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Four Things to Know About Lis Pendens

Lis pendens is a long-standing, frequently misunderstood doctrine concerning unorthodox interests in real estate. The doctrine of lis pendens literally means “pending suit,” and lis pendens notices are the machinery whereby a...more

CFPB Issues Monthly Complaint Snapshot – Failure to Provide Normalization and Other Necessary Comparison Metrics Continues

On August 15, 2015, the CFPB released its latest “consumer complaint snapshot.” The Bureau’s “snapshots” generally provide updated national complaint information, and further include product and geographic spotlights that...more

No deference for CFPB amicus brief from Ninth Circuit

Many readers probably remember Edwards v. First American Financial Corp. for its ill-fated journey to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had granted certiorari to decide the issue of whether a plaintiff who brings a...more

6th Circuit Rules Prior Express Consent Defeats Mortgagor TCPA Claim Against Lender

On August 21, the Cincinnati-based United States Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit issued its ruling in Hill v. Homeward Residential, Inc., 2015 WL 4978464 (6th Cir. August 21, 2015), and affirmed a jury verdict...more

Real Estate News - August 2015

Coming Soon… New Closing (no, Consummation…) Rules! Now Starting October 3, 2015 Instead of August 1, 2015 - What?! We can’t call it a closing anymore? Under new federal regulations regarding the Truth in Lending Act...more

California Court of Appeal allows construction defect class action to proceed against homebuilders

In an unpublished decision on August 19, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, reinstated a class action asserting construction defect claims against a nationwide homebuilder. The case is located at 2015 WL...more

Texas Court Addresses What Constitutes an “Itemized” Appraisal Decision

On Tuesday of this week, a unanimous panel of Texas’ intermediate level appellate court rejected arguments that an appraisal award that set forth lump sum replacement cost, depreciation, and actual cash value amounts for real...more

CFPB issues second monthly complaint report

The CFPB has issued its August 2015 complaint report, the second in its new series of monthly complaint reports. When it announced the launch of the new reports last month, the CFPB stated that each report would spotlight a...more

Second Circuit: Transfer of Mortgage Servicing Rights Triggers FDCPA Disclosure Requirement

A federal appeals court has ruled that a nonbank mortgage servicer’s notice of servicing rights transfer sent pursuant to RESPA constitutes debt collection and thus triggers mandatory FDCPA disclosures. The Second Circuit...more

Upper Tribunal Finds That Individual Lacked Integrity Due To Recklessness

In this case report, we consider the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) in Ghanshyam Batra v Financial Conduct Authority [2014] UKUT 214 (TCC), in which the Upper Tribunal upheld the FCA's decision to...more

Recent Developments in China Bond Markets

Tapping the Euromarkets - A number of Chinese issuers have issued bonds in the European debt markets recently. To date in 2015, more than ten Chinese companies have issued in excess of €9 billion of Euro-denominated...more

What Condo Companies Can Do About Airbnb-like Organizations

Cheap, short-term rental accommodations through companies like Airbnb Inc. are popular for travelers and condominium owners, however they are not as appealing for condo corporations when they occur in their condo complexes....more

Commercial Construction in the Golden State is Looking Pretty Golden

If the $2.1 trillion erased from the U.S. stock market over the last week has you white knuckled, you might consider commercial construction in the Golden State, where things are looking . . . well . . . pretty golden....more

Finally, a SOL Decision Focused On Unjust Enrichment and Inequitable Results

This week, the First District Court of Appeals joined the Fourth District Court of Appeals in holding that Florida’s five-year statute of limitation (SOL), under Fla. Stat. § 95.11(2)(c), did not bar the lender’s second...more

United States District Court: Mortgagor Lacks Standing to Bring RESPA Claim

On August 11, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire rejected the addition of a potential RESPA claim to plaintiff’s complaint due to lack of standing, and the court dismissed the remaining counts for...more

Sixth Circuit Holds that a Business Entity Is a "Person" for Purposes of FDCPA's Enforcement Provision

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a limited liability company (“LLC”) constitutes a “person” within the meaning of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or the “Act”), in Anarion Investments LLC v....more

Density Bonus Comes to San Francisco

In the face of runaway housing costs, San Francisco is proposing to implement the state “density bonus” law. First adopted by the California legislature thirty-six years ago, the state law (California Government Code Section...more

CFPB Issues Compliance Bulletin on PMI Cancellation and Termination

The CFPB recently issued Compliance Bulletin 2015-03, addressing the cancellation and termination requirements for private mortgage insurance (PMI) under the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 (HPA). We note that this Bulletin...more

Five Surprising Facts About the Inclusive Communities Case

In the Supreme Court’s recent, landmark decision in Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., 576 U.S. ___, 2015 WL 2473449 (Jun. 25, 2015), the Court held that, while disparate...more

Title Insurance: When Does a Construction Lender “Create” or “Suffer” a Mechanics Lien?

BB Syndication Services, Inc. v. First American Title Ins. Co., 785 F.3d 825 (7th Cir. 2015) – A construction lender sued a title insurance company seeking defense and indemnification in connection with claims in a...more

Tax Increment Financing Implementation Changes Coming Soon

As many of you who are involved in developing projects in urban renewal or downtown development areas know, the principal method for financing such projects is tax increment financing (TIF). Tax increment financing is...more

As MassPort Boss Reminds Us, Boston Wouldn't Be The Hub without Fishing, Seafood

Tom Glynn was careful to describe Boston’s hottest new neighborhood as the South Boston Waterfront in an op-ed piece he wrote for the Boston Globe the other day. You would expect nothing different from the CEO of the...more

Is that Wetland Jurisdictional? A Practical Guide to the New Clean Water Rule

The Clean Water Rule recently issued by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers defines the scope of federal jurisdiction over wetlands and other “waters of the United States.”[1] It’s effective on August 28, 2015, so you need...more

Yet Another Florida Court Rejects Unpopular Decision on Statute of Limitations for Mortgage Foreclosure, But This Time it’s...

With its decision up on re-hearing, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal may be rethinking its decision in Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas v. Beauvais, No. 3D14-575, 2014 WL 7156961 (Fla. 3d DCA Dec. 17, 2014). In...more

Fill the Gap Between You and Your Property Rights - Emerging Issues in Title Insurance

Hall Eady and Spencer Mobley from the Firm’s Title Insurance Litigation Team discussed emerging issues in the world of title insurance including recent interpretations of key terms and conditions in standard form lender’s...more

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