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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

SDNY Certifies Interlocutory Appeal In Lender-Placed Insurance Dispute

On April 3, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York certified an interlocutory appeal of an order denying a motion to dismiss filed by a group of insurers facing class allegations of unlawful...more

Federal Court Refuses To Dismiss Plaintiffs’ Putative Class Action In Captive Reinsurance Case

On their third attempt to state a claim for mortgage services fraud pursuant to the Real Estate Services Settlement and Procedures Act (“RESPA”), Plaintiffs in a putative class action overcame defendants’ motion to dismiss on...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Weeks Ending February 21 And 28, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES & ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - Relation-Back: amended complaint naming third-party defendant as defendant relates back to filing of third-party complaint where (a) third-party complaint...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

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

CFPB Settles with Mortgage Insurance Company for Violations of RESPA

The CFPB announced it had entered into a consent order with a mortgage insurance company following the CFPB’s filing of a complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida against the company...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

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: November 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SASHA GRANAI FUNK - Foreclosure: final judgment of foreclosure without amounts due and owing invalid and precludes foreclosure sale - King v. US Bank, No. 1D13-3109 (Fla. 1st DCA Nov. 6, 2013)...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

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

Muddying the Waters on Policy Stacking Law: Perspectives on Insurance Recovery Newsletter – Summer 2013

In This Issue: - Federal Housing Finance Agency Proposes New Rules on Lender-Placed Insurance - J.P. Morgan Decision Curtails the Phantom “Restitution Defense” to D&O Coverage - Bad-Faith Claims...more

Except In Two Circumstances, There Can Be No Claim For Bad Faith Without A Breach of The Contract – The Houston Fourteenth Court...

In Lexington Insurance Company v. Jaw The Pointe, LLC, 2013 WL 3968445 (Houston [14th Dist.] August 1, 2013) the dispute arose from Hurricane Ike-related damage to an apartment complex in Galveston, Texas. The property...more

Morgan Stanley’s Motion to Dismiss $757 Million RMBS Suit Denied in Part

On July 13, Justice Eileen Bransten of the New York Supreme Court denied Morgan Stanley’s motion to dismiss MetLife’s common law fraud and fraudulent inducement claims....more

The Collateral Source Rule and Title Insurance: Broker Accused of Fraud by Lender May Show it Obtained Title Insurance as Defense

In Chanda v. Federal Home Loans Corp. (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 746, the court analyzed application of the so-called “collateral source” rule to preclude evidence of title insurance, in the context of a claim by a lender against...more

Disclosing Lawsuits To Buyers Of Residential Property

Sellers of existing residential property are required by California law to make various disclosures to a prospective buyer. [See generally Disclosures In Real Property Transactions, published by the California Department of...more

Mississippi Court Holds D&O Policy Not Triggered By Real Estate Scheme

In its recent decision in State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Anderson, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57837 (S.D. Miss. Apr. 23, 2013), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi had occasion to consider...more

Superstorm Sandy Is Causing New York and New Jersey Legislators to Reconsider Passing Legislation that Would Establish a Private...

Policyholders in New York and New Jersey presently have no private right of action against insurance companies for alleged violations of each state’s respective statutory claim handling guidelines – New York’s Unfair Claim...more

CFPB announces settlement of four enforcement actions against mortgage insurers

The CFPB announced the settlement of enforcement actions brought in federal district court in Florida against four national mortgage insurers involving allegations that the insurers paid kickbacks to mortgage lenders in...more

New York Obtains Major Lender-Placed Insurance Settlement

On March 21, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced that it obtained a settlement from a major lender-placed insurer to resolve an investigation into the company’s practices. According to the DFS, the...more

The Washington Supreme Court Holds That in First-Party Bad Faith Litigation There Is a Presumption of No Attorney-Client Privilege

When an insured sues an insurer for bad faith, how much of the claims file maintained by the insurer is discoverable? In a 5-4 decision, the Washington Supreme Court recently weakened insurers’ ability to protect confidential...more

Maryland establishes tort duty of care for title companies

On January 29, 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a decision that your title company can now be sued for negligent title searching, and for preparation of an incorrect or incomplete title commitment. This duty of...more

MARYLAND TITLE COMPANY CAN BE LIABLE IN NEGLIGENCE FOR TITLE SEARCH ERRORS

Does a title company owe a tort duty of care to its customer when conducting a title search? And, if such a duty exists and is breached, is a title insurance company vicariously liable for the title company’s negligent title...more

Bond Insurer Syncora Sues JPMorgan, Bear Stearns, and EMC Mortgage

On October 5, Syncora Guarantee Inc. filed suit in New York state court against JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Bear Stearns & Co., Inc., and EMC Mortgage LLC. Syncora asserts claims of breach of contract, fraudulent inducement, and...more

Condo Directors Held Personally Liable for Legal Costs - A Follow-up

In response to our recent post on the case of Boily v. Carleton Condominium Corp. No. 145, where board directors were held by a court to be personally responsible for legal costs incurred by a group of owners, one of our...more

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