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Why Your Property Management Business Needs a Lawyer

A wise move when performing regular commercial transactions with members of the public is to organize or incorporate that business to limit one’s personal liability in the event problems occur. ...more

Tennessee Court of Appeals Determines Homeowners’ Action Against Contractor Barred by Statute of Repose

In Hayes v. Coopertown’s Mastersweep, Inc. 2015 Tenn. App. LEXIS 2224 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2015), plaintiff homeowners contracted with defendant Mastersweep to inspect the home’s fireplace due to consistent “smoke trouble.”...more

Mortgage Lenders Should Timely Consider Protection Afforded by Closing Protection Letters

Mortgage lenders and servicers frequently consider potential indemnity due under finally issued lender’s title insurance policies and strive to submit timely claims when a covered defect arises. These same parties should also...more

Agencies Issue Final Rule on Minimum Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies

Six federal financial regulatory issued a final rule that implements minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies, or AMCs. An AMC is an entity that provides appraisal...more

FHFA Announces Fannie and Freddie’s Revised Requirements for Private Mortgage Insurances Companies

On April 17, the FHFA announced that Fannie and Freddie have revised the requirements for private mortgage insurance companies insuring mortgage loans that Fannie and Freddie either own or guarantee. By setting financial and...more

2015 Update of Arizona's Anti-Deficiency Laws

Deadline for seeking deficiency. Section 33-814(A) of the Arizona Revised Statutes allows a foreclosing creditor (the "beneficiary"), within 90 days after the date of a trustee's sale, to commence an action to recover a...more

Construction Defect Reform Bill Defeated

Senate Bill 15-177, a bill introduced to reform Colorado’s construction defect litigation process, was defeated in a House of Representatives Committee on April 28, 2015 without being presented for a full vote in the House....more

Smelly Cat – Closely-Divided New Hampshire Supreme Court Addresses Whether Cat Urine Is a Pollutant

Last Friday, New Hampshire’s highest court unanimously held that the pungent aroma of cat urine could constitute physical loss or damage under a property policy. In Mellin v. Northern Security Ins. Co., 2015 WL 1869572, 2015...more

Pros and Cons of Preferred Equity Investments

Real estate owners and developers have been increasingly turning toward preferred equity structures and investments in order to raise much needed capital for the purchase, renovation and development of real property where...more

Foreclosure Sales: When Is the “Deed” Done?

In re Betchan, 524 B.R. 830 (Bankr. E.D. Wash. 2015) – A mortgagee was the highest bidder at a foreclosure sale that took place shortly before the debtor filed bankruptcy. The lender requested relief from the...more

Prudential Settles $2B RMBS Suit with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch & Co.

On April 22, 2015, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch reached an agreement with several Prudential Insurance Co. affiliates to settle two lawsuits brought by Prudential. Prudential had alleged that Bank of America and Merrill...more

The Implied Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege Under State Farm v. Lee: A Refresher Course

Whether a party has impliedly waived the attorney-client privilege poses a mixed question of law and fact. Twin City Fire Insurance Co. v. Burke, 204 Ariz. 251, 254, 63 P.3d 282, 285 (2003). In State Farm v. Lee, the Arizona...more

Texas Supreme Court Enforces Anti-Concurrent Causation, Bars Coverage Where Wind and Flood Combine to Cause the Loss

Last Friday, Texas’ highest court unanimously endorsed lower court and federal court decisions giving effect to anti-concurrent causation (ACC) clauses and held that such provisions bar coverage where a combination of an...more

A New Australian Standard (AS 11000) to Replace the General Conditions of Contract (AS 4000 and AS 2124)

The AS 4000 and AS 2124 General Conditions of Contract are widely used forms of procurement in the Australian construction industry. A technical committee has recently drafted a new standard form contract (AS 11000) to...more

Spring Cleaning: Out With the Old, In With the New Pennsylvania Withdraws Endorsement 1010 and Introduces Endorsement 1530

Effective April 1, 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance (DOI) approved the Title Insurance Rating Bureau of Pennsylvania’s (TIRBOP) filing of Pennsylvania Endorsement 1530, along with the withdrawal of Pennsylvania...more

Security on Large Construction Projects. The Payment Remedy You Probably Never Heard of

California has a number of statutory payment remedies available on construction projects. Some, such as the mechanics lien, are relatively well known and often utilized. Others, such as the stop payment notice, are somewhat...more

2015 Federal Budget – Financial Services Highlights

Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled his first budget on April 21, 2015 (Budget). Several proposals in the Budget will be of interest to financial services clients, including proposals for a consumer protection framework for...more

Privity Of Contract Is Still The Rule For Breach-Of-Implied-Warranty Claims Against Subcontractors, Even For New Home Construction

Arizona has long recognized the existence of an implied warranty arising out of new home construction. In Columbia Western Corp. v. Vela., the Arizona Court of Appeals expanded implied warranty liability to cover...more

The Basics Of Filing A Private Mechanic’s Lien In Kentucky

A mechanic’s lien is an invaluable tool for contractors and others who supply labor or materials for improvements to real property. In its most basic sense, a mechanic’s lien provides security for these groups so that they...more

CSBS Announces $5.2 Million Multi-State Enforcement Action Against Maryland-Based Mortgage Lender To Resolve Allegations Of...

On April 13, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (“CSBS”) announced a settlement agreement and consent order following a coordinated enforcement action launched by 43 states against a non-bank mortgage lender after...more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 4/22/2015

Every week, courts around the United States issue decisions addressing aspects of civil UDAAP claims. In an effort to illuminate the UDAAP standards, below is a sampling of some of this week’s UDAAP decisions on the meaning...more

Real Estate Lien Priority Case - Effect of Subordination Agreement on Junior Liens

In a recent decision, the Utah Supreme Court addressed a matter of first impression in Utah, namely, whether a subordination agreement between two senior lenders, which reversed the priority of their respective liens against...more

Can First Deeds of Trust Survive an HOA Foreclosure in Wake of the SFR Investments Decision?

In September 2014, the Nevada Supreme Court, in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A., 334 P.3d 408 (Nev. Sep. 18, 2014), held that a portion of a homeowners’ association lien for delinquent assessments has true...more

NC Foreclosure Statute of Limitations – A Tale of “Zombie” Deeds of Trust?

Let’s face it. Zombies are everywhere. I can’t seem to pass a movie theater or flip a TV channel without seeing or hearing something about them. So of course they were top of mind when I read the North Carolina Court of...more

Insurance Recovery Law - April 2015 #2

Policyholder Can Keep Selected Counsel, Court Rules; Insurers’ Objection Too Late - Why it matters: A policyholder was able to maintain its selected defense counsel after a federal court judge ruled that the insurers’...more

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