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Valuing Rail Corridors

In the aftermath of last year’s Rails-to-Trails Decision, Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States, 572 U.S. ___ (2014), the valuation of rail corridors may become increasingly necessary.  Typically there are three...more

The NC Property Tax Appeal Process: Great Fun Every Eight Years! (Insert Sarcasm)…

As sure as the FIFA World Cup and the Summer and Winter Olympics will occur every four years, every county in North Carolina has its own tradition that will occur every eight years What is that tradition you may ask? Property...more

(US) Unamicable Split: Inherited Real Property and the Texas Forced Sale Statute

When multiple people inherit an interest in real property, each is responsible for their share of the ad valorem taxes of the property. What happens if one party fails to meet its tax obligations? What recourse is available...more

Rescission of Home Mortgage Loans

The Truth-in-Lending Act (“Act”) was adopted in 1969. It has spawned dozens of lawsuits and hundreds of administrative rules and interpretations. Recently, the United States Supreme Court had an opportunity to address the...more

Property Tax Refund Claims May Be Filed Directly In Superior Court When The Assessed Property Was Not Owned By The Taxpayer; Such...

When a taxpayer requests a property tax reduction, the taxpayer must ordinarily first request a reduction with the county board of equalization or assessment appeals board before the taxpayer may file in superior court....more

"Supreme Court May Nix Disparate Impact in Fair Lending Enforcement"

In recent years, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have increased fair lending enforcement under the disparate impact theory of liability. This term, however, the U.S. Supreme...more

California Legislature Takes Another Pass at Regulating Drone Operators

As part of our continuing California drone law coverage, today we report on the latest attempt by the California legislature to regulate unmanned aerial vehicles. Introduced yesterday by California State Senator Hannah Beth...more

HUD issues notice on processing RAD applications

HUD issued a notice in today’s Federal Register on the process it will follow in processing applications for first component Rental Assistance Demonstration conversions that are on HUD’s waiting list. The original...more

Borrowers Need Not File Suit to Rescind Mortgage Loan Under TILA, U.S. Supreme Court Holds

Why it matters - In a victory for consumers, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) does not require borrowers to file suit to rescind a mortgage loan transaction within the...more

FHFA Director testifies in front of the U.S. House of Representative Committee on Financial Services

On January 27, 2015 the  FHFA Director, Melvin L. Watt, testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services. Director Watt’s testimony provided...more

Late Notice Held to Bar a $6,000,000 Hurricane Wilma Claim in Florida

In The Yacht Club on the Intracoastal Condo. Ass’n. v. Lexington Ins. Co., – Fed.Appx. –, 2015 WL 106862, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 293 (11h Cir., Jan. 8, 2015), a unanimous panel of the Eleventh Circuit recently held that a...more

Weathering Winter Storm Juno With Roof Collapse Coverage

For most of the Northeast, this winter was off to a slow start in terms of snowfall. That was, however, until winter storm Juno paralyzed much of the Eastern Corridor and resulted in eye-popping, 3-foot-plus snow totals in...more

Fairfax Circuit Court Limits Homeowners’ Ability to Challenge Zoning Administrator

Contentious land use approvals often result in lawsuits, which, even when unsuccessful, can lead to costly delays for developers. In the recent case styled In Re: November 20, 2013 Decision of the Board of Zoning Appeals of...more

Supreme Court Rules Written Notice Is Sufficient to Rescind under TILA

Action Item: In light of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Jesinoski, lenders should be aware that written notice provided by the borrower, within three years of the loan consummation, is sufficient to exercise...more

U.S. Supreme Court hears disparate impact case

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case which questioned whether the Fair Housing Act (FHA) allows for a disparate impact theory of liability. The disparate impact theory of liability is one in which a...more

Third Time Is the Charm: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Argument in Disparate Impact Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.—the case presenting the issue of whether disparate impact claims are...more

Michigan Exempts Loss Mitigation Specialists from MLO Licensing

Michigan has updated its mortgage loan originator (MLO) licensing provisions to expressly exempt from licensure certain individuals involved in loss mitigation and modification services. The revision makes Michigan law...more

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Disparate Impact Liability Under the Fair Housing Act

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Docket No. 13-1371, a case that focuses on whether claims based on...more

FHFA Director Set to Testify At First Committee Hearing

On January 27, FHFA Director Mel Watt is scheduled to testify before the House Committee on Financial Services. ...more

The Risk Retention Rules: A Victory for Securitizations Involving Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities?

When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, it mandated the creation of risk retention rules in an effort to align the incentives of sponsors of asset-backed securities (ABS) with the interests of investors and to improve the...more

CMBS – it’s time to dance to the beat!

During the European Autumn CREFC conference, a panel of leading CMBS participants were posed the question of whether European CMBS was stuck at the bar while the market danced. The general consensus of the panel was that...more

HUD RAD team conducts focus group sessions with stakeholders

Today, HUD hosted a focus group of nearly a dozen key stakeholders to gain insights about the RAD process. I had the opportunity to participate in the sessions along with housing authority representatives, lenders, investors,...more

NY Attorney General Announces Agreement To End Bank’s Alleged Mortgage Redlining

On January 19, the New York Attorney General (AG) announced an agreement with a New York-based community bank that the AG alleged had excluded predominantly minority neighborhoods from its mortgage lending business. ...more

Update on state AGs/regulator lawsuits using Dodd-Frank authority

Below is an update on the lawsuits we have been following that state attorneys general and a state regulator have brought using their Dodd-Frank enforcement authority. Under Dodd-Frank Section 1042, a state AG or regulator is...more

California Insurance Law - 2014 Year in Review

Introduction - The California appellate courts issued an unusual number and variety of insurance-related opinions in 2014. The California Supreme Court issued an important and highly anticipated ruling on the scope of...more

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