant Property Ordinance

On April 3, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois approved an order of dismissal and memorandum of understanding jointly entered by the FHFA and the City of Chicago to end more than two years of...more

Directors’ Alleged Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Not Subject To Anti-SLAPP Statute

A SLAPP is a strategic lawsuit against public participation. California enacted Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16 as an antidote to SLAPP suits. In general, a SLAPP is subject to a special motion to strike unless the...more

In Government's Shoes: The Continuing Force Behind the False Claims Act & Qui Tam Complaints

To combat fraud by contractors selling faulty war supplies to the Union Army, in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the False Claims Act (the “FCA”). Designed to root out fraud on the federal government, this act...more

Maine Moves Closer to Adopting the National SAFE MLO Test

Last month, Maine state lawmakers passed legislation that became law without Governor Paul LePage's signature that removed statutory language to facilitate the adoption of the Uniform State Test (UST) by the Maine Bureau of...more

First Circuit Rules on Borrower’s Challenge to Foreclosure under Massachusetts Law

Continuing a trend of rejecting challenges to foreclosure by Massachusetts borrowers, the First Circuit affirmed dismissal of a complaint alleging several commonly made arguments in foreclosure litigation. After defaulting,...more

Mississippi's New Construction Lien Law

On Friday, April 11, 2014, Governor Bryant signed Senate Bill 2622 and thus made that bill the new construction lien law, effective immediately, applicable to public, private and residential construction works in Mississippi....more

Fannie Mae Updates Modification Policies

On March 28, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2014-05, which provides, as recently promised, updated guidance regarding standard and streamlined modification programs. The announcement informs servicers...more

Property Tax Appeals In Minnesota: Deadline For Petition Is April 30

Property owners should have already received their 2014 property tax statements from the county assessor. The tax statements will identify the assessor’s estimated market value for the owner’s property as of January 2, 2013,...more

Florida, Georgia And Texas Appraisal Update: Is Causation A Coverage Question For The Court Or A Damages Question For The Panel?

In most jurisdictions, underlying coverage issues must be resolved prior to invoking appraisal in a first-party property claim. The question of what constitutes a coverage issue (typically reserved for a court’s judicial...more

CFPB to Hold Field Hearing on Mortgage Closing Process

The CFPB, in alignment with its continuing focus on the mortgage closing process, announced that it will hold a field hearing in Washington, D.C. on April 23, 2014, on this subject....more

Utah Amends Mortgage Licensing Act

On April 1, Utah enacted SB 332, which amends the Utah Residential Mortgage Practices and Licensing Act, the Real Estate Licensing and Practices Act, and the Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and Certification Act to establish...more

SDNY Certifies Interlocutory Appeal In Lender-Placed Insurance Dispute

On April 3, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York certified an interlocutory appeal of an order denying a motion to dismiss filed by a group of insurers facing class allegations of unlawful...more

New York State To Require Title Agents To Be Licensed

With the passage of the New York 2014-15 budget, New York becomes one of the last states in the country to license title agents. The budget includes measures that authorize the Department of Financial Services (DFS) to...more

Fannie Mae To Begin Assessing Fees For Late, Inaccurate Reporting

On March 28, Fannie Mae notified servicers that, effective May 1, 2014, it will begin issuing warning letters and assessing compensatory fees to servicers that fail to submit Fannie Mae investor reporting system reports on a...more

"Substantial Compliance" With Notice Requirements Not Enough

Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal recently emphasized the need for lenders to strictly comply with the notice requirements of a mortgage prior to foreclosure. In Samaroo v. Wells Fargo, the borrower appealed the...more

Cost Ramifications For Difficult Condominium Owner

In a recent post, we blogged about an owner who had engaged in inappropriate behaviour to such an extent that it constituted a breach of sections 117 and 119 of the Condominium Act. The court made a number of compliance...more

Sometimes the Real Fight is Before the Fight

One of the things I learned while lobbying in Washington, D.C. is the importance of the House Rules Committee. The Rules Committee, as its name suggests, sets the rules. Specifically, the scheduling of bills, the allotted...more

South Dakota Adopts Uniform Real Property Electronic Reporting Act

On March 31, South Dakota enacted SB 68, becoming the 30th jurisdiction to adopt the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (URPERA) with the enactment. URPERA, promulgated by the Uniform Law Commission in 2004, gives...more

Eastern Pompano Beach Is Open For Business

Eastern Pompano Beach has quickly positioned itself to become the next hot spot for development in South Florida. Investors are betting that recent public sector efforts will translate into a thriving community....more

Virginia Enacts Transitional MLO Licensing Law for Out-of-State MLOs

Last month, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 118, creating a transitional mortgage loan originator (MLO) license. Specifically, the law authorizes Virginia's State Corporate Commission to issue a...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 14, 2014

Agencies Apply Increased Leverage Ratio to Large U.S. Banks - On April 8, the Fed, FDIC and OCC adopted the final rule to increase the leverage ratio for the largest U.S. banks. The final rule applies to U.S. bank...more

The Nevada U.S. District Court Narrowly Interprets Sandpointe Apartments when Ruling in Favor of Entity that Acquired Loan Before...

On June 10, 2011, Nevada enacted Assembly Bill 273 (AB 273). As codified at NRS 40.459(1)(c), AB 273 limits the ability of a loan purchaser to collect a deficiency on the note and guarantees by basing the deficiency...more

CFPB To Hold Forum On Mortgage Closing Process

The CFPB announced today that it will hold a forum on the mortgage closing process. The event will take place at the CFPB’s headquarters in Washington, DC at 1:30 p.m. on April 23, 2014. It will be open to members of the...more

Indiana: New Home Warranties Must Be Insured

When faced with a subrogation loss involving a new or fairly new house, and a potential construction defect that caused the loss, one of the first things to look for is how warranties can help or hurt your case. Did the...more

New Hurdles for Public Agencies: Accessing Property May Now Require Eminent Domain Actions

For the first time in 38 years, a court has declared part of California’s statutory eminent domain law unconstitutional. The ruling, if upheld, will create additional hurdles for public agencies and may have unintended...more

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