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California Court Of Appeals: Discrepancy Between Insurer’s Initial Repair Estimate And Actual Cost Of Repairs Did Not Constitute...

Meuser v. Allstate Ins. Co., A136243, 2014 WL 802535 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 28, 2014). Court of Appeals of California finds no breach of contract or bad faith where actual cost of repairing fire-damaged home was higher...more

Directors’ Alleged Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Not Subject To Anti-SLAPP Statute

A SLAPP is a strategic lawsuit against public participation. California enacted Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16 as an antidote to SLAPP suits. In general, a SLAPP is subject to a special motion to strike unless the...more

Real Estate Agents Need To Be Careful About Disclosing Dual Agency

Dual agency is a big deal to real estate agents. It lets them represent both a buyer and a seller in a transaction. Dual agency was the focal point of the Business Court's opinion last week in BDM Investments v. Lenhil,...more

Exercising Contractual Rights Can be Risky if it is for an Ulterior Purpose

As I discussed in “Be Cautions When Tempted to Leverage Another into an Agreement,” exerting leverage to force a business partner into settling a dispute could constitute deceptive or unfair acts or practices in violation of...more

Joint Venturer May Be Partner By Estoppel

Benjamin Disraeli is often credited with saying “With words we rule men”. I haven’t found a source for that particular quotation. Even if he never uttered or wrote those words, I like the quote and the idea that the former...more

Emerging Trends in Lawsuits Against Real Estate Professionals

The current real estate market has caused an increase in activity for real estate professionals. With this increase in activity, there has also been an increase in litigation against real estate agents, brokers, appraisers,...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules Lenders Can Demand Flood Insurance Coverage That Exceeds Loan Balance

Agreeing with the First Circuit’s recent en banc ruling in Kolbe v. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, — F.3d —, 2013 WL 5394192 (1st Cir. Sept. 27, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - February 3, 2014

Protocol on the Operation of the ESMA MiFID Database - On January 29, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its protocol on the operation of its MiFID database (ESMA/2013/68b). The...more

PNC Bank and Freddie Mac Reach Settlement Agreement

On December 6, PNC Bank announced an agreement in principle to an $89 million dollar settlement agreement with Freddie Mac resolving outstanding and potential repurchase claims arising out of the sale of some 900,000 loans to...more

It Makes You Wonder – JP Morgan’s Diminishing Compliance Credibility

JP Morgan stands as the poster child for how not to interact and resolve issues with the federal government. After what appeared to be a difficult set of negotiations, the Justice Department and JP Morgan reached a...more

Safe Harbor Means Safe Harbor: Sixth Circuit Rejects Any Judicial Deference to HUD’s Sham Affiliated Business Guidelines

Providing clarity in an area of law that had become increasingly muddled over the last two decades, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has issued a decision that clarifies the scope of RESPA’s safe harbor for...more

Bank of America and Freddie Mac Settle Mortgage Loan Claims

Add yet another major settlement to the still-growing list of huge payouts by the nation’s largest banks to settle claims over toxic mortgage-backed securities. Bank of America has now agreed to pay $404 million to Freddie...more

BofA $1.4 Billion Settlement Talks with Freddie Mac

Bank of America and Freddie Mac are currently attempting to resolve a mortgage repurchase dispute in which Freddie Mac claims that Bank of America should have to buy back more than $1.4 billion in mortgage loans it claims...more

Roofing Contractors, Don’t Mess With Texas Insureds!

Hailstorms are inevitable in Texas, and so is the experience of the typical homeowner in their aftermath. Countless flyers are taped to the front door, yard sign ads spring up in the neighborhood, and the phone and doorbell...more

RMBS Trustee Brings $157 Million RMBS Lawsuit Against Citigroup

On November 1, U.S. Bank National Association, acting in its capacity as trustee for Citigroup Mortgage Loan Trust 2007-AHL2, filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court for the State of New York against Citigroup Global Markets...more

JPMorgan Chase Agrees to Settle Forced-Placed Insurance Class-Action Lawsuit for $300 Million

JPMorgan Chase and Assurant Inc. recently agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit initiated in June 2012 for $300 million brought by a class of 1.3 million homeowners nationwide who claimed that they were overcharged for...more

Wells Fargo Settles Mortgage Claims With FHFA For Close To $1 Billion

Add another mega-settlement to the rapidly growing list of huge payouts by the nation’s largest banks to federal agencies. Wells Fargo reportedly has now agreed to pay the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which oversees...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- October 2013

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on the indictment of former ICAP employees for rate fixing of the yen Libor; a new lawsuit filed against global banks for their involvement in Libor manipulation schemes; a...more

New York Announces Mortgage Discount Fees Enforcement Action

On October 23, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $3 million penalty against a mortgage lender that the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) determined engaged in deceptive practices concerning...more

CFPB Files Complaint Alleging Violations of RESPA

Based on an investigation by HUD beginning more than two years ago, the CFPB filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky against a law firm that provides settlement services...more

CFPB Files Suit under RESPA for Alleged Kickbacks to Affiliated Businesses

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it filed suit against a Kentucky law firm, Borders & Borders, PLC, and its principals, alleging that the defendants violated Section 8 of the Real Estate...more

CFPB Sues Law Firm Over Alleged RESPA Violations

On October 24, the CFPB announced the filing of a lawsuit against a Kentucky law firm and its principals for allegedly violating Section 8 of RESPA by operating a network of affiliated companies in order to pay “kickbacks”...more

Alabama Supreme Court Corrects the Perception that Alabama Law Contemplates Two Bad Faith Torts

In Brechbill v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., No. 1111117, ___ So. 3d ___, 2013 WL 5394444, 2013 Ala. LEXIS 126 (Ala. Sept. 27, 2013), the Alabama Supreme Court held that there is only one, as opposed to two, causes of action...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- September 2013

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on JPMorgan’s $920 million “London Whale” settlement; interdealer broker fines for Libor manipulation; the European Union’s proposed regulations for Libor oversight; cost...more

Deutsche Bank Files $666 Million Suit Against GE Capital

On September 13, Deutsche Bank, acting in its capacity as Trustee of the Morgan Stanley ABS Capital I Inc. Trust, Series 2007-HE6 (the Trust), filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of...more

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