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CFPB provides additional HMDA reporting guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB issued HMDA Loan Scenarios on July 19, 2017 to provide additional guidance to the industry on reporting transactions under the revised HMDA rule, which has a January 1, 2018 effective date for most provisions....more

Local Ballot Measures: Continuing Legal and Political Points of Division

by Nossaman LLP on

A recent swell of local ballot measures throughout the State and the controversy and case law that has resulted serve to remind the Elections Law/Land use lawyer that more than a little caution is warranted, as the web of...more

California Supreme Court Decision Changes the Transfer Tax World

In 926 North Ardmore Avenue LLC v. County of Los Angeles, the California Supreme Court concluded that, subject to certain limitations, California’s Documentary Transfer Tax Act (the California DTTA), applicable to direct...more

Federal Housing Finance Agency Proposes GSE Goals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) has proposed new single-family and multifamily housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (collectively, the “GSEs”) for 2018-2020....more

CFPB Finalizes TRID Rule Clarifications

by Alston & Bird on

Our Financial Services & Products Group gets to know the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s long-awaited final TILA and RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) Rule. - The black hole - Highlighted variations - Possible...more

CFPB Proposes Changes to Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Reporting Threshold for Community Banks and Credit Unions

On July 14, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued a proposed rule on HMDA reporting requirements for banks and credit unions that issue home-equity lines of credit (HELOCs). Under rules scheduled to...more

Legal Notebook: All road(way)s lead to a contractual dispute

by DLA Piper on

The recent decision of RV Pty Limited v Connector Park Pty Ltd (No 2) [2017] TASSC 22 concerned a dispute between two land development companies in relation to a contract which required the construction of an access road. The...more

The Risk Management Module: How it can save valuers' money, reputations and careers

by DLA Piper on

In such a dynamic, emotive and challenging industry as the property market, and with ongoing pressure being put on valuers’ prices and time, it is vital all valuers undertake daily practises to mitigate their risk, not only...more

When “The Check Is In The Mail” Extinguishes A Debtor’s Obligation

by Allen Matkins on

Most creditors likely assume that they have not been paid unless and until they receive checks from their debtors. In many cases that assumption may be correct, but in some cases it won’t be. Section 1476 of the California...more

EIR Need Not Analyze Consistency With GHG Executive Order

Cleveland National Forest Foundation et al. v. San Diego Association of Governments et al. (July 13, 2017, Case No. S223603) - Why it matters: The California Supreme Court upheld the San Diego Association of Governments’...more

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal Should Abandon the Standing at Inception Rule in Mortgage Foreclosure Cases

by Carlton Fields on

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, in Rigby v. Bank of New York Mellon, Case No. 1D16-0665, appears to be considering receding from the “standing at inception” doctrine in the mortgage foreclosure context. That rule...more

Subrogation Following a Hurricane is All Hands on Deck

Hurricane season began June 1st, and runs through November 30th. However, we are about 30 days from approaching the peak of hurricane season, when the season becomes its most active. Weather predictors are predicting an...more

Double Trouble—Is Black Sky Capital Blue Skies for Lenders?

by Perkins Coie on

An annoying question for lenders is whether or not a lender can enforce two loans to the same borrower and secured by the same property. The nagging issue is usually raised when a lender makes (1) a first loan and an...more

Building seawall erodes homeowners' rights to challenge conditions

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The California Supreme Court recently held that you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. Two adjacent homeowners, with oceanfront properties in Encinitas, California, live on a coastal bluff that “cascades steeply down to...more

An Oil Patch Morality Play – Part 1

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

You are selling properties. The buyer thinks you own the deep rights but you know your long-time partner owns them. You attend the closing. You don’t tell the buyer that he’s got the ownership wrong. You are protected by a...more

Nevada Enacts Multiple Laws Affecting Consumer Finance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Nevada is rolling out a slate of legislation affecting consumer finance, including a measure to protect consumers’ privacy online and programs aimed at mitigating their risk of foreclosure. Here is a list of measures recently...more

Easy Easements

by K&L Gates LLP on

This two-part series is about four important cases that have been decided over the past year relating to the acquisition of easements. This Part 1 highlights two cases which explain key principles that can dictate whether or...more

Compromise Inclusionary Legislation Set for Final Approval

Barring any last-minute surprises, the Board of Supervisors will finally adopt compromise inclusionary housing legislation on July 18th that would, as shown in our summary comparison chart, make many major changes to the...more

Monetizing Dormant Assets to Make Speculative, but Principal Protected, Investments

by Slim Ventures LLC on

Adventures In Structured Finance - Scenario: A successful Developer has a large tract of entitled but unimproved land worth, for illustration purposes, over $30,000,000. He is keen to sell it but the offers he has...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 7th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

CMA Seeks to Educate UK Hoteliers [PARITY] - ("Competition watchdog urges hotels to take advantage of demise of price parity," The Caterer - Latest Hospitality News, July 5, 2017) - If you recall, one of the key...more

Money Laundering Regulations 2017: government rush threatens a teething period for property auctioneers

by Hogan Lovells on

New money laundering regulations could prove to be a headache for property auctioneers until those affected get to grips with the changes, according to leading figures in the industry....more

CFPB Proposes to Temporarily Increase HELOC Reporting Threshold under HMDA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we have previously reported, in October 2015 the CFPB adopted significant revisions to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) rule, most of which become effective January 1, 2018. Among the revisions, the reporting of...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2017 : Insurance I. INSURANCE ISSUES B. Stairs v. CFM Corp., 2017 NBCA 8 [4226]

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES B. In Alberta an insured’s settlement with a third party which releases the third party does not preclude the insured’s insurer from pursuing a subrogated claim against the third party. Elsewhere in...more

Fast-Track Foreclosure Process Coming to Maryland, is Pennsylvania Next?

by Barley Snyder on

Pennsylvania now has two neighbors that have passed fast-track foreclosure bills and the Keystone State is considering adding its own as a method to avoid a backlog of blighted properties. Maryland recently joined Ohio in...more

Right To Terminate Developer Contracts Must Be Exercised Within Three Years

by Baker Donelson on

Section 11-133 of the Maryland Condominium Act gives a council of unit owners the right to terminate leases, management contracts, employment contracts, and other contracts entered into by the developer during the period that...more

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