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Supreme Court Allows Early Challenges to Wetlands Jurisdictional Determinations

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a property owner can go to court to challenge a determination by the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) that part of the property is “waters of the U.S.” or connected wetlands and therefore...more

Texas Supreme Court Affirms Property Owners' Rights Within the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction

On May 27, 2016, in Town of Lakewood Village v. Bizios, the Texas Supreme Court held that general law municipalities do not have the authority to enforce building codes within their extraterritorial jurisdictions (ETJs). This...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19389 - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Concurrence - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Concurrence - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Dissent - State v. Edmonds...more

Equitable Subrogation Part Deux: Mechanic’s Lien vs. Later Bank Deed of Trust

This post follows, almost two years to the day, Rick Erickson’s post of August 29, 2014. As noted by Rick Erickson in his August 29, 2014 post, the Arizona Supreme Court in the Weitz case (2014) had determined that equitable...more

Spokeo Can't Help Bank Avoid $6.2M Settlement

Invoking the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Spokeo v. Robins, a federal court in New York held that a bank remained on the hook for a $6.2 million class action settlement. What happened - Plaintiffs were...more

Just Because A Deed Is Void Doesn’t Mean It Can Be Challenged “Any Time”

In a case reviewed last year, Salazar v. Thomas, a California Court of Appeal weighed in on how the statute of limitations applies to quiet title claims. The court held that when an owner seeks to quiet title against a...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - August 2016

Seventh Circuit Rules: Filing a Proof of Claim for Old Debt Is Okay — Circuits Split - Owens et al. v. LVNV Funding LLC et al., Nos. 15-2044, 15-2082, 15-2109 (7th Cir. Aug.10, 2016) - In Owens v. LVNV Funding LLC,...more

“Eviscerate” is the Proper Term for What the Ober Opinion Did to the Lis Pendens Statute—But What About Jurisdiction?

Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal sent the real property and mortgage world into a frenzy this week after issuing its opinion in Ober v. Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, dramatically weakening the protections of Florida’s...more

Lawsuit Dismissed After Demurrer Sustained Without Leave to Amend

Plaintiff filed a complaint in Contra Costa County against the property manager and Board members of her Homeowner’s Association, alleging various causes of action involving perceived violations of the Davis-Stirling Act and...more

Klesla et al. v. Wittenberg

Court did not abuse its discretion in denying a motion to confirm arbitration award that asked for more than was awarded. Kleslas sued for (1) the return of their residential lease security deposit, (2) statutory...more

Court Confirms Interim Award Of Injunctive Relief But Refuses To Confirm Non-Final Opinion Of Arbitrator That Arbitration Was...

In a real estate broker commission dispute, the arbitrator had granted injunctive relief in favor of the plaintiff broker, ordering a percentage of the sale of certain real estate to be placed in an escrow account pending the...more

How to Prevent a Tenant from Removing Valuable Equipment Before They Flee

A landlord may prevent a tenant from taking equipment from the premises by filing a distress writ. Before a landlord files suit for eviction, it should first consider whether there is any equipment on the premises that...more

Who is a Mortgage Broker? Just Ask the Fed.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed a magistrate judge’s decision in the District Court for the Eastern District of New York to dismiss a complaint brought under the Truth in Lending...more

Nevada Supreme Court Accepts Certified Question in HOA Lien Litigation Case – Should the SFR Decision Apply Retroactively?

We previously reported on the Nevada Supreme Court’s decision in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC. v. U.S. Bank, N.A., holding that a homeowners association (HOA) lien is a true super-priority lien that upon foreclosure...more

CFPB Week in Review

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) had another busy week. Here is an overview of what the CFPB was up to recently: Enforcement Actions and Litigation - Enforcement Action Against Santander Bank...more

Don’t Mess with the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims Act: One Court’s Appraisal Result

Virtually all property insurance policies contain an appraisal clause, which outlines the appraisal procedure in broad terms. Those broad terms sometimes do not provide much guidance about the process, or about the effect...more

Homeowners Associations – Business Judgment Rule

Palm Springs Villa II Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Erna Parth - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (June 21, 2016) - The “business judgment rule” refers to a judicial policy of deference to the business...more

More Common Sense: Coverage for Collapse Requires More Than an Engineer’s Finding of Substantial Impairment

In February this blog commented on Washington State’s newly-adopted definition of “collapse” in property insurance policies that contain no specific definition of the term. (Observer, February 8, 2016, Common Sense Prevails: ...more

Ex Parte Attachment, and Priority, Reinstated to First in Time Creditor

In Estate of Summers v. Nisbet, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court reinforced the first in time, first in right nature of attachment and trustee process under Maine law. Attachment and trustee process are powerful enforcement...more

Can I Get a Money Judgment If I Can’t Locate the Defendant or If He Resides Out of State?

If you can’t locate a party and personally serve him, you can follow the less-known method of service, called substitute service. Once you have filed your complaint seeking damages for breach of a lease or guaranty, you are...more

Airbnb Files Suit to Enjoin San Francisco Law

As expected, Airbnb filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday seeking to enjoin the recently enacted amendments to the City’s so-called “Airbnb law.” The suit seeks to strike...more

Homeowners Who Purchase Directly from Homebuilders May Seek Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees on Claims for Breach of the Implied...

Three things have long been settled law in Arizona regarding residential construction: (1) a homebuilder owes a homeowner an implied warranty of workmanship and habitability with regard to the construction of the home; (2)...more

Defeated North Carolina Class Action Ultimately Results in Victory for Landowners – NCDOT Loses Map Act Fight

What began several years ago as a defeated attempt at a class action against the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) ultimately resulted in a win this month for plaintiff landowners in Kirby v. NCDOT (No....more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Limits to its SFR Investments Decision

In September 2014, the Nevada Supreme Court, in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A., held that a portion of a homeowners’ association (HOA) lien for delinquent assessments has true super-priority status over a...more

Florida Court Declines to Apply a Multiplier as to Attorneys’ Fees in a First Party Insurance Coverage Dispute

In Fla. Peninsula Ins. Co. v. Wagner, 2016 Fla. App. LEXIS 8262 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016), the Second District examined whether the trial court properly applied a multiplier as to attorneys’ fees after the insured homeowners...more

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