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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Thomson Reuter’s Real Estate Finance Journal, Samantha Alves Orender provides guidance on how debtors who misuse collateral may be at risk of losing the benefit of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #4

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - State Regulators Sue OCC Over Federal FinTech Charter. On April 26, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) sued the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in the U.S. District Court for...more

CFPB Spring 2017 Supervisory Highlights focuses on mortgage origination/servicing, student loan servicing deficiencies, service...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s newly-released Spring 2017 edition of Supervisory Highlights covers supervisory activities generally completed between September and December 2016. The report indicates that supervisory resolutions resulted in...more

Best Practices Concerning The Fair Housing Act and Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month we noted that a federal court in Colorado ruled that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation (although sexual orientation is not contained in the text of the...more

What to Expect When Buying a Home in Miami

While sellers enjoyed favorable conditions for years, Miami buyers finally have a reason to celebrate. In fact, a recent report placed Miami as the second-best real estate market for buyers....more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19576 - Briere v. Greater Hartford Orthopedic Group, P.C. - SC19576 Concurrence - Briere v. Greater Hartford Orthopedic Group, P.C. One might argue this decision...more

No Negligence? No Causation? No Problem. Arizona Appellate Court Holds General Contractor Need Not Prove Subcontractor’s...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Amberwood Dev., Inc. v. Swann’s Grading, Inc., No. 1 CA-CV 15-0786, 2017 Ariz. App. Unpub. LEXIS 207 (Ct. App. Feb. 23, 2017) - This case arose out of a housing development project, with Amberwood Development Inc....more

The State AG Report Weekly Update April 27, 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

Breaking News - Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Practice Co-Chair Lori Kalani Interviews Massachusetts Attorney General - Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Co-Chair Lori Kalani recently interviewed...more

Discharge In Bankruptcy Without Reaffirmation Is Not A Shield And A Sword

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Many borrowers use bankruptcy as a shield against a lender’s foreclosure action. Some also try to use bankruptcy as a sword to bring up defenses that stem from the mortgage contract to defeat a foreclosure. A recent second...more

Update on Domicile and Tax of Offshore Trusts

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Implementation of the 6 April 2017 tax changes applicable to non-domiciled individuals, offshore trusts and UK residential property has been delayed because of the forthcoming UK General Election on 8 June 2017. Whilst it is...more

23 States Considering Valuation Legislation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Appraisal Institute reported April 17 that 37 bills affecting the valuation profession are pending in 23 states. According to the Appraisal Institute, the proposed legislation includes: Arizona SB 1197 which makes...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC39614 - In re Harmony Q. - AC37573 - Rosa v. Commissioner of Correction - AC37913 - State v. Berthiaume - AC37913 Concurrence - State v. Berthiaume...more

The standard of fairness in South African law – a case for the petroleum industry

by Dentons on

Pacta sunt servanda is a longstanding principle under South African law. This principle recognises that parties are free to contract and must be bound by the terms of an agreement. However, pacta sunt servanda is not without...more

Tax Lien Takes Priority Over Earlier Interest Where Deed is Improperly Executed

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In the recent case of The Bank of NY Mellon v. Ashley, et al., 119 AFTR 2d 2017-1207 (D.C. Md. 2017), the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland held that, where taxpayer-husband alone executed a deed of trust in...more

Is Property Tax Reform Coming to Oregon?

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

As our state faces a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, lawmakers are considering a number of ways to raise taxes to bridge the gap. One current proposal asks Oregonians to reconsider Measure 50, their 1990s-era property tax...more

Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court Confirms that Chapter 13 Debtors May “Strip Off” Second Mortgages

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Recently in In re Guerra, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts joined the majority of courts in finding that United States Supreme Court’s decision in Bankof Am. v. Caulkett does not affect a chapter 13...more

Ontario Introduces A 15 Per Cent Non-Resident Speculation Tax on Certain Real Estate

On April 20, 2017, the Ontario government announced that it is imposing a 15 per cent non-resident speculation tax (NRST) on the purchase or acquisition of interests in residential property located in the Greater Golden...more

Valuing Underground Natural Gas Storage in Eminent Domain Proceedings

by Nossaman LLP on

In California eminent domain proceedings, a property owner is entitled to the “fair market value” of the property being acquired. Typically, fair market value is determined by analyzing comparable sales or by utilizing an...more

The Grave Reality of a Cemetery on Your Property

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

A huge fan of the Hill Country, Skare D. Katz buys a large piece of undeveloped land from the Solable Family outside of Austin. Skare D. plans to build a ranch for retirement. One Saturday while Skare D. is visiting the...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 14 & 21, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Attorneys’ Fees: mortgage foreclosure plaintiffs seeking attorney’s fees must support their claim with competent, substantial evidence of the number of hours worked and evidence that...more

Enforcement of Vacant and Abandoned Property Ordinances on Rise

by Barley Snyder on

Banks and other mortgage servicers are receiving notices from companies like ProChamps, which have been retained to assist municipalities with enforcement of vacant property ordinances. These enforcement actions could...more

Blog: CFPB Proposes Changes To Its Fair Lending Rule

by Cooley LLP on

Mortgage lenders should be aware of upcoming changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Regulation B. The CFPB has been in the process of changing existing rules to allow for compliance with recent changes...more

Is Your Neighbor’s Dock on Your Property?

by Varnum LLP on

I've always envied accountants because their busy season ends when the weather starts to get nice. As a riparian rights attorney, I have the opposite problem. When lake season approaches, and docks and lifts are installed, my...more

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in buildings - Update April 2017

by Dentons on

It is now just under one year until the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (or MEES) regime comes into force. From 1 April 2018, it will be unlawful for landlords to agree a new tenancy or a renewal for a property rated...more

New York Court Upholds Suit Limitation Period, Ruling Appraisal is Not a Condition Precedent to Filing Suit

by Carlton Fields on

Courts will generally uphold reasonable suit limitation periods in property insurance policies, if the insurer does not affirmatively waive or extend them. In MZM Real Estate Corp. v. Tower Ins. Co. of New York, No....more

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