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Dodd-Frank News - March 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - Recent Cases January Through March 2014 ..Dodd-Frank Amendments to RESPA ..Dodd-Frank Prohibition on Arbitration Clauses ..Whistleblower Protection Under Dodd-Frank - News &...more

Can You Keep Up? Emergence of CFPB and Significant Developments Transform Consumer Finance Landscape

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress passed significant financial system reform legislation, the Dodd-Frank Act, which created a new regulator of financial institutions, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...more

Tale of the Texas Appraisal Provision

A long time ago in a land far, far away, property insurers and their insureds recognized that not every insurance dispute necessitated the expense and headache of a full-blown lawsuit. The result of this recognition was the...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending January 24, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES - - Condominiums: given ambiguity in Condominium Act’s escrow requirements (Fla. Stat. § 718.202) and fact that willful violation of same by developer carried criminal penalties,...more

Summary of Amendments to RI Foreclosure Mediation Regulation

This alert will discuss the Mediation Law and some of its unanticipated consequences, as well as the latest amendments to Banking Regulation 5. The latest amendments contain helpful clarification and guidance for...more

Financial Services Report - Quarterly News, Winter 2013

Editor’s Note - Stuff didn’t happen this quarter. Lots of it. The federal government didn’t happen for two weeks in October, which caused some to celebrate and others to wring their hands and clamor for a strong,...more

In Case You Missed It - Three Cases Impact W.Va. Consumer Finance Law

Confirmation of the W.Va. Attorney General's Authority to Hire Private Counsel on Behalf of the State - For more than a decade, the circuit courts in West Virginia have wrestled with the issue of whether the State...more

A Decision to Arbitrate in the Mountain State: The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Rejects Retroactive Application of the...

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently issued a decision addressing mandatory arbitration in connection with a residential mortgage loan that will impact litigants in the Mountain State and potentially influence...more

West Virginia Has A Change Of Heart About Arbitration

A few months ago, you would have reasonably thought that West Virginia was one of the most anti-arbitration states in the country. There was not an unconscionability argument that the state didn’t seem to buy with respect to...more

Five Legal Topics for Washington Bankers to Consider This Fall

Summer vacations are over, and now bank management and directors need to focus on compliance. Below are five current legal topics that Washington bankers should be considering this fall. 1. Loans Secured by Residential...more

Changes to Rhode Island Foreclosure Statute Require Mediation for Certain Foreclosures

Changes to Rhode Island foreclosure law are set to become effective for certain mortgage foreclosures on September 12, 2013. New Section 34-27-3.2 entitled “Mediation Conference” has been added to Rhode Island General Laws,...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Weeks Ending August 9 & 16, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES & ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - Slander of Title: slander of title counterclaim barred by statute of limitations could not be brought as recoupment claim to avoid limitations because it...more

Rhode Island Adopts Foreclosure Mediation

On July 15, Rhode Island enacted HB 5335 to create a temporary foreclosure mediation program....more

Burr Alert: Case Summary Of Pulte Home Corp. v. Vermillion Homeowners Association

In a lawsuit alleging construction defects in homeowners’ individual townhomes, Florida's Second District Court of Appeal ruled that a homeowners’ association was bound by arbitration agreements between its members and the...more

Nevada Alters Foreclosure Mediation Program

Recently, Nevada enacted AB 273, which altered the state’s foreclosure mediation program to require a trustee under a deed of trust to send certain information concerning the foreclosure mediation program to a borrower...more

Connecticut Expands Foreclosure Mediation Program

On June 18, Connecticut enacted HB 6355, which expands the state’s existing foreclosure mediation program and adds new mortgagee requirements....more

Foreclosure Avoidance Mediation Program is Expanding to Include Judicial Foreclosures

On June 4, 2013, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed into law Senate Bill 558, which expands the Foreclosure Mediation Program created in 2012 to include judicial foreclosures. The original program applied only to...more

Oregon Expands Foreclosure Mediation Program

On June 4, Oregon enacted SB 558, which creates a foreclosure mediation program for judicial foreclosures....more

Financial Services Report - Quarterly News, Summer 2013

In This Issue: Arbitration Report; Bureau Report; Privacy Report; Mortgage Report; Operations Report; Preemption Report; and Beltway Report. Excerpt from Arbitration Report: Ninth Circuit Punts...more

Who is a Tenant and Who is a Landlord?

We are sometimes approached by clients to determine whether they fall under the Residential Tenancies Act as either a landlord or a tenant. The Act covers most rental units, but some exceptions do apply. Lerners LLP is...more

TILA Prohibition on Mandatory Arbitration Provisions in Mortgage Agreements Takes Effect June 1, 2013

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has enacted a new rule that will prohibit the inclusion of mandatory arbitration provisions and waivers of federal statutory causes of action in consumer mortgage and home equity loan...more

TILA Ban on Mandatory Arbitration in Mortgage Loans Takes Effect June 1

The Truth in Lending Act (TILA) ban on mandatory arbitration provisions in certain mortgage loans becomes effective on June 1, 2013. Lenders now using mortgage loan documentation containing such provisions should take steps...more

Careful Drafting Can Prevent Dispute Clauses from Being Ignored

Two recent cases highlight the pitfalls facing construction parties -- owners, contractors and subcontractors -- when they use fairly common contract clauses that address how they want disputes decided. In one case, the...more

Neutrals create streamlined process for resolving natural disaster cases

Originally published in the Daily Journal on March 15, 2013. With more than 2,000 lawsuits filed by homeowners in the wake of the fires that ravaged San Diego County in 2007, attorneys for plaintiffs and San Diego Gas...more

California Supreme Court To Tackle Arbitration, Foreclosures and Peer Review in Upcoming Oral Arguments

In addition to the more typical criminal issues, the oral arguments scheduled for April 3 and 4 in L.A. will also address when to compel arbitration, foreclosure sales and hospital peer review....more

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