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California Supreme Court Declines To Rehear Documentary Transfer Tax Appeal

by Allen Matkins on

In June, I wrote about the California Supreme Court’s disappointing decision in 926 N. Ardmore Ave. v. County of L.A., 2017 Cal. LEXIS 4768 (Cal. 2017). Readers may recall that the Supreme Court applied the concept of a...more

The Privilege Maintains Its Power: Texas Supreme Court Blocks Discovery of Insurer Attorney’s Billing Information

by Carlton Fields on

When (if ever) are an insurer’s attorney’s fees and billing information discoverable in a coverage dispute? Though the question is straightforward, the answer can vary from case to case and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The...more

Does Texas Have a New “Rule” in Conveyancing?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Subject-to, reservations-from, and exceptions-to problems have been lurking in the shadows of Texas jurisprudence for a while now, and the courts have been all over the map in recent holdings....more

After a House Fire: Restoring your Home Without Losing Your Mind.

June 25, 2015: Lighting struck the roof of our home. The firefighters arrived seven minutes after the 911 call. After 30 minutes, the fire was out, and we were soaked and without a home. Thirteen months later, we’re back in...more

Denial of Surface Access is Sufficient to Trigger Broadly Worded Force Majeure Clause in Oil and Gas Lease

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In a decision interpreting the force majeure clause of an oil and gas lease, the Seventh District Court of Appeals of Ohio in Haverhill Glen, LLC v. Eric Petroleum Corporation, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-8030, ruled that the...more

Connecticut District Court Denies WMC Mortgage’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment

On August 8, 2017, Judge Charles S. Haight Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut denied defendant’s motion for partial summary judgment in Law Debenture Trust Co. of New York v. WMC Mortgage. The...more

A new biodiversity regime for development in NSW: in a nutshell

by Dentons on

A new regime for biodiversity assessment will commence on 25 August 2017, changing the way in which biodiversity impacts are both assessed and addressed in the development and use of land throughout the State....more

Easy Easements - Part 2

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. Part 1 highlighted two cases explaining key principles that can dictate whether or not an...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Salesforce taps SF’s clean energy program to power its offices - San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 7 - CleanPowerSF, the green energy program run by San Francisco’s Public Utilities...more

An Overview of North Carolina Premises Liability Law

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Accidents happen. But how do you determine whether an injury on someone else's property is just an unavoidable accident or a potential legal liability? As in other areas of personal injury law, the analysis typically is based...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber investor Benchmark (a Silicon Valley VC fund) is looking to recover for the lost-investment costs associated with the rocky 2017 at the ride-hailing company, and it has former CEO Travis Kalanick in its crosshairs....more

Court Holds That Board Of Trustees Of A Nonprofit Do Not Owe The Same Duties As A Trustee Of A Trust

by Winstead PC on

In Young v. Heins, Young brought third-party claims against the board of trustees of a nonprofit home owner association for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, breach of contract,...more

TRID Rule Amendments and Proposal Published

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we reported previously, on July 7, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) posted on its website long awaited amendments to the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, and a proposal to address the...more

May, June and July Developments

by Sullivan & Worcester on

With a straight face, President Trump has issued an executive order on June 20th that would expand Apprenticeship opportunities in the US in order to expand jobs. The CFTC has adopted some final rules on records...more

Transfer To Non-Existent Corporation Held To Be A Transfer Nonetheless

by Allen Matkins on

Sometimes, the law is just weird. The case of PGA West Residential Ass’n, Inc. v. Hulven Int’l, Inc., Cal. Ct. App. Case No. E064270 (Aug. 9, 2017) is weirder than most. The lawsuit alleged that the defendant had tried to...more

Oregon Regulates Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Originators and Servicers in New Law

Oregon’s legislature continues to add state level regulations to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (“HECM,” more commonly known as a reverse mortgage) marketplace. In 2015, the state imposed a series of content and...more

California Supreme Court Holds that Real Property Transfer Tax Can Apply to Transfers of Entities that Own California Real...

by Bryan Cave on

Under California law, there are two separate tax implications affecting California real estate transfers that result in a “change in ownership” of the real property - a property tax reassessment and a real property transfer...more

Placemaking without Lawbreaking

by Reed Smith on

Mixed-used developments in and around London are in the midst of a golden era with the creation of mega-schemes such as those in Nine Elms and Old Oak. The new Wembley Park Development will see the creation of an...more

Federal Tax Liens In Foreclosure Proceedings

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Henkel v. Triangle Homes is a North Carolina Court of Appeals case with dueling tax foreclosure proceedings involving the same property. One foreclosure proceeding was for unpaid municipal taxes and the other for unpaid...more

In Supreme Court Showdown, California Appeals Courts Choose Sides Regarding Whether Right to Repair Act is Exclusive Remedy for...

Earlier, we wrote about an appellate court split concerning the Right to Repair Act (Civil Code sections 895 et seq.) which applies to construction defects in newly constructed residential properties including single-family...more

Spate of Suits Brought by California Communities for Sea Level Rise May Change Landscape of Climate Change Litigation

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

A recent trio of cases filed in California state court seek to hold major fossil fuel companies liable for the effects of sea level rise they allege to be caused by climate change....more

The Tiny House Craze: Zoning Laws Could Be a Tiny Impediment

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The “tiny house” movement is all the rage right now. The cause of the craze may be many faceted. Whether the popularity and demand is being driven by a shift in peoples’ preference to downsize to a more simplified lifestyle...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big news in the streaming world late yesterday, with Disney announcing that was acquiring a 75 percent stake in BamTech and would be pulling all of its content from Netflix in anticipation of launching its own streaming...more

Tennessee Adds Title Pledge Lender License to NMLS

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On August 1, 2017, the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions started accepting new applications and transition fillings for the Title Pledge Lender License and Title Pledge Lender Branch License on NMLS....more

Debtor May Be Entitled to Credit for “Reasonable Value” of Property Purchased by Lender at Mortgage Foreclosure Sale

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In Idaho, it has long been understood that a secured creditor that has foreclosed a mortgage may be able to also get a judgment against the debtor for the remainder of the debt, if the proceeds of the foreclosure sale are not...more

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